Giants’ Rolle Calls 99 Percent Chance Win

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Usually we’re not in the business of odds-making on this site, but I’m always happy to report on guarantees.  And in the world of guarantees, there’s confidence, and then there’s the reportedly “very, very confident” Giants’ free safety Antrel Rolle.

Following the Redskins Week 1 victory over the Giants, Rolle reportedly told WFAN, the sports talk radio station in New York:

“We know the Redskins are not a better team than us. If we played them 100 times, they might win five.”

Technically, this factors out to a 95 percent guarantee of victory.

But in a followup interview, yesterday on WFAN, Rolle corrected the host (and himself), saying “I said ninety-nine.”  Considering that the Redskins already won in Week 1, they would mathematically be expected to lose the next 99 times they played them, or every time for the next 50 years.

But that’s not to say that Rolle is guaranteeing victory.  Nay, that would be too bold (via Paul Schwartz, New York Post):

“I don’t plan on losing to the Redskins, I’m going to be honest with you,’’ Rolle said. “I’m not guaranteeing a victory, I’m not doing any of that, we got to play the game come Sunday, but I’m very, very confident in this team and very, very confident we’re going to get the job done.’’

Very, very confident though he may be, Rolle has left his teammates with a check that they’re not quite as confident in cashing.  Receiver Victor Cruz spoke with the Washington media this afternoon and discussed how Rolle can talk, but the onus is on the team to back it up.

“Yeah, y’know, he’s a passionate guy that believes in our team,” Cruz began, carefully.  “We understand that a guy like that, we have to rally behind him, and we understand that he’s always for the team.  We understand his words, and we understand that we have to back him up 100 percent.”

Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman also responded to Rolle’s predictions to the New York media today, pointing out the obvious fallacy in winning 99-of-100 games (via Schwartz, New York Post):

“It is the NFL and nobody is going to beat anyone 99 out of 100 times,’’ Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman said Wednesday on a conference call. “I am confident about where we are. We haven’t finished games lately and we need to finish and everything should take care of itself. I understand that there is a lot of pride in the NFL and a lot of people go about their business with a lot of pride and ego and we do the same thing.”

It’ll be interesting to see how Rolle’s ‘confidence’ manifests itself on Sunday, but don’t expect the Redskins coaches or players to have the same level of understanding for Rolle’s ‘passionate’ predictions.

0 thoughts on “Giants’ Rolle Calls 99 Percent Chance Win

  1. Even a blind squirrel gets a nut sometimes and the Redskins definitely qualify as a blind squirrel. Therefore, the Giants should be careful. It is not that the Redskins match up well against them on paper but the Giants should look at how well the Redskins performed against the Patriots. (Yes, I know the Patriots have a rotten defense but no one gave the Redskins a chance against the Patriots, including me.)

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  2. haha a blind squirrel…The redskins dominated the giants in every facet of the game in week 1…they won by 14 and shoulda been more like 17 or 20

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  3. Quite frankly I agree with him. This near full strength Giants team will beat this beaten up Redskins team 95 out of 100 times. Let us face facts a near full force Skins beat a very beat up Giants team in the first game of the regular season before all of the film was distributed. Now the Giants are at near full force and they have lots of game film on the Redskins to study. I see almost no chance of the Skins winning this one. And oh yeah I am a huge Skins fan!

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    • @GaryE–

      Are we talking about the same Giants team that’s 1-4 over their last five games? I’d say they’re as mortal of a team as any other, especially if they think they have a 99 percent chance of victory

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  4. I should have been a little clearer perhaps. I mean that I agree about the 95 out of 100 not the 99%. Yeah the Giants have not been playing very well as of late but they are a much better defensive team than the Redskins have faced in recent weeks. Look at what they did against other descent defenses. Yes the Giants in terms of total yards are not that good but they are much better against the run. Look what the Redskins have done against other teams with descent run defenses. Not to mention that the Giants *always* play the Skins very very tough.

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