A few weeks ago Sam Cassell of the Milwaukee Bucks guaranteed a victory in the final regular season game, which would have assured them a playoff berth. Instead, they got their butts whipped and failed to make the playoffs. Tracy McGrady of the Orlando Magic guaranteed a victory in Game 4 of their playoff series with Charlotte, only to lose and be knocked out of the playoffs. I have a suggestion for those athletes who feel compelled to promise or guarantee victory: put your money where your mouth is! If you want to guarantee victory, state that you will donate your one-game salary to charity if you lose. It's a simple as that. We'll see how many choose to do so.