Truly Badly Deeply

That was a perfectly executed pass, and it had to have been good for at least a first down. So why are the opposing teens laughing and pointing at Funky and Les?


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33 responses to “Truly Badly Deeply

  1. Epicus Doomus

    Hey, speak for yourself there, Funky. I guess the unruly teens are laughing on general principle, but yeah, they both walked away, so I suppose they fared pretty well, all things considered. Which is too bad, all things considered.

  2. Jeff M.

    Those teens are us.

  3. Y. Knott

    That was a perfectly executed pass, and it had to have been good for at least a first down. So why are the opposing teens laughing and pointing at Funky and Les?

    Because the author can’t remember from one day to the next the details of the story he’s attempting to tell.

    And because somehow, some way, Batiuk knows one thing: these days, whenever he attempts something, it ends up that people laugh at him derisively and point. Batiuk’s mind may be failing him, but it’s been happening every day for years now. He knows the message the world has sent him, and that he must send out in turn: to try is inevitably to fail.

    Also, because it was the first thing he thought of, and with Tom Batiuk, First Idea = Best Idea.

  4. none


    Funky threw the pass. Les caught the pass. Les was tackled. That’s how this works.

    What? Did a day get skipped in here or something? This is Friday’s strip, right?

    • Banana Jr. 6000

      It’s like we’re missing a strip where after one play, they’re too exhausted to continue. That would give the kids a reason to laugh, be a good comeuppance for Funky and Les’ arrogance in rhinking they were going to teach these kids something, and fit the theme of elderly decrepitude.

  5. William Thompson

    “That’s what she said!”

  6. I call foul. Les’ glasses were clearly broken in yesterday’s strip. This could not have happened unless he showed up with pre-broken glasses, designed so that he would be showered with sympathy. Is Les that evil?

  7. As much as it pains me to say so, LESS CAUGHT THE DAMN PASS!* So no reason to laugh, you young ruffians!

    *Unless this pick-up football game is as crooked as the NFL.

  8. sorialpromise

    1. Love the title!
    2. From the look of the kid on the left, Les must have cried his eyes 👀 out between yesterday’s strip and today’s. (That doesn’t sound like Les.)
    3. Funky still has sweat stains. Les has tackle stains.
    4. Looks to me like Funky threw the ball pretty far. (Why is Mr. Batiuk suddenly making Les look like a whiner?)
    5. bwoeh owes me $20 on the outcome of this game. (Maybe it was $50)

    • be ware of eve hill

      5. bwoeh owes me $20 on the outcome of this game. (Maybe it was $50)

      Godammit! Am I making bets in my sleep again?

      *sigh* That’s me. @be ware of eve hill, degenerate gambler.

      • sorialpromise

        Yes, but when we label you as a degenerate gambler, we mean it in the nicest way possible.
        (We will defer to Mr. bwoeh, if you actually cluck in your sleep: the betting line in Vegas is 5 will get you 10 that you…)

        • be ware of eve hill

          Clucking? Fred Flintstone is rapidly saying “bet” repeatedly, not clucking. Fred had a gambling problem.

          You never saw that episode as a kid? You poor thing. Somebody should have told momma sp to untie the apron strings.

          • sorialpromise

            Eve, I am going to give you my highest compliment. The only social media that I go on, is LinkedIn. This year has been special for me because I veered into the Italian version of LinkedIn. There are several posters plus one Swiss that post Art, poems, stories, and photos, plus topical discussions. All very creative. Very stimulating to this old retired guy. Through them, I have gotten 15 new contacts. Just today I connected with a scientist specializing in particle science.
            Now this is where you come in. I find you and your posts just as fascinating as theirs. You have lived a life similar to ours. Some in the exact same areas. Similar interests. You curse like a sailor, but apparently sing like an angel. You are witty. To sum it up, Eve: you are damn near my equal. Damn near!

          • be ware of eve hill

            You’re mocking me, aren’t you?

  9. billytheskink

    Cut the whining, Les.

    1. “Go deep” is the only route you know, and

    2. Yeah, this whole dumb thing was Funky’s idea, but you didn’t have to play. When was the last time the world didn’t move for you. Just like the Lisa movie you endlessly griped about, you wanted this!

  10. Paul Jones

    So……these nitwits do something stupid and it’s the children who are wrong for reacting accordingly. Good to see that the students who asked Batiuk why they needed to learn the crap he was teaching have been living rent free inside his head all these years.

  11. Charles

    Quarter inch from reality. If a 68 year old man took a hard tackle from 2 teenagers, he would have been fucking destroyed. Les wouldn’t be whining about his bruised ego or busted glasses, he’d be whining in the ambulance on the way to get his spine fused so he could walk again sometime in the future.

  12. Dood

    Wait till they return with Force Ghost Phil Holt and Flush Whatshisname. Then things will get even more uninteresting.

  13. Gerard Plourde

    What we’ve learned:

    Funky can throw a decent pass.

    Funky’s choice of downfield receiver, based on past experience, was dumb.

    Funky and Les horned in to an ongoing game for a total of one play.

    The strip shows them being rightfully ridiculed for their actions.

    Conclusion – TomBa apparently hates all of his characters as much as we do.

  14. be ware of eve hill


    They’re wounded! Don’t let them get away!

  15. be ware of eve hill

    Many morals can be applied to this week’s story arc:

    1.) Pride goeth before destruction.

    2.) Stay in your lane.

    3.) Don’t make waves.

    4.) Don’t write checks your ass can’t cash.

    5.) It’s a young man’s game.

    6.) Stick to tennis (or take up pickleball).

    7.) A man’s got to know his limitations.

  16. Dammit. I was rooting for a stretcher job.

  17. hitorque

    I don’t get what the kids are laughing at? Nothing changes the fact that Dr. Funk and Lester Moore went all John Elway/Steve Largent on their asses, and to make things worse they HAD to know that the strange old slow dude playing QB was going to lock in solely on the other strange old slow dude yet they still completed the pass for either a long gain or a TD… So AFAIC the old guys are have their victory and the teens are the ones looking like idiots….

    • Banana Jr. 6000

      Which was also the whole point of the story. On Monday, Funky said “Let’s fix that (meaning, throw Les the ball) and show these kids how it’s done!” They did exactly that. So why are they suddenly beaten down and laughed at? We’re left to guess. Batiuk basically makes you write the story for him. He thinks he’s being subtle by not telling you anything. And by dropping and adding plot points left and right.

      Steve Largent was born in 1954. This makes him the same age as Les and Funky, since they had their 50th high school reunion in 2022. Here’s a recent picture of Largent. He’s in good shape for his age, and could certainly teach the kids more about football than Funky and Les. But come on, this 68-year-old man taking a hard tackle from two burly teenagers in a live game? I’m sure he’d pass on the opportunity.

      • Gerard Plourde

        I like to think that they’re laughing at Les’ totally in character inability to retain possession, resulting in either an incomplete pass or, less likely, a fumble and turnover.