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NFL Pro Bowl

Wives Dragon Players ...

To Wild Welcome Party

1/23/2015 3:05 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0123_komodo_party_LAUNCHNFL Pro Bowlers might be bad asses on the field -- but when it comes to exotic reptiles, they're giant wussies  ... and TMZ Sportsgot pics to prove it.

Antonio Cromartie, Drew Brees, Golden Tate, Chris Harris Jr. were among the players at a Pro Bowl welcome party at the Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix Thursday night -- and came face-to-face with giant snakes, lizards, and alligators.

The Phoenix Herpetological Society brought the creatures, and its prez Russ Johnson tells us most of the players hung back while their wives and kids rushed to pet the animals. He adds some NFLers did eventually come over ... after a couple drinks.

Liquid courage never hurts.

FUN FACT: The huge lizard Terricka Cromartie is holding (or maybe it's holding her) is a water monitor. Looks like a Komodo dragon, but it's not. The more you know. 

Tom Brady

Ball So Hard

[Deflate-Gate Remix]

1/22/2015 5:03 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Tom Brady
had a message Thursday -- he doesn't screw around when it comes to his balls. 

But we do ... which is why TMZ Sports proudly presents the Tom Brady Deflate-Gate Remix. 

C'mon, you saw the news conference -- he was practically beggin' for someone to put this to a beat.

Enjoy! 

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Richard Sherman

Patriots Trash Talk Begins ...

With a Llama!!

1/22/2015 12:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0122_richard_sherman_llama_NEFFSo, Richard Sherman and a llama walk into a bar ...

Actually, it was a studio ... and one of them launched into a expletive-laced rant against Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, in general -- kicking off Super Bowl smack talking season.

The whole thing is an ad for one of Sherman's sponsors -- but the Seattle Seahawks superstar might wanna take notes. The llama gets in a pretty good jab at Brady's favorite footwear.

Only thing missing? A shot at Brady's balls.

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Barry Sanders

Why No TD Dances??

I've Got 'No Rhythm'

1/22/2015 10:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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012215_barry_sanders_launchBarry Sanders got jokes!! 

The NFL Hall of Famer was out in NYC Thursday when we asked why he never broke out any TD dances when he hit paydirt back in the day. 

Barry's response is great ... turns out his wit is as quick as his feet.   

We also brought up Tecmo Bowl -- and the infamous debate between who was the better T.B. running back ... Barry or Bo Jackson?  

Even Bo knows ... Sanders was a BEAST in 8 bit. 

Torrey Smith's Baby

$5,000 Winner

In Gerber Baby Contest

1/22/2015 8:33 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0121-torrey-smith-crawler-gerberHe's only 10 months old, but Torrey Smith's son has already DOMINATED his first modeling contest -- winning a $5,000 prize in a national Gerber Baby competition. 

The Baltimore Ravens wide receiver and his wife Chanel entered Torrey Jr. into Gerber's "Be Our Baby Photo Search" back in November -- competing for a $50,000 grand prize. 

As adorable as TJ is, he didn't win the grand prize -- but he did win in his "milestone" category ... receiving more votes than anyone else in the "Crawlers" division.

The prize -- a $5,000 check from Gerber.  

Chanel has previously said that she planned to split up any prize money between TJ's college fund and a children's charity. 

Congrats!

Bill Belichick

I Didn't Deflate the Footballs

'No Explanation for What Happened'

1/22/2015 6:33 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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012215_bill_blilichick_launchNew England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick says he "had no knowledge" of the deflate-gate scandal until Monday morning ... and has "no explanation" for why the team's balls were under-inflated.  

Belichick says the team has complied with the NFL investigation into the AFC Championship game -- in which the Pats were using under-inflated balls, which some say are easier to throw and catch. 

Bill told the media, "I have no explanation for what happened."

Belichick explained that giving his team an advantage by tampering with the footballs has "never been a priority for me."

In fact, Bill says ... for years he has made his team practice with crappy footballs -- "the balls we practice with are as bad as they can be" -- and has never even thought about deflating the footballs to make it easier for his team.

"I've told you all I know about the subject from my perspective ... I don't have an explanation."

He added, "I've told you everything I know."

Chargers Star D.J. Fluker

I Once Ate 65 Chicken Nuggets

... And It Wasn't Enough

1/22/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Chargers DJ Fluker Chicken Nuggets It's time for "Giant Man Story Time" with NFL star D.J. Fluker ... who is about to tell TMZ Sports the true story of a guy who ate 65 Chick-fil-A nuggets only to lose a contest to a man WHO ATE 80.

Fluker -- 6'5 and 339-lbs for you scoring at home -- was out in L.A. when our camera guy asked him about the most fast food he's ever eaten in one sitting.

That's when "Giant Man Story Time" began -- with Fluker telling us he once bravely entered a chicken nugget eatin' contest and downed 65 mini-birds, but it wasn't enough to win.

Bonus -- He also tells us who the biggest eater in the NFL is.

Hint? He's bigger than you.

'Hardcore Pawn' Star

Makes Offer On Seahawks Football

I'll Outbid EVERYONE!

1/22/2015 12:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0121-les-gold-tmz-01The star of "Hardcore Pawn" is gunning for the famous game-winning football from the Seahawks vs. Packers game ... and he tells TMZ Sports he'll CRUSH the $20K offer that's already on the table. 

Les Gold tells us ... the pigskin that Seattle WR Jermaine Kearse launched into the stands after catching the winning touchdown is an instant collectors item -- and he's dead set on getting it. 

The man who caught the ball, Scott Shelton, has already received a $20,000 offer from a sports memorabilia dealership -- but Gold says he's ready and willing to smash that number. 

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"Whatever the highest offer, I'll offer a thousand more," Les tells us, "Offer 25K, and I'll offer 26K. That ball will be in my shop."

So, why's he so set on getting the ball? Les says it's an iconic piece that could double in value over the next few years. 

"There's only one of these ... so call me. I have cash waiting."

Chris Evans & Chris Pratt

Superheroes Make Super Bowl Bet

1/21/2015 12:07 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF


0121-chris-evans-chris-pratt-twitter-seahawks-MAIN-01Super Bowl XLIX isn't just the Seahawks vs. the Patriots ... it's Captain America vs Star-Lord ... because Chris Evans and Chris Pratt just laid down an EPIC bet on the big game in Arizona.

It all started Monday, the day after Evans' Patriots clinched a spot in the Super Bowl by deflating the Colts 45-7. He took to twitter to remind his fellow Marvel Super Hero that for the next two weeks they ain't buds.

"Well, well, well @prattprattpratt, looks like our teams are going into battle. For the next 2 weeks, you are not my friend, you are my enemy."

That's when Pratt -- a huge Seahawks fan -- laid down the gauntlet, proposing a bet whereby if the the Seahawks win, Evans has to fly to Seattle and visit a local children's hospital in full Captain America regalia, waving the 12th Man flag.

Well, Captain America never backs down from a fight ... and fired back, saying that if the Patriots win Star-Lord has to show up at his non-profit housing venture "Christopher's Haven," in a Tom Brady jersey.

C'mon ... this is pretty awesome. 

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Colts Linebacker

BALLS MADE NO DIFFERENCE

... 'Pats Whooped Our Ass'

1/21/2015 10:54 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Under-inflated footballs had NOTHING to do with the outcome of the Pats vs. Colts game ... so says Indy linebacker Erik Walden who tells TMZ Sports they got outplayed ... period. 

"I don't think it made any difference," Walden says of the flatter pigskins ... "They whooped us.  We got our asses whooped."

"It doesn't matter what was wrong with the balls ... they beat us by such a large margin."

Walden also says he doesn't think it's worth the NFL's time to punish the Pats -- saying, "You just got to give them credit for how they played."

"Hats off to [The Patriots]. They were the better team."

But when it comes to the Super Bowl, Walden joked ... "Just know I'm rooting for Seattle."

Rodney Peete

Deflate-Gate Is Stupid

Balls Didn't Make Colts Lose

1/21/2015 6:14 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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012115_rodney_peete_launchDeflated balls or not ... the New England Patriots kicked Indy's ass this weekend -- and the amount of air in the pigskin had NOTHING to do with it ... so says ex-NFL QB Rodney Peete

Peete -- who played in the NFL for 16 years -- says the whole "Deflate-Gate" scandal is being blown way out of proportion ... because despite the pressure in the footballs, "you still gotta play the game."

Rodney also says slightly deflated balls don't give a QB an advantage -- "You still gotta make the throws." 

The NFL is not commenting on the investigation into the Pats -- but multiple reports say the league found 11 of the 12 balls were under-inflated by 2 pounds-per-square inch.

NBA Star

OUT-THUNDERSTORMS NFL STAR

... At L.A. Strip Club

1/21/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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One made it THUNDERSTORM ... the other made it drizzle. 

TMZ Sports has learned ... L.A. Clippers star Glen "Big Baby" Davis and Tampa Bay Bucs star Dashon Goldson were two of the stars that hit up the grand opening of Ace of Diamonds in L.A. on Monday. 

For the record, Goldson signed a $41.2 million contract in 2013. Davis has made about $26 million in his NBA career. 

Which is why it was a bit shocking when Big Baby created his own indoor monsoon that dwarfed Goldson's mini-downpour.

Our strip club sources tell us Davis was throwin' so much cash around, 4 dancers left with $3k each ... and that doesn't include the $5k he dropped around the stage.  

Check out the pic below which shows one dancer's take from Davis. 

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As for Goldson, as one strip club source put it -- "He made it sprinkle." 

No one said being fiscally responsible was fun.

Crying Packers Fan

Mom Posts Tantrum Vid ...

Kid Scores a New Bike!!

1/20/2015 12:35 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

012015_packers_kid_tmzlive_launch_v2Kierra Yarbrough did her 6-year-old son a huge favor by posting a video of him bawling his eyes out over the Packers loss -- instead of embarrassing him ... she helped him get a new bicycle!

The adorable video shows little Xavier crying a river after Green Bay's devastating defeat to the Seattle Seahawks -- and when he spotted a Seattle player riding around the field on a bicycle ... he really lost it.

Kierra was on "TMZ Live" Tuesday ... explaining why she put her son's tears on front street -- possibly opening him up to schoolyard taunting -- and it involves none other than Aaron Rodgers.

But the video's already worked a different kind of miracle -- Kierra says a local Seattle coffee shop saw the video and reached out to offer Xavier a bike of his own.

Not as cool as a trip to the Super Bowl, but it will do.

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