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Posted at 6:00 AM ET, 08/27/2008

The Morning Line: When Lio Chooses Stewie

By Michael Cavna

Oh, is little Lio all too typical of far too many tykes these days? V.T. Hamlin first created ol' "Alley Oop" 76 years ago, and the time-travelin' cave-man with the war hammer long did a commendable job of satirizing modern society. Now, it's "Lio's" turn to offer fair comment on modern reading habits; Specifically, "good clean" entertainment is no longer any attention-span match for the likes of Seth McFarlane's "Family Guy."

Little Lio chooses Seth McFarlane over V.T. Hamlin. (UPS)Enlarge Comic

Audible sigh. At least in Lio's world, the comics pages make for a mighty fine pressman's hat.

Nicely turned, Mr. Tatulli -- we doff our paper hat toward thee.

The Lone Star state-of-mind. (UPS)Enlarge Comic

Elsewhere on the pages of The Post -- land of the Intense Redskins Fan, where folks bleed burgundy and gold -- we're compelled to say (tongue-in-cheekily): What's with all these goshdurned Dallas Cowboys on our pages? At least "Tank" makes sport of the franchise with the "Romo Rebate." And "Mother Goose" is just cheap-o silliness. (Indeed, "Zero" and "JohnS"--everyone from Cash to Chet Atkins has recorded the lyric being appropriated here.) But what's with the nonexistent jersey number--just because the year is '08?...

Now there's a number you don't see every day. (KFS)Enlarge Comic

Fans of both comics and the Redskins (America's OTHER Team), we invite your comments.

By Michael Cavna  | August 27, 2008; 6:00 AM ET
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Mike, I think you need to call out "Baldo" in the Riffies for today's (8/27) punny strip!

Posted by: BobT | August 27, 2008 8:21 AM | Report abuse

ah yes! Good ol' Mom Goose and Grimmy! LOVE that strip!

Posted by: alex | August 27, 2008 9:54 AM | Report abuse

I thought that the Mother Goose comic was a tribute to Johnny Cash and "Streets of Laredo."

Posted by: JohnS | August 27, 2008 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Re Mother Goose and Grimm: We learned to sing "The Cowboy's Lament" (now sometimes also known as "The Streets of Laredo"--Grimm quotes a line from the song in today's strip) in 4th or 5th grade music, before Johnny Cash recorded it. I think I have heard only the early Eddie Arnold recording or perhaps the magnificently voiced Herb Jeffries?

I totally missed any reference to Tony Romo. Was it because of the low jersey number?

Then, again, if the player was intended to be Romo, maybe the original name of the song, "The Cowboy's Lament", adds another layer of meaning?


Posted by: Zero | August 27, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Re Mother Goose and Grimm again:

Former Dallas Cowboys Troy Aikman was "8"..."The Cowboy's Lament" or perhaps a change to "The Cowboys' Lament"?


Posted by: Zero | August 27, 2008 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Goose & Grimm: The color version has the uniform in black with blue stripes...not Cowboys' team colors. Black & Blue? Not ordering rare steak, I trust, so are the Cowboys bruised and lamenting without Aiken? Off to seize the day. --Z

Posted by: Zero | August 27, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

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