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Paul Pierce offers prediction for 'Game of Thrones' finale

Paul Pierce offers prediction for 'Game of Thrones' finale

SPOILER ALERT: There are spoilers ahead for GoT fans. If you aren't caught up on the series, turn away now.

The "Game of Thrones" series finale is on Sunday, and many are weighing in on who will sit on the iron throne to end the show. That includes some prominent sports figures, and Boston Celtics legend Paul Pierce was one of them.

When asked on Twitter who would take the throne in tonight's finale, Pierce offered a somewhat surprising choice. He went with the plucky underdog, Arya Stark, as his choice to rule.

It's easy to see why Pierce likes Stark to win the throne. She is a fan favorite and has endured quite a bit on her journey through the show and famously killed The Night King, which destroyed the army of the dead. Most recently, she was able to survive the burning of King's Landing despite several very close calls with dragon fire.

Many expect that Stark's brother, Jon Snow (also known as Aegon Targaryen), is the favorite to take the throne, but it truly is anyone's game. So, Pierce could end up being correct.

Of course, it's important to take Pierce's prediction with a grain of salt, as his last bold declaration wasn't such a good one. After Game 1 of the Celtics-Bucks series, Pierce essentially declared it over after the Celtics victory. The Bucks would go on to win the next four consecutive games and eliminate the C's from the postseason.

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Celtics Forgotten 50: Important players who played a role in franchise history

Celtics Forgotten 50: Important players who played a role in franchise history

The list of Boston Celtics greats is lengthy, one filled with players whose basketball exploits will live on forever in the minds and hearts of Celtics Nation and basketball fans across the globe. 

But in taking their place as the league’s forebearers of greatness, behind them stood men whose many contributions on and off the court — while not as noticeable — are important when it comes to the narrative surrounding the Boston Celtics franchise and its ascension to becoming the NBA’s first great basketball dynasty. 

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The Celtics have won more NBA titles (17) than any team in league history. That includes a stretch in which they won 11 titles in 13 seasons, the kind of dominance we have not seen since, and will likely never see again.

Bill Russell. Bob Cousy. Larry Bird. 

Those are just some of the names that come to mind right away when conversations steer towards historical excellence among the Celtics franchise. 

But there are so many others whose contributions to the franchise’s success have largely gone ignored, cast aside or simply forgotten about as the sands of time move on when it comes to the growth and evolution of the most storied franchise in NBA history. 

Here we shed some light on those contributors divided into three groups but collectively make up, “The Forgotten 50.”

  • Part 1: The Early Years | Part 2: Behind the Dynasty (coming June 2) | Part 3: Franchise in Transition (coming June 9)

The Tom Brady bump: 'The Match' makes history with huge TV ratings

The Tom Brady bump: 'The Match' makes history with huge TV ratings

Tom Brady has edged Michael Jordan, it appears.

Sunday's "The Match: Champions for Charity" golf match pitting Brady and Phil Mickelson against Peyton Manning and Tiger Woods averaged 5.8 million TV viewers across TNT, TBS, truTV and HLN, according to Turner Sports.

Here's the context behind that number: It makes Sunday's event the most-watched golf telecast in cable television history and the highest-rated program on TV that day.

Remarkably, "The Match" also drew more average viewers than ESPN's "The Last Dance," the 10-part documentary series on Jordan and the Chicago Bulls that averaged 5.65 million same-day viewers per episode.

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For further context: Game 4 of the 2019 World Series averaged 10.2 million TV viewers, less than double the ratings for a charity golf match.

Such is the current sports media landscape with all North American professional sports on hold, though. While "The Last Dance" dug up the past, "The Match" was an actual sporting event featuring four of the biggest names in sports.

Brady obviously was a big draw, as this was one of the quarterback's first public appearances since leaving the New England Patriots to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in free agency.

TB12 didn't exactly light it up on the course -- he and Mickelson lost to Woods and Manning -- but still created plenty of buzz by sinking a miracle shot for birdie, ripping his pants on the course and trading barbs with Manning.

Until sports return in 2020, expect events like these to capture America's full attention.