George R.R. Martin may be one of the most notorious and successful authors in the history of modern literature, but the man also has opinions on a vast array of topics outside of Westeros.
One of those things is football, and as a native New Yorker and with waffling allegiances, he often shares his thoughts on his favorite NFL teams.
After it was announced on Tuesday that the New York Giants had released wide receiver Victor Cruz, the writer of the ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ novels (better known as the ‘Game of Thrones’ books) wrote a blog post expressing his distress at the parting of ways.
Here are the highlights:
“The Giants released Victor Cruz today.
It was not unexpected. Cruz missed the last two seasons with injuries, and this season, when he finally came back, he had a subpar year. Only 35 catches, way down for him. He had a very high salary number for next year, too high for a third receiver, and by cutting him the Giants saved $7.5 million against the salary cap, money they can now use to improve elsewhere…
All the same, the release made me sad. Victor Cruz was my favorite player, and I was hoping he would retire as a Giant…
If it had been up to me, I would have stayed the course and kept Cruz. Ask him to take a salary cut, sure. I think he would have done that. Next year, I would have moved him back to the slot, his best position. He was just not as effective last season playing outside the numbers….If the Giants had kept Victor in the slot, and played Shepard outside, both of them might have had better years.
One mediocre year and two years on injured reserve can make us forget — especially since Odell Beckham Junior has been dazzling Giants fans with spectacular catches during those same three seasons — just how good Victor Cruz was before his injury. When he was good, he was very very good, as the saying goes…”
Before we go into the obvious irony here, I must address one small point.
Martin created probably the most detailed, descriptive and fascinating fictional world that’s ever existed in literature and for that he is unimpeachable in the fiction-writing community. But a sportswriter he most definitely is not. This sounds like it was ripped straight out of a Sports Writing 101 class at the local community college.
However, because he has more creativity in his left jowl than I will possess across my entire lifetime, I will not linger on that particular issue.
The more important takeaway here is that Martin is getting a taste of his own medicine. It sucks when your favorite athlete/character gets released/decapitated for reasons that seem entirely unnecessary, huh George?
At least Cruz has a chance to go on and play for another team. If only Ned Stark had been that lucky.