The Super Bowl winning coach of the Kansas City Chiefs Andy Reid banned his players from sneaking out and watching the halftime show according to an interview with Patrick Mahomes. In retrospect and depending on who you asked, he actually did the players a favor by keeping them from watching a pregnant Rihanna pretend to wipe and sniff her crotch while undulating awkwardly and badly lip-syncing her songs. That aside, with the Chiefs down by double digit points at the half, there certainly were more pressing things to address in the extended halftime period.
“Coach Reid told us, he said, ‘If you go out to watch the performance, just keep walking, because you’re not playing the rest of the game,'” Mahomes told Jimmy Kimmel.
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This of course stemmed from the Cincinnati Bengals kicker Evan McPherson slipping out of the locker room to watch last year’s halftime show. Who could blame him? Snoop Dog, Dr Dre, Eminem, 50 Cent and others lit up the halftime show with a thrilling throwback to the 90’s and 2000’s hip-hop and rap. Rihanna hasn’t been relevant in a number of years, and she was the only artist on the ticket, and with the team in dire straits players were likely seeking answers rather than entertainment.
Last year’s event was watched by the Bengals rookie kicker, but who cares, he is just the kicker. Besides that, he went 4-4 on the game and had the best year for a kicker in Bengal history, so he deserved some Eminem, even though the Bengals special team coordinator Darrin Simmons didn’t exactly endorse the move.
Last year, Cincinnati Bengals kicker Evan McPherson got out of the locker room to catch Dr. Dre, Snoop Dog, Eminem, 50 Cent, Mary J. Blige, Kendrick Lamar, and Anderson Paak — we’ll give him the benefit of the doubt, as he is a kicker.
However, special teams coordinator Darrin Simmons was not thrilled, calling it “a sore subject” last year.
McPherson staying on the field to watch the half time show is awesome haha pic.twitter.com/Nhp3RDMMJG
— Jomboy (@Jomboy_) February 14, 2022
Patrick Mahomes limped to the locker room at halftime having appeared to reinjure his ankle. He was grimacing in pain and walking very gingerly but magically came out in the second half and ran around and lit up the Eagles defense as if he was never injured at all. Mahomes claimed that he denied pain injections and gave a stirring halftime speech that rallied the Chief to victory, along with the help of the zebras on the field, but that has already been discussed. I’d believe that Rihanna was actually singing before I believe Pat didn’t get a little helper at half.
No need to feel bad for the team missing the halftime show. It was stale and vulgar and clumsy, and they were better served spending time using the bathroom, eating orange slices and trying to figure out how to save their season. Besides, they got to see the Chainsmokers at the victory afterparty, and I will take them every time over a crotch-sniffing washed up pop star. Andy Reid is a Hall of Fame coach, so when he says to skip the show, you skip the show. Now the Chiefs are the champs maybe because of it.
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