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How many games will the Kings win?

Leading Off: Giants fans get their chance to celebrate

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 1C
Last Modified: Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012 - 3:50 pm

Getting the hang of how to do important things correctly often comes with experience.

Two nice examples: the Giants winning World Series championships and the city of San Francisco throwing post-championship parties.

As much as possible, today's 11 a.m. parade (see map, Page C2) and City Hall celebration is set up to accommodate hundreds of thousands of people who are expected to swell San Francisco's downtown population to bursting. Extra BART trains are on track, more ferry runs are scheduled to cross the bay to San Francisco from Vallejo and Larkspur, and the parade route has been modified from 2010's version to be a more easily managed straight shot between the Embarcadero and City Hall.

The wild card could be the fans. One can reasonably expect people in The City – residents and visitors – to live up to their party-hard-but-smart reputation, despite some rowdyism that followed the Giants' Series-sweeping victory Sunday night.

But in a flowing crowd of people set on celebrating their heroes and themselves, the occasional dimwitted wastrel is bound to harsh the mellow of his fellow revelers.

Here's hoping Sunday night's postgame bonfire satisfied the inner arson in everyone and that lighters today are reserved for personal use.

Because, without doubt, today's parade is recognition that we are in the midst of an undeniably special era of Giants baseball. We'll see today if the fans can perform as well as the team did.

What to watch I

Giants parade, CSNBA, 10:30 a.m.: CSNBA will re-air coverage at 11 p.m. today, 7 p.m. Thursday and 11 p.m. Friday.

What to watch II

NBA, Kings at Chicago, 5 p.m., CSNCA: First of three on the road before Monday's home opener.

Today's poll

How many games will the Kings win?

• Fewer than 20

• 21-30

• 31-40

• 41 or more

Vote above or leave your comments in the comment field; or, go to

Tuesday's results

If Barry Zito pitches well in 2013, should the Giants re-sign him?

• Yes: 66%

• No: 34%

Total votes: 325

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