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Giants Tagged for Showtime Reality Show 'The Franchise'



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    SAN FRANCISCO - NOVEMBER 03: (L-R) San Francisco Giants pitchers Brian Wilson, Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain speak to fans outside San Francisco city hall during the Giants' victory parade and celebration on November 3, 2010 in San Francisco, California. Thousands of Giants fans lined the streets of San Francisco to watch the San Francisco Giants celebrate their 2010 World Series victory over the Texas Rangers. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    Sports "television" has improved dramatically over the past few years, and Showtime's new reality show about the San Francisco Giants -- titled 'The Franchise' -- appears poised to add to a growing list of fantastic documentary coverage about athletics.

    Although an "actual preview" hasn't shown up on the Showtime website yet, some vigilant Giants fan swooped to the rescue with a handheld cam while he/she was watching a boxing match on Showtime. No, seriously, he says as much in the comments on YouTube.

    It looks, to be honest, fantastic. There's cement-block tossing. There's shark-fishing. There's Tim Lincecum driving. There's Barry Zito pitching. And puh-lenty of beards.