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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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New 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."

'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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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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Deflated 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.

NY Giants Co-Owner Steve Tisch Rooting for Patriots ... to Win Super Bowl

1/16/2015 7:23 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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The New York/Boston rivalry just took an interesting turn -- with NY Giants co-owner Steve Tisch telling us he's rooting for Tom Brady to beat the Colts this weekend ... and eventually hoist the Lombardi Trophy. 

Tisch was out at Craig's in L.A. last night -- when we asked if it's cool for NFL owners to root for another team after their own squad gets eliminated from the playoffs. 

Steve says he's got some pretty good reasons for backing New England -- including the fact he's already beaten the Pats the last two times they faced 'em in the Big Game. 

Tisch also says he's got a favorite in the GB vs. SEA game -- check out the clip.

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

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

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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
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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
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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. 

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

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

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