Why the Boston Globe Dropped ‘Tank McNamara’

April 15, 2015

As the hardreading staff noted the other day, the Boston Globe Sports section no longer features the Tank McNamara comic strip.

In its place, the stately local broadsheet runs something like this:

 

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Distressed, we contacted Globe editor Joe Sullivan and Bill Hinds, the pen behind Tank McNamara, to ask what happened.

And both of them graciously replied.

Joe Sullivan:

Our goal was to provide a comprehensive weekly calendar for sports fans and to find the correct landing spot for it. We decided it should be one the scoreboard page and we felt that it would be more valuable to our readers than to continue to run Tank.

Joe Sullivan
Sports Editor/Boston Globe

 

Bill Hinds relatedĀ much the same story, but a bit more plaintively.

I’m told that they need the space for other things. They may have cut back on pages. The editor says they like Tank, and he likes me personally, but it was just a matter of math. Breaks my heart. Boston was one of my big clients. Hopefully someone will write a letter.

 

Consider us that someone.

Regardless, here’s what we’re missing today:

 

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Tanks for the memories, Bill.

P.S. We’ll especially miss Tank’s Sports Jerk of the Year awards.

The 2014 nominees:

 

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And the 2014 big loser – er, winner.

 

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Richly deserved.