By Jef Mallett
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    TwilightFaze 6 days ago

    Winning is just one aspect. As long as you get exercise and have fun, you can play baseball for 20 innings and not keep count of the home scores for all I care. Coach here would have a heart attack about the very idea, but still…

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    Masterskrain GC INSIDER 6 days ago

    Since “Sports” became nothing more then a business, who cares?

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    Ignatz GC INSIDER 6 days ago

    Sports weren’t professional at all until fairly recently – the 1860s.

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    sanderling75 6 days ago

    @ignatz: sorry to have to ask but I am not a sports history fan. Is that time reference correct?

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    sanderling75 6 days ago

    This is Friday. Are we at the end of this string yet?

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    whiteheron 6 days ago

    Caulfield is playing Competative Debate Oneupmanship. And winning is important to him. I’ll bet he even keeps score.

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    interventor 6 days ago

    Its the old Greek mean — an educated, healthy mind in a healthy body.

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    Uncle Bob 6 days ago

    Caulfield can be a “pita” and I don’t mean a flat bread…

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    Apikoros: Acrid Gloom Hen 6 days ago

    This kid has a bad attitude. If you don’t use it, you lose it.


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    The Wolf In Your Midst 5 days ago

    Yes. Sports are not important, at least in the way that this country pretends they are. You are not inherently better than the people in some other city, state or country because your sports team beat theirs.

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    John Aston GC INSIDER 5 days ago

    If winning is so important, then why are there so many more non-winners? Heck, if there no losers at all, then how could there be any winners?

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    Richard S Russell GC INSIDER 5 days ago

    Actually, what Vince Lombardi had was a quotation! “Quote” is a verb.

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    bigpuma 5 days ago

    Earlier this week, Mallett blogged: “‘Whatever’ is one of the best words in the lexicon. Certainly one of the best for mental health.” That statement, and this story arc, have crystallized for me what it is that bugs most me about this strip: its self-satisfaction.

    If someone decides he shouldn’t take things so hard, and blows them off with a “Whatever!”, that’s great! Why obsess or sulk? Move on. Great attitude!

    When a Caulfield-type, however, eyes something another holds near and dear, and dismisses it with a “Whatever”, that’s different. It’s like saying, “That thing you think is important? It’s not. And you’re stupid to have thought it was in the first place.”

    That smug dismissiveness is what I find wrong here. People who think that anyone who embraces a thing that’s not important to them is an idiot.

    And Mallett spent the better part of a week driving that notion home. Boy.

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    bigpuma 5 days ago

    Now let’s see who wins the race to say that I’m the one who’s self-satisfied and that I’ve been making a point for longer than a week. Children at play …

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    Caldonia 5 days ago

    The kid looks very bad today. Picture him saying this to a sports-loving family member. Now try to picture him getting away with that.

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    JoeMartinFan GC INSIDER 5 days ago

    So…sports lack importance. Tell that to all the girls who benefited from Title 9. Disagreeing with the “winning is everything” philosophy is one thing, but making a blanket statement about sports being worthless is disingenuous at best. Both Caulfield and the coach are swinging and missing, but only Caulfield is smug about it. I’ve had it with Caulfield. I think the strip is better without him.

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    Robert Tompsett 5 days ago

    Sports is worthless, and totally over rated.

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    sanderling75 5 days ago

    For sailors ‘the doldrums’ used to be the belt of winds between the east and west trade winds. Calms, sudden storms, erratic winds. For writers and comic artists that can happen any time and last indefinitely. That could have been Jef’s problem off and on for a couple of weeks.

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