Last week the Kansas City Chiefs were the center of the football and pop music world. The 41-10 beatdown at Arrowhead was electric for the home crowd, but the addition of Legendary Music artist, Taylor Swift in attendance to support her boyfriend, Travis Kelce, was the real show. Sunday Night, the rumor is Swift, who lives in New York, will attend back-to-back Chiefs games this time at MetLife Stadium.
As the week has unfolded, the Kelce Swift romance appears to be gaining steam, and from all accounts Donna Kelce, who sat next to Swift during the Bears game appeared to have a great time, chatting and cheering with her son’s new friend. From the photos, it looked like Mom approved of Taylor.
As for the NFL bean counters on Park Avenue, they love the extra attention and the new demographics the Swifties have injected into their TV ratings. They are even giving out charm bracelets to fans at MetLife Stadium Sunday night honoring the couple.
Further, since the Rodgers injury, and yes we’ve heard he might attend the game with approval from his doctors to support the team or meet Swift, either way, Jets ticket sales were nose-diving, until Tuesday when it was revealed Taylor would be in attendance.
That’s great for Jets fans and the Swifties, but is it good for the Chiefs?
As I stated earlier, I don’t think the budding romance and the increase in national attention is going to affect Kelce or his teammates. Now it might be taxing on the Chiefs Media Department, but it’s their job to handle the narrative and limit Kelce’s media exposure in Kansas City and nationally.
Kelce usually speaks once a week to reporters, but the Chiefs have not made him available since his return from injury, and the rumors turned into facts about his relationship with Swift. For those seeking more info on the couple, Kelce did talk about it on his ‘New Heights Podcast’, but it was a mere confirmation and Swifties didn’t get much out of the two-time Super Bowl champion.
The danger in the increase in noise for this football team will be if losses begin to pile up, or the pressure gets to Kelce. He’s in unchartered waters because the overall take on the relationship among players, executives in the NFL, and the Swifties, appears to be a positive one. Both player and entertainer are beloved in their respective universe, and I for one, am rooting for their long-term success.
Yet, with the demands of the Chiefs’ drive to win consecutive Super Bowls, and Taylor beginning the overseas portion of her world tour in November, that’s a lot of long-distance stress on both.
For Kelce, he can’t let this attention be a distraction, and the normally outspoke and fun-loving media darling will have to maintain a level of secrecy and non-candid talk to protect what little privacy he has left. If that becomes a problem, then maybe it affects Kelce on the field, but that’s a stretch.
To be real, I don’t think Kelce, who is playing in his 11th NFL season, who has been in the national spotlight for years, has good people running his team, and as we all know a solid family unit that will always have his back.
So, for Chiefs fans still worried about how this relationship will affect Kelce and/or the team, the beatdown on the Bears should give you a pretty good indication moving forward, it won’t be an issue.
However, if the Chiefs lose to the Jets with Swift in attendance, perhaps that narrative changes a bit. It’s a tricky slope indeed because if the Chiefs do play down to their opponent, the focus falls to the Swift factor. Instead, the narrative should be Kansas City generally struggles playing in the Big Apple against both the Jets and the New York Giants.
Let’s hope that’s not the case Sunday Night.
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