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Travis Kelce confidently declares, “All eyes are on me, and I promise you, fans, I won’t let you down. We will succeed.”

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Gridiron’s grand caravan rumbled away from the neon of the Strip this week and headed 20 miles east, through the splurge of colonies that they have been building in the desert here since the 1940s, up into the hills to the strange and opulent oasis where the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers are staying in the build-up to the Super Bowl

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It is called Lake Las Vegas, this gilded 3000-acre development, with its ersatz suburbs and its retirement homes and its gated communities and its haughty mansions and its luxury hotels and its quaint Italian street names and its reservoir and its golf course that runs like a broad brush stroke of violent green through an arid land.

 

One day, a local news outlet carried a story that an unnamed player had been attacked by one of the family of coyotes that has been coming down out of the mountains to scavenge for food outside the new delicatessen on the waterfront. A resident said the coyotes had since been ‘euthanised’.

 

 

Every day, the NFL’s caravan made the journey out to the oasis in the desert, that monument to the idea that big is beautiful, and brash is beautiful, and it felt like a statement that not even the wild can stand in the way of Vegas and its hosting of the greatest occasion in American sport.

 

And every day, the players stood at lecterns in their hotels and talked about their hopes and dreams, and television crews fought for space to point their cameras at them, and reporters shouted questions to Travis Kelce about his romance with Taylor Swift, and listened to 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy, a committed Christian besieged in Sin City, recite lines from Psalm 23 and speak of his quest for solitude amid this frenzy of attention.

 

 

And every day, Patrick Mahomes, who is bidding to become only the fifth quarterback to win three Super Bowls, was asked whether he could overhaul Tom Brady, who won seven. And every day, Kyle Shanahan, the quiet, cerebral 49ers coach, spoke about his OCD and his mania for planning. And no one mentioned the coyotes again.

 

The Super Bowl is sport’s greatest cabaret and so it feels like the strangest thing that there have been 57 of them, 57 festivals of excess, 57 paeans to consumerism, 57 entertainment extravaganzas, 57 juggernaut collisions of the best of the USA’s sporting youth and 57 celebrations of Americana, and not one of them has been in Las Vegas, the neon temple of the American dream. Not until now

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NEWS2 months ago

“Patrick Mahomes and Rashee Rice exchanged words on the sideline during the Super Bowl. The tension arose after Rashee’s team secured the Super Bowl victory, leading to a confrontation between the two.”

NEWS2 months ago

“The Kansas City Chiefs emerged as the 2024 Super Bowl champions on Sunday night, securing a 25-22 victory against the San Francisco 49ers. Travis Kelce expressed their commitment to continuous success, declaring, ‘We’re champions for life; we keep moving forward.'”

NEWS2 months ago

“Taylor Swift enthusiastically cheered on her boyfriend, Travis Kelce, celebrating their Super Bowl victory with kisses and hugs. She confidently proclaimed, ‘I don’t associate with losers.'”

CELEBRITY2 months ago

“Fans have criticized Taylor Swift, noting that she began consuming alcohol in public shortly after arriving at the field, not even 30 minutes into her appearance.”

NEWS2 months ago

“The esteemed Kansas City Chiefs legend, Travis Kelce, is in attendance tonight as they endeavor to become the first team in nearly two decades to successfully defend the Super Bowl title in Las Vegas.”

NEWS2 months ago

“The Philadelphia legend, Jason Kelce and kylie kelce, also graces the event to rally behind his brother Travis Kelce in his quest to secure the Super Bowl ring.”

NEWS2 months ago

“Taylor Swift made a special request to spend time with her beloved before the Super Bowl kickoff, seeking solace in his comforting embrace and tender kiss.”

NEWS2 months ago

“Chiefs Coach Andy Reid has a direct message for Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce: ‘Never care about what haters say. Do what makes you happy. If Taylor Swift makes you happy, marry her.'”

NEWS2 months ago

“The partnership between Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes is as special as any great coach-quarterback combo.”

NEWS2 months ago

“Travis Kelce has reserved a Super Bowl hotel for Taylor Swift and their families, spending over $1 million per night.”

CELEBRITY2 months ago

“Brittany Mahomes raised her hand and exclaimed, ‘If you’re a big fan of the Kansas City Chiefs, let me see your hands up! Let’s go and win the Super Bowl tomorrow!'”

NEWS2 months ago

“Patrick Mahomes is gearing up to lead the Kansas City Chiefs into Super Bowl LVIII against the San Francisco 49ers, aiming to secure his third Vince Lombardi Trophy.”

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