If you never watched an episode of HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones, I highly recommend you do so…. NOW! Based off of George R.R Martin’s book series, A Song of Ice and Fire, Game of Thrones is an epic Medieval Fantasy. The synopsis on HBO.com is as follows:
Summers span decades. Winters can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne continues.
It stretches from the south, where heat breeds plots, lusts and intrigues, to the vast and savage eastern lands, where a young queen raises an army. All the while, in the frozen north, an 800-foot wall of ice precariously protects the war-ravaged kingdom from the dark forces that lie beyond. Kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars, lords and honest men...all play the 'Game of Thrones.'
Prior to this week’s season finale, I decided to put together a few sub-par Photoshops in honor of the HBO hit series. Below is a look at how Westeros might be, if the show’s characters were replaced by some of our favorite Dolphins’ players. Enjoy.
This article may contain minimal spoilers if you have never watched Game of Thrones.
Much like the leader of the White Walkers, Adam Gase has brought new life to the Miami Dolphins’ organization. As each day passes, the season nears closer. Miami Dolphins’ football is coming, and the Adam Gase Era will soon be upon us.
Hodor’s main purpose in life was to protect and shield Bran Stark. The same holds true for Laremy Tunsil, who’s shocking draft-day slide allowed the Dolphins to solidify their offensive line for the distant future. Ryan Tannehill has been sacked 184 times throughout his career, so although he might not be asked to “hold the door”, the Dolphins hope Tunsil can protect Tannehill at all costs. Much like Bran Stark, the key to the Dolphins’ future rests solely on Tannehill’s shoulders. Fans and coaches alike hope the fifth-year quarterback is ready to take the next step, becoming one of the NFL’s elite quarterbacks.
The hired assassin of Cersei Lannister, “The Mountain”creates havoc wherever he goes. Much like All-Pro defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who has created havoc throughout the NFL over his five-year career. Suh, who signed a monster contract with the Dolphins a year ago. will play a crucial role in Miami’s success in 2016. Reunited with defensive-line coach, Jim Washburn, Suh is destined for another big year in Miami.
Grey Worm is the leader of the Unsullied, much like Reshad Jones is the leader of the Dolphins’ defense. There’s not many players in the league that can alter a game quite like Jones. Whether he’s down in the box, or playing deep, opponents must respect the Pro-Bowl safety. Jones combined for 135 tackles, 2 sacks, 5 interceptions and 2 touchdowns in 2015. Miami hopes he can continue to play at a high level, keeping the Dolphins’ secondary intact.
Much like Tyrion Lannister, Kiko Alonso has yet to find his place in the world. After two years in Buffalo, he was traded away to Philly, in exchange for running back Lesean McCoy. Alonso never quite lived up to his hype with the Eagles, and the Dolphins saw an opportunity to add the play-making linebacker, an area in which the team so desperately needed. If Alonso can regain his previous form, the Dolphins may have found their linebacker of the future.
Jon Snow is arguably the most popular character on Game of Thrones. The bastard son of Winterfell, Snow remains the North’s best hope at regaining its previous power. After the Dolphins allowed Lamar Miller to walk in free agency, second-year running back Jay Ajayi will be given every opportunity to lead the Miami Dolphins’ backfield. Ajayi flashed as a rookie, and should flourish in Adam Gase’s offense.
Like Daenerys Targaryen, Dawn Aponte is one of Westeros best kept secrets. Not many people believed she survived after the Mad King had passed. Like Dany, Aponte is one of the Dolphins’ best kept secrets. She remains one of the best in the business at negotiating contracts. She may never be Queen of the Seven Kingdoms, but Aponte’s power continues to grow with each passing day.
This may not be Winterfell or Kings Landing, but the Miami Dolphins have the pieces in place to succeed in 2016 and beyond.