Here in the States, it's the time of year when four of our five major sports are in season: the start of Major League Baseball and Major League Soccer, along with the end of the regular season for the National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League. More important to many fans is the Final Four in college basketball with its constant surprises and upsets.
If you're a golfer, it's time for The Masters. Ratings may end up lower because Eldrick/Tiger is out with a bad back, but there's always a great race for the green jacket.
This time of year is not ignored by cartoonists, thankfully. I'm a big sports fan (pro and college football especially) and love seeing the marriage of humor, good art and crisp pop culture observations. Here are a few that you might currently love or can pay attention to during the spring and summer.
Tank McNamara - celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2014, but still as relevant as ever:
Cleats, like Tank McNamara, is also by Bill Hinds. It's family-oriented and reminds us of orange slices and Capri Suns after youth practices.
Drew Litton's Win, Lose or Drew combines the bright insight of an editorial cartoon with the sports business world.
In The Bleachers by Steve Moore takes a whimsical perspective to how we prioritze sports in our lives:
Classicly drawn lines, storylines and images make up Gil Thorp, by Neal Rubin and Rod Whigham.
What is your favorite sports season? Is there a special comic that reminds you of a vivid sports event? Does Charlie Brown or Big Nate playing baseball make you smile? Or, are you a Calvinball fan? We'd love to hear from you.