This Week in Milford

November 28, 2022

I’m Going For It! OMG!!!!

Look at all this incredible sports action! OMG, Barajas and Whigham have really knocked it out of the park with today’s strip. I mean, stiff arms, fourth and goal, going for it are all sports things, specifically football things that are happening right on the funny pages!

The story is so dramatic! Keep in mind that there are so many layers of narrative at work here. Not only are we in the middle of all this exciting football action with the storied defensive play of Valley Tech’s legendary “El Tigre” defending the punishing offensive threat Emmit Tays (Emmit, as you will recall, was a punishing ball carrier who knew his way around a stiff arm) but we are also in the middle of a sharp contemporary story where Gil is reviewing old VHS tapes of games! That is dynamite story telling right there, folks!

I can’t get over the awesomeness of that stiff arm. Tays even let El Tigre catch up to him just so he could deploy that crushing stiff arm and also not score on the play. That’s dedication to DRAMA right there, folks! Why just run the ball in for a score when you have a defender beat if you can cause some pain. (You see, the deep backstory of the beloved Tays was that his homelife was awful, so he had to deal out pain on the gridiron) OMG This is so incredible I can barely stand it. Bravo Barajas!

Let’s pause the action to remember that Gil is watching this on a VHS tape. It reminds me of the scene in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation where Clark Griswold goes up into the attic to retrieve the Christmas presents and sees the old home movies and projector and ends up getting absorbed in watching them. I can just see Gil sitting there in a daze with his chin resting in his palms, reviewing these tapes in Mr. Reddenbacher’s, make that Maestro Turturro’s, classroom (aka the MHS memories archives). Maestro Turtorro will eventually have to poke Gil with an old school pointer to snap him out of this reverie. So dramatic! So evocative. I think I’m going to weep!

So where were we? Oh yeah, it’s fourth and goal and Milford is down by four. Maybe it’s near the end of the game? It must be. Gil may have already fallen asleep watching the tape now, but he will probably wake up in time to see what happened. He’ll see himself yelling encouragement on the sideline to “Go For It” and the team will go for it in some very exciting and dramatic way. I’ll have to assume that somebody else signaled in the extra dramatic, extra exciting “Go For It” play that Milford will execute and probably fail. Contemporary Gil will weep at what El Tigre did to him and bask in the glory that was Tays. This is incredible. I can’t believe I get to witness this. I wish Snoopy was here to see this.

Stiff arm!!!!!



  1. This really is a pretty good arc; I can’t wait to see what else the old tape reveals, possibly something that contradicts what coach big mouth has been blurting out to the news media recently

    Comment by franku2016 — November 28, 2022 @ 8:12 am

  2. A for effort here, I’m just glad to see sports stuff that largely makes sense today.

    Comment by billytheskink — November 28, 2022 @ 10:15 am

  3. Gil called the Ricola play, as seen last summer when The Tayser was #21 (3 from Friday times the 7 today!). It’s the only thing that will work on a repeat 4th down. (The refs were out of 1sts – it was the best they had to offer)
    I can’t wait to see tomorrow’s surprise colors.

    Comment by Downpuppy — November 28, 2022 @ 11:09 am

  4. Seconding billytheskink here with kudos for the relative realism of both the text and the artwork today. I don’t think it’s unreasonable to expect that from a strip in which sports plays such a primary role in the overall plot.

    Comment by teenchy — November 28, 2022 @ 11:42 am

  5. For being such a bad-ass linebacker that no one like Luke’s daddy and his daddy (and Gil) had “ever seen like me before”, Tays sure dismissed him with a stiff-arm. I guess that the previous two generations of linebackers must’ve not been too much to worry about then.

    Comment by franku2016 — November 28, 2022 @ 1:04 pm

  6. 1. Wait a goddamned minute… I thought Lucha Libre said he singlehandedly “humiliated” the Milford Mudlarks on that fateful day?

    2. Wait a goddamned minute… I thought Lucha Libre’s bitter rage and resentment had nothing to do with the actual game, but the fact that next day’s local sports section was complimentary to Milford for keeping the score close and finishing the season strong??

    Comment by hitorque — November 28, 2022 @ 4:07 pm

  7. Yeah, Luke claims he played the game of his life, but will the tape show him getting beaten all game and not making plays at all? Also curious if this is the end of the game. Does Milford fail to score no thanks to Luke, and lose by 4? Contradicting Luke’s memory of Milford getting crushed?

    Comment by MopMan — November 28, 2022 @ 4:08 pm

  8. Memories being different is a pretty well established thayng.
    Tape being all over the lot from frame to frame, not so much.

    Comment by Downpuppy — November 28, 2022 @ 5:04 pm

  9. P3-“The Nick’s Pizza guy is here!!!!!!!!!”

    Comment by tdrewhardin — November 29, 2022 @ 8:46 am

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