November 7th, 2010

Snarky Candiru2

Monday, 8 November 2010

We begin the week with an arc celebrating not only the Canadian tradition of winter sports but also Elly's knee-jerk, ignorant hatred of same. We've already had a Retcon that compares team sports to the organized brutalization of busy mothers with noooooooo help and noooooo time to themselves so the Lynnsight will compare it to spousal abuse as well. The fact that Elly a) doesn't want to spend her free time in a hockey rink and b) says No without thinking and won't back-pedal because she thinks it makes her look weak is something Lynn would have us ignore.

(Strip Number 192, Original Publication Date, 9 November 1981)

Panel 1: We start off with Mike telling Elly that his phys. ed teacher coaches hockey so could he play; she doesn't even take her eyes off the cook-book she's misreading when she tells him "No."

Panel 2: Her silhouette also refuses to look at him as she again says no even after she's told that Lawrence and Gordon and everyone is playing.

Panel 3: When he tells the back of her head that his PE teacher says that they'll learn sportsmanship. team spirit and discipline, she says "Well...." as a prelude to launching into her "Team sports is organized brutality" speech.

Panel 4: She's then gobsmacked when her attempt to try to convince him that he has to be better than the stick-swinging brutes on Hockey Night in Canada to tell her that he's already ordered his uniform.

Summary: The notes, of course, will give us more than "team sports = violence against women"; we'll also see "team sports = the overthrow of civilization" and "team sports = hatred of culture" and "team sports = the enemy of fairness". That last is the key to what really gets up Lynn's ass: her exposure to team sports forced her to hear the hated but necessary character-building words "You stink at this, girlfriend."

The notes, of course, are meant to distract us from the real problem. Not only does Elly have the knee-jerk response of "No" to anything her kids want and the need to not be flexible because it makes her look weak, we must also not lose sight of the fact that Elly's baying at the moon as she wags her finger in the air and decrees that she's single-handedly stiff-arming organized barbarism is a smoke-screen; that's because the upcoming "Hello-hockey-good-bye-free-time" strip tells us what really does bug her. That's right, people: "Team sports = Poor, Put-Upon Elly™"!!