This Week in Milford

November 27, 2021

That’s Okay; None of Us Are Curious, Either

Earlier this afternoon, the Michigan Wolverines beat the Ohio State Buckeyes 42-27 in Ann Arbor, snapping an eight-game losing streak against their arch rivals.* The Wolverines were led by running back Hassan Haskins**, who had 28 carries for 169 yards and five touchdowns. With the win, Michigan wins the Big Ten East Division and will play for the conference championship against either Iowa or Wisconsin.

Rushing for five touchdowns to beat your most hated rival in The Big House in front of a hundred thousand plus with a light snow coming down. You’d have to think that would be football nirvana for a Michigan high school running back. You would, but then you wouldn’t be Chance Macy.

After cramming two uninspired Milford losses in five strips (one of which only showed one non-action panel from the game), Chance Macy’s Big Football Decision is gonna get dragged out over at least three strips. Chance doesn’t care what Gil thinks and doesn’t care that he’s created expectations in people based on his talent. Not a major issue, really; the kid should make his decision on what he thinks will be best for him in the long run. What does matter is that he seems intent not only on not seeking advice but also on actively ignoring any advice offered him, consigning it to that big trash can that doubles as Gil’s mail bin.

Chance isn’t interested in finding out if he could play at a big football factory, and has no interest in football as a career. So what does he want to do with his life? Does he even want to go to college? If he does, why shouldn’t he take a free ride somewhere and take a load off his grandparents’ (and possibly his absent parents’) backs? What heretofore unknown motivation will guide Chance’s decision?

Odds are it’ll be something as random as this season’s plot Tevin Claxton’s admission that he’d been using a sports psychologist. What isn’t random at this point is getting the readers to care.

Apologies for taking so long to get today’s post up. I spent far more time than usual watching actual football games than trying to come up with something clever to say about fictional ones.

*Disclaimer: teenchy neither attended these schools nor is a fan of either of their football teams.

** His real name, not one made up for this comic strip – and, I’m guessing, no relation to Conrad Luckey Haskins.


  1. No problem at all, Teenchy. I am not a fan of either myself but I understand your reasoning. Goodness, Michigan-Ohio State is considered the top rivalry in all of college football bybmany of the experts. How could you NOT watch it if you’re in the vicinity? Good choice.

    There is such a caustic antipathy between the schools that one year, when Woody Hayes was in Michigan on a recruiting trip and his car ran out of gas, he PUSHED his car over the state line to get gas rather than get it in Michigan.

    Gee, kinda what I want to do with Chance since his head is in permanent burial at this point.

    Comment by tdrewhardin — November 27, 2021 @ 9:00 pm

  2. We still don’t know this pricks 40 time. And neither does State or any other school. What with his lack of interest I’m sure he hasn’t been to any camps to get timed. But they’ve seen him out run Tank Town Tech’s db’s so I guess that’s good enough.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — November 27, 2021 @ 9:06 pm

  3. Maybe CM has already talked to Mimi about settin him up with a sweet gig at a junior college up near Syracuse NY and with housing in two years with kids he’s never met. UM win today was big, but here’s a fun fact: they have not won in Columbus since TB12 himself was the QB

    Comment by franku2016 — November 27, 2021 @ 9:22 pm

  4. As we wait yet another day or two for Chance to finish his sentence from Friday about what he wants to do, I’m saying the odds are that he won’t play football in college at all. He’s going to the military, or trade school, or backpacking across Europe. He sure isn’t going to play football at Enormous U.

    As for the UM-OSU game, I decided to watch it as if it was a Gil Thorp strip. I watched the opening kickoff, then saw 2 seconds of Haskins flipping the ball to the ref after a touchdown while his teammates pumped their fists in the air. Then the commentators giving the final score and Haskins’ stats.

    Comment by MopMan — November 28, 2021 @ 8:35 am

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