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Idina Menzel I'm Singin' the National Anthem ... At the Super Bowl!

1/16/2015 6:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Another huge star is set to perform at the Super Bowl ... Idina Menzel has just announced she's on board ... and says she's honored to be following in the footsteps of legends like Whitney Houston. 

The "Let It Go" singer just broke the news on Twitter ... saying:

"It was 1991 and I remember it well: Whitney sings the national anthem at the Super Bowl. Almost as glorious as her voice was her huge radiant smile. I am so humbled and honored to be asked this year."

Last year, the NFL gave the honor to opera singer Renee' Fleming ... who shocked gambler by knocking it out in 2 minutes and 3 seconds -- almost 20 seconds shorter than expected. 

So far, Vegas hasn't set a line on Idina -- we're guessing it'll be shorter than Alicia Keys, who set a record for the longest version in 2013 with 2 mins 36 secs.

Matt Damon Patriots Will Win Super Bowl ... Period.

1/4/2015 8:48 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Terrell Suggs ain't gonna like this video.

New England Patriots superfan Matt Damon just told us he fully expects his squad to dominate the Ravens next week (and everyone else in Tom Brady's path) ... on their way to ANOTHER Super Bowl title this year.

"I think there's a lot of good competition there," Damon said at LAX this weekend ... "but I'm a big believer in the Patriots."

"Patriots are going all the way."

Damon said the same thing when the Ravens took on the Pats in the NFL Playoffs back in 2013 ... only to come up with some thin excuses after Baltimore pulled off the upset.

We will say this though ... check out the clip from 2013 and check out the clip from yesterday -- Matt always signs autographs, takes pics with fans and couldn't be a nicer guy.

Teri Hatcher I HAVE A REAL SUPER BOWL RING Here's How I Got It ...

11/26/2014 6:23 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Steve Young ... Jerry Rice ... Teri Hatcher -- they ALL have rings from Super Bowl XXIX -- even though one of them wasn't actually on the team.

The former "Lois & Clark" star WAS a cheerleader for the 49ers back in 1984 ... but in the video, she explains why she was allowed to enjoy the spoils of victory when the team beat the Chargers 10 years later.

FYI -- Teri just returned from NY where she gave a speech to the U.N. about eliminating domestic violence -- and encouraged people to wear orange ... the official color to unite women against D.V.


Danica Patrick RETURNING TO SUPER BOWL ... In New GoDaddy Spot

11/24/2014 6:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
1124_danica-patrick_gettyAnother Super Bowl, another Danica Patrick commercial ... because GoDaddy has just announced it's springing for another ad in the most expensive TV event of the year. 

Unclear if the Internet domain site will be spending $4 MILLION for a 30-second spot or dropping $8 MIL for 60 seconds. 

Either way, the company can afford it ... reportedly posting $1 BILLION in revenue last year. 

As for Danica, she just tweeted ... "Pumped to be in new @GoDaddy #SuperBowl ad - co-starring with an adorable puppy. #ItsGoTime."

So far, no comment from the puppy.

Dean Cain Cowboys Will Win the Super Bowl ... Here's Why

11/11/2014 12:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Did you know ... Dean Cain is super good friends with Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett?

Like total BFFs

So, when Dean told us he's picking the 'Boys to win the Super Bowl -- is he using his head ... or his heart??? 

Watch the clip -- you decide.

Mike Vrabel Cops Looking for Couple in Super Bowl Ring Theft

11/10/2014 3:25 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1110_mike_vrabel_gettyFormer New England Patriot Mike Vrabel could be one step closer to recovering his stolen Super Bowl rings ... because cops finally have a couple suspects.

Vrabel -- who is currently a linebackers coach with the Houston Texans -- tweeted over the weekend that someone broke in his backdoor and stole the rings.

Police in Bellaire, Texas believe the break-in is part of a string of recent break-ins in Vrabel's 'hood. The cops believe the crimes were committed by a black male and black female.

According to police ... they believe the woman waits in a newer model Chrysler 300 down the block while the guy rings the doorbell of the targeted home. If nobody answers ... they go around back and break into the home.

Local pawn shops have been put on alert to keep an eye out for the rings.

Investigators say the video below shows the alleged suspects leaving a ransacked house (not Vrabel's) last week.


Ex-NFL Star Simeon Rice I've Never Worn Super Bowl Ring ... It's Not for Flossin'

11/4/2014 7:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
It's got more than 50 diamonds ... yellow AND white gold ... and was designed by Tiffany -- but ex-NFL star Simeon Rice says he's NEVER worn his Super Bowl ring out in public. 

Rice was a part of the Tampa Bay Bucs team that smashed the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII back in 2003 -- and got the bling that goes along with the trophy. 

But when he was out in NYC yesterday, Rice told us the ring does NOT belong in his wardrobe ... it belongs on his mantle -- and he refuses to wear it out. 

Clearly, Simeon doesn't see eye-to-eye on the issue with another famous Rice ... Jerry ...who is often seen rocking his Super Bowl rings out to the nightclubs juts for the hell of it. 

Then again, when Jerry rocks his ring out ... he's still got TWO MORE for the mantle. 


'Chili Peppers' Drummer SUPER BOWL ADVICE FOR KATY PERRY 'Plug In and Play'

10/20/2014 6:09 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith has one MAJOR piece of advice for Katy Perry when it comes to playing the Super Bowl halftime show this year -- don't do what they did. 

Of course, Smith is referring to the RHCP performance at the Super Bowl last year ... where the band pre-recorded it's performance (everything but the vocals) ... and pretended to play their instruments along with the music. 

At the time, Flea said if he could do the whole thing over again ... he would do it the SAME WAY -- because he still felt like he was able to bring the "spirit of who we are to the people" despite the fact their instruments weren't plugged in. 

But it seems Chad feels a bit differently -- even though he says he felt like it was still a "performance" -- he's advising Katy to "plug in and play" when she takes the stage. 

Check out the clip -- Smith praises Perry as a pretty good performer ... but when it comes to the greatest Super Bowl halftime performance of all time, there's only one person who comes to mind.

Michael Irvin I LOOOOVE KATY PERRY ... But Wear MY Jersey Next Time!

10/12/2014 9:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Hines Ward could have a serious bone to pick with Michael Irvin -- 'cause "The Playmaker" says Katy Perry made a big mistake wearing a #86 jersey on ESPN last week because "nobody great wears 86."

Irvin was at LAX when he raved about why Katy is the PERFECT choice for the Super Bowl halftime show (pleasant for you ears and for your eyes) ... and then went on to take a shot at #86.

1012-katy-perry-ap-sweatshirt"Next time wear #88," Irvin said to Katy ... "Nobody great wears #86!!"

For the record, here are some famous 86'ers other than Ward:

Todd Heap, Antonio Freeman and Raghib "The Rocket "Ismail.

Yeah, seems like Irvin's got a point ...

DJ Paul to NFL: You Better Not Charge Katy Perry ... To Perform At Super Bowl!

10/10/2014 10:17 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Katy Perry is getting major support for playing the Super Bowl Halftime show -- with an Oscar winning rapper vouching for the singer and warning the NFL ... you better not charge her to play! 

TMZ Sports spoke with Three 6 Mafia's DJ Paul -- who told us he's thrilled for Katy ... claiming she's the perfect fit for the big game -- and hopes it skyrockets her to another level. 

"If you play the Super Bowl, that's a lot of money. You're reaching a whole new fan base. It'd be great for her career." 

But DJ Paul says he read the reports about the NFL considering charging halftime acts to perform on their stage -- and says in Katy's case, she deserves a pass. 

"Let her do it for free! She's a hot chick. Start charging next year." 

We also spoke with Sir Mix-a-Lot ... who agrees with Paul -- the NFL would be INSANE to charge Katy a single cent. 

"I wish no artists would pay. Do a concert with Katy Perry, Jay Z, Beyonce on an adjacent channel. Everyone would watch that while a boring f**king marching band plays the halftime show."

So far, the NFL has yet to confirm the Katy reports ... but all signs point to Perry taking the big stage.

Jermaine Jackson to NFL: GET OVER NIPPLEGATE Janet Jackson Ban Is 'Crazy'

8/20/2014 1:43 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
How does Jermaine Jackson feel about the NFL blacklisting his sister from performing at the Super Bowl halftime show? 

Simple -- "That sucks."

Jermaine was out in L.A. when we broke the news to him that the NFL has only ruled out one person from performing at Super Bowl XLIX ... Janet Jackson

"Who cares about Nipplegate?" Jermaine said ... calling the league "crazy" for holding a grudge ten years after the infamous wardrobe malfunction. 

Jermaine cautioned that the league should be careful about pissing off Janet nowadays -- since she's married to a BILLIONAIRE and has become more powerful than ever! 

Check out the clip.

Janet Jackson Still Blacklisted From Super Bowl Halftime Show

8/19/2014 3:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
0819_janet_jackson_nfl_tmzApparently, the NFL is still upset with Janet Jackson for that whole nipplegate thing back in 2004 -- because league reps tell us she's still on the blacklist when it comes to the Super Bowl Halftime show. 

TMZ Sports reached out to the NFL to discuss possible acts at Super Bowl XLIX (49) in Arizona next year -- and while the league wouldn't say who's in the running, they did issue the following statement:

"As for potential acts --- we have only ruled out Janet Jackson."

No word on how Justin Timberlake escaped the ire of the NFL -- considering he played a key role in the infamous "wardrobe malfunction" that day -- but if he's NOT banned, BOOK HIS ASS!!!


M.I.A. to NFL My Middle Finger Was Tame Compared to Prince's Penis Guitar

3/17/2014 10:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0317-mia-nfl-getty-02M.I.A. says the NFL is overreacting big time in their legal war over the middle finger she flipped during the 2012 Super Bowl Halftime show ... and the proof is in Prince's giant penis guitar. 

M.I.A. just filed new legal docs saying the NFL's demand for $16.6 MILLION in restitution and damages over the rapper's live 1-bird salute is completely baseless -- since the league already has a reputation for airing risque halftime performances. 

Her proof -- M.I.A. says the reputation was built by Super Bowl legends like Michael Jackson who "repeatedly grabbed or fondled his genitalia" during his famous 1993 performance. 

M.I.A. says the "genitalia adjustments" were a well-known part of his act at the time and the NFL reveled in the edginess. 

There's more ... M.I.A. also points to Prince -- who, in 2007, stroked his guitar like it was "an erect oversized phallus" in what some people consider the gold standard of Super Bowl Halftime shows. 

M.I.A. says the NFL knew Prince was planning to get all strokey before the show ... and green-lit the performance anyway. 

0317-prince-super-bowl-sub-getty-02M.I.A.'s ultimate point is that there is no harm in airing a middle finger -- it won't damage the league or prevent sponsors from paying top dollar for commercial spots.  

So far, no comment from Prince or his giant penis guitar.


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