He may be a huge NY Giants fan, but Rudy Giuliani has message for Jets Nation -- DON'T GIVE UP ON REX RYAN ... it's not his fault!!!
Rudy was out in L.A. last night -- and RAVED about his G-Men ... and even said he'd rather have Eli over Peyton if given the option!!
But when we started talking about Gang Green and their pathetic 1-6 record -- Rudy explained why Jets fans shouldn't blame Rex ... they should blame his players instead.
You listening, Geno?
DON'T GIVE UP ON DREW BREES
10/16/2014 6:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Don't judge Drew Brees by his Fantasy numbers -- he's still "ONE OF THE GREATEST QUARTERBACKS IN THE WORLD" ... so says Brad Pitt.
The Sexiest Man Alive (1995, 2000) was leaving an event in Washington D.C. last night when we asked if he had any advice for the New Orleans Saints QB -- who hasn't exactly been posting those legendary Fantasy stats we're used to.
That's when Pitt -- a HUUUGE Saints fan -- set our TMZ Sports photog straight with a strong defense of the former Super Bowl champ.
Pitt and Brees happen to be friends -- earlier this year, they were spotted throwing a football around with Matthew McConaughey from the balconies of their expensive Bourbon Street pads.
But the bottom line, if you're even THINKING about benching Brees on your Fantasy team this weekend -- as one ESPN article suggests -- you might wanna consider Brad's advice first.
I Love Gel Manicures
They're Not Just for Chicks!
10/15/2014 10:09 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chad Johnson is putting the "MAN" in manicure -- telling TMZ Sports he hasn't missed a mani-appointment since 1999 ... and he's damn proud of it.
The former NFL superstar showed off his nail job in a photo on Instagram -- and our crack news team immediately noticed that it appeared the guy was sporting a "gel" job on his digits.
We reached out to Chad ... who told us, "I always get gel so my sh*t doesn't chip" ... adding, "That's all I care about on women, so I have to be right."
Chad says he's obsessed with having polished paws -- and says he's been a regular at his local nail salon "every Friday since 1999 ... I've never missed."
And now you know.
Thank God Social Media Didn't Exist
When I Was Playing
10/15/2014 10:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Technology may have changed ... but pro athletes haven't -- with Eric Dickerson saying a whole bunch of NFL stars would have been SUSPENDED back in the day if social media was around when he was playing.
What Dickerson was essentially saying when he was walking through LAX yesterday is that young athletes with money and fame have done dumb stuff for decades -- but now, it's easier to get caught.
E.D. makes it clear he's NOT one of the guys who would've been caught slippin' on Twitter or Facebook or Instagram back in the '80s -- but reiterates "a lot" of guys would've had a tough go.
I'M A KAEPER-HOLIC
49ers QB Is Hottest In NFL
10/15/2014 8:09 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Another "iCarly" star has a thing for a HUGE celebrity athlete -- this time, it's Miranda Cosgrove who tells TMZ Sports she thinks Colin Kaepernick is the hottest QB in the NFL.
The 21-year-old actress -- who plays Carly on the Nickelodeon show -- was rockin' her 49ers shirt through LAX yesterday when she told us Kap's not only attractive ... but he's "doing amazing" this season.
They've got a lot in common -- starting with the fact they're both super rich ... because Miranda (who also starred in "School of Rock" back in the day) was listed as the highest paid child actress in 2012. And Colin just signed a $126 million contract.
Of course, Miranda isn't the first "iCarly" star to show interest in a pro athlete -- last year, Jennette McCurdy dated NBA star Andre Drummond for a short time ... but that fizzled pretty quickly.
NY Giants Kicker Josh Brown
Ray Finkle Was a B*tch
10/14/2014 5:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
NY Giants kicker Josh Brown has a message for Ray Finkle -- YOU SHOULDA MADE THE FRICKIN' KICK ... even if the laces were in!!!!
20 years after "Ace Ventura" came out in theaters (yes, it's really been that long) ... we asked Brown how a real NFL kicker reacts when the holder pulls a Dan Marino and doesn't get the laces out.
Brown's response -- MAKE THE KICK!!!!!
"The times that it does happen, you just gotta go through with it ... ya just gotta swing."
What you shouldn't do ... is plot a murderous revenge on the holder on the day of the Super Bowl. That never turns out well.
Dallas Cowboys RB
Bragged About $1,000 Shoes
... Week Before Arrest
10/14/2014 9:47 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle BRAGGED about owning several pairs of expensive shoes just days before he was busted for shoplifting -- claiming nice stuff made him feel good.
Randle was speaking to Mac Engel on 105.3 THE FAN Dallas/Ft. Worth last Friday -- when the NFL player, who makes just under $500k per year, said he's dropped 4-figs on Gucci shoes on several occasions.
Interesting ... considering he was arrested for allegedly stealing Gucci cologne from a Texas department store on Monday night ... along with 2 pairs of Polo underwear.
Check out the clip -- Randle also says he used to pride himself on dressing nice even when he had no money.
Can't buy fashion sense ... and apparently, you can't steal it either.
Dallas Cowboys RB
Stole 'Gucci Guilty Black' Cologne
... Cops Say
10/14/2014 8:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle stole a tester bottle of Gucci Guilty Black cologne from a Dillard's department store Monday night ... TMZ Sports has learned.
Randle -- who's making nearly $500k this year -- was arrested for shoplifting ... and our sources say he's accused of boosting the cologne AND a 2-pack of black Polo underwear.
We're told store security footage captured the whole thing.
Randle was released from custody early Tuesday morning.
Just one night before the arrest, Randle rushed for 52 yards in a dramatic victory over the Seattle Seahawks.
I'm Praying for Victor Cruz
... But Giants Aren't Screwed
10/14/2014 6:33 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
NY Giants superstar Victor Cruz can rest a little easier ... 'cause one of the Jonas Brothers has his back ... when it comes to prayer.
Kevin Jonas was out in NYC with his wife Danielle -- when we talked about Kev's favorite NFL team ... the Giants ... who lost their big WR to a nasty knee injury on Sunday night.
"I feel bad for Victor Cruz," Kev told us ... "But he's definitely in our prayers."
As for the G-Men, Kevin says he still has hope ... though after that 27-0 loss to the Eagles, he might wanna pray extra hard this week.
Everyone's Welcome On Cowboys Bandwagon
10/14/2014 6:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Who cares if it's trendy?! Dean Cain says he won't shame celebrities who wanna jump on the Dallas Cowboys bandwagon ... he's welcoming EVERYONE!!
Cain -- who briefly played with the Buffalo Bills -- was fired up in Malibu yesterday after Dallas beat the Seahawks -- and gave a bunch of the credit to head coach Jason Garrett ... who happens to be his good friend.
"Jump on our wagon!" Cain said ... while praising Jamie Foxx and LeBron James for finally breaking out their Cowboys gear this week.
So, will the Cowboys be able to keep up their winning ways? Cain has a theory -- check out the clip.
Costly Hold Up
In Donation to Dom. Violence Hotline
10/14/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
25 days after Roger Goodell announced a financial partnership between the NFL and a national domestic violence support hotline, zero money has changed hands ... TMZ Sports has learned.
In the wake of the Ray Rice scandal, the NFL commish addressed the media on Sept. 19th and announced "long-term partnerships to provide financial, operational and promotional support" to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center and the National Domestic Violence Hotline.
But we've learned the deal with the National Domestic Violence Hotline is still NOT finalized ... which means the organization has yet to receive the fat NFL check it's been counting on.
We spoke with Katie Ray-Jones -- CEO of the National Domestic Violence Hotline -- who tells us the two sides are still in negotiations and are "moving in good faith."
A rep for the NDVH says the org. is confident a multi-year, multi-million dollar deal will be finalized in the near future.
The question -- what's the holdup?
Ray-Jones tells us, "it's complicated" ... but it has to do with "modifying the language" in the agreement between the two sides.
Here's the problem -- the NDVH has already hired 20 employees in the wake of the NFL's announcement -- since call volume has been up more than 75% since the Ray Rice incident.
Eventually, the org. is gonna need the NFL checks to start rolling in ... or else.
We reached out to the NFL for comment -- so far, no word back.
LeBron & Jamie Foxx
Dust Off Dallas Cowboys Gear
All Aboard the Celebrity Bandwagon!
10/13/2014 8:06 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
It's trendy to be a Dallas Cowboys fan again ... just ask LeBron James and Jamie Foxx.
After the 'Boys beat up on the World Champion Seahawks in Seattle last night ... the closet opened and the celebrity bandwagoners began spilling out.
LeBron and Jamie have admitted to being Cowboys fans in the past -- but hadn't posted a single picture on Instagram supporting the team ... until now.
Funny how that works.
Also, LeBron touts himself as a Browns fan as well ... funny, he wasn't wearing any Cleveland gear after THEIR big win over the Steelers yesterday.
One guy who HAS been down with Big D all season long -- former "Dallas" star Josh Henderson ... who DEFENDED Tony Romo even when everyone else was calling for his head.
Terry Pegula's a Loser
I Could've Saved The Bills!
10/13/2014 7:26 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Donald Trump is taking aim at the new Buffalo Bills owner Terry Pegula ... saying he's a LOSER who won't lead his team to a title.
Trump was in the running to buy the team, but was ultimately outbid by Pegula -- and this morning, Donald is saying the whole thing was a blessing in disguise.
"Even though I refused to pay a ridiculous price for the Buffalo Bills, I would have produced a winner. Now that won’t happen," Trump tweeted.
Trump added, "The people of Buffalo should be happy Terry Pegula got the team but I hope he does better w/the Bills than he has w/the Sabres. Good luck!"
Of course, Trump's referring to the Buffalo Sabres -- which Pegula also owns -- a team that flat out sucked over that past couple of seasons.
Trump concluded with a parting shot at the NFL -- "The @nfl games are so boring now that actually, I’m glad I didn’t get the Bills. Boring games, too many flags, too soft!"