Alley Oop by Jack and Carole Bender

Alley Oop

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  1. BRI-NO-MITE!!

    BRI-NO-MITE!! GoComics PRO Member said, over 4 years ago

    If what I’ve heard is correct, the guy who puts the ball through the ring gets the honor of being sacrificed.

  2. ARF2

    ARF2 said, over 4 years ago

    So hitting the ring is good for bonus points, but getting the ball through the ring is only technically the point of the game? Perhaps ringers are so uncommon that one actually wins the game regardless of the actual score at the time.

  3. Wootietoot

    Wootietoot said, over 4 years ago

    I had also read years ago in National Geographic that if someone managed to get the ball through the hole, the crowd would flee since the winner was entitled to all of the spectator’s possessions.

  4. Wiselad

    Wiselad said, over 4 years ago

    the Object of the game is to get ball through the ring, but the spectators enjoyed seeing the 2 players do a great game that sometimes lasted hours ………………….. I am betting that
    alley somehow gets the ball through the ring in less than 10 seconds, and all the Mayan spectators will be disappointed that it was such a short game

  5. tundrasea

    tundrasea GoComics PRO Member said, over 4 years ago

    There were several variations on the game, over the years, and in different locations. The ring was a late addition. My guess is that it’s considered virtually impossible to get the ball through the ring — hence the “technically correct”. I’m also going to hazard the guess that Oop will win by doing just that.

  6. Justice22

    Justice22 said, over 4 years ago

    Gee, the ball is larger than the hole in the ring.

  7. Susan Wobb

    Susan Wobb said, over 4 years ago

    Sideways basketball!

  8. Susan Wobb

    Susan Wobb said, over 4 years ago

    A couple of days ago, firebrand1 said,
    > On a side note, Punctuation? get a life! In
    > this day of twittering all bets are off in
    > regards to grammar and composition.
    >
    and Firebrand2 said,
    > As far as punctuation marks, get real in
    > this day and age Periods are for losers as
    > my good friend FB1 said
    >
    “all bets are off in regards to grammar and composition” — true only for the pathetically under-educated. The trouble is that “this day and age” of twittering-texting-blogging-etc has provided these dummies with so many new ways of putting their ignorance on display

  9. Gray

    Gray said, over 4 years ago

    Suspension of disbelief is one thing, but this strip has seriously taken a turn for the stupid.

  10. William Bednar

    William Bednar GoComics PRO Member said, over 4 years ago

    Yochi told Alley the same thing that the point of the game was to hit the ball THROUGH the hole in the stone ring! See Aug. 2, 2012 strip. It appears Ichik is not as knowledgeable as Yochi. That does not bode well for Alley. It’s like playing cards at someone’s house and the host tells you the “house rules”, which differ from “book” rules. In this case, Yochi is the host. Even if Alley may win the game “technically”, Yochi will no doubt pull out a house rule that will cause Alley to lose.

  11. davidf42

    davidf42 said, over 4 years ago

    C’mon, let’s get on with it!

  12. nottawasaga

    nottawasaga said, over 4 years ago

    susanwobb for president ! In order to get any “accurate” xfer of data or ideas, we must be able to use every tool of language. Syntax, spelling, punctuation are all we have when writing… sound is a bonus when we speak. John Hospers asserts that communiction is really not theoretically possible, but, we must try by using everything we have in verbal tools.

  13. nottawasaga

    nottawasaga said, over 4 years ago

    oops…. the word is ‘communication’, noting that MY spelling was overlooked despite my whine.

  14. handiman40

    handiman40 said, over 4 years ago

    @Susan Wobb

    I am not a fan of text style type. But your comment is really harsh. Bordering on the edge of mean and nasty. (the outside edge)

  15. Keeper 98

    Keeper 98 said, over 4 years ago

    I find reading the F/firebrands comments to be a somewhat annoying. I’ll read a line then stop as it doesn’t make sense. Then I realize there was no period and it’s really two different thoughts. Sorry F/firebrands but punctuation is as important as it ever was. We’re not dealing with a 140 character limit here or anywhere else.

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