Aaron Rodgers has been red-hot over the last month, and the fuel for his performance can be found in the magical facial hair of one man ... SAM ELLIOTT!
The Green Bay Packers QB broke down famous moustaches with Jim Rome -- in honor of Movember -- and crowned Elliott's the most inspirational of all time ... and even cited its performance in "Tombstone."
Rodgers also shouted out a couple other celeb 'staches during the Rome interview, which airs tonight at 10 on Showtime.
By the way, Rodgers' moustache is in the middle of an NFC-best 5 game winning streak.
In related news, Jets fans are praying their QB sprouts whiskers -- no matter how dirty it looks.
Loses Embarrassing Bet,
Actually Pays Up
10/11/2012 5:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Dear Aaron Rodgers,
Sometimes when NFL players make friendly wagers with people ... and lose ... they actually pay up ... and that's exactly why we're posting this photo of a Washington Redskins player wearing wrestling panties.
The greased up brute pictured above is star defensive end Adam Carriker -- who was recently placed on injured reserve after suffering a knee injury in Week 2.
Carriker, an avid wrestling fan who also hosts the 4th & Pain radio show, recently made a bet with ex-WWE superstar Bill Goldberg about the Wash. vs. ATL matchup this past weekend.
If Washington won, Goldberg (an ex-Falcons defensive tackle) agreed to sport a Redskins jersey ... and if ATL won, Carriker said he'd dress up as Goldberg in his wrestling prime ... speedo and all.
Obviously, the Falcons won -- and Carriker, BEING A MAN, paid off his bet ... unlike some other high-profile, yellow-bellied, jersey-dodging people we know.
Just thought you should know.
NFL Replacement Ref
I Made the
9/27/2012 11:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Easley says he feels like he's become a sacrificial lamb, who had to "fall on the sword."
Lance Easley -- the NFL replacement ref who made the TD call in Monday night's Packers vs. Seahawks game tells TMZ ... he stands by his decision, adamantly saying, "It was the correct call."
Easley told us he can't believe he's being vilified ... "I didn't do anything wrong."
He says strongly ... the Packers player who allegedly intercepted the ball never had singular possession because, "You have to not only have the ball but have either 2 feet or a body part on the ground, and that never happened."
Easley says this was clearly a case of simultaneous possession -- meaning the catch goes to the offensive player -- adding, "Put any other official who knows the rules and they would make the same call."
Easley told us, no one has ever seen a play like this before, so there's no point of reference to judge the call. He says, "I don't appreciate the negative stuff."
Easley -- who refs at El Camino and Pierce Junior Colleges as well as Occidental, all in Southern California -- says the replacement refs did what they were expected to do.
"We did a damn good job ... for the most part."
Boyz II Men Singer
Aaron Rodgers Got Robbed
... The NFL Is DOOMED
9/26/2012 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Boyz II Men singer Shawn Stockman -- aka Aaron Rodgers' betting buddy -- feels the NFL is heading down a dangerous path with these crappy replacement refs ... and Commissioner Roger Goodell better halt the runaway train ASAP, or else.
Stockman says he hasn't spoken to Rodgers since last night's catastrophe against the Seahawks -- but tells us, "He got robbed. It's horrible. They really need to do something about these officials. It's ridiculous. It's really bad now."
Stockman says Goodell better settle the referee dispute asap ... because once the playoffs roll around "these are gonna be crucial games that these really inexperienced officials are going to have to regulate."
Check out the clip ... Stockman sends a shout out to Rodgers -- who, by the way, STILL hasn't paid off that 49ers jersey bet.
Green Bay Mayor to Commish
You're Crushing Packers'
Shot at a Super Bowl
9/25/2012 5:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Green Bay Mayor James Schmitt fired off an angry letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell -- as promised -- claiming the labor dispute with referees is threatening the Packers on-field success ... AND putting the entire Wisconsin town in financial jeopardy.
TMZ obtained a copy of the letter ... in which the Mayor claims the NFL's elite status is being "threatened by less than qualified officials who are not quite at the same level as the rest of the league's representatives."
Mayor Schmitt, who's also a shareholder of the publicly owned Green Bay Packers, continues ... "last night's game creates a negative perception on the NFL brand, which in turn jeopardizes the Packers' chance for success as well as the potential to negatively affect our local economy."
All in all, it's a pretty polite way of saying it totally sucks that replacement refs cost Green Bay's greatest commodity -- the Packers -- a victory last night.
NFL's Final Decision
TERRIBLE Call Stands
9/25/2012 10:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The NFL is backing what's being called the WORST CALL IN LEAGUE HISTORY -- refusing to overturn last night's Seattle Seahawks touchdown against the Green Bay Packers ... and standing by their replacement refs.
League officials released a statement moments ago, saying, "Referee Wayne Elliott determined that no indisputable visual evidence existed to overturn the call on the field, and as a result, the on-field ruling of touchdown stood."
The NFL goes on to say upon even further review of the video today ... it supports the "decision not to overturn the on-field ruling" and the result of the game is final.
In other news, NFL broadcasts are now available in braille.
Green Bay Mayor
Tells NFL Honcho
Get These Refs Out!
9/25/2012 10:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The Mayor of Green Bay is so pissed about last night's game -- where replacement refs ROBBED the Packers of a win -- he's going straight to the NFL's head honcho to demand the real refs get back on the job ... TMZ has learned.
Mayor James Schmitt tells TMZ he's drafting a letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell ... urging him to end the ref lockout because it's compromising the integrity of the NFL.
Exhibit A -- last night's refs robbing the Packers of a win by incorrectly calling Green Bay's interception in the endzone ...a touchdown for the Seattle Seahawks. The Pack lost 14-12.
Schmitt says, "This is not right. I understand talent costs money, but when it comes to the crucial role of the referees ... it has to be a top priority."
Hizzoner is in a unique position because he's also a shareholder in the Green Bay Packers -- the only NFL team publicly owned.
But the Mayor makes it clear ... "We are not protesting losing the game. We are protesting the quality of officiating."
Packers T.J. Lang
Curses Out Refs
Dares NFL to Fine Him
9/25/2012 7:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Green Bay Packers guard T.J. Lang must love throwing away money -- 'cause after last night's disastrous ending to the Packers-Seahawks game, he blasted the refs with a tweet that's gonna cost him a ton o' cheese.
In case you missed what EVERYONE is talking about ... Monday Night Football ended with the biggest blown call in NFL history -- the Packers intercepted a Seahawks Hail Mary pass in the endzone, but the replacement refs (unbelievably) said Seattle's Golden Tate simultaneously caught it ... thereby screwing the Packers.
Lang immediately hit up his Twitter page after the game, saying ... "Got f**ked by the refs.. Embarrassing. Thanks nfl"
Knowing full well that tweet would cost him ... Lang followed up with, "F**k it NFL.. Fine me and use the money to pay the regular refs."
But considering how badly the refs blew the call, we gotta ask ...
I'm a Giant Chicken
9/20/2012 2:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
If the guys from Boyz II Men are still hungry for justice ... they can finally take a bite out of Aaron Rodgers at their L.A. concert tonight ... where a food vendor is serving up an item in his honor ... a big, fat chicken sandwich.
B2M has a show at the L.A. County Fair in Pomona ... and to remind the group that Rodgers is still refusing to wear the 49ers jersey he's obligated to sport after losing a friendly bet in Week 1 ... a sports bar at the fairgrounds called Finish Line Sports is serving a special Aaron Rodgers Cry Baby Chicken Club.
The bar owner tells us each ARCBCC will be served on San Francisco sourdough bread ... with 49er fries on the side.
For the record, Rodgers acknowledged making the bet ... tried to weasel out of paying up ... and is now hoping everyone will simply forget it ever happened.
Boyz II Men Singer
We'll Find a Way to
Make Aaron Rodgers Pay!
9/18/2012 3:27 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Boyz II Men singer Shawn Stockman is refusing to let Aaron Rodgers off the hook -- telling TMZ, the band plans to come up with an alternative solution for the NFL star to satisfy his debt if he continues to duck out of the jersey bet.
As we reported, Rodgers has publicly wussed out of his bet with Boyz II Men, in which the Packers QB agreed to wear a 49ers jersey if he lost to the Red and Gold at Lambeau last week ... which he did.
Stockman called the wager a "friendly all-in-fun bet" -- but said if Rodgers continues to refuse to fulfill his end of the deal, the band will come up with another way for Rodgers to pay his debt.
It might not entail a Niners jersey -- but it sure as hell won't be easy either.
Aaron Rodgers Should 'Man Up' ... Wear 49ers Jersey!
9/14/2012 8:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers needs to "man up" and stop trying to weasel out of the bet he made with Boyz II Men ... this according to NFL Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott.
Lott is no stranger to friendly wagers -- the 49ers legend tells us he used to make similar fun bets with Huey Lewis back in his playing days ... and would always HONOR them when he lost.
And since Aaron lost his bet with B2M -- and should have to wear an Alex Smith 49ers jersey -- Lott tells us the QB needs to pay up soon ... or else it could haunt him later in the season.
“I have a feeling it will bother him the next time he plays the Niners. If they meet again this season, it will bother him.” SF and GB aren't scheduled to play against each other during the regular season -- but many expect them to face off in the NFC Championship game.
Lott tells us he wouldn't be surprised if Boyz II Men gave Rodgers a shot at a "double-or-nothing" bet later this year to clear his debt.
Still , Lott says, "This is not over ... you know it's not over."
Yeah, I Made That Bet ... But I'm Totally
9/11/2012 3:33 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Aaron Rodgers doesn't seem to understand the way bets work -- because even though he LOST a wager to Boyz II Men ... he's now trying to weasel his way out of paying up ... by throwing TMZ under the bus.
We broke the story ... the Green Bay Packers star agreed to a friendly bet with the guys from Boyz II Men -- if he lost to the 49ers, he had to wear an Alex Smith jersey the following week.
Well, the Pack lost ... and Boyz II Men told us they were confident the NFL star would hold up his end of the bargain.
But earlier today, Rodgers addressed the media -- and when he was asked about the wager, he sounded like a man trying to get out of donning his rival's jersey.
"There's nothing to that," Rodgers said ... adding, "That got blown way out of proportion."
Still, Rodgers DID acknowledge a bet was made ... saying, "It was at best a joke between friends, and, unfortunately, the great reporting of TMZ blew another one."
What did we blow? You made a bet ... you lost ... now you're not living up to it.
In fact, check out the tweet Boyz II Men posted in the final minutes of Sunday's game ... which reads, "Pressing the jersey now!"
Aaron, if anybody blew it ... it was you.
Boyz II Men
Aaron Rodgers WILL Pay
... But it Could Take A While
9/10/2012 5:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Aaron Rodgers has a date with a 49ers jersey after losing a bet with the guys from Boyz II Men ... but the singers tell TMZ, they're willing to give him some time to prepare himself to pay up.
Singer Nathan Morris tells us, “Green Bay has another huge game [against the Bears] in 3 days so ... we understand where his head is, so I know he's focusing on that game.”
According to Nathan, Aaron promised to post the pic of himself wearing a 49ers jersey on his Twitter account if he lost against San Francisco ... which he did yesterday ... 30-22.
Nathan -- the biggest 49ers fan in the group -- is confident Aaron will hold up his end of the bargain, telling us, "Aaron might be one of the classiest guys we know.”
Tick tock, Aaron.