Swift, Super Bowl and the latest conspiracy theory

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Another day, another NFL conspiracy theory is being thrown around social media, and this one’s a doozy. 

I’m sure the whole world knows that Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce are dating, and since the Kansas City Chiefs punched their way into the Super Bowl, it solidified that we’re gonna have a Taylor Swift Super Bowl. 

For the record, I’m not a Taylor Swift fan AT ALL.

It’s also important to note that for the past year or so, rumors and theories have been flying left and right about the NFL being scripted and pre-determined. 

First it was a former running back who claimed the league was “scripted” on a podcast, then everyone flooded social media with jokes about past NFL games, but then people looked into the colors of the Super Bowl logo, and suddenly people weren’t laughing anymore. 

It started to look like there might be some form of scripting going on as refs continued to make horrendous calls that tended to favor certain teams, and people pointed out how some players’ performances on the field created ‘character-arcs’ for them.

I, for one, can kinda see how the NFL can be in some way scripted.

But now, all of a sudden right-wingers are roping national politics into the NFL and I’m gonna have to tap out on this one.

This really all stems from Travis Kelce endorsing the Covid vaccine, and Aaron Rodgers dubbing him “Mr. Pfizer.” Now that Kelce is dating one of the biggest names in pop-culture history, right-wingers are jumping all over this, and calling Taylor Swift “the poster child” for the democrats.

I’m kind of divided on this honestly. On one hand I’m very biased because I hate the Chiefs, and I hate what this relationship is doing to football, but I think it’s kind of wild to assume the league is rigged to promote a presidential candidate. 

At the same time though, it’s hard to ignore that Taylor Swift is arguably the biggest story going into the Super Bowl and she’s not even a part of the game. She has a massive following that has all stormed the NFL, and she has a ton of influence over a mass of people.

Plus, just at the start of the season she starts dating one of football’s biggest names who happens to endorse the Covid vaccine.

The pieces line up perfectly for a right-winger to jump to a wild conclusion such as this, but in all honesty I think it’s all getting blown out of proportion. 

Don’t get me wrong, I’m rooting for Taylor Swift and the Chiefs to lose the Super Bowl, but I don’t think that this is a political stunt puppeteered by the democrats. Maybe Kelce and Swift have their own little plans to make things political, but I highly doubt that it’s backed by political officials. 

I think the right-wing is grasping at straws and connecting dots that they’re creating themselves, and making football more political than it needs to be. I’m rooting against the Chiefs because that’s what’s best for football, not because of political ties.

-Justin Gitto


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