The Fault, Bull, Lies Not In The Cartoon Stars Swirling Around Our Heads….

Link to today’s strip

Look at Les today, thinking to himself, “ewwww, jocks and sportsball, yuck! Well, it serves him right after bullying me for all those years. Now how do I get out of here?”. What a pal. What a dick. Like I said yesterday, it’s simply not possible to draw Dick Facey in a non-objectionable way. He could draw panel after panel of nothing but Les standing there with no expression on his face at all and it’d still enrage me to no end.

So in typical BanTom fashion, he firmly establishes that Bull is dealing with the after-effects of his many football concussions, then goes backwards. Are they seriously going to thumb through Bull’s old scrapbook all week? While the diagnosis and treatment of concussions is a relatively new field and all, I’m fairly certain that perusing old photo albums isn’t yet an accepted form of treatment. The guy is tearing around town in a rage while we speak and these two are making sad faces over Bull’s utterly wasted life, which is a marked change as they’re usually making fun of him instead, but still.

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22 responses to “The Fault, Bull, Lies Not In The Cartoon Stars Swirling Around Our Heads….

  1. spacemanspiff85

    Seriously, are they not wondering where Bull currently is?
    It’d be great if Bull was forgetful and angry because he just found out he got his secret girlfriend pregnant.

  2. billytheskink

    Assuming Bull was a fullback at EMU like he was at Westview, that second photo is a shot of him fumbling the ball.

    And Linda wonders why Bull doesn’t “remember” any of this? His own scrapbook treats him like crap.

  3. And right around a year ago today, the trailers for the Will Smith movie about concussions in the and FL would have started playing.

    So timely!

    I can’t wait to hear all about Pokémon go next year.

  4. You know, if you removed the letters “Bull’s, S, Book” from what Linda’s holding, you’d have the Complete Funky Winkerbean.

  5. spacemanspiff85

    I also like how it’s labeled “Bull’s senior season”.
    The cover of the book says “Bull’s scrapbook”. Who else’s senior season would it be?

  6. ComicTrek

    We’re the quotation marks really necessary? It’s like he put them there to yell out to the readers “see, these are the symptoms!” He did something similar when Wally was describing his own PTSD, except instead of quotation marks, he literally listed the symptoms as they’re written straight from the medical book. In a way that people do NOT talk. (“Hyper-vigilance…) Remember?

    This is so lame and boring.

  7. It was convenient of Bull’s long-term head trauma to not make itself known until every ounce of bathos could be wrung ftom it.

  8. spacemanspiff85

    I just know that sometime soon Les is going to say “Gosh, he doesn’t even remember beating me up all those times . . .”.

  9. The NFL has largely resisted changing the game in the face of mounting medical knowledge and even a Hollywood movie. But now that BanTom has held forth in the ultimate medium—by gum!—they’ll be playing flag football starting next season. Then we can all feast on pullet surprise.

  10. That’s right, isn’t it? Batiuk is taking a creamy dump over his canon so that he can finally get himself that damned award no one is ever going to give him.

  11. The Dreamer

    I take it that Enormous Midwest University is Batiuk-speak for Ohio State?

  12. Rusty

    Bull’s at Montoni’s of course, where else could he go? No worries.

  13. A HREF

    EMU is a rip off of Tank McNamara’s “Enormous State University”

  14. Rusty Shackleford

    Soon Batty will have a book out with a collection of these strips: Bull’s story, the final punt.

  15. I’m still betting Batiuk pulls the rug out from under this plot and after all this buildup we see Bull has a grievance with his cellular provider or whatever, and his anger has nothing to do with CTE…

  16. @The Dreamer: Back when FW was at least semi-interesting, I remember a storyline about Bull’s “college recruitment” where Bull wasn’t getting the interest and attention from the bigger name colleges that he thought he’d get, so on national signing day he took his best option, which was an in-state mid-major and in true Batiukian fashion, five minutes after Bull makes his college choice Lou Holtz calls Westview only to get stonewalled by the receptionist…

    Of course “EMU” is a retcon, along with Bull’s history as a player (I never recall him as being “good”, only “the least suckiest player on the worst high school team in Ohio)… I’m in no mood to dig up the Funkyverse archive of circa 94-95, but I’m pretty sure he went somewhere smaller…

  17. $$$WESTVIEW ONCOLOGIST$$$

    Concussion damage isn’t a new thing. I remember as far back in the 1980s about NY Jets Wide Receiver Al Toon who was suffering from the effects of hits. The guy could barely function. In Boxing we all knew about being “Punch Drunk”. Everyone knew Ali’s condition was worsened by his fights.

    What I am getting at is that Linda cannot plead ignorance, here!! If she knew Bull was having memory problems and knew about his hits….WHY THE FUCK DIDN’T SHE SAY SOMETHING TO SOMEONE???!!!!!!

    She now only is opening up to a “friend” in midst of Bull potentially being dead in alley somewhere.

  18. Jim in Wisc.

    @ Epicus Doomus (yesterday): Thanks for the explanation, and no worries.

    BTW, I did a little more reading on the subject (yeah, I have a tendency to waste time on stupid crap like this), and while the penalties for damaging a mailbox are pretty severe, the feds rarely prosecute. That being said, I’m sure the postal inspectors wouldn’t hesitate to chew Ol’ Eddie a new one for constantly destroying this guy’s mailbox.

    And as for CTE, I once read an interview with the great Green Bay linebacker Ray Nitschke, where he was talking about some of his more unusual experiences playing football. One of them was not remembering the entire 2nd half a game he played in after getting his bell rung in the 1st half. This was the 1960s.

  19. Comic Book Harriet

    I laughed out loud at Dick Facey’s stupid Dickish face in panel one. It’s like a mixture of boredom, depression, and slight disgust. Change the scrapbook to any Act III tradepaperback, and we would have a very meta commentary on this strip.

  20. billytheskink

    @hitorque

    Back when FW was at least semi-interesting, I remember a storyline about Bull’s “college recruitment” where Bull wasn’t getting the interest and attention from the bigger name colleges that he thought he’d get, so on national signing day he took his best option, which was an in-state mid-major and in true Batiukian fashion, five minutes after Bull makes his college choice Lou Holtz calls Westview only to get stonewalled by the receptionist…

    Your memory of the Lou Holtz bit is spot on.

    Bull did go to EMU back in Acts I and II, but back then it stood for “Eastern Midwest University” instead of Enormous Midwest University. The former name seems like a play on the “Directional State” names of many mid-major schools, the latter comes across as an Ohio State stand-in or a ripoff of Tank McNamara’s ESU (as picked up on by The Dreamer and A HREF).

  21. Yes, it’s the traditional beating-to-death-of-the-premise!

  22. The most entertaining thing of this story arc is Les’ expression each day. A more bored, unconcerned, sour expression cannot be imagined. Of course, I’m sure he’s thinking that if Bull suffers from something serious, Les won’t be able to play his 20-year old “Lisa Card” very often.

    And honestly, the idea that Bull is driving around in a hot fury while his wife and “friend” look through scrapbooks is hilarious.