<p><b>February 12, 2010</b>

> Tim Lincecum, two-time reigning NL Cy Young Award winner, reaches a preliminary agreement on a $23 million, two-year deal with the Giants prior to the start of a scheduled arbitration hearing. The 25-year-old right-hander has compiled a 40-17 record along with an ERA of 2.90 ERA during three big league seasons with San Francisco.
Exposing the Secret History of Giants and the Underground Hyperborean Gallery in Romania

With Rosia Montana being a mining area, a number of interesting discoveries have been unearthed there over the years - such as the skeleton of a 10 meter (32.8 feet) tall giant found in 1976. This is just one example of the many giants that have been unearthed in Romania, and with the large number of exposed giant skeletons, it is no wonder that legends of the country are full of the creatures as well.

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Do Giants exist in your setting?

Are giants sexually dimorphic?
>What is the average height for a fully grown male?
>What is the average height for a fully grown female?
>What is the average weight for a fully grown male?
>What is the average weight for a fully grown female?
>Are there any other differences between the two?
>How long is a female giant’s gestation period?
>How large are baby giants?
>How many offspring does a giant usually produce at a time?

What color is a giant’s skin?
How much protection does their skin offer them?
>Is it thick enough to ward off thorns and nettles?
>Is it thick enough to stop blades?
>Is it thick enough to stop charging animals?
>Is it thick enough to stop firearms?

Are giants humanoid?
How many limbs do they have?
>What general shape are they?

Are giants naturally good? Evil? Neutral?

What do giants eat?

Are giants aggressive?
>Are they docile?
>Is this behavior to everything non-giant, or just towards prey?
How do giants interact with each other? (Are they territorial?)

How do giants communicate?
>Can they speak languages?
How intelligent are giants?
>If they aren’t intelligent, can they be trained?

How strong are giants?

And, of course, visit these posts for help with creating giant societies.

Letting go of Tim Lincecum, Giants pitcher

The 2013 season had some nice memories considering the Giants finished under .500 for the first time since 2008. Angel Pagan’s walk-off inside the parker is probably the first thing that comes to mind. Yusmeiro Petit appeared out of the fog to nearly throw a perfect game. The Giants walked off on the Dodgers on consecutive nights thanks to home runs by Buster Posey and Guillermo Quiroz, then scored 19 runs against them in Los Angeles a couple months later. These are all objectively good things. 

Of course, there’s also Tim Lincecum’s first no hitter. A sweat-soaked, 148 pitch dismantling of the Padres. Probably tied with Pagan for moment of the year. 

But there’s another game I think of when I reminisce/cringe about 2013. Not coincidentally, it was started by Tim Lincecum. 

I don’t remember him hitting 93 in the first inning, either. Lincecum’s contract was set to end at the end of that season, and it wasn’t guaranteed that he would be back for the 2014 season. It was a bittersweet nine innings, especially when he walked off the field in the seventh. But even if he didn’t re-sign, at least he was able to pitch well one last time at home and exit to maybe the loudest applause of the season. Against the Dodgers, no less. It was almost too perfect. 

He did, of course, re-sign, for two years and many millions. Call it the Lincecum tax that only applies to the Giants. The new, mediocre Lincecum was the one that stuck around unfortunately, but he at least he was mediocre in a place where he’s beloved. He threw another no-hitter. He tangentially helped the Giants win another World Series. He wore a doo rag. The highlights were the exception, though, not the rule they once were. 

For all the warm fuzzies of that start in 2013, here’s how he ended 2015. 

It’s not exactly watching Scott Cousins tackle Buster Posey, but it’s enough to make you wince. Instead of a triumphant swan song in the twilight of September, Tim Lincecum likely ended his Giants career walking off the field with Dave Groeschner, which is bleak at best. 

This all brings us to today, about a week and a half from pitchers and catchers reporting. Tim Lincecum’s showcase is scheduled to be sometime in the next few days, with lots of teams reportedly sniffing around to see if he’s worth giving a contract. 

The Giants are doing their due diligence, of course. Bobby Evans has said the team plans to keep in touch with Lincecum, which pretty much everyone expected. There certainly isn’t a strained relationship between the team and the player. 

When you look at the roster, though, there’s almost nowhere for Lincecum to fit. The Giants committed $220 million to the rotation over the offseason, so you better believe Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija are going to start. Jake Peavy is steady as a number four and Matt Cain is still making too much money to be shafted into the long reliever role. That’s even before you get to the fact that they’re both fan-favorites in their own right. Madison Bumgarner is Madison Bumgarner. The only logical spot on the Giants for Lincecum would be the long relief/spot starter role currently occupied by Chris Heston. Combine the roster factor with the rotation question marks that other teams like the Marlins and Rangers have, and Lincecum’s days as a Giant appear to be over. 

Suddenly this all became very real. It wasn’t long ago that seeing Tim Lincecum in another jersey was a farce. He was going to be a bad ass ace for years and wear a beanie and Vans during his Hall of Fame acceptance speech. It was meant to be. And yet we’re five years into Tim Lincecum being an enigma at best. That doesn’t necessarily mean it always has to be that way – he could step on the mound at his showcase and fire 94 mph with command consistently – but it’s idealistic to expect anything more than quiet, back o’ the rotation competence from him. It’s a sobering realization that his peak (his glorious, glorious peak) has already passed us by. 

No matter who Tim Lincecum suits up for during the 2016 season and beyond, though, he’s always going to be a Giant first. The Giants needed a star in the post-Bonds era and he answered the call. Oh, how he answered the call. He’s the kind of player that fans will always associate with the franchise, like Will Clark or Willie Mays. No one cares about Clark’s time in Texas or Mays playing for the Mets in the twilight of his career because what they did for the Giants was so overwhelmingly great. 

The same is true for Lincecum. He helped deliver the first World Series title to the Giants since 1956. He was the first Giant to win a Cy Young since 1967. It simply wouldn’t be possible for him to give any other team what he’s given to the Giants over the years. That’s why this feels so different than someone like Pablo Sandoval signing with another team. 

Coming to terms with his departure certainly won’t be easy for most fans, I’d imagine. But should he sign with another team in the coming weeks, his eventual return to AT&T Park is going to be one of the most emotional Giants-centric moments of the last decade, and I hope those in attendance cheer for so long the game is postponed. It’s the least they could do. Duane Kuiper has always said it best. “They love this kid.” We absolutely do. We always will. 

My outfit is cute and comfy lol.

And yes, I’m a chunky monkey. But after being so skinny all my life, it makes me happy to see my body fill out my clothes. I got stretch marks on my ass, but I love it because it means I got a butt now! Lol.
I have chubby cheeks, but it’s okay, I can pack my food in it like a chipmunk ;)
I’m comfortable in my skin. And I hope one day, you will be too! Xoxo

But I think we can all agree that the real winners of week 2 & 3 was the German visa authorities. They put some really strong teams on tilt without even making any kind of an effort.

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Top Ten Giant Discoveries in North America

Over 1000 accounts of seven-foot and taller skeletons have reportedly been unearthed from ancient burial sites over a two-hundred-year period in North America. Newspaper accounts, town and county histories, letters, scientific journals, diaries, photos and Smithsonian ethnology reports have carefully documented this. These skeletons have been reported from coast to coast with strange anatomic anomalies such as double rows of teeth, large jawbones, and elongated skulls, documented in virtually every state. Guest authors Hugh Newman and Jim Vieira document ten such findings, presenting startling evidence including photographs and original newspaper reports.

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Odell Beckham Jr. : Black Masculinity and Fear of the Gay Black Man

If you’re not a fan of American football and are unaware of the National Football League’s most prominent athletes, allow me to fill you in…

Odell Beckham Jr. is a 6′0″, 23-year-old Pro-Bowler playing wide receiver for the New York Giants organization. Since entering the NFL in 2014, Beckham has racked up 25 touchdowns, 2,755 yards from 187 receptions, and become a sensation known for his gravity-defying, awe-inspiring, record-breaking plays that have secured his team many wins. Still, for this premiere player, these feats are not sufficient in sheltering Beckham from homophobic slurs and attacks on his masculinity from fans and fellow NFL players.

Taking a look at Beckham, one could say that he does not fit “the look” of the traditional football player. Although past players have been notoriously flashy such as Deion Sanders, and others have been glamorously feminine such as Troy Polamalu, Beckham’s manhood has undoubtedly been the object of criticism in a manner that has been entirely unsettling and different from these aforementioned players. Why is Beckham’s manhood rendered less valuable and criminal in comparison to fellow athletes that exhibit similar behavior? Is it because he is an NFL superstar? Is it because he is a favorite amongst women? Is it because he loves to perform and dance unashamedly? Is it a combination of all these things?

I am not here to defend Beckham against any accusations of being Gay in an effort to give him a “fair trial” for his masculinity. I am not here to say that we must “prove” that Beckham is Gay before he is victimized by these attacks. I am simply questioning: why does his sexuality matter on the football field? And if it matters, why is it not celebrated and uplifted in such a way that embraces him for expressing his true self?

Beckham has blonde hair, he likes to do a dance called “hit dem folks”, and he enjoys hanging out with other male stars such as Trey Songz (who has also been the target of violent attacks on his masculinity). These things, events, and actions have made Beckham a target for homophobic slurs from fans via social media, and even players from opposing NFL football teams. Since Beckham does not perform his gender in alignment with criteria that is derived from aged, constricted, frail constructs of masculinity, he is readily excluded from any public, popular considerations of “real” manhood. According to some folks, to be considered a “real man”, one must not dance, dye his hair, hang out with platonic male friends, or display any behavior that would have folks suspect that they are not “real” men i.e. Gay or feminine. Men are supposed to pound their chests as a form of expression; grunt once for ‘yes’ and grunt twice for ‘no.’

Due to the fact that Beckham is a really good football player, and disrupts these shallow depictions of manhood, the comfortable waters of male supremacists are troubled by his successes and carefree demeanor. Beckham does not apologize for being the man that he is, and he should not. Men who are a lot less secure in their manhoods regard Beckham as a threat, since his behavior conflicts with their distorted imaginaries for masculinity. After all, he is a man who is extremely dominant on the football field, very handsome, and a great dancer to boot. Such a complex imaginary for manhood is unfathomable for men who measure their identities against sorrowful, one-dimensional imaginings of masculinity. Since their understanding of such possibilities for manhood is out-of-reach, their immediate response to Beckham is violence. These reactions against Beckham may be recent, but this phenomena of attacking Black, feminine-performing men is not new in America.

Black men are especially unwillingly suffocated with these notions of what real men are supposed to be. Many of these standards that are set for Black masculinity are heavily influenced by White supremacist ideologies, and were set in place to negatively affect the very humanity of Black men. These derivations of Black manhood from White supremacist origins have historically painted Black men as oversexualized, infantile beasts of burden who should disregard their personal desires, and serve as objects of labor on plantations for White slavers. It goes without saying that these expectations and stereotypes are ridiculous and entirely false, and encouraging Black men to conform to limiting, unrealistic standards is dangerous. Saying that we do not want Beckham to be who he is, saying we want him to be more serious and not enjoy himself on or off the field, is supporting the caricaturization of Black manhood and does not allow Beckham to be his whole, liberated self. Attacks on Beckham’s masculinity restrict him from performing his manhood in a manner that he envisions for himself, while concurrently damaging his very humanity.

These impositions of pathologized masculinities are not innocent. Assimilating these ideals and ideologies has resulted in murders, domestic violence, and other forms of abuse and harassment. This violence on our Black male identities has been internalized by us, and in turn we distribute this violence to our fellow Black brothers, sisters, Queer folks, and gender non-conforming individuals who we see as threats due to subscribing to these inaccurate notions of masculine performativity. Subsequently, these ideals for Black manhood have functioned as a weapon against our hearts, bodies, and minds, many of us unwilling to be vulnerable out of fear of annihilation. This destruction is not innocent.

Since American slavers throughout history have raped, killed, and humiliated the bodies of Black men, many of us fight against any feelings of openness to feel secure and confident within our bodies. We do not want to be challenged, or debased out of fear of our bodies being damaged and subjugated again. This violence upon our bodies has been constant and omnipresent, which is why I took attacks against Beckham so personal. I could not stand to see people break down this handsome, talented man just to feel secure in their own bodies and actions. We cannot continue to carry this burden of conforming to such defective, unreliable constructs of our Black manhoods that have been forced onto us by White supremacist ideologies. We must cease striving towards flippant, unproductive idealisms of Black male performance.

Beckham’s body and performance symbolizes something vulnerable and daring, and that is precisely why we should support him. Beckham represents a positive, progressive example of masculinity that young boys, and even adult men can admire. What Beckham does is interrupt our cultural and societal norms, and that is what we need in order to liberate our bodies and all marginalized folks in America; we must rid ourselves of any oppressive tools and behaviors that only further repress our humanities. We need to expand our defining lines for self to include more holistic, realistic performances that reflect our true desires in order to satisfy our spirits.

So, yes Black man, Black boy, Black person, you can dance, you can paint your canvas however you feel. You can do things that make you feel free and liberated. You can have fun, and be Gay, and like boys and girls. You can do whatever you want, as long as you are safe and others are safe, and you are not any less of a person for doing so. You are allowed to love yourself and break free of those frivolous chains.