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December 22, 2010

Tim Lincecum...Sports Illustrated Cover Boy

Has Brian Wilson's 15 minutes of fame already expired?

Sure, the online effort to get him to host "Saturday Night Live" has grown to more than 75,000 fans across two facebook groups, but when it came to the year-end issue of Sports Illustrated...who was on the cover?

Not Wilson, his beard or "The Machine"...but, rather, team ace Tim Lincecum.

The cover (below) depicts the pitcher, decked out in a tuxedo, red bow tie and "Happy New Year" hat, spraying champagne...a familiar site to San Francisco Giants fans. 

According to the Giants website, the two-time Cy Young Award winner is one of ten athletes featured in a photo essay compiled by famed photographer Walter Iooss Jr., who focused on individuals who provided the most memorable moments of 2010.

This isn't the first time "The Freak" has appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated.  He previously graced the magazine in July 2008.  The righty made the cover of Sports Illustrated for Kids a year later. 

The year-end issue itself hits newsstands today and will more than likely become another keepsake for Giants fans still cherishing their team's World Series triumph over the Texas Rangers.

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