This Week in Milford

October 7, 2019

…And Then Maybe Show Us

Filed under: actual action, football, Tilden — nedryerson @ 6:59 am

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We are still at Tilden and we must now, once again, see the performance of Charlie Roh from the perspective of overly invested stepfather Chet Ballard. Does panel 3 indicate that Charlie has succeed in carrying the ball or is Chet just congratulating him for getting out on the field?

There are always questions left unanswered. Will we circle back to Chance Macy and why his parents (or grandparents?) expressed some concern when the cheap shots started flying?

I love Chet’s very precisely constructed turtleneck. It reminds me of those Star Fleet uniforms from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

 

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September 30, 2019

C’mon Zebra!

Filed under: actual action, Coach Kaz, football, Tilden — nedryerson @ 5:44 am

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The word has spread through the Valley Conference. Milford has a hotshot running back named Chance Macy. Chance has a target on his back heading into the match at Tilden.

Detective Kaz is still working on an investigation into the full story behind Chance Macy, but for now it’s Coach Kaz looking out for Chance. Tilden players are taking aim at Chance, THUD!ing him and taking cheap shots. Oh the humanity.

I wonder if this is “too much”.

Are the teams in formation in panel 1? Is 53 of Tilden hanging around in Milford’s backfield? The Zebras are really not paying attention.

September 23, 2019

Ease Up, Ballard

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The theme of the fall plot so far is: Chet Gotta Chet.

Today we see him camped out on the front porch, waiting to grill Charlie about football practice. (Maybe that’s a rear entrance with a sliding glass door? It seems like a wide opening for a standard door. Look at all those parallel lines: flooring, siding, a multi tiered tiled deck. That’s some serious drafting. Yes, the architectural details are more arresting than the third or fourth occurrence of Chet Ballard’s overbearing parenting.)

I don’t know anything about high school football practice. I always pictured it as a lot of jumping jacks, running and other conditioning, maybe throw in some drills. Y’all are going to have to enlighten me. Of course there must be scrimmaging too with starters getting more reps than back ups. That seems more like a professional thing that can be picked apart all week by the 900 gossipy shows on ESPN. “Eli’s not getting the bulk of reps in practice and he’s sulking in his Porsche!!”

What is revealed is that Charlie is not just ambivalent toward Chet. He’s kind of over it. Maybe he should have a chat with his mom.

September 16, 2019

I’m Whipped, But TWIM Must Go On!

Filed under: Pantheon of Hair — nedryerson @ 5:51 am

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Now we know that Hiawatha James is the high hair guy. I think that is only now being established, but I might have missed something last year. But enough of that, let’s talk about this party.

Chance Macy is whipped, so he won’t be attending. His loss, there might be fireworks!

With the obligatory locker room fist bumping out of the way, let’s check in on that party…

It is as Hiawatha decreed. The parents are staying inside….except for one “parent”…step parent to be precise. It’s Chet Ballard. Chet wants to “check on the kids”. His wife, who we know as Charlie’s mother/Chet’s wife, who doesn’t have a name, reacts with an emphatic NO!

I guess Charlie’s mom has already suffered through Chet’s awkward attempts to “parent” and would rather not have to see him further embarrass himself (and her) in public.

Stay tuned.

September 14, 2019

Shindig At The Schurings, Bring Your Mom

Filed under: football, Pantheon of Hair — nedryerson @ 7:07 am

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Yesterday, Gil had his post-game moment with Oakwood’s coach, and now we switch to the team’s perspective…and what a perspective.

Our QB has an announcement…which he conveyed via text. So where is QB Chris Schuring? Has he already left? There are some players still in full uniform while the guy standing in panel 1 is already in civies. I guess everyone moves at their own pace and some guys like to linger in their sweaty gear. Schuring is already halfway to the Beverage Castle to pick up refreshments, I guess.

The idea of an impromptu party for kids and their parents seems very weird. It kind of seems like a party where nobody is really going to have much fun. Things are different in Milford. Maybe some parents like to do beer bongs or maybe the Schurings have a caterer on call and can have rumaki for one hundred at a moment’s notice.

It’s good that the unknown Mudlark in panel 3 (how high up out of panel does his hair go?) starts laying down some ground rules for the party. He probably has a mobile dj rig in his car and he’s been itching to bust it out all summer. The parents shall stay inside, listen to Steely Dan and feel each other out on who might be down to swing.

Ah heck, forget all these flights of fancy. The only reason the parents are involved is a pretext so Chet can show up and be an asshole.

Take it away, Jonathan Richman

September 11, 2019

Sealing The Deal

Filed under: actual action, football, Marty Moon — nedryerson @ 3:12 am

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Chris Schuring deep to Hiawatha James…Milford takes the lead! I guess Gil couldn’t wait to see what strong armed QB Chris Schuring could do, so he gambled on the low percentage play on 3rd and 1. Schuring found Hiawatha James for a touchdown and the gamble paid off.

It seems like Hiawatha’s been around awhile, but as far as I can tell, our first look at him was just last spring when he was named catcher for the baseball team. We know he played defensive back last year. Gil named him as defensive back this year, but lo and behold, he’s making plays on both sides of the ball. I guess his name is so memorable, it seems like we’ve been seeing it for years.

So the dramatic cliffhanger today is hinging on what Charlie Roh does with the ball this time after fumbling the last time we saw him. If he coughs up another ball, will his reputation as Charlie “Ruh” Roh become legend? Will Stepdad Chet have to engineer some kind of shady school transfer because Charlie can’t show his face at Milford High anymore? Or will he succeed and get the job done, and if so, will Chet continue to bellyache because Charlie is only used for mop up?

Stay tuned sports fans.

 

 

September 9, 2019

Leave It To Chance

Filed under: actual action, football, Oakwood — nedryerson @ 6:00 am

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The opener against Oakwood has mostly been the Chance Macy Show. Remember back in summer when the coaching staff saw the promise in this sophomore competing for the half back slot?

But we don’t really expect to learn much about Chance Macy besides his performance here, do we? Chance just happens to be the player who will take the starting spot from Charlie Roh, who is Chet Ballard’s stepson. What we know about Chet Ballard is that he just seems like one of those Milford dicks. He’s kind of a hybrid dick though. He’s a combo aggrieved parent/school official. So he has multilevel malice towards Gil.

Sorry Chance. You’re just pawn in game of Gil Thorp.

Seeing a guy break off long runs like Chance Macy does kind of remind me of high school football back in my day when it seemed like most teams lived or died with running backs. When a team had a great one, they’d feed him the ball thirty times a game and ride him to victory. I’m thinking of the coaching staff of Escambia High in Pensacola, Florida who didn’t do anything for four years except get the ball to Emmitt Smith.

Those were the days.

September 2, 2019

Happy Labor Day

Filed under: Gil Thorp, Marjie Ducey, Neal's friends, Prairie Style Windows — nedryerson @ 7:46 am

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Sometime between the previous strip and this one, Marjie has stripped off her nail polish. Maybe GilBot 3000 had to restart in the middle of the reading of the roster and Marjie had to occupy herself during the reboot.

We’ve previously heard all these names except for strong armed Chris Schuring. I can’t find any fun google results for him. Oh well, I guess I can knock off early for Labor Day.

Speaking of three solid lettermen:

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