Frazz (12/1/10)

This strip is certainly inventive in its depiction of a game of HORSE. It’s also wrong. In HORSE, a player is tagged with a letter after he misses a shot that his opponent just made. The shortest possible game of HORSE consists of 10 attempts, alternating between two players: hit, miss, hit, miss, hit, miss, hit, miss, hit, miss. But that’s not what’s shown here. What’s shown here is miss, hit, miss, hit, miss, hit, miss, hit, miss, hit. A game of HORSE can’t end on a made basket since the other player would be given a chance to match that basket. Sure, it’s unlikely the kid in this strip would make a shot after missing five in a row, but he should at least be given a chance.

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