Here's some Patriots hate from the Dungeons & Dragons crowd.
"Game of Thrones" author George R.R. Martin, whose books have spawned the popular HBO drama by the same name, through some nudging, has likened the New England Patriots to one of the more detested families in his novels.
In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Martin compared the Patriots to the oft-feuding and evilly inclined Lannisters, a murderous bunch that play the antagonists to the Starks.
Let's just say that the Lannisters are viewed as the bad guys, capiche?
Here's how the conversation went down, which you can find in full on their site:
SI: A popular internet story recently imagined Game of Thrones characters as politicians -- Barack Obama as Robb Stark, George W. Bush as Hodor -- can we try this with the NFL?
SI: What about the families: Are the Starks, say, the Green Bay Packers?
MARTIN: Whenever I propose analogies like that, fans jump in with their own ideas, but it depends on what team you root for. To me, the Starks are heroes, so they would be the Giants.
SI: And the Patriots, the archenemies?
MARTIN: Maybe those would be the Lannisters.
Martin, who is also known for producing episodes for the "Twilight Zone," is a self-professed New York Jets fan. So Patriots fans can rest assured that Bill Belichick will store this slight in his memory bank for those two contests this upcoming season. Or maybe not.
The season 2 finale of "Game of Thrones" will air at 9 p.m. this Sunday. The Celtics will be playing the Miami Heat in Game 4 at the same time (8:30 p.m start). What will you be watching?
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