If you call your shot, you better make it. Miss a called shot and you're a fool, a too-cocky bonehead who just couldn't live up to your own hype.
What if Babe Ruth had pointed to center field at the 1932 World Series and then hit a towering blast to the warning track? What if Joe Namath played magnificently after guaranteeing victory in Super Bowl III but was let down by his defense? What if Muhammad Ali told everyone his vision of knocking out Sonny Liston in the first round and then got knocked out himself? What if Michael Jordan lost to the Pacers in 1998 after he'd guaranteed a Game 7 victory?
They'd have been fools. Each and every one of them.
Instead, they guaranteed, and they followed through. Instead of arrogant, they were confident. Instead of being mocked, they solidified their spots among the greatest ever.
All of which is an attempt to give a bit of perspective on Jordan Burroughs' called-shot gold medal Friday in the 74-kilogram (163-pound) weight class for freestyl...