We already knew that George R. R. Martin, author of the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, is a Jets fan. (He called the Tebow trade awful, and Tebow the "worst quarterback in the National Football League.") So SI got him on the phone to talk some football.
• Martin thinks he'll complete his next book before the Jets win a Super Bowl. It took him six years to write the last one.
• The only NFL player to write him a fan letter was journeyman fullback Darian Barnes, a fellow Jersey boy.
• The Giants are the Stark family of the NFL, because they're heroes. Their archenemies, the Patriots, are the Lannisters.
Q&A: George R.R. Martin [Sports Illustrated]