With the Chargers and Game of Thrones both now entering a dead period, before training camp begins and until season 6 starts in the spring respectively, both Garrett and myself thought it would be fun to point out other similarities. Many of the characters from George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series, made into the TV show Game of Thrones by HBO, have similarities with people from the Chargers organization, so here are some of our favorites.
Casting by Garrett Sisti:
Casting by Matthew Stanley:
Antonio Gates - Jaime Lannister
Jaime Lannister was widely considered one of the best, if not the best, swordsmen in all of Westeros and had been that way since the beginning of this "career" as a knight. Antonio Gates was no different. From very early on in his career, he was one of the best receiving TE's in the NFL. They were also both very important during regime changes, although Gates didn't have to kill Drew Brees for Rivers to take power. Both men also had setbacks due to injury, Jaime lost his sword hand, Gates had plantar fascitiis, and are now on the road to regaining their status, though Jaime obviously faces a much harder road, especially when he is at the mercy of George R.R. Martin's keystrokes.
Brandon Flowers - Arya Stark
Lets get the obvious out of the way first, they are both small and quick. However it goes beyond that. Neither Flowers or Arya were appreciated with their first "family." Arya had to run away and eventually join the Faceless Men to find where she could excel and fit in. Similarly, Flowers was not being used well in Kansas City and found himself forced out in search of someplace he belonged, that place was San Diego. Flowers and Arya are also doing their best work when you don't even notice them. I wonder if Flowers whispers the names of a list wide receivers before he goes to bed? "Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, Jeremy Maclin..."
Mike McCoy - Varys "the spider"
Much like Varys, McCoy relies on his "little birds" for much assistance, his "little birds" being John Pagano and Frank Reich. We all saw the dip after Ken Whisenhunt left, showing how much McCoy depends on his birds. McCoy also likes to play things "close to the chest," never revealing more than he is required to. "We're gonna do what's best for the team," oh, thank you, Mike, it has all become very clear now. There's also a joke in here somewhere about neither of them having any balls...
Tom Telesco - Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish
These are two smart and sneaky individuals. They personally aren't involved in much of the action, but both of them are pulling many strings, especially concerning who stays and who goes. Littlefinger and TT also play the game a little differently than most, made apparent by TT's draft classes. Speaking of the draft, TT treats his 4th round picks the way Littlefinger used the girls in his whorehouse...offer them to everyone else to get what you want, but never use them yourself.
Kendall Reyes - Samwell Tarly
Reyes and Sam are both "large" men. They also have both shown flashes of doing something really meaningful, Sam killing a White Walker and Reyes had a 3.5 sack game against the Jets in 2012. However, both of them are mostly useless and wind up leaving everyone else to pick up the slack. I'm pretty sure Reyes wouldn't have sent the Ravens either...