Guarantees in sports aren’t what they used to be.
More than 45 years after Joe Namath provided the most memorable guarantee in sports in the days preceding Super Bowl III, Rams running back Todd Gurley became the latest sports figure to pay homage to Namath, half-hearted as it may be.
“We’re going to get a win this week, for sure,” Gurley said, via Stephen Cohen of seattlepi.com. “Obviously you want to have that extra day to prepare, but I just feel like after a loss like that, you’re just so ready to get back at it. We’re definitely ready to play Sunday.”
The Rams are operating on a short week after losing to San Francisco 28-0 on Monday night. Which, apart from the dynamics that caused the Rams to lose 28-0 in Week One, will make it harder to win in Week Two.
So maybe the better approach for Gurley would be to guarantee that the Rams will score a point this week. Given the differences between the Seattle defense and the 49ers defense, that could be nearly as bold as Namath’s guarantee from January 1969.