Who knew that George R.R. Martin was such a scholar of football rules, let alone even watched the games?

Following the controversial pass interference non-call in last night’s Cowboys-Lions game (which the referee called “face guarding,” although the VP of Officiating disagreed), Lions fans were up in arms about the seeming injustice handed out to their team. No stranger to the brutal murder of hopes and dreams, Martin chimed in on his Live Journal:

If I was a Detroit Lions fan, I'd be screaming for referee blood about that.

Picking up that flag on a FLAGRANT pass interference by Dallas in the fourth quarter was the worse call... or non-call... the NFL has seen since... well... since the non-call on the botched field goal attempt in the Giants/ 49ers playoff game ages ago.

Shocking.  Really shocking.

The Lions could still have won the game.  They did lots to blow it afterward, from penalties of their own (none as flagrant, none picked up) to blown coverages to a shanked punt and a fumble.  But still... Detroit could well have locked up the victory on that drive, the play was textbook pass interference, the penalty needed to stand.  The defender mugged the tight end.

One for the books.

It’s kind of funny to see Martin actually sympathizing with someone who just went through an emotionally traumatic experience. Maybe he now understands how everyone felt after the Red Wedding. Maybe, just maybe, this means that every beloved Game of Thrones character won't die a grisly, horrible death.

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