Today’s strip

billytheskink here
First guest post, will do my best
Unlike Tom Batiuk

Bull would much rather
Win via forfeit instead
Of on football field


Filed under Son of Stuck Funky

20 responses to “Bye-ku

  1. Epicus Doomus

    Welcome to the fray BTS! And what a welcome…with a joke that’s one of the very worst gags TB (or anyone else) has ever put to paper. Just abysmal. He’s just making stuff up based on things he randomly hears in the background now and honestly it’s sad and pathetic to witness. More like “bye weak”, am I right?

  2. ComicTrek

    “Bye Week”? Never heard that one before.

  3. Rusty

    I wasn’t aware of high school teams having bye weeks, especially during the state playoffs. (Presumably, I have no idea, just like Batiuk, if Westview is playing for a conference or state championship).

  4. How, exactly, does one team have a bye week before a championship game but the other doesn’t? Either both teams would have been in playoff matches, or both would have been resting for the final championship game. But hey, Batiuk had some lame wordplay and dammit he’s going to use it!

  5. Okay, I give up. What is a “bye week”? I’m assuming based on the responses here that it’s a real thing. I’ve never heard of it, and I have been to high school.

  6. spacemanspiff85

    A bye week is a week off from playing a game, pretty much. It seriously doesn’t seem realistic at all that one team would have one before the championship and the other wouldn’t, though. At least Baituk bent reality for one hell of a joke, I guess. As long as it’s just this once.

  7. Nathan Obral

    A bye week is when the team doesn’t play any games, but engages in making incredibly lame puns while smirking all the time.

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  9. DOlz

    @TheDiva, Depending on the playoff system one of the teams could have had a bye week. For example the NFL once had three division Champions and they would have had a week off while the two wildcard teams played to see which one would advance.

    That said it’s still a weak joke. Even TB knew it was so weak that he only dragged it out for two panels.

  10. Epicus Doomus

    Check out the word balloon in panel one. Looks like TB had a little trouble filling that one up. Then in panel two he has to specifically say “conference championship” to properly fill that one. All for the sake of a “bye week” joke that would have been rejected by a round-table of first graders for being way too stupid and corny.

  11. And again, we’re supposed to find the fact that Bull is too stupid to understand what a bye week amazingly funny. That’s his thing, being a coach who’s too stupid to understand football but yet somehow blaming his ineptitude on his students and somehow being right.

  12. MJ

    Maybe the new head coach in panel two will fare better than Bull.

  13. batgirl

    Aren’t lame puns (“Game of Thanes”) more the province of Les Moore, while Bull specialises in just straightforwardly discouraging his players? Be careful, Bushka! Les will defend his schtick with all the powers at his disposal!

  14. billytheskink

    Bye weeks (or open/off weeks) aren’t unheard of in high school football, but it has been my experience that they typically are the result of a cancelled or failed-to-schedule non-district game and are not planned.

    I think this “championship” game against Big Walnut Tech is actually the final game of the regular season, with the winner claiming the conference/district championship by virtue of having the best record among district teams.

  15. Jim in Wisc.

    So, is this going to be a week of hackneyed and cliched coaching pep talks?


    The funny thing here is that the discussion of what a “bye week: is has been infinitely more interesting than this comic strip.

  17. Big Walnut Tech Bye
    Opportunity for bad pun
    Screw Reality

  18. It’s interesting. Bull really, really, really doesn’t want to coach the team. Got it. He pretty much relies on outsiders (Jarrod, Owen, and possibly Mickey) for whatever successes the team manages to pull off. None of those three people have been coached by Bull.

    The inescapable conclusion is that Bull is a lousy coach who cannot inspire or even instruct his players. His only strategy is “hope for luck,” which in Westview is like “hoping for magical, football-playing elves.”

    A better strategy for him might be to actively murder the players on the other team, but he might start to like that, and enjoyment is forbidden.

    So once again, only Les Moore is allowed to be a success.

  19. Merry Pookster

    At least we haven’t seen Owen in uniform.

  20. Don

    It’s a conference (league) title, not a state or regional title, and it’s not unusual for a team to have a bye at the end of the regular season, especially if the conference has an odd number of teams and it is pretty much impossible to find a non-conference opponent that also has a bye this late in the season.
    Another explanation: BWT is so good that they scheduled a game against a strong out-of-conference team one week early.