Celebrate Good Times? Come On!

I would’ve welcomed a “Sundays with Crazy Harry” strip here, but I suppose TB’s gotta let the Sunday-only readers revel in the Westview girls’ triumph. Fishstick Annie cuts down the net— jeez, somebody hold that ladder! And the gray-jacketed OSHAA guy (they all wear gray jackets) passes out the Ohio-shaped medallions (round on both ends and “hi” in the middle!). Superstar Summer and Second Fiddle Keisha pass out the hugs to the nameless scrubs. The rather cheap looking trophy is hoisted, Stephen Hawking Annie admires her medallion, and Channel One is on the scene to record Bull spouting his idiocy.

Epicus Doomus
March 9, 2012 at 11:42 pm

…Now for the Annie Goats victory lap, which TB will no doubt treat like V-E Day or something.

Yeah…that’s coming…

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  1. $$$Westview Oncologist$$$$$

    My looking at this whole strip is about as enjoyable as a Boston Red Sox fan watching a Yankees world series parade, in that someohow you just wish everyone in the scene would be swallowed up by the earth.

  2. Charles

    Thing is, every single part of this failed. We don’t like the characters so we can’t be happy for them. The game itself wasn’t exciting so the payoff wasn’t there. The journey of their march to the championship was undercut by the dumb Fairgood subplot, which seemed to be more concerned with talking about the old days rather than how this underachieving team would turn it around. So we can’t even appreciate any sort of quality storytelling, although admittedly a comic strip is probably one of the worst vehicles for telling a sports story of this type, at least.

    Tom Batiuk, you haven’t earned this.

  3. Jeffcoat Wayne

    Not only is it a montage of things I don’t care about, but I have to turn my computer sideways just to not give a damn about it. Go Team!

  4. MKay

    OK, so Summer gets drafted by the pro team in her home city straight out of High School and everyone turns her into a deity, but then she acts like a real jerk and announces on national TV that she’s taking her talents elsewhere and- and… wait a minute…

  5. Epicus Doomus

    Just another Sidewards Sunday. The funniest part: how the oldest woman in the room (although she does appear to have slightly reverse-aged again) was the one to climb the ladder and cut the net down.

    Last week I speculated on Boy Lisa flu and its possible cures. Turns out the best medicine is vigorous, gutty, gritty exercise, preferably exercise that involves close physical contact with others during very important championship games. I guess it’s a flu strain that’s only highly contagious at home or something. Unless the entire team is going to vomit in unison during the trip back to Westview, that is. But my guess is that this flu bug will be as forgotten as Starbuck Jones by Monday. And that, my friends is called “writing”.

  6. flappy

    how come Les is only parent to be allowed to hop around with sgoats??

  7. sourbelly

    Hey, Tom. Tom? Tom!

    This ending was not earned. You half-assed your way through the entire season. It went from “we suck because that fat bully (although not really, according to recent retcons) coach suddenly forgot how to do his job” to “Fishstick Annie shall be our savior for some reason” to…this.

    And then you summarized their entire playoff run in one strip.

    This should feel special: A Westview team finally wins a championship! But it doesn’t. At all. How could you screw this up so royally, Tom? How?

    I know what you’re thinking, Tom. “When I write about human misery, these people bitch. When I write about human triumph, they also bitch!” That’s right, Tom, because you seem to be incapable of writing either in a way that resounds with how the rest of us experience life. It’s called *bad* writing.

  8. O.B. Dan

    And to top it all off, it looks like Sum’ Mo’ can no longer handle the stark emptiness of her existence and that of all Funkytown, and has been riding step-mommy’s stash.

  9. Sgt. Saunders

    OK, they win, yada, yada, yada, let’s get back to Westview to learn Darvon has died while listening to the game on the radio.

  10. David O

    Another SoSF, another favorite title! How is it that our host TF can be more consistently funny than a paid cartoonist?

  11. Merry Pookster

    Who’d thunk?

  12. TFHackett

    Always tickled when someone likes the post title. Hardest part of this “job”. Thank you!

  13. Beanie Wanker

    Ah, the pungent smell of dead Red Herring just hangs in the air. The bus ride in bad weather, the flu, Brandy “The Terminator” Bowleg, the blurred vision… None of this mattered in the slightest in the end. (The high score is proof of this.) It’s like Bat Hack thought, “Hey, I thought of all these great plot twists, but I lack the writing talent to do anything with ANY of them, so I’ll just skip to the part where Slumber is the hero and the Lady Female Not-The-Boys-Team Scapegoats go on to win. Then I can just kick back and celebrate my — WHOOPS!! — their victory for a solid week!”

    I get the strong impression that somewhere in BatBoy’s pin-headed pea brain is the thought that he’s not such a loser and chump after all, since he singlehandedly created the Very BESTEST Girls High School Basketball Team In All Of Ahia. If he hasn’t already placed anonymous calls to his rivals in the comics industry saying, “Hey, look who won the Ahia state champeenship! MY girls! Suck it, Pastis!” — he probably has at least thought about it.

    Look for BatDreck to shift into neutral, take his foot off the gas, and coast with this theme all of next week. The three or four people in the world who care about girls high school basketball will rejoice!

  14. Louder

    Off-topic @TFH: Because of this site, I pre-ordered volume 1 of the Complete Funky — heaven help you for leading me down the path of doom!

  15. Charles

    Also, Summer sure has perked up quite a bit from her flu. Based on how her illness had been portrayed, she shouldn’t even be able to walk at this point.

    Once again, after a subplot serves its purpose, it’s completely forgotten. You’d almost be surprised that TB remembered that Anne Fairgood had some role to play in all this.


    In fact, wow, look at that. She’s be given a bigger role in this celebration than the actual coach. Has a championship basketball team ever celebrated its assistant coach this much?

  16. Jimmy

    TFH: Am I to infer that this is not the end of the hoops story? If so, should I read ahead to save myself the pain? What lies ahead, a statue of summer sinking the game-winner?

  17. sourbelly

    “Has a championship basketball team ever celebrated its assistant coach this much?”

    Charles, I can think of at least one example: The Super Bowl Champion 1985 Chicago Bears. When the Super Bowl ended, players carried both Mike Ditka and defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan off the field. Needless to say, Ditka wasn’t pleased, and Ryan was gone by the next training camp.

  18. crisis du jour

    Collection highlights Funky Winkerbean’s 40th anniversary

  19. Beanie Wanker

    From the article you mentioned:

    “The ‘Funky Winkerbean’ series started as a joke-a-day strip about high school life, while Batiuk was teaching a junior high school art class…”

    This must be a typo. Should read “…flunking a junior high school art class.”

  20. Hunter64

    Believe it or not, there are people who actually like this crap. Check out this post on dailyink.com today from someone who calls himself “russell.ralph.t”:

    “Way to go Lady Skapegoats! I’m not a huge sports fan, but this comic strip has never been about sports or music or even high school. This is a most wonderful daily story about life. Life with sports or in a marching band and most often, life centering around a high school and the people who work there, attend there now or did attend there in days gone by. Utterly fabulous comic strip. I’m reminded of Charlie Brown hitting a game winning home run and somersaulting through the entire single panel strip. Skapegoats don’t win. But they did. Hurray!”

  21. TFHackett


  22. Beanie Wanker

    Can’t say I’m the least bit surprised that Ralphie Russell isn’t a sports fan. Not that I’m suggesting he fits the stereotype of guys who – AHEMMMM – “are not sports fans.” Just sayin’. But I have to wonder about ANYONE who roots for comic strip characters. They’re characters in a story written by some cartoonist. He can make them do whatever the fark he wants them to do. He can have them sprout wings and evolve into Pure Energy. What the hell are you cheering?

    That goes double for any male cheering for a fictional girls high school basketball team. Oh, brother…

  23. Flummoxicated

    Here’s my prediction: Darrin will be dead of the flu when Les and Slumber (good one, Beanie Wanker!) return home. This will not only return TomBat to the over-the-top pathos he loves so well, it will also be an opening to let Darrin become a ghost/angel/whatever St. Lisa is. His heavenly job will be to watch over and counsel Slumber as Lisa serves Les.

  24. Beanie Wanker

    Flumm… All the way over here, I could hear BatSlob writing all that down. Might as well start preparing your infringement suit against him now!

  25. O.B. Dan

    @ russell.ralph.t – The last time this strip resembled a slice of daily life in any way, shape, or form, was the closing months of Act II, and the first few days passage into Act III. And they weren’t too damned pleasant,

  26. O.B. Dan

    March 29, 1972…the first Funky…and I had 179 days and a wake-up…the strip was actually amusing yet contemporary, and provided distraction.

  27. $$$Westview Oncologist$$$$$

    ——-Utterly fabulous comic strip. I’m reminded of Charlie Brown hitting a game winning home run and somersaulting through the entire single panel strip. Skapegoats don’t win. But they did. Hurray!”—————-

    Comparing Tom Batiuk to Charles Schulz is sacrilege IMHO. The difference between Peanuts and FW is that Peanuts has likeable characters and Charles Schulz knew how to write humor and pace stories. We like seeing Charlie Brown because despite being a loser he is a likeable character. SumMor on the other hand is a deplorable character that made everyone wish to see lose.