This Week in Milford

July 25, 2022

Gil Walks Into A Bar…

Filed under: Gil Thorp, Just Plain Awesome — nedryerson @ 5:54 am

We open on a gathering of dudes in polo shirts, hoisting a few at a drinking establishment. That’s right, there’s no lemonade on the porch. This is straight up drinking liquor at a bar. Well, alright. This is a change of pace and I really want to know where this is headed.

The alpha dude in polo shirt is telling a loud story about Tod Andrews. OMG, THE Tod Andrews? The coach from Oakwood? Alpha dude told Tod Andrews to “take his whistle and kick rocks”! Now wait, what was the circumstance where Tod Andrews was blowing whistles at this guy? Has Tod Andrews been retconned as an infamous referee now?

These drinking buddies have come from the banquet where Gil just won Coach of the Year and alpha dude is yukking it up about Gil’s emotional acceptance speech. Alpha dude can’t wait to kick Milford’s butt because the team is wimpy…just like Gil! Ha Ha Ha! The bartender has apparently been listening to this crap long enough to be sick of these dudes so she bobbles her head a bit and gives us a knowing look. What a bunch of tools!

Then along comes Gil, right in the middle of getting roasted by this dude. (We don’t know who this dude or any of the other dudes are, except that none of them are Tod Andrews apparently. I couldn’t get any definitive clues from the logos on the polo shirts.) The bartender knows Gil and even starts making a shaken drink, perhaps Gil’s usual (if so, Gil’s gonna get roasted for drinking like a girl…or James Bond).

The bartender hasn’t seen Gil for a while. Maybe it’s been a while since Gil needed a drink so bad, he had to stop at this dump or maybe there’s an expansive coaching bar circuit that takes a while to systematically drink your way through.

I guess we have some idea where we’re headed with a fallen and tarnished Gil, but if he’s going full Bukowski on us, count me in!


  1. Gil in a bar fight. That would be great! And maybe Gil is more of an alky than Moon and that’s why he’s single.

    Comment by franku2016 — July 25, 2022 @ 7:22 am

  2. Gil can handle himself! Remember when he beat up Cassie’s boyfriend who sucker punched me? (I appreciated it, but I totally would have had it under control in a couple more minutes.) He’ll clean the bartop with this new punk.

    Comment by MopMan — July 25, 2022 @ 7:26 am

  3. Looks like we have a coach from New Thayer yukking it up. Ol’ Gil has a bartender in every port I’m sure. I’d love to post Flipper’s “Ha! Ha! Ha!” Seems apropos.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — July 25, 2022 @ 7:59 am

  4. D’oh, JT!
    New Thayer! How did I not get that? I hang my head in shame as a TWIM contributor.

    Here’s a shout out to you, JT. Rock on!

    Comment by nedryerson — July 25, 2022 @ 10:24 am

  5. No shame Ned. Nice find.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — July 25, 2022 @ 11:30 am

  6. Unless the purple sleeve in panel 3 is an error by the frame colorer person, our bartender appears to have deliberately and approvingly greeted Gil in easy earshot of the goateed taunter. (And the Chief has not forgotten that in Mfnrd, a goatee is the one infallible identifier of a loud jerk-off.)

    Comment by vaganova, struggling with le nouveau regime — July 25, 2022 @ 12:31 pm

  7. Great title, Ned!!!!!!!! Touche!!!!!!!!!

    Is it me or is the trash talk thick in this plot development in comparison to when Berrill ran the show and there were rivalries but still stayed within the parameters of Camelot-esque civility? Maybe I’m getting old after all.

    In the meantime, Gil, all your players’ mothers drive a pickle wagon.

    Comment by tdrewhardin — July 25, 2022 @ 8:14 pm

  8. Yeah… High school coaches don’t talk this way.

    Comment by Hitorque — July 26, 2022 @ 7:15 am

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