Taylor Swift + Travis Kelce is Good, Actually
Look what you made me do.
Sometimes as a writer you just need to unload a scorching-hot take on your unsuspecting readers. Today is that day for me. Here it goes:
Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce are a fun, sweet story, and their relationship is good for them, good for the NFL, and good for America.
Here are ten reasons:
Loving somebody is good for everybody.
Cringe all you want, but Hallmark gets this right. We watch these pitiful movies every year because we want to be in them. Loving somebody else is good for you. It moves you off yourself. It de-centers your ego, your desires, your vision for your life. It’s good for the people in the relationship, and it’s good for the people watching, too. Why should we think differently just because the people involved are famous? Don’t they need to de-center their egos more than anyone?
American culture needs to fall in love.
We are currently in a marriage, friendship, and sex-recession. Political polarization among the sexes threatens to alienate men and women. I guarantee there are men and women who are going to come out of their blue and pink echo chambers and give love the old college try because of Swift/Kelce. Beggars shouldn’t be choosers.
It’s good to hang out a lot with a potential spouse’s family.
I saw someone on Twitter the other day observe that Swift is almost always seen at Chiefs games with Travis Kelce’s family. Again, you’re crazy if you don’t think people will watch this and emulate it. And it’s a very, very good idea to bond with your significant other’s family.
It’s good to love something for the sake of the person you love.
Did you know it’s possible to take genuine enjoyment in something that’s not your favorite but is important to somebody else? In a curated digital age, it’s easy to forget this. Everything is “him and hers.” Swift goes nuts at the games. Kelce dances at the concerts. That’s good!
It’s good to be willing to look silly for the sake of the person you love.
Look at these crazy kids:
Count this as a needed counteroffensive against the cult of cool.
Taylor Swift needs this.
Look: I’m just going to point to her Reputation album, some groan-inducing genuflections to wokeness, and the increasingly concerning fringe of religious-fandom as problems that a marriage to an NFL tight end could really help. If Swift were someone you knew in your church or workplace, you would probably be saying to yourself a lot, “She just needs a down to earth man.”
The NFL needs more fans who don’t know who Skip Bayless is.
Imagine a future for sports journalism in which the networks and publications have to at least consider the possibility that their audience will include people who enjoy a Romeo and Juliet-themed music video more than a video of a 72-year-old man pretending to throw his Cowboys jerseys in the trash. How could this not be a good thing?
American sports culture needs to learn how to share.
I don’t believe there are many men who are genuinely mad at Taylor Swift for being at Chiefs games. Most are annoyed with CBS/Fox/NBC/ESPN for cutting to her after every single touchdown. But for the ones who are genuinely mad at her: pinch your nose and swallow your medicine. What you think is “real football” isn’t the most important thing in the world. You’ll live.
Sports are good and it’s good when more poeple are into them.
I’ve always been a little sad that evangelicals seem unable to talk about sports without dragging the word “idol” into the conversation as fast as possible. Sports can be an idol? Absolutely. But it’s also just a fantastic way to connect with strangers, lose yourself for a little bit, and rejoice in something that doesn’t refer to Donald Trump. Pastors especially need to consider getting a hobby that isn’t being a news junkie (which is 100% as vulnerable to idolatry as sports).
My wife really likes Taylor Swift.
See point #4.
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