This Week in Milford

November 3, 2021

Will Chance Have a Chance at Halfback U? Not a Chance!

When you hear the phrase “Halfback U,” which school comes to mind? Odds are it’s Southern Cal, though that perception has diminished in recent years. Possibly it’s Alabama, or Georgia, or LSU, or maybe Oklahoma, or even Wisconsin. All of those schools have a history of turning out running backs who went on to have distinguished professional careers. In the Thorpiverse, it’s State U. Knowing Rubin’s Michi-centric worldview and the bilious green polo shirt Ahmad Simpkins is wearing, might he mean Sparty? Probably assuming too much. After all, the colorists have made Milford’s every opponent this season a powder blue-and-black outfit.

For a kid who has been as anti-self-promotion and anti-caring-about-his-future (or at least as anti- all of that as he’s let on) as Chance Macy, this sudden turn to asking the State U running backs coach about his NFL prospects strains credibility. Then again, much if not most of Gil Thorp strains credibility. Chance’s convo with Gil affirms that: he has no interest in a pro football career. So why the h-e-double-toothpicks bring it up? To throw State U off his scent?

If Chance has no interest in playing in the NFL, but has an interest in furthering his education, why didn’t he ask Coach Simpkins about that? What’s State U’s GSR? Whatever happened to Big John Pascoe? Did he ever start speaking again? Why not take advantage of a free ride if State’s offering one? Play on the scout team, let the starters knock you around, and get your degree paid for. What’s not to like?

meta: Congrats are in order for any Braves fans among the readership. Twenty-six years is quite a while to wait between titles (even if it’s not ninety-five) and hopefully this team will help put the trope of choking teams from Georgia to rest. I’ll admit I should be a bit more excited about it than I am, given that I followed the Braves closely from the early 1980s until 2004, knew John Schuerholz and Levi Walker, and went to school with Chip Caray. (Enough name-dropping from teenchy for today.) I grew up in a part of the country that, until expansion and relocation put teams in Atlanta and Charlotte, pledged its professional sports allegiances mostly to teams from Washington. (Last year’s Mudlark QB controversy reminded me of the Team Sonny v. Team Billy arguments of my youth.) The relocation of the Expos from Montreal gave me the opportunity to rekindle a baseball relationship that had been dormant since late 1971, though I gotta admit I sometimes miss listening to Canadian French game broadcasts picked up on my car’s AM radio. Still, I’m happy for my friends and family who’ve been devoted Braves fans for years, some as far back as to when the team moved to Atlanta from Milwaukee.


  1. Hey Chance! Don’t go all blowtop when you hear this, but if you continue playing football at the next level, you go from bein’ hit by high school kids to bein’ hit by damn near full-grown men, some of whom, unlike you, may be serious about getting in the NFL someday and will wipe out whoever they can to get noticed. Other things that you might pick up with this experience include broken bones, messed up joints, and head trauma leading to CTE-induced substance abuse. That being said, tell Gil to piss off and to not keep surprising you with unannounced visits from college coaches or keeping your legal guardians in the loop, both of which seem to be unethical if not an NCAA violation. After all coach, I’m still a minor. But I’ll tell you what Gilbert…if you can get me a sweet deal at a school that allows me to capitalize on promoting some great products or businesses, I’ll consider it….

    Comment by franku2016 — November 3, 2021 @ 10:00 am

  2. 1. 2021 continues to suck for a multitude of reasons…

    2. If he’s not enthusiastic about playing in the NFL someday, then why the fuck did he ask about it yesterday? And why is a college recruiter even SAYING the word “NFL” when he can’t even guarantee Chance a starting spot at State Polytechnic?

    2a. I can’t believe it… Once again a big-time college recruiter is offering a tuition-free college education to a Milford athlete, only to see their offer get absolutely pissed on by some smug teenager… I swear, these kids must *LOVE* the idea of paying off college loans for the next 20 years.

    3. Is it me, or do Milford athletes seem to *hate* the sports they’re playing? Does anybody ever have any fun, or love, or passion for the game? If Chance the Gardner has this much contempt for the game of football, why the fuck does he play?

    Comment by hitorque — November 3, 2021 @ 11:56 am

  3. Chance, I hate to break it to you but if you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen. You’re putting words in Ahmad’s mouth. Nobody is saying you have to sacrifice school work to run for the New England Patriots. You’re the one saying that. You’re the one who brought it up. You asked a question, you got an answer. That’s a recruiter’s job. Now if you can’t handle the answer, go work in a factory or go into real estate. 100% commitment does not mean you’re going to Devil’s Island. Stop sitting on your high horse and shut up and go to practice and hit the books. If you want to keep playing football, that is.

    Comment by tdrewhardin — November 3, 2021 @ 1:34 pm

  4. Everything is horrible…

    Comment by hitorque — November 3, 2021 @ 2:49 pm

  5. Maybe Chance needs Mimi to go talk to his grandparents behind his back and arrange for housing he’s never seen, roommates he’s never met, and admission to a school he’s never heard of.

    Comment by franku2016 — November 3, 2021 @ 2:57 pm

  6. Told you so. Chance has recognized that the dream of making it to the NFL is a mug’s game, even remotely possible for something like 0.1% of high school players. Even True Standish knew that, and Chance Macy is not True Standish. The kid wants to enjoy high school and go on to college without the dead rhino of a failed attempt at the NFL– which he doesn’t want to begin with– on his back for the next four years.

    Comment by vaganova — November 3, 2021 @ 3:28 pm

  7. Hey Gil, don’t be in any hurry to get Chance to whatever classes he’s missed during this wasted meeting with Mr. State U. Gil is always yanking kids out of classes for the dumbest reasons, and the teachers know they can’t complain about it.

    Comment by MopMan — November 3, 2021 @ 3:40 pm

  8. No offer was really offered but I assume Ahmad was going to offer a full ride scholarship to Piss Ant State. After hearing Chances lack of interest and dedication, I assume if there was an offer he walked out with it and will not return. I’ve known a few like Chase who had same attitude. They accepted scholarships but weren’t at good ol’ PU very long.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — November 3, 2021 @ 4:13 pm

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