Murderball most Foul.

Link to today’s strip

At first I thought panel two of today’s strip was incredibly implausible. Why would this game have a hard backdrop behind the bottles that a ball could ricochet off of? Isn’t a game involving throwing hard projectiles at fragile glass bottles while people stand watching dangerous enough already? So I actually looked up a couple pictures and videos of how this carnival game is played. I didn’t see any balls ricochet right back like this, but most of the games I looked at had a hard metal sheet behind the bottles.

And you know what? This game is actually easier than a lot of carnie games. As long as the bottles are standard beer bottles, and the balls used aren’t completely nerfed, this game is less likely to be rigged than the milk bottle toss, the ring toss, or the free throw game.

What I’m saying is, unless Pete is completely inept, he should be able to do this at least once out of ten or so tries.

Which will probably win him a cheap stuffed animal roughly the size of his fist, worth about 10 cents.

Mindy could definitely do better. At both the carnie game and the dating game.


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16 responses to “Murderball most Foul.

  1. Epicus Doomus

    See, this gag would kind of make sense with a character like Les or Funky, as we know that Les is a hapless dweeb and Funky is the world’s biggest sad-sack. But with Pete, not so much. I mean what do we really know about Pete? He might have some established Act II character traits but who the f*ck can remember that? We do know he’s into comic books and, well, that’s it. And sure, comic book dorks aren’t particularly know for their athletic prowess, true. But that’s a mighty thin foundation to build a joke upon, even by FW standards.

    Anyhow, my point being that I already intensely dislike these two and I’m 100% certain that every single other FW reader (both of them) feels exactly the same way. What the hell happened to the Bleat team? You mean he’s actually going BACK to that? Yuck.

  2. Jimmy

    You got me all excited with the post title, then I realized it’s lameness all the way down.

    I might have to go watch that doc again for inspiration rather than the Batiuk malaise.

  3. ian'sdrunkenbeard

    Yesterday I thought Mundy’s hand looked like a Civil War prosthetic device. Maybe she’s pulling the old when-you-reach-for-the-ball-the-whole-mannequin-arm-falls-off.

  4. Banana Jr. 6000

    At first I thought the ball klanked off one of the bottle targets, meaning the game was so rigged it can’t be won even with a direct hit. But that can’t be right, because that would be funny.

    But forget panel two; it’s panel one where the bullshit lies. Look at Pete’s throwing form. It’s excellent. And, the ball goes in a straight line. Why is he still nervous in panel three? He just needs to move two feet to the left and throw again. That drawing kills all the tension of the scenario.

  5. Paul Jones

    I’m beginning to think that Batiuk has never actually played a carnival game in his life.

  6. Chyron HR

    The word balloon is saying an unfunny punchline, but the art is saying “Pete wants an excuse to be the woman again tonight.”

  7. billytheskink

    If Pete or Mindy do win a prize, I hope it is one of those severed giraffe heads. That is the most Westview of the prizes we see here.

  8. CRM114

    HORROR ALERT: Over on the Batuik ( I know!) Blog we have pix and this gem “…research and writing for a rather sprawling story arc that will begin later this year and spread out across next year.” It appears to involve videos ’cause there are quite a number of green screen shots. Ohhh, the dread. What subject will he mutilate now? He actually researches this crap!!??!!

    • CRM114

      Batuik Research = (Fail) x ( ∞)

    • Maxine of Arc

      I certainly hope it’s as well researched as the Butter Brinkel arc. Hell, maybe he DID do a ton of research for that (on old Hollywood, the development of scandal press, the physical abilities of chimpanzees) and made a conscious decision to not care. NEVER FORGET the talking homicidal chimp that showed up for two strips!

    • Rusty Shackleford

      His treatment of things is always deep, and filled with rich characters that his readers come to love….At least in his mind…

    • Rusty Shackleford

      Maybe we will finally see Les get cancer and die in the most painful way possible.

      We can call it Lester’s Song.

      It writes itself.

  9. Count of Tower Grove

    As I recall, the bottles are made of wood and are weighted, stacked in a pyramid of six, and the ball is lighter than regulation.

    • comicbookharriet

      That’s how a milk bottle toss works. This is a break the bottle game. The glass bottles are neck down in a stand. It could probably be rigged by using very sturdy glass bottles or a lighter softer ball.

  10. Charles

    Pete should take that overshirt off since it interferes with his throw and balance. Plus, when he takes it off and hands it to his girlfriend, he gets to show off his ripped biceps, broad shoulders and not-sunken chest to her and I realize exactly why he didn’t do such a thing.

    Anyway, why is he throwing it that hard? It’s a small glass and it’s like 10 feet away from him. A three year old could accomplish this.