San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh has arrived in New Orleans for the Super Bowl ... and spent the day hanging out with his family ... well, most of his family.
Harbaugh -- along with his wife and some of his kids -- dropped by the famous Cafe du Monde ... sportin' some 49ers gear.
Fun Fact -- Jim isn't just taking on his brother ... his OWN SON Jay Harbaugh works for the Baltimore Ravens organization.
Talk about a family divided ...
UFC Champ Jon Jones
My Brother's PLAYING
In the Super Bowl!
1/25/2013 6:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
UFC wrecking machine Jon Jones isn't the only professional athlete in his family -- in fact, his older brother is a stud in the NFL ... and will be starting in the SUPER BOWL!!!
Jones -- the reigning UFC Light Heavyweight Champion -- was out in New York yesterday when we asked about his older bro Arthur Jones -- the starting defensive end for the Baltimore Ravens.
"My brother's in the Super Bowl," Jon exclaimed ... "It's crazy man ... it's unbelievable."
When asked how his bro is preparing for the big game, Jon told us, "He's focused ... relaxing with his family, staying hungry ... studying the guy he's going up against."
Jon -- who recently signed a blockbuster sponsorship deal with Nike -- also broke some news for all you shoe freaks out there ... telling us he might have his own sneaker coming out in the near future.
Almost as exciting as having your brother playing in the Super Bowl ... right?
Ravens Would NOT Have
Beat a HEALTHY Pats Team
1/23/2013 6:42 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Matt Damon is in NFL denial ... 'cause the guy honestly believes the New England Patriots would NEVER have been defeated by the Baltimore Ravens if they weren't riddled with injuries.
Problem is ... the Pats weren't as injured as Damon made them out to be.
Matt -- a Boston-native -- had just arrived at LAX last night when someone asked why his team folded in the AFC Championship this past Sunday.
"Lotta injuries," Damon said ... "They couldn't beat us full strength."
Obviously, the Pats were missing Rob Gronkowski going into Sunday's game ... but that's really their only big-time guy who was sidelined with an injury (forearm).
A couple of important Pats players were hurt DURING the matchup -- including CB Aqib Talib and RB Stevan Ridley ... but hey, that's part of the game, right?
But when Damon was asked who he's rooting for in the Super Bowl -- the Ravens or the 49ers -- he still refused to acknowledge defeat ... saying, "I'm going for a healthy New England team, that's the best team in the country."
FYI -- Damon couldn't have been NICER at the airport, signing autographs for EVERYONE who asked ... and doing it all with a smile.
Wes Welker's Wife
Broke the Athlete Wife Code
1/23/2013 12:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Wes Welker's wife should NEVER have said a peep about Ray Lewis ... this according to another famous (ex-)wife of the sporting world ... Linda Hogan ... who tells TMZ, it's never okay for an athlete's lady to be such a sore loser in public.
In case you missed it ... Wes' wife -- Anna Burns Welker -- went off on Lewis via Facebook after the Ravens dashed the Pats' Super Bowl chances. She later apologized ... but not before the personal jabs were already delivered.
Now Linda -- a former athlete's wife herself (kind of) -- is dishing out some jabs of her own ... calling Anna's outburst "way uncool."
According to Linda, Anna can say whatever she wants behind closed doors ... but "in a public situation, [athletes' wives] don't really have a place to make an opinion."
There you have it, straight from the Hogan's mouth.
Parties with Alex Smith
at 49ers NFC Victory Bash
1/22/2013 11:05 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Hours after the San Francisco 49ers destroyed the Atlanta Falcons and punched their ticket to the Super Bowl, the squad celebrated at a nightclub in San Jose ... and TMZ has the pics.
Tons of 49ers players -- including star QB Colin Kaepernick and former star QB Alex Smith -- rolled into Motif nightclub late Sunday night ... fresh from their 28-24 victory in ATL.
Sources inside the club tell TMZ ... the DJ announced each player as he walked in the door ... and the crowd went absolutely insane.
We're told the guys were pretty tame -- no crazy, insane drunk people. Sources say some of the guys WERE drinking (some bottles of Moet and Cristal were ordered) ... but the night was more of a "sipping and toasting" event ... not a "let's get effed up" kind of a thing.
One source tells us ... most of the clubgoers swarmed Kaepernick ... and it got so crazy, that he went upstairs to a private area to escape the crowd.
At the end, one clubber tells us ... "it was a great night, everyone was stoked the team showed up."
Super Bowl Shine
Jacked by Casey Anthony
1/21/2013 2:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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.
Check out TMZ on TV -- click here to see your local listings!
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!!!