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  1. His second resolution was something about being discreet, or keeping secrets. His first comment gave away that he did not appreciate a gift, which is indiscreet, or giving away a secret he might want to keep from the giver.

  2. I thought the kid’s comment made sense, but I didn’t understand Frazz’s comment. Why would saying that it’s a Detroit Lions hat mean that it was lost “semi-on purpose”? The only thing I can think of is that perhaps they’re a proverbially terrible team, but even such teams have die-hard fans — who’s to say the kid isn’t one of those?

  3. @ Gg83 – Detroit finished the current season with 6 wins and 10 losses, well out of playoff contention, even with the bloated system common to almost all the American professional leagues.

  4. @Kilby Sure, but the Chicago Cubs still had deeply devoted fans during their decades-long “curse.” I’m not in any of the sports fandoms, but my understanding is that if you don’t remain loyal to your team while they’re doing poorly, you aren’t considered deserving to celebrate with them when they do well, and thus a “true” fan (as opposed to a fair-weather fan) would proudly wear their team’s gear despite the taunts and jeers of onlookers. (At least, that was the impression I got growing up among Packers fans. As an outsider, I might have misinterpreted things.)

  5. Is the strip set far away from Detroit, and therefore local kids would never wear rival gang (er, team) colors? I just know it is set somewhere cold, which doesn’t pin it down very much.

  6. Apparently there are some in-strip references that make it likely that it’s set in Michigan. From Wikipedia:

    Caulfield tells Frazz that Mrs. Olsen believes reports that Elvis was seen working as a barista at the Water Street Coffee Joint in Kalamazoo.
    In one recent strip, Frazz is wearing a shirt from nearby University of Detroit Jesuit High School.
    In one strip, Frazz and Caulfield visit County Line Lake, which is likely a reference to either County Line Lake in Oakfield, Michigan, or County Like Lake in Locke, Michigan.
    In one recent strip, Caulfield is wearing a hat with the logo of the Detroit Red Wings on it.

  7. “The only thing I can think of is that perhaps they’re a proverbially terrible team, but even such teams have die-hard fans — who’s to say the kid isn’t one of those?”

    Another possibility is that the kid just isn’t much interested in pro football.
    Mallett has done several strips on the difference between Coach, who WATCHES sports, and Frazz, who DOES sports.

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