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‘Game of Thrones’ author George R.R. Martin celebrates Jets’ win by trash-talking Geno Smith

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“Game of Thrones” author George R.R. Martin is a noted Jets fan, so you’d think he’d be pretty happy that New York stunned just about everyone by beating the Steelers on Sunday.


Martin has recounted his football-watching Sunday in his latest Live Journal entry, saying he “woke up this morning expecting a long day of pain in front of the television.” But no, the Jets won, and the man who kills off his main characters better than anyone else found a downside to the whole thing:

Truth be told, though the Jets played much better than usual, the Steelers really beat themselves, with turnovers.  And it is kind of a Pyrrhic victory, since it is way too late to make a playoff run.  It is certainly more fun to watch the Jets win than to watch them lose, but if they start racking up victories now, all it will do is ruin their chances of getting a real franchise QB in the draft.  So that’s probably just what they will do, watch and see.

And here’s another thing about Martin: He really, really doesn’t like Jets quarterback Geno Smith, who didn’t even play on Sunday yet still found his way onto Martin’s list:

I can bemoan that later, however.  For the moment, I will enjoy the win, and wonder what might have happened if Rex had only benched Geno Smith earlier.  (I was distressed to see Geno back as second string, and Matt Simms inactive.  Simms showed more in his brief appearance last week than Geno has all season).

But Martin is undeterred in his fanhood (he seems to have some sort of kinship with the Giants, too):

(And yes, for those who will ask, I will continue to watch, week after bloody week.  A true fan remains a fan in defeat as well as victory).