Ed Reed just won the Super Bowl ... he tied the RECORD for postseason interceptions ... so why couldn't anyone give the guy a damn seat in the SUV on the way to the victory party???
TMZ shot some funny video of the Baltimore Ravens superstar leaving his hotel after the big game last night with a big cigar in his hand ... getting ready to celebrate like the CHAMP he is.
But when the whip rolled up, there weren't enough seats for his entire entourage, so Ed graciously offered to sardine himself into some open space so everyone could fit ... winding up completely hunched over and BACKWARDS. Meanwhile, one of Ed's boys sat comfortably in the front seat.
Ed couldn't have been nicer though ... 'cause even while he was folded over in the back, he was shaking hands with fans and being his usual awesome self.
Police to Joe Flacco
Don't Worry ...
We Got Your Back!!
2/4/2013 6:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Joe Flacco got some pretty solid protection in New Orleans last night -- both on and off the field -- 'cause after he won the game, the cops made sure no one laid a hand on the Baltimore Ravens QB.
Flacco got the Super Bowl MVP treatment from police following his big win ... 'cause the boys in blue made sure Joe and his lady friend were as safe as they could be when they got into a waiting car outside of the team hotel to head to the post-game festivities.
We asked Joe where he was headed -- but as everyone knows ... there's only one destination for the Super Bowl MVP ... and let's just say he'll be greeted by an oversized rat.
I Won $200k
on the Super Bowl!!!
2/4/2013 6:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Soulja Boy HIT IT BIG last night ... coming up victorious on a $200k Super Bowl bet thanks to the Baltimore Ravens ... and the rapper says he already has a plan to spend the money.
Soulja was hanging out with Sean Kingston in L.A. last night after the game ... and explained why he felt so confident bettin' on the birds. It's pretty solid logic.
So what's he gonna do with his winnings? The 22-year-old says he plans on dividing the money between his retirement account and a low-risk mutual fund ... JUST KIDDING HE'S GONNA BLOW IT ON SOMETHING REALLY EXPENSIVE!!!!
Super Bowl XLVII
2/3/2013 5:50 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
9:10 PM ET -- The Super Bowl is back, baby!!!
A power outage at the Superdome in New Orleans left half the stadium in darkness less than two minutes into the third quarter of the game ... delaying Super Bowl XLVII indefinitely.
Insert Bane joke here.
CBS has announced that stadium officials hope to have full power restored by 9:20 PM ET.
The outage took place just minutes after Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones returned the second half kickoff a record-tying 108 yards for a touchdown.
The Baltimore Ravens currently lead the San Francisco 49ers 28-6.
Story developing ...
49ers Babes vs. Ravens Babes
WHO'D YOU RATHER?
2/3/2013 4:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
John Harbaugh vs. Jim Harbaugh
Which Super Bowl Coach
Would You Rather?
2/2/2013 11:00 AM PST BY Johnny Lopez
It's a Super Bowl showdown as Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh goes up against his younger brother, San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh.
Question is ...
Super Bowl Prop Bets
You Be the Field Judge
2/2/2013 6:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Who cares about the score? The Super Bowl is all about prop bets! So we gotta ask ...
Baltimore Ravens Player
Draft Manti Te'o
1/31/2013 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Manti Te'o is already getting support from NFL players -- including a Baltimore Ravens linebacker -- who says he would WELCOME Manti to the team with open arms ... 'cause the dude CAN BALL.
TMZ spoke with Ravens linebacker Adrian Hamilton -- who broke the Manti draft dilemma down to our photog.
Photog: Would you want [Manti] on your team?
AH: Is he a good linebacker?
AH: Then why wouldn't we want him?
Hamilton explains that all the drama surrounding "Lennay Kekua" is irrelevant ... 'cause it's what Te'o can do ON the field that matters.
49ers Player Chris Culliver
Gays Are NOT Welcome
In Our Locker Room
1/30/2013 2:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
3:15 PM PT -- The 49ers organization is speaking out AGAINST Culliver ... saying the team "rejects" Chris' comments.
A rep for the 49ers says the team has already addressed the matter with Chris ... and adds, "There is no place for discrimination within our organization at any level."
"We have and always will proudly support the LGBT community.”
Gay football players are NOT welcome in the San Francisco 49ers locker room ... at least according to one current 49ers player.
Chris Culliver -- who started 6 games as cornerback for the team this season -- made the homophobic comments to Artie Lange during a radio interview at a Super Bowl media event earlier this week.
When asked if gay players would be welcome on the team, Culliver said ... "I don't do the gay guys man. I don't do that."
Artie then asked if Chris knew of any gay players on his team ... to which Culliver answered, "No, we don't got no gay people on the team, they gotta get up out of here if they do."
He continued, "Can't be with that sweet stuff. Nah … can't be … in the locker room man. Nah."
Culliver also said ... if a gay player were to make it in the NFL, he should not only keep his sexuality a secret from the other players ... but stay quiet for 10 YEARS after that.
Culliver and the 49ers will take the field on Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens -- a team which features a very outspoken pro-gay rights advocate Brendon Ayanbadejo.
Culliver's feelings are NOT shared by his entire team ... earlier this week, several members of the 49ers spoke in SUPPORT of gay players ... including coach Jim Harbaugh.
“I ask all players to play through their own personality and be who they are. What you ask of a player is to be a great teammate and be a good player. My expectations would be the same,” Harbaugh said. “Personally, there’s no discrimination in my heart.”
Linebacker Larry Grant echoed Harbaugh ... saying, "At the end of the day, we are all family in this locker room, and we accept each player for whoever they are."
Ditto for cornerback Tarell Brown ... who said, "Whatever makes you happy, do it. I just feel like, you shouldn’t hide it. At the end of the day don’t be embarrassed with what you are, or what you do. If you are that way, that’s you.”
Earlier this year, several members of the team participated in a video for the "It Gets Better" campaign to provide support for the LGBT community. Culliver was not featured in the video.
49ers Coach Jim Harbaugh
Family Time in New Orleans
(Brother Not Invited)
1/28/2013 1:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh has arrived in New Orleans for the Super Bowl ... and spent the day hanging out with his family ... well, most of his family.
Harbaugh -- along with his wife and some of his kids -- dropped by the famous Cafe du Monde ... sportin' some 49ers gear.
Fun Fact -- Jim isn't just taking on his brother ... his OWN SON Jay Harbaugh works for the Baltimore Ravens organization.
Talk about a family divided ...
UFC Champ Jon Jones
My Brother's PLAYING
In the Super Bowl!
1/25/2013 6:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
UFC wrecking machine Jon Jones isn't the only professional athlete in his family -- in fact, his older brother is a stud in the NFL ... and will be starting in the SUPER BOWL!!!
Jones -- the reigning UFC Light Heavyweight Champion -- was out in New York yesterday when we asked about his older bro Arthur Jones -- the starting defensive end for the Baltimore Ravens.
"My brother's in the Super Bowl," Jon exclaimed ... "It's crazy man ... it's unbelievable."
When asked how his bro is preparing for the big game, Jon told us, "He's focused ... relaxing with his family, staying hungry ... studying the guy he's going up against."
Jon -- who recently signed a blockbuster sponsorship deal with Nike -- also broke some news for all you shoe freaks out there ... telling us he might have his own sneaker coming out in the near future.
Almost as exciting as having your brother playing in the Super Bowl ... right?
Ravens Would NOT Have
Beat a HEALTHY Pats Team
1/23/2013 6:42 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Matt Damon is in NFL denial ... 'cause the guy honestly believes the New England Patriots would NEVER have been defeated by the Baltimore Ravens if they weren't riddled with injuries.
Problem is ... the Pats weren't as injured as Damon made them out to be.
Matt -- a Boston-native -- had just arrived at LAX last night when someone asked why his team folded in the AFC Championship this past Sunday.
"Lotta injuries," Damon said ... "They couldn't beat us full strength."
Obviously, the Pats were missing Rob Gronkowski going into Sunday's game ... but that's really their only big-time guy who was sidelined with an injury (forearm).
A couple of important Pats players were hurt DURING the matchup -- including CB Aqib Talib and RB Stevan Ridley ... but hey, that's part of the game, right?
But when Damon was asked who he's rooting for in the Super Bowl -- the Ravens or the 49ers -- he still refused to acknowledge defeat ... saying, "I'm going for a healthy New England team, that's the best team in the country."
FYI -- Damon couldn't have been NICER at the airport, signing autographs for EVERYONE who asked ... and doing it all with a smile.
Wes Welker's Wife
Broke the Athlete Wife Code
1/23/2013 12:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Wes Welker's wife should NEVER have said a peep about Ray Lewis ... this according to another famous (ex-)wife of the sporting world ... Linda Hogan ... who tells TMZ, it's never okay for an athlete's lady to be such a sore loser in public.
In case you missed it ... Wes' wife -- Anna Burns Welker -- went off on Lewis via Facebook after the Ravens dashed the Pats' Super Bowl chances. She later apologized ... but not before the personal jabs were already delivered.
Now Linda -- a former athlete's wife herself (kind of) -- is dishing out some jabs of her own ... calling Anna's outburst "way uncool."
According to Linda, Anna can say whatever she wants behind closed doors ... but "in a public situation, [athletes' wives] don't really have a place to make an opinion."
There you have it, straight from the Hogan's mouth.