That was nice what you just did, Bull"?!? What English teach– uh, sorry, Language Arts teacher, let alone a pretentious douchebag like Les, would utter such a colloquialism? And the "nice thing" he did? Catching a trio of repeat-offender school bullies in the act and letting them walk away without even a verbal warning.
A few days ago, I wondered if it would be worse for Batiuk to treat bullying in an inappropriately (and unfunny) humorous manner or a insufferable serious manner. Now I know an even worse third option exists: total schizophrenia.
…and TB's schizo tendencies extend to his continuing retconning/re-retconning of Les and Bull's high school relationship: two years ago he went to great lengths to posit that Bull was just pretending to beat Les up in order to protect him from the real bullies. But for the purposes of the current storyline, it turns out that Bull really did pick on Les, and now must spend the rest of his life atoning.
Thirty years ago…not only was the bullying real, it was actually pretty funny!
OK, well, props to Owen, I guess: he actually does show a little courage today, standing up to Wedgeman and his henchmen. Naturally, were Bull not standing behind him in his Mr. Clean pose, the bullies would be on him like Crazy Harry on a Montoni's slice.
A couple questions: we know that Bull coaches the girls' basketball team, and is Westview's athletic director. But what class is he teaching here? Have we ever seen him in front of a classroom? Maybe he's been pressed into service to cover for one of the teachers who've been let go? And why is he holding a putter?
Just back from a business trip and frankly cannot muster the energy to snark on today's strip…have at it!
I will pass along to Coach "Bull" Bushka something that one of my own high school (music) teachers told me:
"Hey, when yer playin' pocket pool, keep yer eye on the ref, he's a real jerkoff!"
"How are Summer Keisha and doing at Kent?" As of today…3-24.
Minutes pass as Darin stands in the doorway, all agog. The stranger clears her throat and repeats her introduction. "I'm Kerry. I'm Fred Fairgood's daughter."
While we wait for the ground to stabilize 'neath Darin's feet, we are treated to a confusing and unnecessary flashback. Bull, who would go on to become a teacher and then a school administrator, is sitting in Principal Fairgood's office because his poor grades threaten to prevent him from playing football. Coach Stropp has made it clear to Fred that his perennially losing squad can not afford to lose Bull (I guess we're to take Fred at his word that he's "just kidding" about his daughter being kidnapped).
Having recently acquired and read a couple paperback Funky Winkerbean collections, I get the feeling that Batiuk has redrawn an actual Act I strip, and in the context of Act I it was probably mildly amusing. Shoehorned into today's comic, it's disconcerting, and not just because Batiuk's sepia-toned the panels, instead of deploying the "photo album corners" he typically uses to denote flashbacks. Bull's got nothing to do with the current storyline. It's more like Batiuk's playing this card to defend against accusations of retconning: "See? September '79! Fred clearly states that he has a daughter!"
Who else had to look up what it means to "outpunt your coverage"? Obviously it's a football analogy (so of course it comes out of Bull's mouth), but in football, when you outpunt your coverage, you're giving your opponent a chance to return the punt and gain good field position. However, according to urbandictionary.com defines this as "when a guy with no looks and no money lands a hot chick." What a nice compliment to pay a girl about her father.
Well. The tree managed to hang onto its beautiful golden canopy of leaves until the big day. And Mrs. Les Moore hangs on to her groom, the better to flash that band o' gold (remember Les still has his from last time). The guests (where is Cayla's family?) are all choked up, but Jim goes even further by inexplicably declaring this union to be the best thing that ever happened to him.