12 April 2013

The NFL in Westeros

George RR Martin, author of the fantasy epic "A Song of Ice and Fire" is a huge football fan. It is known. But what I and many others may not have previously noticed is a little tribute he inserted into his most recent book, A Dance With Dragons, where a Giant defeats and kills a night in armor described as quite similiar to the uniform of the Dallas Cowboys. When asked about it, Martin reveals that it was the result of a bet with a friend.

Here's the relevant part. Full article link after:
SAGAL: Isn't it true that there's a character in your latest book that's there because you lost a bet about a football game?
MARTIN: Yes, in a way, yes, it is. That's true.
(LAUGHTER)
SAGAL: Well what happened?
MARTIN: Well there's this guy named Patrick St. Denis, who runs a fantasy website called Pat's Fantasy Hotlist. And Pat is a big Dallas Cowboys fan. So we would have a standing bet for a number of years about whether the Dallas Cowboys or the New York Giants would do better.
And I won the bet the first two years. But finally, in the third year the Cowboys finished ahead of the Giants. And what I had to do if he won the bet was to kill him horribly within the books.
(LAUGHTER)
MARTIN: So I invented a character called Ser Patrek of King's Mountain and described his heraldry as looking somewhat like the heraldry of the Dallas Cowboys with the silver star on a white field. And then I had him ripped apart by a giant.
(LAUGHTER)
(APPLAUSE)
SAGAL: Which he found very enjoyable.
MARTIN: Yeah, he seemed to get a kick out of that.


Here is the original article: http://www.npr.org/2012/09/15/161142894/thrones-author-george-r-r-martin-plays-not-my-job

Its also worth noting that the name of the victorious Giant is "Wun Wun", which is considered to be a tribute by Martin to one his favorite (football) Giants of all time, who wore uniform number 11, or "one one"

Just a nice little easter egg stuck in. Now, enough football watching George. Your last two books aren't going to write themselves!
- The Penguin

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