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Game of Thrones Creator George R.R. Martin Rips Giants for Drafting Daniel Jones

Max Staley
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As the creator of "Game of Thrones," George R.R. Martin is no stranger to shocking reveals or twists. But on April 25, Martin received a surprise that not even the mind behind the Red Wedding saw coming: the New York Giants drafted the former Duke QB, Daniel Jones, at No. 6 overall in the 2019 NFL Draft.

While most Giants' fans appeared frustrated and confused by the pick, few seem more flummoxed than Martin.

Surprising as it may seem, Martin is actually a huge football fan, and he blogs about the Giants and New York Jets regularly. Martin even went so far as to name a character in his novels "Belicho," which is a nod to New England Patriots' head coach Bill Belichick.

Martin was clearly upset that Jones was taken before Dwayne Haskins, who would end up being drafted No. 15 to the division rival Washington Redskins. Martin noted that Haskins was statistically superior in virtually every category, which makes this pick appear even more questionable.

To Martin, it seems like picking Jones over Haskins would be like choosing Samwell Tarly to fight alongside you instead of Arya Stark. In other words, it's a very bad idea.

It's unclear when the next novel in the "A Song of Ice and Fire" series will come out, but the project is rumored to be titled "The Winds of Winter." If a character named something like "Dave Bettleman" makes an egregious mistake in the next book, at least now we know why.


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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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