Football and Game of Thrones are two things that help get me through the year. This year, to help me cope with the unbearable wait for Season 7 of HBO’s hit show as well as George RR Martin’s next installment, I decided to combine these two interests to form this series.
Fantasy Football: NFL style logos and uniforms based on the noble houses and characters of Westeros. This has been a labor of love for many months, and something that I hope to revisit in the future, to add more of the families and characters from the series. But for now, here is the Westeros Fantasy Football League:
Although they give up any names or titles when they join the team, the players of the Night’s Watch have an unbreakable brotherhood.
The crowds at Casterly Rock Stadium boast the loudest cheers in all of Westeros. Lannister fans unleash the bold challenge, “Hear Me Roar.”
A squad of inhumanly large monsters, the Clegane Hounds mercilessly beat down anyone that gets in their way, like a pack of mad dogs.
Opponents tremble in fear at the sight of the Flayer’s uniforms. Legend has it, the first team wore the jerseys of defeated foes as a sign of dominance.
Winter games never scare this team. Built for the cold, they train in subzero temperatures to prepare for long seasons.
While the image of a trout doesn’t inspire much fear, the loyal Tullys band together and always swim upstream to victory.
Furious competitors, the Stags of Storm’s End are known to lock antlers with their bitter rivals, the Targaryen Dragons.
The Mormont Bears are known for their strong goal line defense. When backed into a corner, the battle cry “Here We Stand” is their call to arms, to protect their endzone.
Although not the most well known team in the league, the Crakehall Boars have a long history and have proven themselves as fierce competitors.
They say lightning never strikes twice. Tell that to Beric Dondarrion, star quarterback of the Lightning, who suffered multiple ACL injuries, always to bounce back and lead the team to victory.
It is suspected that the high altitudes of Vale Stadium might affect the sanity of the Arryn Falcons. Erratic behavior and unconventional playcalling are hallmarks of the team.
“A Dothraki game without at least three injuries is considered a dull affair.” This common saying sums of the play of the Dothraki Riders: thrilling to watch, but wildly violent.
A proud, unwavering commitment to tradition drives the Kraken in all they do. Not a team to take any shortcuts, they pay the iron price for any victory they earn.
These slippery competitors are known to pull a fast one over their competitors. Whatever you do, don’t order the pies at the stadium concession stands.
A team of showboating playmakers with personalities as bright as their uniforms, the Sunspears have been known to blow a lead or two after starting their touchdown dances a little too early.
Once the most dominant dynasty in the league, the Dragons have since fallen off the radar. But after some key acquisitions, they are poised to make a come back.
Like a thorn in the side of many opponents, this team has been growing strong for some time. Unfortunately, due to some key injuries last season, it looks like their playoff dreams have been dashed.
It’s standing room only at Last Heart stadium, where you’re lucky if you find enough space to squeeze in between a few towering fans to see these hearty players take on the competition.
Diehard commitment to training is a hallmark of the Unsullied. When in formation, their defensive front is nearly impenetrable.
A mysterious team from the far north, the White Walkers have a seemingly soulless devotion to the game. The heavy mist used for their stadium entrance sends a chill down the spine of anyone who sees it.
This ragtag bunch of journeymen does not rely on playcalling, preparation, or even basic game planning before entering battle. Mostly relying on audibles, they surprisingly are able to string together an impressive amount of victories.