New England Patriots quarterback Bailey Zappe appears to be enjoying the fact that he will get to play in front of entertainer Taylor Swift during Sunday's home game against the 8-5 Kansas City Chiefs, after revealing earlier this week that he is not a “Swiftie” .
“No, I won't be upset,” Zappe replied when jokingly asked about previous comments he's made about Swift's music during Wednesday's press conference. Chris Mason from MassLive. “It will be very exciting to have her here. I know she loves being at Gillette, so I'm sure it will be exciting for her to come back here.”
Emma Healy of The Boston Globe noted on Monday that Swift has previously performed at New England's Gillette Stadium and is believed to be in the building to watch Sunday's competition due to her highly publicized relationship with Chiefs All-Pro tight end Travis Kelce . . As for Zappe, Grzegorz Dudek of NESN mentioned that the 24-year-old signal caller said during WEEI's “Jones and Mego with Arcand” on Monday that he is not a “fan” of Swift because he “doesn't listen to that music.” ”
On Wednesday, Zappe tried to clarify his original remarks, perhaps after someone advised him that he shouldn't even accidentally anger people who are among the most ardent fans in entertainment today.
“OK, so if you listen to the whole quote, I said I'm not a fan,” Zappe explained Wednesday, flashing a smile. “I used to be a fan because I'm country. I listen to country music. She used to listen to country music, so of course there were times when she and I listened to Taylor Swift country songs. Now she has moved to pop. I'm not a pop guy. So I'm a fan, I just don't listen to that type of music. So just explain it.
It's nice that members of the 3-10 Patriots can have some fun in the final weeks of a disastrous season for the organization, but the fact is that Zappe and company should avoid any Swift-related distractions while franchise rumors swirl around head coach Bill Belichick's future.
From Wednesday afternoon chance checker ranked the Patriots as 9.5-point underdogs compared to the Chiefs.