Anyone else tired of pro athletes "guaranteeing" victories?

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  1. Brian Perry

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    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.
     
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    It's funny, I was just thinking about this the other day!

    I guess it's hard to avoid a few instances of this when every sportscaster in the world feels obliged to stick a mike in some jock's face and demand an answer to the question "are you guaranteeing a win, then?"

    I think this is more of a trend among cliche-addled sportscasters than it is among athletes--just so the sportscaster can breathlessly say, "there you go, folks, Kevin Garnett is guaranteeing the Wolves will win this playoff series! You heard it here first."

    Blah, blah, blah.
     
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    Boy I do remember one player that put his money where his mouth is: when Mark Messier guaranteed in 1994 that the Rangers would win Game 6 of their playoff series against the Devils, and then scored a hat trick! That was a magical year. Too bad the Rangers haven't made the playoffs in 5 years. [​IMG] Ah well, at least the Islanders got eliminated. [​IMG]
     
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    I think it's very easy for an athlete to understand why. An athlete always thinks he is going to win. The "guarantee" is merely a statement of confidence. It also puts a certain amount of pressure on the person saying it. True leaders in sports thrive on that type of pressure. They use it to inspire themselves and their team mates. The aforementioned Mark Messier is a great example of this. Of course it doesn't always work out, but when it does it's a beautiful thing. Would you rather the atlete say, "I think we might lose, but I hope we win?"
     
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    Just one more thing.

    Does the "smart response" above sound very familar? Almost rehearsed? Cliched, like you've heard it a thousand times? Well it is and you have, and there's a reason for that. It true, it's honest and it works.
     
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    Howard, you gave 110% on your post. You just gotta take it one post at a time. A guy's just gotta show up and give it his best post and the rest will take care of itself. You can't worry about what the other members are doing, you just gotta be focused on your own post. If you post hard every day, maybe you'll still be posting in October.

    God, I love sports posting cliches!
     
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    I prefer to watch someone who speaks his mind. I like the guarantees. Especially if it motivates the other team. If you don't have something interesting to say, keep your mouth shut. That is whats wrong with athletes these days, they are afraid of sticking their foot in their mouth. While I didn't agree with John Rockers comments about NYC, I liked the fact that he spoke his mind. It was especially sweet seeing the crap the fans in NY gave him when he played there. It made headlines because so much of what people say these days is rehearsed.
    I wish someone on the Bills would have guaranteed a Super Bowl victory back in 90's, maybe it would have motivated the rest of the team [​IMG]
    dan
     
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