Tank McNamara by Bill Hinds

Tank McNamara

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  1. Linguist

    Linguist said, about 3 years ago

    I told you a million times, Dr. – tackle low.

  2. Polsixe

    Polsixe said, about 3 years ago

    In 1957 in the CFL Grey Cup a future judge tripped a DB who was running down the sidelines headed for a pick 6. This was the famous “Bibbles Bawel” incident.

  3. mabrndt

    mabrndt GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago


    Never heard of him, so found story. Bawel played in the NFL for the Eagles 1952, and 1955-56 (spent the intervening years in the military — Korea? — that ended in 1953), only 1957 in the CFL.

  4. AmyGrantfan51774

    AmyGrantfan51774 said, about 3 years ago


    how did he get the nickname Bibbles???!!!!!!

  5. mabrndt

    mabrndt GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago


    Like I said, I never heard of him before. The story link just says a (Indiana) high school basketball teammate gave him the nickname, not why. His (Bawel link) Wikipedia page doesn’t say anything about it.

    It says his full name is (still living) Edward Raymond Bawel; so, I can only speculate the B came from his last name and ibbles from dribbles — that he had some trick dribble, innovative for 1940’s basketball (except to maybe Marques Haynes or other Trotters), that might be commonplace today.

    Or maybe he couldn’t control the saliva dribbling from his mouth, following a dental appointment (novocaine shot), and the teammate saw it. Or … Your guess is as good as mine. I tried.

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