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Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 02/ 4/2011

DAN SNYDER featured in tomorrow's 'Jerk' comic (*Is it time for 'Everybody Draw Dan Snyder Day'?)

By Michael Cavna

(This blogpost has been updated Friday at 10 a.m. ET)

Tomorrow, in The Post and elsewhere, a cartoon will depict Redskins owner Dan Snyder trying to quash the flow of news and information to his fellow citizens of Washington.

The catch: The cartoon was drawn weeks ago, before the Slighted Snyder's intentions to sue the weekly Washington City Paper burned up the phone lines and headlines.

So were the creators of the comic simply prescient, or do they have Belichick-savvy spies roaming Redskins Park?

"I have plants everywhere," "Tank McNamara" co-creator Jeff Millar jokes to Comic Riffs, "but really, this is just a happy coincidence."

In a Mubarakian twist, Saturday's satiric comic depicts Snyder trying to knock out Internet access to the good people of D.C. -- all the better to try to stifle criticism of him and the 'Skins.

The strip also offers hope that Snyder may finally be on the brink of winning something.

A Lombardi trophy? Very funny.

A $2-million libel case? Surely you jest.

A resounding victory in the court of public opinion after his Great Image-Overhaul Offensive of 2010? Haha, it is to laugh.

No, with his litigious actions this week, Daniel "Will Not Be Denied" Snyder may have just kneed Brett Favre in the groin, forearm-shivered LeBron in the sternum and handily scrambled his way past them to secure victory in "Tank McNamara's" current Sports Jerk of the Year Reader Vote.

You can go to Tank McNamara's Facebook page or Twitter account to submit your nominations for Sports Jerk of the year -- which the strip defines as "someone who has distinguished him or herself as doing something that make him/her exceedingly unpopular." Millar says the nominations window closes Tuesday.

This, of course, wouldn't be the first time the Redskins ruler has been to the mountaintop. It was a decade ago that Snyder -- still a new team owner at the time -- showed early promise by winning the title in 2001, as decided by "Tank" readers.

"When he just took over the Redskins, he had this sort of national penetration that you need for [a strip] that is syndicated across the United States," Millar tells Comic Riffs.

Since then, though, the Snyder "Sports Jerk" nominations had tapered off. "I think Post readers got resigned to him or he stopped doing things that got him that kind of attention. The novelty of him wore off," says Millar, who co-created "Tank" with Bill Hinds 36 years ago.

In a mere week, however, Snyder just may have done enough to upgrade his ranking in the "Tank" derby, which this year will include a Mr. and Ms. Congeniality Award.

"I have mixed feelings about Dan Snyder," Millar tells 'Riffs. "I'm very grateful for anyone who gives me some good material. But I know the people of Washington don't have much of a choice.

"If they're unhappy, maybe they can make him an offer he can't refuse."

So now the question looms: Can Snyder -- once a plucky up-and-comer -- repeat as the strip's top Sports Jerk? Does the veteran still have what it takes -- the grit, the determination, the utter and blatant disregard for those less wealthy/famous/powerful than he -- to again hoist the "Tank" trophy?

Whether he can again clean-and-jerk this Jerk championship is up to you. So if you're a passionate Redskins fan, especially, then vote early, vote often. If not for yourself, then do it for Joe Gibbs, Marty Schottenheimer or anyone else Snyder might have previously help put out of a job.

As the old gridiron line goes: Win one for the Pink-Slipper.

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Today, Washington Post political cartoonist Nate Beeler offers his take on the Snyder/City Paper controversy -- in particular, to Snyder's objection to City Paper's defaced-photo illustration, which his lawsuit claims is anti-Semitic.

So what's a cartoonist to do if he or she wants to caricature Snyder but not run afoul of Dan's legal team? Here's Beeler's solution:

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By Michael Cavna  | February 4, 2011; 10:00 AM ET
Categories:  General, The Comic Strip  | Tags:  Bill Hinds, Dan Snyder, Jeff Millar, Tank McNamara  
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And the letter from Dan Snyder's attorneys will be arriving at the Post in three... two... one... DING!

Posted by: slitterst | February 4, 2011 8:58 AM | Report abuse

I can't see his settling for being a bit-player on a marginally popular strip like "Tank McNamara". Surely he is so awesome a presence that he deserves to star in his own Super-Hero strip. Ladies and Gentlemen... The Amazing Snyder-man!

Posted by: seismic-2 | February 5, 2011 2:21 AM | Report abuse

If you don't think Dan Snyder is being "petty." Research history of the radio stations he had bought; what he did to certain employees after purchase. Old Saying (paraphrase): Watch what a person does, not what he says.

Posted by: Donsabino | February 6, 2011 12:38 PM | Report abuse

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