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Terrance Knighton, Super Bowl guarantees, and not giving 'a f**k' - Horse Tracks

Good morning, Broncos Country! Yesterday, Terrance Knighton 'guaranteed' a Super Bowl victory for the Broncos, and everyone reacted.

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Knighton's 'guarantee'

It all started when Pot Roast talked to the Denver Post's Mark Kiszla, "guaranteeing" a Super Bowl win.

"It doesn't matter what happens. At the end of the year, we're hoisting that trophy," Knighton said Sunday, after Denver beat San Diego 22-10 to clinch the AFC West title.

"I don't care if New England doesn't lose again. I don't care where we have to play. I don't care who our opponent is. We're not going to be satisfied until we hoist that trophy. So if we've got to go to New England (in the playoffs) and win somewhere we're not used to winning, we're going to make it happen." ...

"Write that," said Knighton, stamping his prediction with all the weight of his 330-pound frame. "And put a big period after that one."

Is it OK to add an explanation point?

"Exclamation point!" Knighton insisted.

One could argue that a guarantee requires the famous phrase, "I guarantee it." But when Kiszla and the Denver Post headliners interpreted Knighton's comments as a famous kiss-of-death Super Bowl guarantee, well...

The Internet gave its hot takes

It doesn't matter what happens. At the end of the year, we're hoisting that trophy. Terrance Knighton

Knighton guarantees Broncos will beat Patriots | Comcast SportsNet -
The Patriots have always relished the chance to turn an opponent’s words against him. Knighton, a 28-year-old Connecticut native, is probably familiar with that strategy. But he’s plunged mouth-first into deep water anyway.

Tom Brady on Terrance Knighton: "well done is better than well said" | ProFootballTalk
‘Well, Pot Roast is a big man and I would never say anything that would get him mad at me, but I’ll just say there’s a lot of football left to be played. My Dad always told me ‘well done is better than well said,'" Brady said. "In the meantime, we have a lot of football left to play, starting this weekend, Sunday at the Jets. Nothing is really clinched at this point; there’s still two very important regular season games remaining on our schedule and that’s what my focus is on."

Terrance Knighton Stupid To Guarantee Denver Broncos Super Bowl Victory | RantSports
Assuring a Super Bowl victory is never the right move to make, especially when you aren’t the best team in the NFL, let alone in your own conference. All Knighton is doing is creating bulletin-board material for every team they play in the playoffs who will take it personally that the Broncos think they can just waltz their way to a Super Bowl win.

Knighton guarantees Super Bowl victory for Denver - Kissing Suzy Kolber
All across the Denver area Broncos fans collectively shudder and scream "THANKS FOR JINXING US, ASSHOLE"... In 2012 the Broncos could blame Rahim Moore for their inability to make it to the end. Last year many blamed the defense and their coaches' inability to adjust for the Seahawks game. This year they can blame Pot Roast for jinxing them.

Knighton responds

Terrance Knighton on guarantees and the Super Bowl - Denver Broncos Blog - ESPN
Monday, in the Broncos locker room, Knighton, one of the Broncos' two defensive captains along with DeMarcus Ware, did not step back from his words, but he added that he would expect any player on a playoff-bound team to believe the team would win the Super Bowl.

"Some people will call it a guarantee, some people will call it whatever they want, you know, anything less than a Super Bowl victory is a disappointing season," Knighton said. "I stand by what I said. I don’t care who we have to play, where we have to play, we won’t be satisfied until we’re hoisting that trophy. If New England wins out and we win out and we end up meeting them, we’ll have to go there and beat them. It’s that simple."

What's your take on Knighton's comments? Do you like the gusto, or hate the bulletin board material?

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