This Week in Milford

August 13, 2022

Gil and Marty drinking together, mass hysteria!

Everyone who wanted to see some Milford CC action this summer, here it is – only golf is not involved! And you were expecting Luftstalag 13 after yesterday’s strip. Go grab your beverage of choice and settle in ’cause we’ve got a whole lot to unpack today.

  1. What exactly is Gil’s relationship with technology here? He takes great pride in having a flip phone but is oblivious to caller ID, which flip phones have? Okay, let’s give him the benefit of the doubt and assume he’s so antsy about the sitch with Mimi that he can’t be bothered to check to see who’s calling. So, then…
  2. …why can’t Gil meet with Marty while waiting for the call with Mimi? It’s not like he has to sit around Casa Thorp because, again, mobile phone and caller ID. Oh, wait. He’s not saying “Sorry, Marty. I have to stay home until I hear from Mimi,” he’s saying “Sorry, Marty. I thought you might’ve been Mimi.” How do we know this? Because…
  3. …the new writer told us as much on Gocomics this morning. I make it a point to not read the comments on Gocomics when I go there for screen grabs, mainly because I don’t want anyone else’s comments to color my take on the day’s strip. However, it was hard to avoid seeing and reading the comment from henryjbarajas* and not have it influence my take. TWIMers will also note that among his comments, he addressed the Martinez/Hernanndez snafu from earlier this week: “I messed up! It’s Martinez.” Kudos for not blaming Whigham or the colorists on that one. Maybe he’ll give guidance to them on uniform colors, too? Here’s hoping.
  4. That the writer of a daily comic strip is actively interacting with the strip’s readership speaks volumes, and in a positive way. Compare 9 Chickweed Lane and Pibgorn‘s Brooke McEldowney, who won’t even allow people to comment on the windows into his sexual kinks he passes off as comic strips. For us here at TWIM, this is big – even bigger than learning that The Real Vic Doucette was reading us. Will we be on our best behavior from now on? Nah.
  5. Back to plot analysis: Barajas isn’t doing anything to dissuade me from the notion that Gil and Marty have a Ralph/Sam working relationship. As much as Marty has slammed Gil on air over the years, is it possible that he has a shred of journalistic integrity when it comes to all things Thorp**…
  6. …or does he realize that, no matter how new or how sherrify the self-proclaimed new sheriff in town might be, that the Thorps are still the straws that stir the WDIG drink? Hearing Gil’s side of the story helps Marty cement his take that Martinez is a blowhard who likes his drink maybe a little too much. It also adds another layer to The Legend of Gil ThorpTM: Women want him, other coaches want to be him…
  7. …which makes his reveal and plea for help to Marty all the more stunning. Why the hell would Gil offer that up to Marty? Moon has always been beta male to Thorp; one only need look to the fall 2015 arc for evidence. Again, I fear this is going to lead to Gil camping out in Marty’s crate before football season is over, leading to a very Heather Burnsy conflict of interest. Unless, of course, Gil can crash at Kaz’s dojo. I’m still waiting to see what changes in character, if any, Barajas has in store for Kaz.

Well that’s about the longest post from me in ages, but there was just so much to digest today that I thought it merited my full attention. Hope it’s given you plenty to chew on. See you here with Ned on Monday.

* When I read the name “Henry J” my mind went immediately to the compact car built by Kaiser-Frazer in the early 1950s and named for the company founder, Henry J. Kaiser. This is because teenchy is old, but moreso because teenchy is kind of a gearhead. The Henry J predates me by a decade plus, but when I was growing up there was an old guy in my neighborhood who owned one. It was an old car by then and looked extremely out of place even compared to the 1950s cars and trucks still in everyday use. (One particularly sturdy Studebaker pickup truck comes to mind.) Henry Js weren’t very successful, and some of them got rebadged as Allstates and sold through Sears stores. Ponder that for a moment.

**Consider how Marty let B/Robby Howry hang himself on an open mic a la Lonesome Rhodes as an example. Chalk this one up as a point of continuity between the Rubin and Barajas regimes.

11 Comments »

  1. Interesting about the Henry J, I never knew about that. Henry J Kaiser’s grandson, a musician named Henry J Kaiser as well, is a friend of a friend, and I’ve been out to dinner with him and his wife on occasion. If that dining opportunity ever presents itself again, I will now know to ask about the car that is his and grandpa’s namesake.

    Comment by Moon Mullins — August 13, 2022 @ 4:20 pm

  2. Telemarketing companies must love Gil the way he answers the phone without checking caller ID

    Comment by franku2016 — August 13, 2022 @ 5:01 pm

  3. Excellent post!

    I’ve conversed with Henry J on the GoComics board and on his Discord site, and he enjoys reading the comments and says he has a thick skin. It’s great to see him acknowledge his own mistakes, and he is learning as he goes. He has asked for background on minor characters that come up in the discussions, asked who we’d like to see come back, etc. It looks like some of our discussions and comments will influence what he writes occasionally.

    Comment by MopMan — August 13, 2022 @ 5:18 pm

  4. Great post, teenchy. I’ve had many thoughts about where things are going with the new author, but haven’t taken the time to organize them into anything coherent.

    I’ve been hanging out on the Discord site some. Henry asked about one of my posts on TWIM and I piped up about who I was but he never addressed it again. If he has anything to say about what he’s seen here, he has yet to share them. He did mention something about people “hate reading” Gil Thorp and I wondered if that was aimed at us. Is that what I do? I didn’t think so. Maybe my skin isn’t as thick.

    Moon, I have a Henry Kaiser LP. He’s a unique and inventive guitarist.

    Comment by nedryerson — August 13, 2022 @ 6:22 pm

  5. For “hate reading”, I think he was probably referring to the GoComics comments, where people constantly make fun of the characters and stories. Which is fun in itself.

    Comment by MopMan — August 13, 2022 @ 6:58 pm

  6. I read GT on Go Comics for the comments, some of which are pretty dam funny. Of course, once in a while someone who’s not regular on that site will pipe in with some asinine comment scolding the comment writers, and that person will usually get it right back, and then disappear for good.

    Comment by franku2016 — August 13, 2022 @ 7:08 pm

  7. One thing has not changed with Barajas taking over: the New York Post and New York Daily News don’t cover the Yankees with the intensity that Milford media brings to the high schools.

    Comment by Philip — August 14, 2022 @ 11:57 am

  8. Teenchy, what’s wrong with this picture???? Gil is lost for an answer as to why his wife may have bolted on him so he goes to Milford Country Club???? He is simply confirming what you and the readers have been saying for years, that he is clueless and in absentia many times as a coach and MCC just adds fuel to that fire. It was like when the Bailout Incident occurred and companies were going bankrupt so several CEO’s planned a seminar to address the situation and flew in their Lear jets to stage a Dom Perignon and Caviar event at somebody’s mansion. I think everybody gets the point. It’s funny, Teenchy, when I worked at Wal-Mart, our store manager once pointed out he knew a guy who’s company declared bankruptcy who was still riding in a limo. Gil Thorp to a tee here.

    And since when did Marty play Good Samaritan to any misfortune that came Gil’s way? Berrill is turning over in his grave.

    Comment by tdrewhardin — August 14, 2022 @ 2:29 pm

  9. Ooh, This Week in Milford gets a shoutout at the end of this article about the writer:

    https://www.dailycartoonist.com/index.php/2022/08/14/henry-barajas-now-calling-plays-for-gil-thorp/

    Comment by MopMan — August 14, 2022 @ 3:29 pm

  10. […] see that the Daily Cartoonist writer D.D. Degg (great name) throws in a link to TWIM and quotes teenchy’s last post. Wow, This Week in Milford is going places, after sixteen years. Today it’s The Daily […]

    Pingback by Life’s A Beach | This Week in Milford — August 15, 2022 @ 6:05 am

  11. […] readers, I am still genuinely freaked out by the knowledge that a portion of my Saturday post was quoted at The Daily Cartoonist. It’s not like I haven’t been published before; […]

    Pingback by TFW Mimi isn’t the fan service Thorp anymore | This Week in Milford — August 17, 2022 @ 11:33 am


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