The popular HBO series Game of Thrones returns Sunday night, and that means it’s time for people who write about sports to use it to try to get clicks. That’s exactly what CBS Sports did when they identified Meera Reed as the Game of Thrones character who most closely aligns with your Atlanta Falcons.
Well, we’re not going to pretend like we’re above writing about Game of Thrones for page views, either, so here we go.
Here’s what CBS Sports’ R.J. White had to say about Meera and the Falcons.
Meera might not be an obvious choice for a team with such an overpowering offense, but she's proven herself in her battles with the wights, and she even manages to kill a White Walker as her group escapes the Three-Eyed Raven's cave. The White Walkers would win that fight as Meera managed to get away after imploring Hodor to "Hold the door!" which the Falcons defense was unable to do against its own White Walkers.
Oh, great, another Super Bowl reference. And that, of course, was the battle when SPOILER ALERT Hodor died while holding the door to protect Bran and the others. If there’s anything that still makes me as sad as the Super Bowl loss, it’s Hodor’s death. Good night, this is depressing.
Elsewhere in the NFC South, White identifies the Panthers as Tormond Giantsbane.
A wildling with the charm of Cam Newton, Tormund is just as dangerous as the Panthers quarterback in close combat. In fact, you can easily picture him as a Panthers linebacker, relentlessly pursing anything that moves. Conversely, Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis would definitely scale The Wall with smiles on their faces. Though the Panthers had a setback in their version of Hardhome (Super Bowl 50), we haven't heard the last of them.
The New Orleans Saints are Ser Bronn.
Bronn is regarded as being willing to do anything for the right price, which stirs unpleasant memories of the Saints' Bountygate scandal. But though he lives with the payday in mind, he's also capable of showing sympathy. Much like Drew Brees, he's the guy you want by your side attacking in an unfamiliar land or as part of your siege of a castle due to his offensive skills.
So we can probably expect Bronn to finish this season 7-9, then.
And the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are little Lady Lyanna Mormont.
An absolute scene stealer in Season 6, the young Lady of Bear Island is a worthy sleeper pick to one day rule them all based on her ferocity, loyalty and bravery at the age of just 10 years old. A perennial sleeper, the Bucs are also led by a young future MVP candidate in Jameis Winston. With reinforcements in tow this offseason, the Bucs are a trendy team on the rise, just like Lyanna.
Oh, and the Patriots? They’re the dang Night King. An apt comparison.
Which Game of Thrones character do you think best represents the Falcons?