Missed open layup

Today’s strip shows Les continuing to chase Nate around to berate him over his copier use. And not surprisingly, he’s wrong. He’s not being penalized. He’s simply not getting credit for it. He’s not allotted fewer copies than his fellow teachers. He gets just as many, but since he decided to go double sided, he used half as many pages. It’s not Nate’s fault, or the fault of the other teachers that Les was sloppy when heeding the rules.

But I’m more annoyed by the punchline. Batiuk uses a legal term, “don’t make a federal case out of it”, but rather than bringing the Legal Society students in, he brings in the kids in the journalism club (media club, or whatever the hell it is). Wouldn’t a better punchline be “don’t turn this into a front page story”? Or “don’t make a national story of this”? You know, something to reflect the fact that these kids are specifically in the school’s media news activity?

But I don’t know why I’m annoyed. To mix my metaphors, flubbing an open layup like this is par for the course as far as Batiuk’s concerned.


Filed under Son of Stuck Funky

16 responses to “Missed open layup

  1. billytheskink

    The missed layup analogy reminds me of my middle school basketball team. Early in the season, in a close game, one of our forwards pulled down a rebound underneath the basket and proceeded to put the ball right back up for an easy layup. Unfortunately, it was a defensive rebound, and he had just scored 2 points for our opponent. In one of our last games, which we were losing very badly, one of our guards did the same thing, except he missed the layup. After the game, our coach, who was pretty unhappy about the entire performance and going off about a variety of mistakes, described this play as being even worse than that early season wrong basket layup since the forward at least demonstrated the fundamentals necessary to make a layup.

    Les’ gripe that he is being penalized is completely, appallingly, factually incorrect, and the “punchline” doesn’t involve that fact at all? This strip is like a taking a layup on the other team’s basket… and missing it. Now if I could just get my middle school basketball coach on the phone with TB.

  2. spacemanspiff85

    So students just wander into the teachers’ workroom and nobody notices? That seems problematic.

  3. redsnifit

    I’m guessing that we’re about to get an arc where the student newspaper exposes the unjust practice of using the accepted definition of copy clicks. Batiuk seeking revenge for his school not letting him use the copy machine for personal use.

  4. What is Batiuk’s remedy for a dumpster fire caused by Les’s inability to understand the rules and refusal to admit he’s wrong? Adding in a bunch of random idiots to make a moron into a martyr, that’s what!!

  5. Gerard Plourde

    So this is another example of a storyline where readers are left scratching their heads trying to figure out what point he’s trying to make.

  6. Hannibal's Lectern

    After the Starsuck Jones movie was finished, made its world premier in a nowhere town in the middle of Ahia, and was then quickly forgotten by everyone, CME went bankrupt and everyone associated with the fiasco was banished from Hollywood. DMZ has been reduced to searching for dirt on high-school teachers melting down over copy machine rules.

  7. Smirks 'R Us

    I love how the students equipment looks professional quality while, in the past, fringe characters making documentos use something found on the bargain shelf from Circuit City. And the artwork today, just wow. The girls necks look positively alien.

  8. So he thought that using half as much paper entitled him to consume twice as much toner as the other teachers?

  9. bobanero

    So, is the student media crew just wandering the halls bursting into random rooms looking for a story, or did Less summon them with his secret call button? I’m guessing this is Buttock’s way of trying to make sure that the readers sympathize with his hero by having the students take his side in the “controversy”.

  10. hitorque

    1. So the school news team was hanging outside the office with cameras running ready to burst in at the appropriate time?? Must be a slow-assed news day.

    2. We all knew someday that Les would forsake his teaching career to make a half-assed final stand over some petty insignificant bullshit, but I don’t think ANYONE anticipated it to be *THIS* petty…

    3. So how are the other fifty teachers at Westview able to get their jobs done with the same copier ration?

    4. I’m looking forward to Woke Les attending a union meeting for the first time in his life and having the unmitigated gall to wonder why nobody at the Ohio Federation of Teachers gives a shit about his crusade…

  11. hitorque

    5. I know Les is growing his ballsack big and throwing this pissy-shit fit because he thinks he’s impossible to fire because he’s juiced in, a famous author, and union protected; but if the Funkyverse has taught us anything at all, it’s that *ANYONE* can be instantly fired…

  12. Epicus Doomus

    The rest of the faculty must despise Les. He takes months at a time off and when he bothers to show up for work all he does is bitch, bitch and bitch. “Save paper”…LOL, this coming from a guy who just released a fifty pound set of books. What a dick.