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(Futuramen)   Tank McNamara creator and Houston Chronicle movie reviewer and columnist Jeff Millar has died. "To have some idea of his stature in Houston, imagine Mike Royko and Roger Ebert were the same guy"   (lawrenceperson.com) divider line 25
    More: Sad, Mike Royko, Houston Chronicle, Roger Ebert, Tank McNamara, Film criticism, McNamara, McNamara creator, sport science  
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2012-12-01 04:54:16 PM  
Around 1979, or so, he had a great Tank McNamara cartoon in which a college football recruit was allowed to attend because he was able to name 7 of the first 10 numbers correctly, thus earning a gentleman's C.
 
2012-12-01 08:33:32 PM  
I still miss reading Royko.
 
2012-12-01 08:46:17 PM  
Great strip. Got some good belly laughs outta me. Good night funny man.
 
2012-12-01 09:08:57 PM  

Hillbilly Jim: I still miss reading Royko.


Can you imagine him covering the 2000 election? or the rise of Obama? Or Rahm Emannuel?

I really miss him. There just arent snarky well connected cynical drunks that write about politicians from a "cut through the crap" point of view any more. If there are, please point them out to me. Bloggers mainly, but they dont often have the same connection (not to mention budget) that old style reporters like Royko had. "Hi, I'm from the Trib" carries a bit more incentive for the politician to go on record than an email from a blogger.
 
2012-12-01 09:15:01 PM  
I grew up reading newspapers with him and Whitey and Dan Cook. Good times.
 
2012-12-01 09:24:43 PM  
The best Tank McNamara strip of all time:

Tank was introducing his color commentator (who happened to be a black man), and he misspoke and called him a 'colored commentator'. Tank then stopped and thought to himself "Did I just say 'colored'?, and after a blank panel of the two of them staring at each other, the commentator replied 'DOO DAH! DOO DAH!' and Tank being embarassed.
 
2012-12-01 09:42:01 PM  
Maybe it's because I don't know who this guy was, but the first sentence of the headline confused the hell out of me.
 
2012-12-01 09:53:59 PM  

fatalvenom: Maybe it's because I don't know who this guy was, but the first sentence of the headline confused the hell out of me.


Exactly; same here.

Commas aren't that hard to figure out, subby. Get that sorted out for yourself and you'll be that much closer to getting occasionally mistaken for a literate person.
 
2012-12-01 10:04:46 PM  
And now its time for the "norts spews"

-with pre-leno wide jawlines
 
2012-12-01 10:10:38 PM  
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RIP Ryoko
 
2012-12-01 10:18:50 PM  

Hillbilly Jim: I still miss reading Royko.


This.

Royko was the highlight of my morning news reading for a long time.
 
2012-12-01 10:26:10 PM  
heard of royko and ebert.
 
2012-12-01 10:30:56 PM  

fatalvenom: Maybe it's because I don't know who this guy was, but the first sentence of the headline confused the hell out of me.


I knew who tank McNamara was but I was like who to mike royko? Then I realized he wrote mostly shiat I would hate, except biatching about government waste yet never saying it should stop.
 
2012-12-01 10:32:44 PM  
Fumble!!
 
2012-12-01 10:35:33 PM  
I had one of his strips hung on my door for years. A tennis player named Lazlo who was a parody of Ivan Lendl got a commercial for a deep heating rub. He falsely assumed it was toothpaste because it was in a tube. I still remember most of it.

"Lazlo bring own tooth brush, no get disease. Lazlo use sizzle, Lazlo like! Lazlo think sizzle taste AAAAAAAAAGH!"

That was some funny stuff.
 
2012-12-01 10:49:41 PM  
Haven't read much of him lately, but I still fondly remember a series of strips he did back during the height of the triathlon craze for the ultrathon, the race for people who thought triathlons were for wimps

Announcer: "The next event will be a run across Death Valley at noon with no water"
Contestant: "Please tell me that we can't wear shoes"

Thanks for the laughs funnyman
 
2012-12-01 10:58:07 PM  

Glockenspiel Hero: Haven't read much of him lately, but I still fondly remember a series of strips he did back during the height of the triathlon craze for the ultrathon, the race for people who thought triathlons were for wimps

Announcer: "The next event will be a run across Death Valley at noon with no water"
Contestant: "Please tell me that we can't wear shoes"

Thanks for the laughs funnyman


You laugh, but here you go:

The Badwater Ultramarathon... starts in Death Valley. In July. Ends 135 miles later at 8300ft.
 
2012-12-01 10:59:26 PM  
King Something: [static.desktopnexus.com image 450x253]
RIP Ryoko



Fish eyes.
 
2012-12-01 11:34:10 PM  

Bonzo_1116: Glockenspiel Hero: Haven't read much of him lately, but I still fondly remember a series of strips he did back during the height of the triathlon craze for the ultrathon, the race for people who thought triathlons were for wimps

Announcer: "The next event will be a run across Death Valley at noon with no water"
Contestant: "Please tell me that we can't wear shoes"

Thanks for the laughs funnyman

You laugh, but here you go:

The Badwater Ultramarathon... starts in Death Valley. In July. Ends 135 miles later at 8300ft.


I know. That's why it still brings a smile to my face 20+ years later- knowing that people really are that absurd. See also the RAAM, which is still my "WTF humanity?" touchstone.

During my brother-in-law's wedding they ran a 100 mile ultramarathon in the same town- we saw the runners the next day at the local hotel's breakfast bar. They looked like emaciated cripples stuffing down mountains of food.  I just can't understand that kind of self abuse.
 
2012-12-01 11:36:54 PM  
Why is there no thread about the death of Rick Majerus?
 
2012-12-02 02:05:15 AM  
i.chzbgr.com
 
2012-12-02 06:40:49 AM  
He made a lot of great, biting criticisms of the sports wotld. I'll miss him.
 
2012-12-02 10:48:27 AM  

Kibbler: He made a lot of great, biting criticisms of the sports wotld. I'll miss him.


"Sports Jerk of the Year" awards were always fun.
 
2012-12-02 11:44:09 AM  
Royko was the highlight of my morning news reading for a long time.

You young whippersnapper. Originally he wrote for the afternoon Chicago Daily News.

/Now get off my parkway.
 
2012-12-02 01:36:41 PM  

King Something: [static.desktopnexus.com image 450x253]
RIP Ryoko


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