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Von Miller makes Super Bowl guarantee inspired by cousin’s recovery

If you follow Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller on Twitter, you may have thought he was being overly cocky with a tweet he sent out early Monday morning. Like so many have done before him and wound up falling flat on their faces, Miller guaranteed that the Broncos will win the Super Bowl next season.

However, it wasn’t arrogance that inspired Miller to take a page out of Rex Ryan’s book. In an appearance on NBC Sports Network’s “Pro Football Talk” on Tuesday, he explained that his cousin Jeremiah’s recovery after a serious car accident has taken his motivation to a new level.

“It wasn’t based on me feeling cocky or me coming in with just a bogus guarantee,” Miller said.  “I was actually motivated because my cousin had just recently got in a car accident and had got out of a coma and out of all the things they were trying to teach him, out of all the things they were trying to get him to remember, one thing that he did remember is that he had a cousin named Von Miller that played for the Denver Broncos.

“And it just put a lot into perspective for me.  It really hit home for me and I was already motivated to play football before, I already loved playing football before but when it’s somebody else involved, when you’re doing something for somebody else it, always makes it a lot more special and it puts a little bit of motivation behind it.”

Hey, it’s not like he plays for the Kansas City Chiefs. The Broncos were one of the best team’s in the AFC last season and a legitimate Super Bowl contender. With Peyton Manning more acclimated to life in Denver next season, they could be even better.

Players draw inspiration from all types of different sources. If Miller heads into the 2013 season with a fire under his ass and is able to project that onto his teammates, more power to him.

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Panthers C Ryan Kalil takes out full-page ad guaranteeing Panthers win Super Bowl

There’s nothing quite like a little rah-rah to get us all excited for the upcoming NFL season — especially during one of the most boring sports months of the calendar year. Whether it’s Jets players talking about the “greatness” that New York’s 2012 roster contains or division rivals trading trash talk, we all need something to help get us through these slow months. By taking out a full-page ad in the Charlotte Observer to explain why the Panthers will win the Super Bowl this season, Carolina center Ryan Kalil took the excitement into unprecedented territory.

The ad, which can be seen here, has a headline that says “Why the Carolina Panthers will win Super Bowl XLVII” and reads as follows:

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Jason Pierre-Paul Guarantees Win over Packers

The Giants are feeling pretty good after winning their third straight game Sunday — a 24-2 drubbing of the Falcons. Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, who had 16.5 sacks in the regular season, made 8 tackles against the Falcons, and an even stronger statement after the game.

“We’re going to win [against the Packers],” he said, according to Giants reporter Mike Garafolo. “A hundred percent we’re going to win. … Because we’re the best.”

Newsday’s Bob Glauber tweeted a similar statement from Pierre-Paul. “We’re going to go out there & give all our effort, and we’re going to walk away with the win.”

The Giants have beaten the Jets, Cowboys, and Falcons since dropping a home game to the Reskins in Week 15. They’re obviously feeling pretty confident, but putting the Packers on notice is about the last thing they should be doing. Sure they won the NFC Championship Game at Lambeau Field in the 2007 season, but this is a different Green Bay squad. Maybe the Giants should save their talking until after their win.

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Mike Williams Guarantees Bucs Will Make Playoffs, But He’ll be Wrong

Tis the season for guarantees, apparently. Ron Artest guaranteed the Lakers would win the NBA title this week. Now it’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers second year receiver Mike Williams doing the deed.

“We’re a young team, but we’re guaranteeing the playoffs,” Williams told The Miami Herald via Pro Football Talk.

Williams’ guarantee should come as no surprise. The Bucs have described themselves as a “youngry” team throughout training camp. They’re optimistic about the season after last year’s turnaround (they went from 3-13 to 10-6). But as far as the playoffs go, they still have several obstacles.

While Tampa Bay is a solid team, they’re not spectacular. They also have immense competition in their division from the Saints and Falcons, both of whom finished with more wins en route to playoff berths. There is little reason to believe either team will falter this season. Additionally, there are three teams in the NFC East and NFC North that should also contend for the playoffs. I’m not sure Tampa Bay is better than those six teams.

Also working against Williams’ prediction is that the last wide receiver to guarantee a playoff berth was Brandon Marshall. The Dolphins went 3-6 after his statement and missed the playoffs. The Bucs are a solid team, but I’m thinking an 8-8 or 9-7 finish without a playoff appearance is more likely to happen than anything else. How many more games will Josh Freeman be able to pull out in the fourth quarter? I just think a few less footballs will fall their way this time.

Ron Artest Guarantees Lakers Will Win NBA Championship

The man who will soon be known as Metta World Peace has made a guarantee. Appearing live on Stephen A. Smith’s radio show Wednesday night, Ron Artest expressed confidence in the Lakers’ ability to win a title in the upcoming season.

“What we’re going to do, is we’re definitely going to win [the title],” Artest said in response to a question about what should be expected from the Lakers.

The Lakers forward was then pressed to clarify if he was making a guarantee. Ron Ron confidently repeated his prediction three more times, saying it doesn’t matter if they have to face the Mavericks or Heat.

While Ron is confident in the ability of his basketball team, he’s not so sure about his stint on Dancing With the Stars. That’s no surprise; Ron Ron’s never crossed us as the most graceful being. But hey, if he’s going to make a guarantee, at least it’s for the career that really matters.

You can listen to the audio from the 40-minute long interview here
Thanks to the LA Times and I am a GM for sharing news of the guarantee

Daniel Sedin Guarantees Game 7 Win for Canucks in Stanley Cup Final

Vancouver Canucks winger Daniel Sedin has guaranteed his team will win the decisive Game 7 against the Boston Bruins for the Stanley Cup Wednesday. Yes, try to hold back your Ace Ventura muttering laugh over that one. Daniel believes Vancouver’s home ice advantage will be the deciding factor in Game 7.

“We’re 3-3 and we won all three games at home and we have the fourth game at home,” Sedin said after losing Monday. “So we have the seventh game at home and we’ll take that. We are confident.”

Sedin then repeated his guarantee a second time saying “We lose as a team and win as a team and we’re going to win Game 7.”

During our time at LBS, several athletes have made guarantees. With the exception of Tim Thomas’ guarantee the Bruins would win the Eastern Conference Finals, most guarantees end up flopping.

You have to admire Daniel’s confidence in his team, but you also have to wonder if he just wasn’t a bit woozy from being punched in the head six times by Brad Marchand. All I know is I didn’t grow my beard for two months (seriously, this thing is out of hand) to see the Bruins lose in Game 7.

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Tim Thomas Guarantees Bruins Win the Eastern Conference Finals

Tim Thomas, a guy who has been the underdog his entire career and as a result comes across as extremely humble, went out on a bit of a limb after the Bruins epic Game 4 meltdown against the Lightning. The same guy who created a bit of a buzz last week after Boston lost game one when he called hockey “just a game” feels strongly about his team’s chances of reaching the Stanley Cup Finals.  In fact, the Bruins goalie has guaranteed a series victory.

“We’re going to win,” Thomas boldly stated after Game 4 according the The Tampa Tribune.

More often than not, nothing good can ever come of guaranteeing victories.  Antics like that are normally reserved for loud mouths like Rex Ryan, but I really have no problem with a statement like that coming from the Bruins goalie.  If anyone should be confident, it’s a goal keeper.  You have to be a pretty confident person to begin with to stand in front of pucks traveling 100 mph, so it shouldn’t really be a surprise.  The fact that Lightning coach Guy Boucher disagrees with Thomas is also not surprising.

“I guess we should have stayed home,” Boucher said of the guarantee. “You know, their people are allowed to think what they think and we’re not going to pay attention to that. Hopefully our players are staying focused and that’s what we’re focusing on.”

Gotta love playoff hockey.