|He's the one that looks like he's probably a fantasy writer.|
Well, actually I think the books are called Song of Ice and Fire, but you get what I mean.
Acclaimed author George R.R. Martin's books are what the popular HBO TV series Game of Thrones is based on.
Other than spending his time dreaming up scenarios involving dragons, swords, sex and dead children, Martin also spends his time watching and following his favorite football team, the New York Jets.
With the recent news of the Jets trading their best player - ok, their only good player - away to the Buccaneers for a semi-modest haul, Martin took to his live jounral to vent. Yes, apparently some people still have live journals.
“It is hard to be a fan of the New York Jets,” Martin wrote. “They have hardly done anything right since Joe Willie Namath won SuperBowl III, and every time you think maybe they are finally turning the corner, they find some new way to screw things up. Today the Jets traded Darrelle Revis, the best cornerback in the NFL and far and away the best player on the team. It is never a good idea to trade the best player on your team. The Jets desperately need a shut-down corner, since they do not have a real pass-rush threat, and the only way they ever get any pressure on the opponent’s QB is by shutting down his receivers long enough for the rushers to get there. Revis was a huge part of the reason why Rex Ryan’s defense has been so good (ups and downs, sure, but still one of the better defenses in the league). So they get rid of him Right. Only the Jets.”
Only the Jets. You said it Martin.
While Martin and many other Jets fans must be ticked off, I think it was actually the right move. Paying out the type of money Revis got from Tampa for a cornerback would not have been a good idea for a team like the Jets that have no forseeable chance of winning anytime soon. The Jets have been gutting their team all off-season in an obvious attempt to rebuild. When you're in rebuild mode you'll obviously want to cash in all of your assets for draft picks, instead of pouring most of your resources into one player.
Still, I can't blame them for being upset with what they got back. Trading your best player for a pick outside the top 10 and a conditional fourth rounder doesn't sound very awesome. Then again, if your best player is a cornerback you're not exactly in a great position anyway.