Please note this beauty from Michael Kandalft, the cartoonist who does "That Monkey Tune." Michael was smart enough to reference yours truly and knows that my vanity will not allow me to resist posting anything that mentions me by name. Thank you, Michael. And, more importantly, thank you, Vanity.
John Rocker and Daniel Snyder did it. Pete Rose, Ron Artest, Rich Rodriguez and Plaxico Burress did it. Bud Selig and Terrell Owens did it TWICE.
What have all of these sports...luminaries...done? They've all won Tank McNamara's "Sports Jerk of the Year!"
HOW TO MAKE YOUR NOMINATION
FORMAT: Your nomination should begin with the person’s name and then, if you want to, the reason why.
Example: JOE DIMAGGIO--How could be you married to all that and just walk AWAY from it?
You can only make one nomination. Nominations must be for a person, not a team, not a league, not a corporation.
Get cute with the nomination format if you want to. But if you don’t follow the format, your nomination will be ignored.
WHERE TO NOMINATE/VOTE
ON THE TANK MCNAMARA PAGE: Use the above format to make your nomination in the comments section of the Tank McNamara page at GoComics.com/TankMcNamara.
ON FACEBOOK: To make a nomination, go to Sports Jerk of the Year Facebook page and click on Discussions. If the name is already there, make your voice heard by adding your post to the topic, in the same format. If, after scrolling down, you don’t already see the person’s name, make him/her a new Topic, using the format above.
ON TWITTER: Tweet your nomination to @SportsJerk2010, using the format above.
We've got a bunch of great stories, art and quotes we'll share from John McMeel's friends and colleagues. Here's a great one to start it off:
In 1966, when John was still living and working in New York and I was in my second year at Newsweek, a controversy occurred concerning the racial policies of the New York Athletic Club. A black track star and recent graduate of Georgetown University was trying to make the 1968 Olympics and asked for backing by the NYAC. They turned him down because they did not accept blacks as members--as everyone knew, but the club would not acknowledge.
The issue became a public one. Since the NYAC was heavily Catholic in membership I formed a group called Catholic Alumni against Racism in Sports along with another Notre Dame alumnus, the writer William Pfaff, and sent letters to the alumni offices of all the Catholic colleges and universities in the New York metro area, plus the ND Alumni Club of New York, for support.
As it turned out, they all signed our statement except the Notre Dame Club, which complained about our public stance to Father Hesburgh as president of the university, forgetting that he was also chairman of the National Commission on Civil Rights. Our message was that a private club is within its rights to restrict membership any way it likes, but it should also make its restrictive policies public. and live with the consequences. If the club refused we urged all Catholic members as a matter of conscience to resign. Only one did: John McMeel.