Wednesday, September 27, 2006

A strip where everyone wins

I'm not entirely sure I understand today's strip. Are we supposed to be mocking these guys? It kind of reminds me of the strip from July where the kid thought he did horribly on a test but wound up with a B+. These guys are probably making excuses in the top panel in case they have crappy games. None of them do. They all do well. That's good, right? And I somehow doubt that it does happen every time; if that were the case, most people would spend the hour before each game saying how bad they feel.

Anyway, is it just me, or does the first "s" in "says" look like a "g"? I read that as "Gays" the first time. Makes no sense, but really, what in TDIET does?

And it certainly looks like the guy in the top panel is wearing a pink shirt. So in the bottom panel, are we supposed to assume that the pink thing he's holding is that shirt? Because it looks more like a towel to me. Also, in the top panel, it looks like a girl's shirt. I'm just sayin'.


At 4:39 PM, Anonymous Junior Tracy said...

As a long-time golfer, I can tell you what's going on. What they do every time here is this: the golfers are all claiming, quite falsely, some injury or disadvantage that will adversely affect their play. This is done for the purpose of sandbagging the other guys in the foursome - the supposedly injured golfer gets the others to believe that he won't do well, so that they're more likely to bet with him, for higher stakes, and give him additional strokes (i.e., a further advantage because he's injured), enabling him to clean on bets when his back / ingrown toenail / hip gets better, or he finds his glasses. This usually around the second fairway, when bets are down.

Look at the seond panel - these guys are total, hard-scratch snipers. The worst score is three over par, which means everyone involved is a very, very good golfer.

This, however, militates against it being something that others do every time to Steve McDowell of St. Simons's Island, GA, unless Steve is, like these guys, basically a golf hustler (St. Simon's Island sounds pretty resort-y, and might have a bunch of courses), but not quite as good as they are, or unless Steve is as dumb as a six-iron. No one in his freakin' right mind would bet with any of these guys - the whole bad hip, etc., business is just obvious.

As it happens, there's a useful explanation of this in recent "Gil Thorp" strips. Marty Moon gets hustled by an old fat guy. You might check it out.

At 4:47 PM, Anonymous Lil' Lurker said...

Four gay golfers. Awesome!

At 5:55 PM, Blogger DaveyK said...

The basic flaw in this little TDIET morality play is that any narrative in which a foursome of middle-age non-PGA golfers shoots a collective 6 over par does not "happen every time" pretty much by definition.

One can only assume that Steve McDowell of St. Simons's Island, GA was recently hustled and this is the most constructive outlet he could find for his anger.

Oh, yeah!

At 9:40 PM, Blogger Frankie Machine said...

I don't know the first thing about golf, but the image of those four old people in the locker room getting ready to take off their clothes gives me the frikkin' creeps. Who lets this garbage get into our nation's funny pages?

At 10:50 PM, Blogger Stevarino said...

I think they should just change the name of this strip to "middle-aged conservative white guys, along with their wives and cynical, coddled, unnatural-acting children, do it every time," because there are no blacks, gays, latinos, pagans, asians or drag queens in the TDIETverse, ever. Does anyone else find that reason enough not to like the strip? Or would it just look ridiculous and condescending if Scaduto introduced a "black" character who spoke in "jive?"

At 1:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

At least 'Shalimar' on the next day's comic seems more foreign in the TDIET world. Such a huge, wide "scarf", though.

At 10:58 AM, Anonymous Junior Tracy said...

I'm pretty sure that if Scaduto included his version of black, gay, Latino, pagan, Asian, and/or drag queen characters in a strip, the Seattle P-I wouldn't be able to publish it. All of Scaduto's gay characters woulld be drag queens, for one thing. You'd see Asians "doing it every time" as the proprietors of dry cleaners, blacks wearing platform shoes, calling one another "turkey" and sayin "Dyn-o-mite", Latinos wearing giant sombreros, and pagans sacrificing goats.

Actually, any or all of those things would make the strip way better.

So would four gay golfers.


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