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  1. Normally he delivers his made up explanations about sports to Janis, but A) she’s not here, and B) she’s learned enough about sports by this point to not fall for it. So he’s reduced to making up stuff for Ludwig.

  2. Yes, there really is a wildcat formation. My guess is Arlo is giving the cat a far-fetched explanation that involves real wildcats. The cat should be pleased but instead seems to merely be bored.

  3. I don’t know who Ted Grant is, but this one made me think of Black Hat from XKCD who infamously substituted a bobcat for something someone had bought from him off Ebay.

  4. I agree with Mr. Grumpy, Ludwig is not bored. I don’t know if I can put a name to his reaction, but he sure does react.

    I’ll spare us the ugliness of how blockquote looks, so here is a longish quote, from Wikipedia, just marked with ital.
    Wildcat formation describes a formation for the offense in football in which the ball is snapped not to the quarterback but directly to a player of another position lined up at the quarterback position. (In most systems, this is a running back, but some playbooks have the wide receiver, fullback, or tight end taking the snap.)

    Elements of that could fit the description in panel 2, with some terminology adjusted. So Arlo is working off of the real Wildcat Formation.

  5. When I saw “Ted Grant”, the very first idea that popped into my head the Mary Tyler Moore show. Is it possible that “Ted Baxter” and “Lou Grant” have been merged into a new fictional character?

  6. So… he’s describing a wildcat formation to his cat…. And his description is accurate…

    How is that an explanation of the comic?

  7. @woozy: I’m pretty sure that the real wildcat formation doesn’t involve actual wildcats being thrown at the defense.

  8. “I’m pretty sure that the real wildcat formation doesn’t involve actual wildcats being thrown at the defense.”

    And girl scout cookies aren’t made from actual girl scouts. What’s the actual *joke* here?

  9. That WAS the joke. Arlo is giving Ludwig a totally ridiculous explanation of the wildcat formation. [I’m pretty sure that throwing a wildcat on the other team would draw a flag.] Ludwig is buying if [we are supposed to accept that the cat understands what Arlo is saying] and then goes … “wait a minute, he’s pulling my leg” and goes back to his regular behavior of simply watching the game. Might have worked better for me if he just walked away in disgust after falling for the gag, but it was silly enough to be funny. And, yeah, I bet the other team WOULD catch on quickly.

  10. I only mentioned Ted Grant because his name came up here a week or two ago. I can’t begin to guess in what context, since we tend to have a bit of thread drift here.

  11. This is not the first time Arlo has explained something to Ludwig in a way calculated to be offensive to cats.

  12. @woozy: In the comment I was replying to, you said Arlo’s description of the play was accurate.

    @Bill: A couple of weeks ago, you mentioned an ability to give the secret identities of obscure 1940s superheroes. I don’t recall why you brought it up, but a couple of people decided to test you on it.

  13. I got the impression from Bill’s, Mike’s and Mithch4’s comments that the description was more or less accurate. Still… telling a fabricated version to a cat isn’t particularly funny either.

    ” A couple of weeks ago, you mentioned an ability to give the secret identities of obscure 1940s superheroes. I don’t recall why you brought it up, but a couple of people decided to test you on it.”

    Yeah, that was my fault. I brought up Wildcat and The Gay Ghost which…. I don’t know why, I use as a basis of obscure 40s superheros. Although not a obscure as all that.

  14. I’m not going to tell anybody that anything football-related is accurate: I’ve been to two football games in my life, the last being about 50 years ago.

  15. @woozy: Arlo’s description isn’t that accurate. Basically (according to Wikipedia, anyway), the offense unbalances the offensive line to look like they’re setting up a sweep and then the ball is snapped to somebody other than the quarterback. His comment in the last panel is correct, though.

    @Bill: It was here: https://godaddyandthesquirrelmustbothdie.wordpress.com/2018/08/22/just-a-reminder/. You were asking those who email you to mention their screen name, because you can’t remember what screen name goes with what real-world name, but you can remember those secret identities. Google site search is very handy sometimes.

  16. Years ago, friends convinced me to go with them to a baseball game. (I loathe sports, and watching sports I loathe even more, but they were friends and hey, what’re friends for?). Anyway, as the game was in Milwaukee, O assumed it was the Milwaukee Braves. Turns out they’d left years before and were now the Atlanta Braves. And the game went into NINE innings. And I hadn’t brought anything to read . . . .

  17. Andréa, some years back I came across the story of “a former Panther” who committed a murder. It struck me that he looked way too young ever to have been a member of the Black Panthers.

    So… apparently the Panthers was an NFL team. Who knew??

    (I told this story to my sports writer cousin last week. He lost all respect for me)

    Though to be fair, I remembered the player’s name and he did not)

  18. Could you just IMAGINE a former Black Panther member playing football?? It’d be like what’s happening w/Kaepernick today, but with some violence.

  19. @Andrea: Could you just IMAGINE a former Black Panther member playing football??

    See Norman Spinrad’s oft-reprinted near-future dystopian football story, “The National Pastime” —

    http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/title.cgi?58111

    when the NFL switches from city-based to subculture-based teams.

    “This way, we got a team for the spades, a team for the frustrated Middle Americans, a team for the hippies and kids, a team for the spics, a team for the faggots, and a team for the motorcycle nuts and violence freaks.”

    https://scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/173747/short-story-about-american-football-becoming-more-violent-and-fans-taking-part/173749

  20. “*I* assumed. I’ve no idea who *O* is . . .”

    Andréa, *O* is quite famous – her story was told in a book, and they made a movie of it too. 🙂

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