Jim Harbaugh and John Harbaugh squaring off in the Super Bowl is a historic matchup that's still, inexplicably, less interesting than Casey Anthony and Django ... to some people.
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Wes Welker's Wife
Rips Ray Lewis --
He's a TERRIBLE PERSON
1/21/2013 11:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
12:00 PM PT -- Anna just posted an apology ... "I apologize to Ray Lewis and his family for my comments. In no way did I mean for them to be mean or hurtful. I'm embarrassed for being a sore loser. I wish Ray and the Ravens good luck. Lesson learned!"
Wes Welker's wife hates Ray Lewis ... and not just because the Ravens beat the Patriots yesterday ... it's 'cause she thinks he's a terrible human being ... and she made her feelings known on Facebook.
After Sunday's AFC Championship game ... Anna Burns Welker went to her Facebook page and posted the following message:
"Proud of my husband and the Pats. By the way, if anyone is bored, please go to Ray Lewis' Wikipedia page. 6 kids 4 wives. Acquitted for murder. Paid a family off. Yay. What a hall of fame player! A true role model!"
The post has since been deleted.
FYI -- Lewis was charged with murder back in 2000 for his involvement in a fight that resulted in two deadly stabbings ... but the murder charge was dropped as part of a plea deal.
Oh yeah, the four wives thing ... Lewis has never been married -- but he does have six kids with four different women.
And you don't want to get on his bad side.
Fact is, Anna should've known better -- because last year after the Super Bowl, Tom Brady's wife Gisele Bundchen blasted Wes Welker for dropping a key pass ... and people trashed her for it.
The lesson ... when NFL wives talk, people listen.
Dr. Dre's Super Bowl Pick
It's All About
1/21/2013 6:01 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
He's from California (Compton to be exact) ... but Dr. Dre tells TMZ he's not backing his home state team in the Super Bowl ... 'cause he's a HUGE Ray Lewis fan.
Dre was leaving Boa in Hollywood last night when he told us he'll be supporting the Baltimore Ravens on Feb. 3 when they take on the San Francisco 49ers.
"I'm excited for Ray Lewis," Dre said ... "He's a good guy and I'm a fan of his ... I'm wishing the best for him."
So we gotta ask ...
Tatted Up 49ers Star
Ink Biz BOOMING
For QB's Tattoo Artist
1/20/2013 4:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Colin Kaepernick's meteoric rise hasn't just been great for the 49ers ... it's also been HUGE for his longtime tattoo artist ... who tells TMZ business has exploded ever since the inked up QB led SF into the playoffs.
We spoke with tat artist Nes Andrion -- who's been working on Colin for years at his shop in Reno where CK played his college ball.
Andrion tells us ... ever since Colin started winning games in November -- when starting QB Alex Smith got a concussion -- customers have been pouring in, asking for 49ers-themed ink.
Nes tells us, "People come in and ask if I am the artist that does Colin’s tattoos, and ask when I think I am going to tattoo him again.”
Nes adds, “People want to get their tattoos done by the same artist as Colin Kaepernick."
According to Nes, Colin will be coming back in the off-season to finish his enormous angel-demon-themed chest piece.
It's pretty hilarious though, considering Nes is a proud Patriots fan -- but now that Colin's winning, he secretly hopes the 49ers can bring home the Lombardi trophy this year.
"To be honest I want [Colin] to take it even though the Pats are my team. He puts money in my pocket."
Super Bowl Menu
Definitely Not Skimping
on the Shrimp
1/19/2013 4:05 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
There's about to be a shrimp shortage in the Gulf Coast region ... because TMZ has learned the menu for Super Bowl XLVII includes 10,000 POUNDS of Gulf shrimp on hand for your noshing pleasure.
TMZ obtained the Cajun-inspired Super Bowl menu from the folks at Centerplate and it is MASSIVE:
-- 18,000 pounds of smoked pork
-- 10,000 pounds of Gulf Shrimp
-- 3,000 pounds of alligator sausage
-- 1,200 gallons of chicken piquant
-- 700 gallons of traditional Cajun gumbo
-- 440 gallons of red beans & 6,000 pounds of rice
-- 70,000 Tums tablets (ok, that's just a guess)
In order to pull of the giant feast, we're told Centerplate had to enlist over 100 chefs and 1,000 service staff.
San Francisco 49ers Star Questioned in Sexual Assault
1/19/2013 2:22 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree was questioned by police as part of a sexual assault investigation, but he was not detained or arrested.
Police said the alleged assault took place in a hotel room early last Sunday following the 49ers' playoff victory over the Green Bay Packers. Crabtree was interviewed with his attorney present and police say he has cooperated with the probe.
A rep for the team released a statement, saying, "The 49ers take such matters very seriously. We will have no further comment at this time as the legal process is ongoing."
Crabtree and the 49ers play the Atlanta Falcons tomorrow ... the winner goes on to play in the Super Bowl.
LOCKED IN for
Super Bowl Halftime Show
10/16/2012 10:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Beyonce is GOING TO THE SUPER BOWL ... to perform ... at halftime. Hooray!
Mrs. Jay-Z has signed on to perform at Super Bowl XLVII on Feb. 3rd at the Superdome in New Orleans ... so says the Associated Press.
Both sides are expected to make an official announcement about the show sometime tomorrow.
Beyonce will follow in the footsteps of Madonna ... and a slew of old white guys including The Who, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, U2, Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson.
We Got a Ring!!! [PHOTO]
5/17/2012 10:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The New York Giants FINALLY got their Super Bowl rings last night -- three months after winning the championship -- and they're more beautiful than we could ever have imagined.
The ring -- designed by Tiffany & Co. -- is made of white gold and COVERED in diamonds. The top of the ring alone is lined with 37 blue sapphires.
The ring (pictured above on cornerback Will Blackmon's finger) also includes the final score of Super Bowl XLVI (21-17) -- when Giants trounced the New England Patriots for the second time in four years.
The four Vince Lombardi trophies (look for the footballs) represent the team's four championships (1986, 1990, 2007 and 2011).
It's hard to put a value on something like a Super Bowl ring -- but the hardware alone is probably worth five figures. They got a ring!!!
Weird Al Yankovic
The Best ... Or Worst
Super Bowl Halftime Idea Ever
2/24/2012 2:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Weird Al Yankovic is suddenly the fan front-runner to perform next year's Super Bowl halftime show -- and everyone at TMZ is into the idea too!! Minus one major Grumpty Dumpty.
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Weird Al Yankovic
I Would DEFINITELY Do
The Super Bowl Halftime Show
2/23/2012 9:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Fans everywhere have been clamoring for it ... and now, Weird Al Yankovic himself claims he'd be HONORED to perform at next year's Super Bowl halftime show -- he's just waiting for the NFL to extend the invite.
In case you didn't know -- there's a massive movement spreading online ... with thousands of Weird Al fans signing multiple petitions to get the singer booked for next year's show.
But Weird Al ain't convinced the movement's big enough yet -- claiming, "I'd be surprised if that's being seriously considered by the NFL, but prove me wrong!"
When asked if he'd even accept an invite to take the stage at the big game -- Al replied, "Sure, if they asked!"
So we gotta ask ...
M.I.A.'s Middle Finger Stunt
Was Stupid and Childish
2/10/2012 9:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Madonna is lashing out at M.I.A.'s bird-flipping grab for attention during the Super Bowl Halftime show last weekend -- claiming the crude gesture was a "teenager ... irrelevant thing to do."
Madonna called in to "On Air with Ryan Seacrest" this morning -- saying, "I was really surprised. I didn’t know anything about it. I wasn’t happy about it."
Madonna told Ryan, "I understand it’s punk rock and everything, but to me there was such a feeling of love and good energy, and positivity, it seemed negative. It’s such a teenager ... irrelevant thing to do ... there was such a feeling of love and unity there. What was the point?"
Madge added, "It was just out of place."
Madonna just called in to Carson Daly too, saying M.I.A. has since apologized to her over the incident.
Super Bowl Partying
with Baseball LEGENDS!
2/8/2012 2:40 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Charlie Sheen's Super Bowl party was better than yours ... WAYYYY BETTER ... 'cause he had chicken wings, ribs, sliders, cookies and some of the GREATEST BASEBALL PLAYERS OF ALL TIME!!
Sheen hosted the bash at his Beverly Hills mansion ... and the stars came out in droves ... including MLB Hall of Famer Joe Morgan ... who was greeted with a big fat Super Bowl kiss on his face.
Other guests included L.A. Dodgers player James Loney and ex-MLB superstars Kenny Lofton and Todd Zeile. Kate Walsh was there too ... along with rocker Matt Sorum, Jon Lovitz, Jeff Ross and Charlie's BFF Tony Todd (pictured left).
We're told everyone was raving about the food -- whipped up by his personal chef ... but Charlie spent most of the party talkin' baseball with Morgan ... who was blown away by Charlie's knowledge of the game.
'Disrespected' by Honda
I Should've Been in 'Ferris' Ad
2/8/2012 5:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Ben Stein thinks it's pretty MESSED UP that Honda ran a "Ferris Bueller" spoof commercial during the Super Bowl ... and didn't put him in the ad -- and now he wants a NEW CAR to make up for the diss.
Stein was at LAX yesterday when we asked him about the new spot -- which featured Matthew Broderick -- and Ben told us, "They had a guy imitating my voice, they should've had me in it."
But Stein says Honda can make it up to him ... "Just my humble opinion, but since they used my voice ... they should give me a top of the line Honda."