NFL Fans Celebrate As Taylor Swift Misses Chiefs Vs. Vikings Game
NFL fans celebrate as Taylor Swift misses Chiefs vs. Vikings game, marking a shift from her recent appearances cheering on rumored boyfriend, Travis Kelce. The absence of the pop icon, who has recently been a fixture at Chiefs' games, sparked a wide range of reactions across the league's avid watchers and social media platforms.
It was quite the stir when globalpop sensation Taylor Swift was spotted attending Kansas City Chiefs games, reportedly cheering on rumored boyfriend, Travis Kelce. With back-to-back appearances as the Chiefs defeated both the Chicago Bears and the New York Jets, speculations were rife about whether the "Love Story" singer would make it a hat trick. However, when the Chiefs took on the Minnesota Vikings, Swift was conspicuously absent.
CBS commentator Jim Nantz humorously commented on the broadcast: "Seven words I thought would never leave my lips in my career: Taylor Swift is not at the game… She was questionable all week, but it looks like it’s officially inactive.”
NFL aficionados took to social media with a range of reactions. While one relieved fan exclaimed: "Thank GOD," another simply rejoiced with: "WE CHEERED." A myriad of users also shared celebratory memes, seemingly pleased that the attention would be solely on the game and not the celebrity on the sidelines.
Though many eyes were on the possible Swift appearance, Travis Kelce, the Chiefs' tight end and the center of these rumors, had a particularly challenging game. He faced an ankle injury just before halftime but returned in the second half, showcasing his resilience.
Discussing the media's intense coverage of Taylor Swift's attendance in recent games, Kelce took to his New Heights podcast, commenting:
I think it's fun when they show who all is at the game. I think it brings a little bit more to the atmosphere, brings a little bit more to what you're watching.- Travis Kelce
However, he didn't shy away from agreeing with his brother and Philadelphia Eagles center, Jason Kelce, when the latter pointed out: "They're overdoing it." Travis concurred, stating: "They're overdoing it a little bit for sure. Especially my situation. [But] I think they’re just trying to have fun with it."
The NFL, quick to respond to the buzz, issued a statement to PEOPLE:
We frequently change our bios and profile imagery based on what’s happening in and around our games, as well as culturally. The Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce newshas been a pop cultural moment we’ve leaned into in real time, as it’s an intersection of sport and entertainment, and we’ve seen an incredible amount of positivity around the sport. The vast majority of our content has remained focused on the game, our players and a variety of other initiatives, including our Toy Story Funday Football alt-cast, the international games and more.- NFL
All said and done, while the Chiefs-Vikings game might have missed the pop star's presence, the rumors, reactions, and intense media coverage brought an unexpected blend of sports and entertainment, ensuring that the focus remained equally on the pitch and the sidelines.