Gentleman Baller

So, how’s Bull doing?” How rude to have Bull’s wife discuss his condition with Buck literally right behind his back. And how cruel of Batiuk to go through the trouble of rehabilitating bully Bull’s Act I persona, only to set him on a track to a sad, addled existence: first suggesting that Bull’s high school abuse of Les was staged (it wasn’t), and having him serve as trainer to Summer following her knee injury, and to Les as he prepared to climb Kilimanjaro. Thankfully his health is still good, so he’ll have plenty of time to sit in the basement and savor his “victory.”


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22 responses to “Gentleman Baller

  1. Epicus Doomus

    Obviously the gag here is that Bull’s cognitive decline is continuing to worsen. This BanTom guy is one strange dude. I mean why not just go all-in with it? Bull grabs the car keys, takes off and forgets which pedal is the brake, Bull spends all day trying to light the pilot light on the microwave, just pure slapstick stuff illustrating just how funny brain injuries can be. Obviously he has no qualms whatsoever about depicting Bull as a complete imbecile so that’s not a factor and IMO the slapstick goofball comedy would be a big step up from this utterly witless nonsense with this “Buck” asshole. It was cruel enough to saddle Bull with CTE in the first place but to use it for this cheap nostalgic comic relief is just sick and twisted.

  2. spacemanspiff85

    Next time a newspaper or TV station does some stupid piece about how “serious” and “groundbreaking” this comic is, someone needs to make sure they see this strip, where he uses CTE for a dumb, unfunny, ugly pun.
    He would have never done this with his precious Lisa and her Very Serious Storyline, but Bull the jock is fair game.
    If he thinks this crap is funny then I have a feeling his reaction when he first heard about CTE was glee that the jocks finally got what was coming to them.
    Of course he’s also the jackass who thought made jokes about how an old lady didn’t need to worry about being raped because she was old and no matter wanted her, and a joke about kids getting PTSD, so this isn’t really out of the ordinary for him.

  3. DOlz

    I guess Buck keeps coming around to see when Bull is so far gone that he can put the move on Linda.

    • Double Sided Scooby Snack

      He has competition if he wants to bang Goatee Boy’s “work wife.” On the other hand, how long has it been since The Lord of Language graced the school with his awesome, smirking presence?

  4. billytheskink

    How rude to have Bull’s wife discuss his condition with Buck literally right behind his back.

    Maybe this is where Dinkle’s deafness went.

    TB’s handling of concussions in football is making Neal Rubin’s look good…

  5. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    Actually, old “ballers” do die. And their minds don’t always fade away. This isn’t a saying. Cut the shit, Batty.


    “So….. Buck. Are YOU an old baller? I’ve been very lonely lately, what with Bull’s brains turning to oatmeal, and my Work Husband has been on a book tour for six months. Here, follow me. You can ball me silly. BULL… STAY!”

  6. redsnifit

    If there’s something about this that makes it -somewhat- unique for a Funky arc, it’s that Bull gets to show off emotions that normally wouldn’t come within fifty feet of a BatTom character. Pretty much every male character has two settings: smug douche-nozzle and whining depression. But here, he displays an emotion that I can only describe as “CTE-addled Jabba the Hutt trying to catch an imaginary football whilst having a brain hemorrhage.”

  7. spacemanspiff85

    Regarding the art in this strip: when Batiuk announced he was stepping down, I thought “that’s great, it can only get better”. Holy crap, was I wrong. I mean, it did, for like the first month, but Batiuk honestly must have chewed the new guy out for showing up, or the new guy just realized, if the writer doesn’t give a crap about quality, why should he.

  8. comicbookharriet

    When I hear the term ‘baller’ I imagine copious drug use. Which really would make Bull’s level of brain damage more convincing.

    Why is it always the recently made up Buck visiting Bull? Why did we need a new character to be the ‘Tuesdays with Morrie” stand in, when really anyone from Westview High would have been a better option?

    Also F**k this ridiculously out of nowhere, obnoxiously repetitive, and insulting Bull CTE storyline. F**k it and f**k the f**king pen it rode in on. I am sick of NewBuck Jocks coming over to visit the decayed remains of Bull Bushka rotting in a dilapidated mancave that he apparently never leaves.

  9. The sad thing is that if Batiuk’s vendetta against athletes were a person, he’d have married his vendetta against the popular girls. Their child would be his vendetta against high school students born after 1960 and their grandchild his vendetta against today’s kids.

  10. Chyron HR

    Sorry, Batiuk, but Gil Thorp just ran a story where this “football can cause brain damage” hoax was exposed as a lie told by big fat losers.

  11. Baller is typically a basketball reference, not too frequently used with football, so once again, TB picks up a random phrase from someplace. Also, who uses that framing motion for such a large picture?

  12. louder

    Roger Goodel, however, thinks it hilarious….

  13. louder

    Let me try that again: Roger Goodell, however, thinks it’s hilarious…

    Should write early in the morning.

  14. sgtsaunders

    Seems like the Funkyverse has taken a turn for the grim, even more so than usual. From Funky’s “let’s all jump off a bridge” monologue to today’s mindbender, BatCat seems to pull off the seemingly impossible, .i.e., to actually worsen the conditional outlook of his cast of characters. Keep it coming, sir, keep it coming.

  15. bobanero

    No worries. Next time we see Bull he’ll be performing physical therapy or hounding the new Westview football coach as if nothing ever happened. Which of course begs the question – Are we ever going to see a new football/basketball coach/sports director get hired? TB needs somebody to take over as the butt of all the sporto jokes. Too bad he hasn’t bothered to develop any other characters who would be qualified to take the job. Summer is the closest one I could think of, and she only shows up when furniture needs to be moved.

  16. countoftowergrove

    Who the fuck uses the term “ballers,” unless one is referring to “fuckers?”

  17. Epicus Doomus

    I can’t help but wonder why this asshole Buck is apparently Bull’s only regular visitor. I mean the guy was a local Westview fixture for decades, he’s friends with the town’s “major players” and he coached literally hundreds and hundreds of local kids through the years, yet some weirdo who just happened to wander into his life a couple of years ago has become his best friend and only tether to the outside world.

    • timbuys

      Similarly, I also am drawn to wonder about the introduction of Buck as a plot device until the safety release on my brain triggers and I realize it is too fucking stupid to think about anymore.

  18. bayoustu

    How’s Bull doing??! Terribly! His facial features are so askew they’re in danger of sliding off his melon-like head!