“Saturday Night Live” took a humorous jab at the NFL’s sudden Taylor Swift craze, featuring a skit with an all-male panel discussing football but hilariously veering into Swift-related banter.
In a recent “Saturday Night Live” skit, the NFL’s newfound obsession with Taylor Swift took center stage, delivering a humorous take on the league’s celebrity fascination.
The sketch kicks off with a panel featuring Curt Menefee (played by Kenan Thompson), Jimmy Johnson (James Austin Johnson), Howie Long (Mikey Day), Michael Strahan (Devon Walker), and Terry Bradshaw (Molly Kearney). Despite intending to discuss the October 15 football matchup between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Jets, the conversation hilariously swerves into the realm of Taylor Swift.
The panelists amusingly navigate through Swift’s rumored relationship with Travis Kelce, with Long playfully chiding Swifties to focus on football. The banter continues as they debate whether Swift and Kelce are officially a couple, with varying opinions on the nature of their connection.
The skit takes a comedic turn as they discuss Swift’s presence at Chiefs games, her interactions with “Mama Kelce,” and even mention her alleged encounters with Ryan Reynolds. The discussion further delves into Swift’s past love interests, touching on Joe Alwyn and speculating about whether he inspired her hit song “Karma.”
Transitioning to the Sunday game, the sketch introduces sideline reporter Kenny Ditullio (played by Pete Davidson), who comically wears a pink cowboy hat, a Taylor Swift “Eras Tour” sweatshirt, and an array of friendship bracelets. Ditullio, embodying a devoted Swift fan, focuses more on spotting Swift in the stands than discussing the actual game, leading to humorous exchanges with the panel.
In the final moments, the panel amusingly competes to claim the title of the biggest Swiftie, showcasing their Swift-related memorabilia. The skit concludes with Menefee cutting them off during a rendition of Swift’s “Bad Blood,” emphasizing a return to football discussions after the commercial break.
The real-life Travis Kelce, on his podcast “New Heights” with brother Jason Kelce, shares his opinion on the NFL’s celebrity focus. While Travis finds it entertaining, Jason interrupts, declaring that the league is “overdoing it,” particularly in Travis’s situation.
Despite some criticism, the NFL defends its shift to Swift-centric promotions, citing it as a cultural moment at the intersection of sports and entertainment. The league emphasizes that the positive response reflects an appreciation for blending pop culture with sports, evident in their changing bios and profile imagery on social media to include references to Swift’s songs.