De Jock Vu

Today’s strip takes us back in time to Sunday, I think. Yep, TB is repeating himself all of two days later… eh, he’s done worse.

Well, not much worse, because Buck hitting on Linda (and insulting the entire canine species) is some of squickiest squick we’ve seen TB hatch in a good long while. How else are we supposed to read “a little attention and a job to do”? This is not cute or endearing, it’s gross. Buck looking kinda like Dennis Hastert does the strip no favors either. Just awful all the way around.

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  1. I’m beginning to side with those who think Batiuk won’t stop writing this at the 50th anniversary.

    Because he already stopped writing this years ago.

    • Epicus Doomus

      Not only do I believe he won’t stop at fifty, but I also think he has hundreds of years worth of these in the can and a deal in place to keep the strip running long after we’re all gone. It’s one of my biggest fears, actually.

      • Saturnino

        Maybe at fifty, he’ll do what Teri did with PJ. Start from the beginning.

        At least we’ll see some maybe funny gag-a-day strips, and by the time it all turns bad, we’ll be dead or in diapers.

  2. William Thompson

    So what’s that old dog going to do next? Hump Linda’s leg?

  3. William Thompson

    Get an alcove, you two! I’ll get the bricks and mortar.

  4. ian'sdrunkenbeard

    Old Butt got a nose job between panels 2 and 3.
    It looks like he went to the plastic surgeon and said, “Give me #17, the ‘Marlo Thomas'”.

  5. Doghouse Reilly

    Seriously, do the words in either of Buck Futt’s dialogue balloons today make any sense in the order they’re presented? The fact that a sixtysomething man played high school football doesn’t exactly make him an “ex-jock.” And in how many American households do the resident dogs have “a job to do,” a description which doesn’t apply to eating slippers, barking at squirrels seen through the backyard sliding doors, or staining the new carpet?
    Oh, and is it just me, or does the box in Panel One stay “Bull’s Stufr”?

  6. Epicus Doomus

    “Bull’s Stuff”…how original. This is some seriously excruciating banter, the wryness is just leaping off the page. The point here is still lost on me, though, although what else is new?

    • billytheskink

      Looks like “Bull’s Stuft” to me. Which begs the question, who did they bury last fall? Also, how much did Linda pay the taxidermist?

      • Epicus Doomus

        She didn’t even take the time to label it properly, like “Bull’s Trophies”, “Bull’s Game Tapes”, “Bull’s Gear” and etc. Just “stuff”. So who at WHS is going to sort through this junk, the official WHS sports historian? And who might that be? I mean pretty much no one came to his funeral, who’s gonna care enough to trawl through his old junk? And why isn’t Linda back at WHS? Did she retire? And if so, why?

        • billytheskink

          Linda did tell Les she planned to retire at the end of the 2018-19 school year to take care of Bull (I think, she’s not very clear), which she got to do for a few months.

          • Banana Jr. 6000

            Linda went to high school with Bull and the others. Which means, canonically, she graduated in 1988 and is thus about 50 years old. If she can retire that early, why did she desperately need that NFL CTE settlement? Which only would have been $15-$60,000, in light of Bull’s brief career?

            Who retires at 50 anyway? Apparently life is so wearying for Linda that she’s just going to sit at home from the ages of 50 to 65, and make heavy-lidded smirks at the world. Most people who retire early want to do something productive with their time, but she’s never shown a shred of interest in anything or anyone. Not even Bull, when she was supposedly caring for him. She certainly wasn’t bothered by his death. What a miserable, detestable character.

          • billytheskink

            Linda is probably older than Bull. She wasn’t part of the Act I student cast, she was introduced early in Act II already a teacher and her teenage daughter Mickey was introduced a few years after that. Someone with a high school aged daughter in 1997 was probably (hopefully) not in high school herself in 1988.

            Of course, the class of 1988 may or may not have become the class of 1978 in Act III… but the discussing the time mechanics of the Batiukverse will do nothing but give us all a headache, so I’ll pull back from that.

  7. erdmann

    If Buck’s going to do his job the way my dog does, he’s about to take a massive dump on Linda’s front lawn.

  8. Count of Tower Grove

    Todd’s repetition reminds me the repetitiveness of Dondi back in the sixties.

  9. Lord Flatulence

    Again …

  10. Hitorque

    Oh for fuck’s sake…

    I played sports in high school, hell I was playing amateur Sunday baseball until a few years ago (NABA) — You think I introduce myself as an “ex-jock”? The only character in history so tied up in teenage glories was Al Bundy and at least he was funny…

    Hank Hill needs a psychiatric evaluation ASAFP… Can you imagine how insufferable he’d be around his family, if he still has one?

    Hank Hill is morphing into the sports equivalent of Harry Dinkle… Watch Westview hire him to be the “new” head coach.

  11. Banana Jr. 6000

    This is like watching two awkward high schoolers who like each other but can’t bring themselves to say it, and are now running out of things to talk about. “Thanks yet again, Buck, for… um… helping me move Bull’s stuff!” Even though there’s still stacks of boxes of it around. “You’re welcome! I’m just like a dog… I need… uh… stuff to do! It’s Biblical in scope! Heh-heh!”

  12. Paul Jones

    The really irritating thing about all of this New Best Friend garbage is that it’s so a crime of opportunity. Buck wouldn’t be as prominent a part of Linda’s life if former best friend Dick Facey didn’t act as if CTE were a contagious illness.

  13. sgtsaunders

    Dogs … job to do … that leer…OMG RUN LINDA! NOW!

  14. Epicus Doomus: She didn’t even take the time to label it properly, like “Bull’s Trophies”, “Bull’s Game Tapes”, “Bull’s Gear” and etc. Just “stuff”. So who at WHS is going to sort through this junk, the official WHS sports historian?

    This guy.

  15. Hey gang, the SoSF Zoom chat scheduled for tonight is cancelled…my apologies. We’ll try again soon.

  16. Charles

    I still can’t get over how Bull’s child is playing no role in this whatsoever. Moreover, how much weird shit this week with Buck could we have avoided if it had been Jinx instead of him?

    I mean, it’s not as if these punchlines were worth saving.

    • William Thompson

      It would make too much sense if this week featured Jinx instead of Linda, and if they were sorting through the mementos. The mementos could spark a conversation. Jinx could tell Buck that Linda was still not over Bull’s death. Buck could talk to Jinx about her father. Buck might even say something admirable about him (which would kill Batiuk to write; pure win there.) Jinx could say something about how her mother liked the way Buck and Bull got along. It could pave the way for a Buck/Linda story, instead of this Puberty Row leering.