Wallpaper Offseason - The Devin Guarantee

Submitted by jonvalk on July 15th, 2013 at 11:00 PM

Ok, so I'm getting this in really quick so that I can go back to taking care of my week-old MGoBaby, but I wanted to post this before I logged off.  I made this quick wallpaper because I LOVE the confidence that Devin showed when asked point-blank about the OSU game and this team's championship potential.  Hopefully, you all enjoy it.  Once I get around to making a mobile and/or tablet version, I'll make this into a diary with some variations to choose from.  Until then, constructive criticism is always welcome as I am constantly striving to get my fingers on the board's collective pulse when it comes to wallpaper design.  Requests are welcome, as well, but I can't guarantee (unlike Devin) that I'll be up for the challenge at this time.

Go Blue!

EDIT: Added a few textures to give it a little better look.

- JonValk


Billy Ray Valentine

July 15th, 2013 at 11:43 PM ^

And I also like the wallpaper.


Reading that quote again, it makes me curious if DG can transfer his confidence to his teammates.  That quote was followed by DG talking about how the SEAL training convinced him that the Team could be championship caliber.


Who inspires his teammates? "It's myself along with all the seniors. We went on that (senior leadership trip with the Navy SEALs that coach Brady Hoke leads) and saw how the Navy SEALs work. They are so together. They're ready to put their lives on the line for each other. Obviously, we're not putting our lives on the line, but it's getting close to that when we're on the football field. We brought all those things back to the team. It feels like that trip really solidified the championship run we're ready to take." From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130624/SPORTS0201/306240116#ixzz2Z…

Dan Man

July 16th, 2013 at 12:14 AM ^

I don't like guarantees at all.  No good comes from them, and frequently they backfire.  I have even heard about psychological studies showing that telling people your goals (which is akin to a guarantee) provides an emotional payout that makes it less likely you will actually acheive your goals.

Perkis-Size Me

July 16th, 2013 at 1:07 AM ^

Jim Harbaugh would disagree with your claim that no good comes from guarantees. I bet that felt pretty damn good beating OSU after making that guarantee.

Although I personally tend to agree with you about not wanting to make guarantees, I'd rather Devin say this then act unsure of himself and his team's ability to win. Saying something like "I don't know, I mean they're pretty good" just doesn't inspire hope for anyone.


July 16th, 2013 at 2:02 PM ^

That would actually be cool if done right. High quality print out off all the wallpapers as a collage of sorts or get custom fatheads made. There have been some quality ones over the years.


July 16th, 2013 at 1:40 AM ^

Are good because they get everyone fired up to make good on them. Anyone who thinks there bad just look at Jim Tressell in 2001 how did that work out when he said what his team would do to us at the Big House. Devin is the man and will lead us to victory against OSU this year and years to come, and when Deshaun Hand commits and we get the #1 and 2 recruits in the nation watch out.


July 16th, 2013 at 1:49 AM ^

I move that we stop referring to this confident prediction by Devin Gardner as a "guarantee".  He didn't "guarantee" or "promise" to win the game.  He simply stated that the team will win.  It was a prediction, not a guarantee. 

That said, very nice wallpaper. 

Prince Lover

July 16th, 2013 at 1:54 AM ^

Are definitely overrated. Of course a starting qb when asked has to say we can beat anybody. An answer of, "well, I just hope everyone plays hard and if that happens I hope we come out ahead when the gun sounds." That's not how interviewers frame their questions so that they dont get those kind of answers. They want to ask a question that gets them a headliner. And its not fair because a team leader has to answer with a response that sounds like a guarantee.
All said these type of questions and answer mean nothing. Even bloggers on 11 warriors dont think this was a big huge deal.


July 16th, 2013 at 2:17 AM ^

It would be a good exercise for some MGoTrooper out there to collect as many "guaranteed" games as possible, then see how the boasters stack up against the Vegas odds before the guarantee was made. It's tough to know whether a guarantee works for any given team at any given time. My hunch is that its good in motivating teammates probably outweighs the bulletin board material it gives the other team.


July 16th, 2013 at 6:19 AM ^

First and foremost, welcome to MGoParenthood and congratulations on the baby!

Also, I also like embracing this quote and think that the wallpaper is great. We have a few OSU people in the office, so I think I know what shall be on the laptop screen during tomorrow's safety presentation at work. 


July 16th, 2013 at 9:04 AM ^

Love it. I'd take Gardner over B. Miller any day of the week, plus one. With that being said, I think the winner of this year's game stands to gain alot of momentum. It's always an important game because of the rivalry but the winner can grab just that little extra over the other. If OSU wins this year all the Meyer/Osu fans will rise up with lots of banter, more than they usually do, but I'd like to put a big 'ol boot in thier face and push them back down.


July 16th, 2013 at 1:46 PM ^

My wife and I are expecting 3 MGoBabies sometime in October. Just found out we're having two boys and a girl. Can't wait to join the fatherhood fraternity!