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Texas basketball programs as Game of Thrones characters

With Game of Thrones right around the corner and the close of college basketball season upon us I figured it would be a nice time to see which of our favorite characters matched with the various Texas basketball programs.

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Texas Tech - Jon Snow

Easy to root for and when you think of where they came from you would never expect them to be in the spot they are now. Chris Beard's infectious charm almost matches Snow's puzzled looks when he knows nothing and heroic bravery in various situations throughout the show. Tubby Smith leaving was the Night's Watch turning on Jon. Beard is the revived Snow ready for all challenges.



Houston - Daenerys Targaryen

Also easy to root for. Kelvin Sampson is Tyrion Lannister who was once a blue blood since shunned for something that wasn't his fault. Dana Holgorsen is Jorah Mormont because the hair is perfect. Tilman Fertitta's money is the dragons. It equalizes the playing field. Also, have you ever made a Houston fan mad? They yell at you so crazily it resembles the speak of the Dothraki horde. Oh, and they're loyal.



Texas - Jamie Lannister

A once proud and fierce warrior forced to relive old war success is a lot like winning the NIT. There's still expectations that tradition is held for both Texas and Jamie. You're Texas and a Lannister after all! Alas, you're not quite sure they can get it done these days. They're still hung up on their sister/ex too.



Texas A&M; - Cersei Lannister

Spend all the money until the problem is fixed. Buzz Williams and Jimbo Fisher might as well be The Gold Company coming to fix the problems in the kingdom. Never thought they could be king but now there's a chance they are the winners in Game of Thrones. Still hung up on their brother/ex too.



Baylor - Bran Stark

They sort of wander in and out of the story and when they are they you're not sure they're all there but hey they're family right? Incidents have kept them from ending up as a more relevant character but they aren't going away anytime soon.



SMU - Sansa Stark

Again, family and please pay attention. Please. Have been led astray by an older man (Larry Brown) but hopefully back on the right path. There's a future here, just not sure it is bright. Also, I've met more than a few SMU girls who acted like early season Sansa.



TCU - Arya Stark

The child with a ton of potential except all those dang obstacles keep getting in the way. The latest being someone wants to take your coach just like the Waif was trying to take Arya's life when she was training with The Faceless Men. There's a few frat boy programs that could end up on the pointy end.



Stephen F. Austin - Tormund Giantsbane

Wild. Definitely a factor in certain situations. Might be a while before they are more than just a warm body in battle but in the past have played key roles. Did we mention East Texas is kinda like North of the Wall?



Texas Southern/Prarie View A&M; - Brotherhood Without Banners

They're going to be there and there going to be annoying but you don't see any way they're surviving. Just like these two programs have been in the tournament but you're certain they are over matched. They'll be back though.



Rice - Samwell Tarly

Smart and useless in battle but might sneak up on an enemy and accidentally kill them every now and then. Did I mention really smart?


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"You're not a real fan" guy is a dumbass

Photo Credit: Jermaine Every

Don't you hate it when people try to tell you how you should feel? Or how about when they try telling you what they think you should be doing? Unsolicited opinions are the new wave of social media these days. Hop on Twitter, Facebook, or any social media platform, and you'll see/hear all kinds of them.

Last week, there was a a bit of a kerfuffle on social media here in Houston. Some members of the local sports media (John Lopez and Landry Locker) made statements questioning the fandom of Rockets fans. They are under the unfortunate impression that if you watched the season premiere of Game of Thrones instead of watching the beginning of the Rockets opening playoff game, you're not a real fan and I couldn't disagree more.

"You're not a real fan" guy is a dumbass! That statement is usually followed by something extremely stupid, highly regrettable, and will often be very hot take worthy. Telling someone how to be a "real fan" or questioning their fandom on the basis of them choosing to watch something else because they'll miss the beginning of an opening round playoff game might be peak dumbassery. Don't get me wrong. There are times when telling someone they're not a real fan is absolutely necessary.

For example: I'm a lifelong Saints fan. When the Falcons made it to the Super Bowl and were set to face the Patriots, I wanted to vomit. Most people hate the Patriots because they're a dynasty. Others hate them because of the various scandals accusing them, or being found guilty, of cheating. My son said he was rooting for the Falcons and I lost my mind! No self-respecting Saints fan would ever under any circumstance root for the hated Falcons! That's like a Texans fan rooting for the Titans, or a Longhorn fan rooting for the Sooners! My wife told me I was being unreasonable, but my son understood where I was coming from. I had to educate him as to why it was like cursing in church to root for the Falcons.

Outside of rooting for your team's hated rival, there aren't many situations that your fandom can be called into question. When people openly root for their team to lose games for the sake of better draft position, they aren't violating any fan code of conduct. This happens often when a team is so bad, the fan would rather see them lose now in order to draft a player that could help them win in the future. Some would disagree with me here and that's okay. But when leagues find a better way to avoid tanking, this behavior will forever be a part of fan culture (side note: the NBA now gives the three worst teams an equal shot at winning the draft lottery, while the NFL and MLB continue to reward that top slot based off record continuing to prove why the NBA is constantly ahead of the curve).

Another form of potentially questionable fandom is wishing for the firing or trade of a team's coach, front office staff, and players. Fans will often get frustrated with how things are going and demand change. If a general manager sucks at player acquisition, or a coach can't get the most out of his players, or a player isn't living up to potential or a lofty contract, fans will call for their heads. This too is born of frustration, and isn't a knock against fandom. If anything, it shows a higher level of passion than casual fans exhibit.

When I saw there was going to be a conflict between the Rockets and Game of Thrones, I scoffed at the notion of choosing which one to look at live. I'm fortunate enough to have two TVs in my room (pictured above), so I was able to watch both. I often do this because there's too much to watch sometimes, I'm playing my PS4 while something is on, or I'm simply feeding my ADD. The Rockets TV was on mute because I can follow a game without the sound, and because Game of Thrones was my priority. Lots of people DVR'd the game or picked it up after switching over. None of this makes you less of a fan. In fact, I question the person who calls out the fan for how they show their support more than the fan themselves.

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