Friday, September 30, 2011

Mary Worth 1,132

I'm an American, so I don't know a lot about soccer. I've already admitted to dropping out of the American Youth Soccer Association as soon as I was introduced to the perplexing Offside Rule. So maybe someone could explain to me the role of a Major League Soccer Manager. In baseball, the manager is the head coach, in charge of every aspect of the game. In soccer, does the manager need to have short stubby forearms, screen calls and do a lot of reading?

Today's Full Strip

29 comments:

Gina said...

The evil grin as he gets rid of Hina is just perfect. New favorite character here!

meg said...

Dude has lady hands.

heydave said...

I'm guessing those volumes behind hizzoner are slipcase bounds copies of Kickin' Git, Men's fitness, and the Compleat Rules of Ye Soccer.

And porn.

Punky said...

@Gina (or should I say: Hina) - maybe Manager is this year's Helen Clark! I nominate him for best cameo. Pros: ham hands and surly nature. Cons: no "hic"s. Helen, we miss you!

KitKat said...

Those volumes look like law books. Maybe he's the Blazes' legal counsel, too. "My Cousin Vinny Meets Diego Maradona."

Should we vote on what we're hoping this guy's name is? How about "Guido Hamfist"?

Toots McGee said...

Did Mr. Hamfist teleport from yesterday's office into this office? I'm confused.

Frau Shmoopie said...

I only had sporadic contact with the Worthiverse over the last two weeks as I was visiting "the old country." During an unscheduled 8-hour layover on the east coast yesterday I was able to read all missed strips and your priceless comments. Oh, how I laughed - and not just quietly to myself! My fellow stranded, suffering passengers thought I had cracked for sure. Little did they know that this was the only thing that kept me sane....or did it???

WV: bolamoni: a new baked delicacy Hina thought up for dear Bobby. Maybe it will feature on the menu of DINER soon.

Amber said...

While we're naming, we also need to come up with a term for Guido's wrist-cankles. Harms? Ands?

Punky said...

Actually, Amber, "wrist cankles" is pretty good on its own!

Karen with a K said...

Oh no, cruel fate, in the form of Mr. Hamfist here, is once again conspiring against Gina! It's too bad that the only way she can see Bobby is to leave a message.

phoebes in santa fe said...

Wanders, have you added Soccer Team Manager to the Worthies, yet? Though I agree with Punky@8.24a that he shouldn't be a contender if someone with "hic" comes along.

katyb said...

So, I was puzzled at first by the volumes of Encyclopedia Britannica behind Manager, until I remembered that is Standard Backdrop No. 2B in the Worthiverse.
Because, really, it's way more interesting that this:
http://www.sergiodelgado.com/project_office4.html

duckdg said...

Manager must be reading up on the Santa Royale Hazes.
Willy White, the team's most eligible bachelor, likes to play the ball directly from the back into the team's forward, Sammy Salmon.

Anonymous said...

Odds on whether Hina will actually go to Stadium to see Game and look for Bobby in person, versus being satisfied with a long-distance phone call to Manager?

Can Hina really be that clueless?

Sorry, silly question.

--Beagle Vet

Dave in Parma said...

I like how Gina is channelling Obi Wan: "You will pass my number on to Bobby Black."

Magilla Soccerilla: "I will pass your number along to Bobby Black (yeah right)."

James in North Dakota said...

lol. Thinking of Chris Christie coaching the Blazes to a victory made me smirk just as much as a short stubby man hanging up on a strung-out waitress.

Punky: Helen Clark!!!! I *hic* remember her! Maybe she'll make a drunken cameo in the crowds!?! ("WHADDDYA MEAN THEY DONT SERVE VODKA HERE?!" *HIC*)

Dave in Parma: Magilla Soccerilla: PRICELESS!

Mary said...

Can I steal Magilla Soccerilla and use it as my name when I post?

Elaine said...

Boy, a girl gets tied up in meetings for a solid week, and the things that go on in the Worthiverse behind her back are.....nothing!!

kathyo said...

What is the manager still doing in his New York office when the big game is less than 2 days away? Shouldn't the team be on its way to Cali by now?

BaHa said...

Have M and G any clue as to how sports teams function? What a silly question...they don't even know how a diner functions.

heydave said...

Does this all mean that the cruel hand of fate is ham-fisted?

Dave in Parma said...

@Mary: Enjoy!

Shmoopie said...

Katyo, the team and its portly manager are indeed in California by now. They arrived yesterday, but the moving team only had time to put the bare essentials into place (desk, chair, electronic equipment). As we can see today, the movers made good progress and installed Mr. Ham-Man's collection of bound volumes of whatever those are in his heavy bookshelves and plopped a few trophies on top. Yea, this manager travels in style! Wait two more days, and the movers will put up his office in Lower Pudunk when they play the Punkheads. I'm praying Hina will follow - kind of like a Deadhead.

Anonymous said...

oh they finally put up the tropheys i wanted to read what was on the certificate from thursday was sure old joe was gonna draw a closeup of it.

Joolz said...

I want a New York Blazes golf shirt just like Manager's. Does anyone know if Marcy's carries them?

James in North Dakota said...

Joolz, I'm sure J.C. Benny's or Q-Mart will have them on sale, just so fans of Team can take them to the parking lot and burn them in effigy.

I like Shmoopie's idea of Gina following the Blazes like the Grateful Dead. Just think, maybe Gina Jiminiz could be the next Pamela Des Barres!

Vicki said...

I LOVE this guy!! Hina hangs up thinking Mr. Hamfist will faithfully deliver her message. Hamfist, though, is like... "dang, where did I leave my cigarettes!?"

Of course, we know Billy "Blaze" Black will walk into his office soon and go "hey, man, any phone messaages for MOI?"

And then Hamfist will go "awww yeah dude, your stalker fans are all callin' up about yer Kickin'Git article. They think yer HOT, Bobby! Hot, hot, HOT!! Some chick name Hina...(wink, wink).

Vicki said...

oops, I mean BOBBY "Blaze" Black, of course!

Gina said...

From Manager's attitude, it seems this happens all the time. Just how many soccer stalkers are there in this country? I would think that in the U.S., the circulation of Kickin Git would be something like, oh, 3 subscribers.

WV: patriver = someone who patronizes a drippy caller while contriving to get rid of her.