Of course, it’s silly to blame Santa for the lump of coal the Chiefs got yesterday (especially since, as The Independent notes, that was actually Swift’s “31-year-old brother, Austin, dressed as Santa for the game”). It might be just as silly to blame Swift for the Chiefs’ loss, but that’s what some commentators appear to be doing.
“Feels like it’s about time to call Taylor Swift a distraction,” the Fox Sports host Skip Bayless mused via X (formerly Twitter). “What do you think, Patrick? Andy? How about you, Travis?”
Meanwhile, OutKick founder and COVID conspiracy theorist Clay Travis packaged his Chiefs commentary with an anti-vaccination message and a side dish of misogyny. Addressing his 1.1 million followers on X, he opined, “The Chiefs are not a good football team, and Travis Kelce looks like he should retire. He’s been worthless the last seven or eight weeks. The double worthless Pfizer shots may have caught up with him. Either that or Taylor Swift is the Chiefs Yoko Ono. Maybe both.”
According to Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, however, the cause was neither a lifesaving disease preventative or a woman so powerful she makes men who use X quake in their doubtlessly tiny boots. “On offense, we struggled,” Reid said in a postgame press conference. “That’s my responsibility to make sure we put the guys in the right position to make plays, and that didn’t happen the way we wanted it to. I take full responsibility for the way we played offensively there.”