Most sports fans are probably familiar with the concept of “bulletin board material,” which can be traced back to the practice of posting newspaper clippings featuring disrespectful quotes inside the locker room to give players some extra motivation heading into a game.
It seems like the Kansas City Chiefs (and their fans) have harnessed that tactic with great success over the past few weeks based on what’s unfolded during the NFL playoffs.
Last month, Trevor Lawrence committed a major unforced error when he implied his time playing in the SEC was more than enough to prepare him for the crowd noise at Arrowhead Stadium before the Jaguars were knocked out of the playoffs in front of a very hostile crowd.
The Bengals also didn’t do themselves any favors by referring to that venue as “Burrowhead” in the leadup to the AFC Championship Game, and Patrick Mahomes made it clear he and his teammates were thrilled to pull out the receipts after punching their ticket to Super Bowl LVII with a 23-20 win over Cincinnati.
The Eagles have repeatedly gotten the last laugh at the expense of fans who’ve “vandalized” the Rocky Balboa statue that sits outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art by ending the season of every team whose jersey has been draped over the monument to the fictional boxer.
That trend was the topic of a segment on Wednesday’s episode of the New Heights podcast where Jason and Travis Kelce discussed the supposed “Rocky Statue Curse” as the two brothers prepare for their meeting in The Big Game next weekend.
“Chiefs fans. Do not touch the f***** Rocky memorial. Definitely don’t put an 87 on there.” 😂
-Travis Kelce doesn’t want the Chiefs to lose because of the Rocky statue jersey jinx. Jason believes a Philly fan put the 49ers and Giants jerseys on Rocky. 🤣Good @newheightshow 🎥 pic.twitter.com/gUN2CIc8Xa
— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) February 2, 2023
During the conversation, the Eagles center speculated the temporary jersey installations may actually be the work of a hometown fan attempting to give Philly an edge with some good, old-fashioned reverse psychology.
While there’s no evidence to prove that’s the case, the Kansas City tight end doesn’t want to take any chances ahead of the Super Bowl, as he issued a stern warning to any Chiefs fans who might be thinking about getting in on the action:
“Chiefs, do not touch the f—king Rocky memorial, OK? Do not do that, alright? Definitely do not put an 87 on there. Do not do that.”
I guess we’ll just have to see what happens.