Is America fed up of Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce hype yet? And who will win the Super Bowl? DailyMail.com speaks to fans on the ground in Vegas and New Yorkers to find out
There are no dates on the American sports calendar – or any American calendar for that matter – quite like Super Bowl Sunday.
Every year, the country without fail comes to a standstill as the season’s top two NFL teams battle it out for the coveted Vince Lombardi Trophy, with millions around the world throwing parties and tuning in for both the game itself and the famous halftime spectacle.
This year, however, there’s even more hype than usual surrounding football’s end-of-season hit, thanks to the added element of Taylor Swift.
Swift has emerged as one of the biggest talking points in the NFL of late amid her whirlwind romance with Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, and the pop superstar is expected to be in Las Vegas this weekend when her husband’s Kansas City grapples with the San Francisco 49ers. in Super Bowl LVIII.
Not only are the Chiefs bidding to become the first team to retain the Lombardi Trophy since 2005, and the 49ers seeking their first Super Bowl win in nearly 30 years, but the Swift frenzy will also peak when she in the Allegiant Stadium sits. .
There are no dates on the American sports calendar just like Super Bowl Sunday
Millions around the world party and tune in for both the game itself and the famous halftime show, which last year featured pop star Rihanna
This year’s showpiece has the added element of Travis Kelce’s girlfriend Taylor Swift
USAOnlinePost.com took to the streets of America to find out what the public thinks of Kelce and Swift’s relationship, as well as who they think will come out on top this Sunday
NFL broadcasters have drawn the ire of die-hard fans throughout the season for frequently winking at her in the stands, meaning the singer’s presence on Sunday is likely to further enrage a number of fans watching in the box.
So is America fed up with the Swift and Kelce hype? And who does the public think will win Super Bowl LVIII? USAOnlinePost.com spoke to fans on the ground in Vegas and New Yorkers to find out.
Taylor made headlines whenever she flocked to Arrowhead or hit the road to watch Travis in action, and for some fans, the obsession drives them away from the sport.
“I think I’m less interested in her now,” says one girl in Times Square. ‘It’s quite annoying.
“But if they’re in love, they’re in love, right!”
But in Vegas, other Super Bowl fanatics are less annoyed by the excessive coverage of Swift at Chiefs games.
“It doesn’t even matter,” a 49ers supporter in Sin City said of this weekend’s showpiece. “When we get on the field, that’s what matters.”
While a Chicago Bears fan who soaked up some of the Vegas atmosphere admitted: ‘I think it adds a little more excitement to the whole thing. But we’re just sports fans.’
Some fans believe Swift makes the spectacle “a little more exciting” on the way to the game
Others, however, are rooting for the 49ers after growing tired of her frequent cuts
Swift is often shown on TV during NFL games, which has annoyed several die-hard fans
Others went so far as to echo the sentiments of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell earlier this week, suggesting that Swift as an influential figure can only be a positive thing for the sport.
“It helps,” insisted a Vegas resident who supports Kansas City. “More eyes on the game of football is always the best.”
While one San Francisco native said in NYC: ‘I think it’s great for the sport, but Taylor will have to be fine to be in second place on Sunday! Taylor is America’s sweetheart, everybody loves Taylor, so it’s more about, “Sorry, you’re not going to win!”
Another man admitted: ‘They’ll show her a thousand times in the audience or whatever, but who cares? She is beautiful.’
For one woman in New York, however, the Swift hysteria has grown tiresome to the point where she’s rooting for the Niners on Sunday.
“I feel like I’m kind of over the Chiefs,” she said. “It should be about football, not Taylor.”
San Francisco fans are brimming with confidence ahead of their showdown with Kansas City, despite Patrick Mahomes and Co. reaching this stage of the playoffs four times in the last five years.
Quarterback sensation Brock Purdy, who only started last season in his rookie year, has brought faith back to the city as he seeks revenge for his previous Super Bowl appearance in 2019 – a loss to the Chiefs.
A group of 49ers fans in Vegas sang quarterback Brock Purdy’s praises Tuesday
Purdy has been a revelation since becoming a starter for the Niners in his rookie year last term
One San Francisco native suggested the Kansas City defense was not properly tested
When a Niners fan in Vegas was asked why they were so confident this weekend, he boasted, ‘Because we’re dogs and we’ve shown that we’re dogs — 100 percent. Purdy is the dog!’
Another said: ‘Just the team we have; our defense, our skill-position players, coaching. We don’t care about that (Chiefs get more coverage). They have a good team, we also have a good team. It should be a good game.’
As one ear in New York pointed out: ‘The Kansas City defense is great in the secondary, but they don’t need to play a weapon like Deebo Samuel, like Christian McCaffrey.
“If you look at the opponents they’ve played, they’ve played some pretty one-dimensional offenses. And I think the Niners just offer a more dynamic offense that’s good enough to work the KC defense.’
Not everyone is convinced the Niners will end their 30-year wait for a Super Bowl Sunday night.
Other fans picked Kansas City when making their pregame predictions, with one saying: ‘I think the Chiefs are going to win. They’ve been there quite recently and I just feel they’ve come together in the latter part of the season.’
Another fan in New York pointed to Patrick Mahomes and suggested he would be too experienced
Mahomes is headed to his fourth Super Bowl with the Chiefs and is looking for his third win
“It’ll probably be the Chiefs,” says another. “Mahomes has been there many times, so he will be calmer.”
While one simply said: ‘This is Patrick Mahomes, and Patrick does Patrick. He is unstoppable’.
Whatever plays out on the field and in the stands at Allegiant Stadium on Sunday, it promises to be a night of football for the ages.