Blame the Balls

Hello there, snarkers, and welcome to Son of Stuck Funky’s 3,000th post! Once again, big ups to Beckoning Chasm, Epicus, and the rest of the author roster, and to all who read and contribute and comment.

When SoSF began, that week’s arc involved Funky and Les closing up Montoni’s New York City location. Today we see the same two old(er) pals playing—well, talking about playing—tennis.  “That tennis lesson I took isn’t helping much…” I think when it comes to tennis, “lesson” needs to be plural before one’s game begins to show improvement. Now, I’m not a sporto, and I know nothing about tennis: I have no idea how using old tennis balls vs. new would affect one’s play. But I do know that decent quality tennis balls cost between four and eight bucks for a can of three; might be worthwhile to invest, if it’s that much of a “problem”. And I know that tennis balls are usually a bright green-yellow, and somewhat larger than that tiny white orb Funky is gingerly holding in panel 3.

Rich Burchett is back behind the Funky Pencil, as you can tell by the dizzying upward perspective in panel 1. Judging from the orangey background, Funky and Les are playing their match either at sunset, or amid a flaming hellscape.


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12 responses to “Blame the Balls

  1. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    Haven’t seen today’s episode yet, but since when did Goatee Boy become so goddam athletic? And how can an obese, badly aged load like Flunky engage in any sports (running, tennis) at all??

  2. spacemanspiff85

    Playing with Les’s new balls messes Funky up. Okay then.

  3. billytheskink

    These tennis strips are especially irritating because they all feature Les and blunt object that could be used to smack Les upside the head but they never actually involve Les getting smacked upside the head.

    • spacemanspiff85

      Also, Les and Funky are two of the least believable fictional characters to be doing anything athletic. For some reason, Batiuk must’ve felt like just having them sit around Montoni’s with Funky bitching about his decrepit body and Les smirking would’ve been too lazy even for him.

  4. Epicus Doomus

    Three thousand SoSF posts, three thousand FW strips. Ponder for a moment (which should be plenty) just how little has happened over that time. It truly boggles the mind.

  5. Three thousand posts and if anything, Les is even more punchable now than he was back then. We’re in for a week of wishing Funky would man up and shoot the jerk but there he is, allowing Batiuk to get vengeance on the popular kids.

  6. ian'sdrunkenbeard

    It looks like Funky is playing tennis with a cue ball. That could affect his serve.

    The brownish background is a shit storm bearing down on FW.


    It angers me greatly that this made me ponder Funky’s old balls.

  8. Rusty Shackleford

    It’s clear: Batty’s off for the summer. Just run whatever crap he has piled up on his drawing board.

  9. redsnifit

    I swear I had this exact conversation back when I played tennis, so Batiuk may have finally created a strip that relates to young adults.

    However, his issues may actually stem from using baseballs.

  10. Eldon of Galt

    Wow. This is fascinating. Just fascinating.
    Also, we all know that the smirk is the default expression of any Funkyverse character, and maybe it’s gone beyond being commented on, but really, if you look at this with fresh eyes, just what the hell is Les smirking about? Honestly. He’s such an idiot.

  11. timbuys

    Clearly, Funky scammed some tennis pro into giving him a first lesson for free and then never scheduled another session.