Absorbing Further Nuance
Pardon me that I don't know who these folks are (don't follow Gil closely enough to know), but I do know who Brick House is! He's #53! Here's a picture:
Brick House is the completely dweeby guy who is little, wears thick glasses, and says dorky things like, "Stellar, sir!" and "Absorb further nuance." And, do you get the humor? That a guy named Brick House would be a total nerd? See, you'd expect "Brick House" to be a huge tough dude, and you'd expect someone who was such a geek to be named something like, I don't know . . . Leonard. Leo-NERD! Get it? HA HA HA. I crack myself up.
LESSON: Small, smart, articulate, nearsighted guys should NOT play football (or any sport for that matter). Jocks and other cool guys should make fun of them and/or beat them up.
But, Let's return to today's strip, because there are more lessons to be learned! How much time has elapsed between Panel 2 and Panel 3? Is the boll weevil statue in Enterprise, Alabama related to Brick House's presence on the football team? Does it have anything to do with a team going 0-9? Does it have anything to do with anything? Is this part of the Brick House conversation of Panel 1 and 2, or is it something else entirely?
And let me praise Gil Thorpe just for once. The message on the chalkboard, "U.S. Geography" seems appropos to the topic at hand (unlike some other cryptic chalkboard messages). Of course, that's only true if the topic at hand is weird landmarks in the U.S., not Brick House. For those interested, as the man says, there is truly a statue of a boll weevil in Enterprise, AL. It's even weirder than you may imagine, as it's not just a boll weevil, but a classically dressed (i.e., Greek or Roman) woman holding the gigantic boll weevil over her head. And, it's prominently featured on the Enterprise Chamber of Commerce website. It's really kind of awesome, the boll weevil statue is.
But, message to Gil Thorpe: if I wanted to learn about insane American roadside attractions, I'd read Zippy the Pinhead, thank you very much.