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Nate Burleson Guarantees Victory for Detroit Lions over Bears

I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to get tired of players guaranteeing victory, especially when they don’t deliver. That goes for Neftali Feliz, Brandon Marshall, and some unknown player for Pittsburgh. We can add Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson to the list.

Apparently Burleson added a guarantee to the end of his radio show and was asked to categorize his statement on Thursday. “Did I or did I not guarantee a win? How should I answer this? This is what I said – ‘We will win on Sunday.’ That’s what I said at the end of my (radio) show. You can take it as a guarantee, Chicago can take it as a guarantee, they can take it however they want. At the end of the day, they know what our intentions are when they come in to Detroit. I’m not trying to stir up anything, but we play to win the game, we want to try to win on Sunday and we think we’ve got a chance to win.”

Well, there’s a big difference between having a chance to win and trying to win, and actually winning. Now we’re just starting to confuse intending to win with actually guaranteeing victory. That’s no foreign issue for Burleson who “guaranteed” a win over the Arizona Cardinals last year while he was with the Seahawks. The Cardinals went 10-6 and swept Seattle. With Drew Stanton starting at quarterback, I’ll firmly disagree with Burleson’s guarantee once again.

Brandon Marshall Guarantees Dolphins Will Make the Playoffs

Finally.  Almost week 10 and we haven’t had a player from a mediocre team guarantee the playoffs yet?  Better late than never, I suppose.  Leave it to the outspoken Brandon Marshall — the same guy who lashed out at the NFL network and once said he f***** hates the city of Denver — to be the first big mouth to put the pressure on his squad.

As told by Pro Football Talk, Marshall has guaranteed the Miami Dolphins will make the playoffs and contend for a Super Bowl.  Here’s what he told WQAM on Monday:

No one is happy, sitting at 4-4,” Marshall said. “There’s some concern there. But we have a Dolphins team that will be in the playoffs and will contend in the championship game.”

“This is not a Tim Tebow moment. We have what we need to be a championship team. Guaranteed, from here on out we will compete, we won’t lay down and we’ll make the plays necessary to win the game,” Marshall said.

Love the casual jab at the God of Gainesville.  Compete?  Probably.  Be in the playoffs?  That will be no easy task.  The Dolphins are one of four AFC teams sitting at 4-4, and they’re in one of the tougher divisions.  More importantly, their tie-breakers are not looking good.  They still have to play the Patriots and Jets on the road after losing at home to both.  They’ve already lost to the Steelers and Ravens — two teams they could be in competition with for a playoff spot at some point.  Miami’s AFC record is 1-4 and their AFC East record is 1-2.  They have their work cut out for them if they want to prove No. 19 right.  As usual, Marshall has nothing to gain and everything to lose from making these comments.

Neftali Feliz Guarantee? Rangers Have Better Team, Will Win World Series

We noted yesterday that the Rangers are favorites to win the World Series over the Giants. Walking into the Texas locker room, closer Neftali Feliz admitted to me that he had seen the story on LBS and agreed.

OK, that didn’t happen, but he really did tell Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes that the Rangers have the better team and that they’ll win the World Series. Rojas relayed Feliz’s thoughts via twitter, prompting ESPN college basketball writer Diamond Leung to wonder if the guarantee makes Feliz “Jose Namath.” Guarantees are getting played out and nobody did it as well as Joe Namath who said it when it actually meant something.

Feliz is expressing confidence in his team as he should be. Between their pitching and the way they’re hitting, they appear to be the better team and that’s why they’re favored. Texas has the advantage with Cliff Lee starting Game 1 on Wednesday, but Game 2 goes back to the Giants as they have Matt Cain over C.J. Wilson. When it heads to Texas for Game 3, I’d put Colby Lewis as the slight favorite over Jonathan Sanchez. LBS author Danny Lee says it will be a snoozer, but I’m excited for the World Series. As a baseball fan, it’s impossible not to be.

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