Tank McNamara Comic Strip’s Annual ‘Sports Jerk of the Year’ Award Open for Nominations

(January 21, 2015) KANSAS CITY, Mo.

– Providing sports fanatics with the opportunity to voice opinions on the distasteful acts committed by sports figures in 2014, nominations are now open for the annual Tank McNamara “Sports Jerk of the Year Award.”


“The ‘Tank McNamara Sports Jerk of the Year Award’ is not really celebrating bad behavior,” Tank McNamara co-creator Bill Hinds said. “It’s shining the flashlight of shame on the scurrying cockroaches of sports.”


Past winners of the “Sports Jerk of the Year Award” include cyclist Lance Armstrong, Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder, Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig and former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens.


“Sports Jerk of the Year” nominations are accepted only for individuals – not for a team, league, organization or corporation. Nominations are accepted in four formats through Friday, February 6:


·      GoComics Blog: Leave a comment with your nomination at http://blogs.gocomics.com/2015/01/sports-jerk-of-the-year-2014-nominations-are-now-open.html.  

·      Twitter: Tweet to the GoComics Twitter handle (@GoComics) using the hashtag #SportsJerk2014. 

·      GoComics Facebook: Visit the GoComics Facebook page and comment with your nomination, including the hashtag #SportsJerk2014. 

·      Tank McNamara Facebook: Visit the official Tank McNamara Facebook page and comment with your nomination, including the hashtag #SportsJerk2014.

The “Sports Jerk of the Year Award” winner will be announced on Friday, February 20 via the GoComics blog, its social media outlets, the Tank McNamara Facebook page and the Tank McNamara comic strip, available in hundreds of publications.  

“The activities of the brats, scoundrels and cheaters of sports will cause dark clouds to boil overhead until the heavens open up and pound them with a deluge of scorn and shame,” Hinds said. “Until then, there is the Tank McNamara Sports Jerk of the Year.”


Co-created in 1974 by Bill Hinds and the late Jeff Millar, Tank McNamara successfully merges the sports and comics worlds with sizzling satire of the absurdities in big-time athletics.


Hinds and Millar met in 1973 when Millar — who once said he couldn't even draw stick figures — went out looking for a collaborator for an adult-oriented comic strip about sports. Tank McNamara began syndication through Universal Press Syndicate in August 1974.


From 2001 to 2010, Hinds also wrote and illustrated the comic strip Cleats, which focused on the complex world of competition and camaraderie from the perspective of kids, parents and coaches. Hinds and his family currently live in Spring, Texas, a suburb of Houston, which is his hometown.


Tank McNamara is available online at gocomics.com/tankmcnamara or via the GoComics mobile app.