Furious NFL fans criticized the fanfare surrounding Taylor Swift and her boyfriend Travis Kelce and slammed NBC for too many mentions and cuts of the singer during Sunday night’s broadcast of the Jets-Chiefs game.
Online chatter surrounding their relationship came to a head on Sunday when Swift showed up at MetLife Stadium to watch Kelce play for the second week in a row.
As soon as the cameras spotted Swift in the stands, NBC host Mike Tirico said, “Oh yeah, she’s here: Taylor’s in the house,” before adding, “Hey Swifties, we’ll be with you all night.”
During the game, NBC spoke to the singer 17 times, which became a constant source of frustration for those watching Kansas City dominate against New York.
NFL fans have criticized Swift’s “takeover” of football, with some saying the singer’s constant cuts during coverage are “destroying football.”
“In case anyone hasn’t heard, Taylor Swift was at the game. And NBC made it really boring,” award-winning sports writer Jeff Pearlman wrote on Twitter.
Fox contributor Tomi Lahren wrote: “The total coverage of Taylor Swift during this match is boring AF. I don’t even like football and I agree that this is destroying football. Just enough.’
And the furore surrounding the singer wasn’t limited to NBC: Fox NFL Sunday co-host Terry Bradshaw even gave away handmade Taylor Swift friendship bracelets to his colleagues during the live broadcast. As he handed them out, he said: “You are now part of the Swiftie group. »
Furious NFL fans criticized the fanfare surrounding Taylor Swift and her rumored boyfriend Travis Kelce after NBC cut the singer 17 times during Sunday night’s broadcast of the Jets-Chiefs game.
The most furious reaction came after the Chiefs’ first touchdown, when NBC cameras immediately showed Taylor hugging his friends.
And the furore surrounding the singer wasn’t limited to NBC: Fox NFL Sunday co-host Terry Bradshaw even gave away handmade Taylor Swift friendship bracelets to his colleagues during the live broadcast.
In response, one fan said: “GRIEF, talk about football. It’s sickening to keep hearing about Swifts or Swifties.
The most furious reaction came after the Chiefs’ first touchdown, when NBC cameras immediately filmed Taylor and her famous friends, including Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, in their suite.
Given that it was Isiah Pacheco scoring the points rather than Kelce, some fans were furious, saying they should have shown the players celebrating on the court instead.
“Jersey kid Isaiah Pacheco scores a touchdown at MetLife with his entire family in attendance,” Andrew Natalizio wrote on Twitter.
“NBC: Cut to Taylor Swift for a fucking reason. I’m already so fed up.
Sports analyst Joe Pompliano wrote: “The show shows Taylor Swift immediately after the Chiefs score and she hugs people celebrating an ISIAH PACHECO touchdown. This is already getting ridiculous.
The NBC telecast cut to Swift several times during the game, including a photo of the pop superstar with her arm around Kelce’s mother, Donna, who was wearing her son’s No. 87 jersey.
“Please don’t play Taylor Swift in your TV drinking game…you’ll be hospitalized, if you haven’t already,” one fan wrote on Twitter.
Another added: “These Taylor Swift cuts during Chiefs games need to go.”
Maria Taylor, the host of NBC’s pregame show Sunday night, opened her monologue with a nod to Swift’s song “Enchanted,” and throughout the night, the hosts talked about fans wearing the singer’s t-shirts.
When Swift arrived at MetLife Stadium around 7:40 p.m., announcer Mike Tirico said, “Oh, and yes, she’s here: Taylor is in the house.” He then added: “Hey Swifties, we’ll be with you all night.”
Sunday night’s Jets-Chiefs game was the second in the span of a week that Swift dominated, having shown up at Arrowhead last Sunday to watch her man score a touchdown in the 41-10 loss to the Bears.
Since then, there has been a huge amount of chatter online about their relationship, and it came to a head on Sunday when she returned to watch him play.
Furious NFL fans slammed the fanfare surrounding Taylor Swift (pictured with Ryan Reynolds) and her rumored boyfriend Travis Kelce after NBC cut the singer 17 times during Sunday night’s broadcast of the Jets-Chiefs game.
Taylor Swift raises her hands during the game at MetLife Stadium as she watched Travis Kelche play
NFL fans have criticized Swift’s football “takeover,” with some saying the singer’s constant cuts during coverage are “destroying football.”
They were also rumored to have spent the night together on Saturday, after Kelce was spotted heading back to his Weehawken hotel on Sunday morning.
While NFL fans are angry over media coverage of Taylor Swift at games, the Chiefs-Bears game the singer attended last Sunday was the most watched of the weekend, averaging a 24.3 rating. millions of fans on Fox.
It’s unclear exactly when Travis and Taylor started seeing each other, but Travis had revealed on his New Heights podcast in July that he had hoped to introduce himself to Taylor when he attended one of her Eras Tour stops.
“I wanted to give Taylor Swift (a bracelet) with my number on it,” the insider shared, but learned that the singer’s dedication to delivering the best performance possible made it impossible to argue with her.
“I was disappointed that she didn’t speak before or after her concerts because she has to keep her voice up for the 44 songs she sings, so I was a little hurt that I couldn’t give her the one of the bracelets. I made it for her,” he said.
During the latest episode of Travis’ podcast, he addressed the dating rumors.
While speaking to her brother and co-host, Jason Kelce, who plays for the Philadelphia Eagles, he praised Swift and said she “looked amazing.”
“Thanks to Taylor for stopping by,” he said. “It was pretty cheeky.
“I just thought it was great to see that everyone in the suite had nothing but good things to say about her. Friends and family. She was beautiful, everyone spoke of her in a very good light.
Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce leave Arrowhead together after last week’s game
“On top of that, the day of course went perfectly for the Chiefs fans. We’re scripting all of this, ladies and gentlemen. It was just impressive.
“It was definitely a match I will remember.”
Swift is on hiatus from her Eras tour, which resumes November 9 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. NBC aired a commercial for the tour about 20 minutes before kickoff.
MetLife Stadium is a familiar venue for Swift, who performed three sold-out concerts there in May. Among those in attendance at two of those shows was Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who returned to the team this weekend after tearing his left Achilles tendon on the fourth play of his debut with New York September 11.
Rodgers attended a team meeting Saturday night and was at the stadium to watch the players warm up from the sidelines Sunday night.
Swift’s decision to watch Kelce play last Sunday also saw sales of Kelce’s jerseys skyrocket.
According to sports apparel and fan merchandise company Fanatics, Kelce was one of the top five best-selling NFL players this past Sunday. He “saw a nearly 400 percent increase in sales across the entire Fanatics network of sites, including NFLShop.com,” a spokesperson said.
Sales soared the same day Swift was spotted in Kansas City, watching the Chiefs play the Chicago Bears alongside Kelce’s mother, Donna, from one of the football stadium’s glass-walled suites.