Basket Boink

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?


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30 responses to “Basket Boink

  1. jp

    And it’s funny because…?

  2. My trig teacher in High School was also a defensive coach on the school football team, so I get the basic concept of a faculty member pulling double duty in this fashion.

    Here, however, are the list of things I do not get:

    ~How Bull, who is constantly portrayed as being near-Neanderthal in intelligence, is qualified to teach any subject
    ~Why exactly Owen owes Cody five bucks when the bet was presumably with Bull
    ~What exactly the “joke” is supposed to be in this strip, why it’s supposed to be funny, and how today’s strip managed to get published.

  3. BeckoningChasm

    It seems pretty clear Bull is teaching one of the few courses taught at Westview High – Introduction to Dickheadedness.

  4. Epicus Doomus

    Wow, this one doesn’t make sense on ANY level, no matter how many seconds you waste staring at it trying to figure out what the hell it’s supposed to be. Bull teaching a class, the putter, the weird perspective in panel three, the “boink”, Bull’s pointing at Cody for no discernible reason, Bull’s lack of understanding of how wagering works…I’m lost. I truly hate FW’s like this, the ones that leave me feeling as if I somehow missed the joke somewhere. All I can figure is that it’s supposed to be some sort of “ironic” classroom punishment of some kind, I guess, but I still don’t get it.

  5. Merry Pookster

    For the love of all that is decent… Batyuck on an ice-flow into lake erie

  6. Thank you very much, S.P. Charles, for submitting this to Comics I Don’t Understand . Maybe someday we’ll get the joke.

    I guess this is why Bunky normally writes “serious” comics.

  7. Beanie Wanker

    When I saw today’s “Basket Boink” title, I thought the action would be taking place in Summer and Kaleesha’s K*nt State Dorm on a Friday night.

  8. Helskor

    Incomprehensible is a slight improvement over boring and depressing.

  9. billytheskink

    I too am not sure what the joke is, but you have to appreciate Bull employing the Gil Thorp philosphy of utterly not caring about those put into your charge while simultaneously humiliating them. In fact, he’s doing it better than Gil.

  10. bobanero

    Two days in a row, I’ve gone to make a long thoughtful comment, and when I hit “Post” I was told that my request timed out, and both times I was too demoralized to try to remember what my comment had been and retype it. What’s the deal with the time out? It’s not like this is or something. How long is the time out period?

  11. bobanero: A few regular snarkers have been in touch with me over the last couple weeks about problems with posting comments. I was thinking it was my spam filter, and I’ve made some adjustments there. But the timeout issue has me thinking it might be an issue with my shitty web host, GoDaddy. I’ve even have problems accessing my own site! I will continue to work on a solution. If anyone else encounters any difficulties, please let me know via email: tfh (at) sonofstuckfunky (dot) com.

    I apologize for the inconvenience!

  12. Señor Tortilla

    I don’t get it. Who was the bet made with? Is Cody using his ventriloquism tricks to make it look it’s coming out of Bull’s maw?

    And why is this reminding me of the “Law for Kids” comics?

  13. bad wolf

    My guess is that after yesterday’s levy failure, Bull is so poor (“how poor is he?”) that he has to order other students to pay for his bets. Is that a joke?

  14. $$$Westview Oncologist$$$

    Wow. Judging by the lack of elbow room in panel 3, Bull’s course is packed to the gills. I guess people everyone in Westview wants to pay homage to the man who physically abused Les Moore.

  15. jackson53d

    Oh this is so funny! I can’t believe it. My sides hurt…I can’t stop laughing…Ha ha ha…Did he forget his GPS to make sure he was getting it into the right basket…Oh so Funny! Make him stop! Please!!!

  16. BeckoningChasm

    You know, if you think about that last panel (more than Tom Batiuk did when constructing it), I keep thinking it could mean anything. Who is the “you” and who is the “him”? If Glasses is going to get five dollars, why does he look horrified? (Other than because he knows Chullo keeps his money in his filth-ridden hat.) Or is Glasses being ordered to pay Chullo? Since it all seems pretty arbitrary anyway, maybe Bull thinks the loser should be paid. (That sounds like a good motto for Tom Batiuk, actually–“The loser should be paid.” I bet he has a desk plaque that says just that.)

  17. @Beckoning: So befuddled was I by the sight of Bull standing in front of a classroom (and holding a putter?!?) that I completely missed the fact that, yeah, Bull was wagering that Owen would miss the basket; which Owen did, in which case Owen would be the payor, not the payee. I’d almost have given this one a pass: if Owen made the shot, and Bull made “Glasses” responsible for his debt, it would kind of fit with Bull’s idiocy as well as his history of intimidation. Instead, today’s strip becomes even shittier and stupider than I knew! Thanks!

  18. Oh, and the Photoshop shadow that the paperwad casts on the wall looks like a grease stain. 

  19. Owen, the perpetual chullo-head, is the most likable character in this strip’s entire history.

    I suspect you’re having a bit of an agog moment, so I’ll repeat that:

    Owen is the most likable character in this strip, across all 40 years of its history.

    He’s also a prestidigitator who can produce and put on his bracelets in the blink of an eye. He can collect on bets he’s neither accepted nor won. Far from an idiot, this kid is pure gold!

    Folks, this is the product of a year’s thought and lead time: inexplicably many-splendored Owen, with continuity bloopers.

  20. Brazos

    Hey now – ya’ll be gentle. I bet TB had a stroke and nobody is aware of it.

  21. DOlz

    @bobanero, may I suggest until Mr. Hackett finds out what is causing the timeout problem that you write up your post in a word processing program and then copy and paste it.

  22. BeckoningChasm

    @DOlz – a simple text editor (Notepad etc) would be better. Some word processors insert a lot of invisible code for some reason. I’ve seen stuff cut-and-pasted from MS Word that nearly crashed some sites.

  23. I just hate like hell for anybody to have to go through so much trouble to post a damn comment though. I need to block out some time to contact GoDaddy tech support; sending pissy Tweets (and re-tweeting the GoDaddy Hate Tweets of others) hasn’t gotten me anywhere.

  24. Charles

    I’m relieved that no one seems to understand this. I was beginning to wonder if my reality was warping, but no, it’s just Funky Winkerbean.

    But it still doesn’t answer the damn putter, why Owen is being shockingly rude in class by throwing paper at the trash can right across the front of the room, and why Bull doesn’t address that. And why is Bull teaching a class in the first place? (Maybe it’s the start of Bull making a move on Cody, since life with Linda certainly can’t be all that. After all, Jinx was adopted. (and she’s apparently Asian; did you know that?) Bull has demonstrated a deep and forbidden sexual attraction toward Les, and since Cody’s this generation’s Les…)

    That aside, Batiuk missed a perfect opportunity to tie a couple stories together! Owen makes the shot and Bull suddenly realizes that he could claim Owen’s a girl and sneak him onto the basketball team! He’s just what this year’s slumping girls need! (Never mind that the season’s over. When has that ever stopped him?) He could even spend two weeks with nothing but “So Mr. Bushka wants you to play for the girls’ team??” as a lead-in.

  25. Señor Tortilla

    @ Charles:

    Anono-Girl 1: “Hey, Coach, Cody looks a dude!”

    Bull: “Well, so did Summer, and she was a girl!”

    Anono-Girl 1: “Are you sure, Coach? I remember last year, I passed a basketball to her, and she keeled over in pain when it hit her in the crotch…”

  26. Duane

    I’m guessing that Cody hit Owen’s arm when he tried the shot.

  27. John

    My own guess? Tom’s made it clear it almost kills him to create new characters these days, so he went to the ol’ fish bowl and plucked out three names.

    He took those names and went to the hat and pulled out the slip that said “classroom hijinks”.

    After staring off into space for a good 82 minutes, he attacked the drawing board with a Sharpie, producing what you see here.


    Cartooning is easy if you don’t actually care!

  28. Beanie Wanker

    Señor Tortilla suggested: Anono-Girl 1: “Are you sure, Coach? I remember last year, I passed a basketball to her, and she keeled over in pain when it hit her in the crotch…”

    I had been suggesting all along that Summer had a penis, and even suggested Summer’s penis become a recurring character (though it might be mistaken for Les unless it dresses differently). Got a lot of hate messages over that for being insensitive to LGTBFG (or whatever) people. Hey, I never said Summer was transsexual. I said she was a DOOD. With a DICK. End of story.

  29. Epicus Doomus

    I’m hoping that maybe he, you know, explains this one with a follow-up or something. It still makes zero sense 20 hours later.

  30. bad wolf

    I came back to see if there was any consensus yet on WTF this means. Yikes!