Yesterday, outspoken Dallas Stars' blogger, Razor, had an epiphany in which he GUARANTEED a Dallas Stars victory against the Nashville Predators last night in the Stars' home opener at the American Airlines Center. Along with his guarantee came a lofty promise to purchase every fan in attendance a ticket to another game should Dallas not come through with the win. While I applaud his boldness and tenacity in making such a claim, does anyone else find it a little over the top for someone (fan, coach, player, etc.) to guarantee a win for a team, like, ever?
Fans are drawn to sports because of the twists, turns and surprises that are bound to happen game in, game out. No matter how strongly one feels about their team of choice, a guaranteed outcome is just not possible. My motto has always been "Anything can happen". Of course I always set out before a game wanting the best possible outcome for the team but never in a million years would I go so far as to somehow find myself assuring people that the team would win.
So in checking back in with Razor today, I was more than curious to see how he was going to handle the situation. Like I thought, he basically reneged on his promise to buy everyone tickets to another game. In his opinion, the Dallas Stars did win the game last night; even if the official outcome proved otherwise. Smart move on his part, placating fans by saying for all intents and purposes based on the game as a whole, there was no way the Stars didn't walk away as the winners. And honestly, I probably would have done the same thing had I been in his shoes after making such a gamble. But once again, let's be clear about this: I wouldn't make such a statement.
Nothing about sports is ever guaranteed. That's the beauty of the game.
If Razor ever decides to guarantee something again (and back it up with a compensation plan to boot), I hope he protects himself against the masses in case they're not so willing to acquiesce to his broken promises should the guarantee fall through again.