Nate and Linda, useless as ever.

Today’s strip shows Nate and the ubiquitous Linda walking along a corridor in the high school. Batiuk apparently decided he needed another bully, and since he had to graduate Wedgeman with the dopesy twins Owen and Cody, he came up with a new one. To no one’s surprise, it’s the brother of his previous bully, and would you look at that, he’s a football player as well. Let no one suggest that Batiuk ever exhausts the possibilities he has before him.

The severely parted Linda isn’t actually concerned about what happened to the victims of Tank’s bullying, because they’re not important. What’s important is to indicate that there’s a new bully in town and have Nate make a completely nonsensical reference to a cliche as wordplay. It’s actually in insult to wordplay. It should be called wordloitering instead.

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16 responses to “Nate and Linda, useless as ever.

  1. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    A football bullyjock named Wedgeman. Imagine that. Meet the other stars of the team: Thud McSwirlie, Rock Lockerstuffer, Bull Lunchmoneygrabber, and Biff Facepuncherski.

    Meanwhile, oddly, we see Princ’pal Nate and Poodlehead O’Salmonskin strolling down the hall.

    “Love your hairdo, Linda!”

    “Thanks. Every day I stick my finger in an electrical outlet, then part my hair with a weedwhacker.”

    Suddenly, they encounter Les and Cayla, who both look oddly jealous for some reason.

  2. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    By the way, if you think you can come up with a more forced and clunky saying than “the footballs don’t fall far from the goalposts,” good luck.

  3. Epicus Doomus

    Yes Nate, he’s a “star fullback” (a nearly obsolete position BTW) from a troubled family so you might as well just shrug, say something impossibly stupid and give up on him now as he’ll just be a dirt-clod collecting imbecile in thirty years anyway. What an educator. Figures he’d be friends with Linda too, given her general outlook on her students.

    This one is especially terrible, even by FW standards. Hilariously clumsy dialog, a fantastically awful punch line and his total inability to move on from a bad gag, all on display at once. Plus there’s his weird bemused disdain for football on display yet again, which is a whole other topic for discussion I’ll save for another time.

  4. I’d rather continue on from bellyaching about how mandarin oranges keep Jell-O from sliding down your throat than have Batiuk keep hammering away at his familiar theme of apathetic teachers and dumb jocks.

  5. Rusty Shackleford

    Over on CK someone commented that it would be funny if Summer were the coach.

    I think it would be hilarious if she and Tank started bullying Les…all in the tradition of their brothers.

    I was never in any sports, yet I don’t recall getting bullied by any football players. They used to come to the band parties and we would drink together.

    • comicbookharriet

      Same here. And I was in the ‘nerd’ bunch. Bullies, no matter their interest, tend to pick on the lowest and weakest in their own social circle. These jocks should be belittling and taunting their second-place place-kicker.

  6. Gerard Plourde

    Wow, talk about a forced and failed attempt to play off a cliche. There’s no way that this works.

  7. bobanero

    Panel 3 seems more like word-bullying than wordplay to me. Do we think that we’re actually going to see any bullying this week, or just hear Nate and Linda talk about it?

  8. hitorque

    1. What is this, Gil Thorp? The Fullback position stopped being a thing like 15 years ago, much less forcing the best athlete on the team to play the position… Here we are in 2018 and Westview’s ‘new’ football coach comes in running the Wing-T offense…

    2. Hey! There’s a new bully in school! Instead of trying to be proactive and taking some precautionary measures, (in other words, doing our fucking jobs), let’s make some lameassed puns instead…

    3. Now that a bullying arc from a popular jock is on the horizon, it’s even more of a shame that Maris and her Gotcha Action News Team already shot their wad on the “Mr. Moore is being oppressed by copier limits!” -story…

  9. Apparently, we’ve met “Tank” Wedgeman (did his older brother even have a first name?):

    …and I’m patting myself on the back because when the strip ran in May of last year I commented on the resemblance. Must have been the hatchet face.

  10. comicbookharriet

    That poor poor girl in the background of panel 1. She looks like a skinny, female, Drew Carey. Complete with receding hairline.

  11. Professor Fate

    So another prestige bullying arc? Or are we just going to have folks make wry comments about bullies and do nothing about it?
    either way I don’t care.