There is so much to love about this that I don’t know where to start. How about this? George R.R. Martin — celebrated fantasy author of The Game of Thrones series, one of Time magazine’s most influential people of 2011, and the son of Jersey longshoreman — has a blog. And it’s not just any blog: It’s a live journal blog, where 75 percent of all kids 17-25 blog about their “The Vampire Diaries” crushes.
J.K. Rowling, Suzanne Collins, and that Mormon housewife cannot say the same.
But no: There’s more. Not only does cute old man, George R.R. Martin, have a livejournal blog, he also follows sports. The NFL, specifically. And he’s a Jets fan. But he does not care for Timmy Tebow, who was traded from the Denver Broncos to the Jets yesterday.
I was drinking my morning coffee when the headline flashed across the bottom of the screen. That sound you heard was me choking and sputtering.
My Jets have given up two perfectly good draft picks for Tim Tebow, the worst quarterback in the National Football League.
What the hell are they thinking over there at Gang Green central?
Mark Sanchez is not, as yet, Eli Manning, but he is a talented quarterback with a good arm and he completes more than fifty per cent of his passes, none of which can be said for Tebow. The last thing he needs is a stadium full of Timomaniacs screaming for Tebow every time a pass falls incomplete. The divisions in the Jets locker room last season were well documented. THis is just going to make those problems a thousand times worse.
Nor do I think that Tebow’s conspicuous piety will play well in the Big Apple. This is the city that once embraced Broadway Joe. Tebow would fit better in … well, if Branson, Missouri had an NFL team, that would be a perfect fit.
Branson, Missouri! Home of Yakov Smirnoff! Oh, George: You crusty son of a bitch, how I love you.
See here, geeks? Your love of sci-fi and fantasy does not have to be a barrier to your love of sports. George is breaking down stereotypes, although I do love the first comment on the above livejournal entry:
I wish I knew (more) about sports. This is all typed in a different language to me. I am better at Dothraki than I am at the Sport Language.
George R.R. Martin is a Mark Sanchez fan. Adjust your perceptions accordingly.
“Game of Thrones” returns a week from Sunday.