Focused as ever, renowned coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots is keeping his attention geared toward the upcoming match with the Kansas City Chiefs, rather than the Chiefs’ famed cheerleader.
On ‘The Greg Hill Show,’ broadcasted on WEEI radio, Belichick was subjected to various queries regarding Taylor Swift, now famously relating to Chiefs’ Travis Kelce, as the team prepared to face off against each other this weekend. True to his reputation, Belichick didn’t seem overly enthusiastic about steering the chat towards the thrice quadruple Grammy laureate.
When confronted with the question, ‘Do you plan on meeting Taylor Swift?’ Belichick restated his objective, ‘I’m genuinely invested in preparing our squad for the Kansas City match.’
On another instance during the broadcast, the co-host Courtney Cox displayed her readiness to receive any spare game tickets — a match that could see Swift in the audience at the Gillette Stadium — Belichick suggested, ‘I’ll ensure that our ticket department hears about this… I can’t say I have any knowledge about the ticketing situation.’
While it may have looked as if Belichick was eager to avoid the Swift-related curiosities, the eminent Super Bowl champion has, surprisingly, shown some interest in her.
After Swift made her initial appearance at a Chiefs game in late September, Cox requested Belichick’s opinion about the newly formed couple, Swift and Kelce, on a ‘Swiftie to Swiftie’ basis. Belichick responded, ‘Well, I would indicate that Travis Kelce has seen numerous pivotal moments in his career, this would no doubt be of great consequence.’
Belichick, who is in his early seventies, has even praised Swift, in her early thirties, for her perseverance through an inclement weather performance during her gig in Foxborough, Massachusetts, which he had the opportunity to witness.
‘She is resilient, honestly. She simply positioned herself out there and carried on through the rain shower,’ recalled Belichick, referring to Swift’s ‘Eras Tour’ which is due to reconvene in early 2024.
Kelce has been romantically associated with Swift since September, and he was instrumental in a critical final-quarter play which could have tilted the game in favor of the Chiefs. In the dying couple of minutes, quarterback Patrick Mahomes handed off the pass to Kelce who then executed a lateral pass to Kadarius Toney for a potential lead claiming touchdown.
But, alas, Toney was penalized for being offside, and as a result, the play was revoked. Mahomes visibly found this hard to accept. ‘It’s a heavy pill to swallow,’ reflected Mahomes. ‘It’s not just about me or football itself, but to deny superb execution like this, from someone like Travis who made such a significant play, it’s only fair that the outcome of the game be left to the players on the field.’
Ahead of their match with the Chiefs, the Patriots experienced success themselves with a narrow victory of 21-18 against the Steelers during the ‘Thursday Night Football’. This win ended their five-game winning spree. The much-anticipated game between the Patriots and Chiefs is set for a 1 p.m. start, scheduled on December 17.