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Giants Could Be SI's Sportsman of the Year

Famed sports writer makes a good case.



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    ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 01: Pitcher Tim Lincecum #55 of the San Francisco Giants and teammates celebrate defeating the Texas Rangers 3-1 to win the 2010 MLB World Series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on November 1, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Tim Lincecum

    Not that anything could top the Giants 2010 World Series victory, but there is a new campaign afloat that would be a nice cherry to that sundae.

    Sports Illustrated magazine will announce its choice for Sportsman of the Year next week and well-known sports writer Tom Verducci thinks the Giants team as a whole should get the honor.

    Verducci compares what the team did for San Francisco this fall to what the 1955 Dodgers did for Brooklyn.

    The 2010 Giants were bigger than one player, bigger than one season. They are my Sportsmen of the Year because they represent sport at its best: when it transcends mere wins and losses to become the mortar that joins generations, families, communities and cultures.

    He goes on to write about the quirky things that made the team both memorable and loveable: Wilson's beard, Huff's thong, Cody's comeback.  He also noted the million or so folks who turned out for the ticker-tape parade down Market Street, adding that there will never be another day like that in the history of San Francisco.

    He says when you use that same measuring tape, there will never be another team like this either.

    SI gives the award each year for athletic performance and the demonstration of great character. Past winners include the Bay Area's own Tom Brady, Jack Nicklaus and the 2004 Boston Red Sox.  This year's nominees include Kurt Warner, Roy Halladay, Coach Mike Krzyzewski.

    Looking at the  complete list, it sure seems like the Giants should have a shot at the title. The winner is scheduled to be announced Monday, Nov. 29.