Die-hard sports fans are familiar with a number of sacred superstitions. There's the unwashed game day shirt, the lucky couch cushion, and now, the cursed Taylor Swift banner.
The Los Angeles Kings are blaming a large T-Swift banner in the Staples Center for their recent losing streak. The banner advertises the pop star's record number of sold-out performances in the venue (lots) — just salt in the wound after another loss for the hockey team.
The Los Angeles Kings covered up a banner commemorating Taylor Swift before Saturday's home opener against the Nash… https://t.co/TlEAWtbGjy— Taylor Swift Facts (@Taylor Swift Facts) 1570936990.0
So the LA Kings have taken swift action to regain the power they feel they've lost. The banner is now covered for all home games. Lo and behold, the new strategy actually seemed to work. After a win this weekend, the Kings' mascot tweeted, "We are undefeated when the Taylor Swift banner is covered up!" Perhaps this is all a ploy to ensure Kings games are full of fans present to cheer them on? No such thing as bad press, one supposes.
Later that day, the Kings lost 5-2 to the Vegas Golden Knights. And the Knights took advantage of this opportunity to tweet out T-Swift references. They taunted the Kings by tweeting, "Darling we're a nightmare dressed like a daydream."
We stan the Golden Knights for making Taylor Swift references while beating the ts-blaming LA Kings https://t.co/ifsfsYjsZx— Erica 🌴 NOLA 🌴 LF EAST (@Erica 🌴 NOLA 🌴 LF EAST) 1571059426.0
Darling, we’re a nightmare dressed like a daydream 🤩 https://t.co/TS8d7qmPv5— y-Vegas Golden Knights (@y-Vegas Golden Knights) 1571016691.0
Let's be clear here — the question is not whether Taylor Swift is the architect of some sort of "curse." Perhaps it's worth considering which LA Kings player wronged her? Although, no shade, but does Swift know who they are? Truth be told, any number of things can be blamed for a sports team's losing streak, least of all a curse unleashed by one of the most powerful pop stars of the planet. Swift hasn't yet written a song about this, so TBD.
Some fans are attributing the whole situation to the Swift's power, which... not untrue.
@BaileyLAKings imagine the power you're alluding to a banner with her name . the power of Taylor swift is unreal— Artist Of The Decade Stan (@Artist Of The Decade Stan) 1571002295.0
But there is the possibility that the hockey team is losing for... other reasons.
@BaileyLAKings just admit this team is bad and go— Nik loves Tay (@Nik loves Tay) 1571054542.0
@BaileyLAKings Imagine having a mentality where you blame your lose and poor gameplay on a banner depicting a woman's success.— Vansh♀️ (@Vansh♀️) 1571038753.0
And one Swiftie's succinct response really gets to the heart of the matter.
@BaileyLAKings Fragile men.— jokeswemade (@jokeswemade) 1571039257.0
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