How to Disguise an Insult as a Compliment

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Reader Comments (13)

Ouch. Rick really takes a heck of a verbal beating this time around. It's a sign of good comedy writing that you can feel bad for someone and revel in their pain at the same time.

June 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPat

Wow! This seems to have shown up earlier than usual. It is 7pm TUESDAY, my time. Usually the comic does not appear until Wednesday.

June 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPipeTobacco

What do you mean by "Nobody remembers who Willie Mosconi was anymore."? I remember who Willie Mosconi was!


June 12, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterploeg

Not only do I remember Willie Mosconi, I remember his record Straight Pool run of 526 shots without a miss! Does Rick have more than 526 failures already? Probably so, but have they all been *documented*?

June 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCueSportsFan

Yeah, he was in that Jackie Gleason movie. Everyone remembers Jackie Gleason, right?

June 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRob

How funny! Just last night I was watching Pawn Stars, and they had some autographed Mosconi items come in the shop. Before last night I had no idea who he was. Great timing.

June 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJust me

You overlooked the opportunity for vague phrases that can be taken either way. For example: One cannot underestimate Rick's contribution to society. His success is unmeasurable. You'll never catch him sleeping on the job. Rick has an immediate impact on the productivity of any team he joins.

June 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRich

I agree with Pat. I pity Rick at the same time as I laugh at him. I particually like the last two panels, particually "the sheer grandeur of what you've failed to achieve" and "sinking hopes and dreams".

June 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJerden

... and the June Taylor Dancers!

June 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMicalk

Please tell me from which management book you lifted your dialog in pannel 3! I will memorize this gem for the next time I need to write an evaluation ...
And if it´s not an already existing book, then you should definitely write a management book woven around quotes like that.
Oh, wait, Scott Adams is already making a living doing that, right?

June 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterErikG

"Does Rick have more than 526 failures already? Probably so, but have they all been *documented*?" I thought that was the whole point of BI: Documenting Rick's failures for the world to revel in.

June 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThe Chosen One

There are those who say that there is something in (or wrong with) Scott's left hand in panel three. What's up with that?

June 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBen

I'd never heard of Willie Mosconi until reading this, thanks. After I read a little about him, I thought to myself "Oh, he must be the American Walter Lindrum." A bit like Heath Robinson & Rube Goldberg.

June 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCPD
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