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Michael Irvin

Russell Wilson Could be 'Doug Williams'

... Of Short People

2/2/2014 11:36 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Russell Wilson could make HISTORY if he wins the Super Bowl tonight ... not because he'd be the 2nd black QB to do it, but because he'd be the FIRST short QB to do it ... so says Michael Irvin.

The NFL Hall of Famer was out partying in NYC last night when he broke it down ... saying Doug Williams already took care of the color issue -- so Russell needs to stand up for the vertically challenged.

For the record, Wilson's 5'11" ... so he's not exactly tiny -- but he would be the first starting QB under 6-feet in NFL history to win the big game.

And according to Irvin, that's a BIG deal (terrible pun very much intended).

Jay Z and Beyonce

Surprise Pre-Super Bowl Performance

2/2/2014 9:14 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Beyonce -- last year's Super Bowl performer -- surprised the crowd at Jay Z's concert last night in New York ... when she hit the stage to jam out with her husband on their latest song.

The whole thing went down at DirectTV's "Super Saturday Night" party on the eve of the big game -- and last year's halftime entertainer pulled off the surprise performance without a hitch.

The halftime show this year will be put on by Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Hopefully Flea keeps his word and doesn't drop trou.

Bankrupt Warren Sapp

Makes $100K Super Bowl Bet

... With Rick Ross

2/1/2014 3:01 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Warren Sapp better get on his knees and PRAY for Peyton Manning to have the game of his life, 'cause  the guy who declared BANKRUPTCY in 2012 just made a $100,000 bet with Rick Ross that the Broncos will win the Super Bowl ... and TMZ Sports has the video proof.

It all went down at the Hudson Hotel in NYC ... when the Hall of Famer made the bet with Rick in front of a ton of people.  They also tweeted about the wager, so neither side can try to Aaron Rodgers their way out of this one.

As for the $100k wager -- it's PRETTY DAMN SHOCKING considering Warren has serious financial issues. It was just back in 2012 that he filed for BANKRUPTCY ... and due to his brokeness, Warren's giant collection of Nike shoes were auctioned off in Sept. 2013.

As for Rick, the guy just bought the biggest house in Georgia ... so, we're guessing he can afford it.

Maybe Sapp knows a little something about the game that we don't.

Stay tuned ...


Holly Robinson Peete

Super Bowl Needs Sniper Protection

It's a Dangerous World

2/1/2014 8:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Holly Robinson Peete has no problem with the sniper security team protecting the Super Bowl ... in fact, the ex "Talk" star says it's a NECESSITY because the world ain't a safe place anymore.

Peete was hightailing it out of a pre-Super Bowl party Friday night ... and told our photog just how important she thinks it is to have our best sharpshooters protecting MetLife Stadium.

This year's Super Bowl will reportedly have the biggest police presence ever ... including snipers in helicopters above the stadium.

So, we gotta ask ...

Justin Bieber

Flips Out

At Maxim Party

2/1/2014 8:46 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
0201-justin-bieber-middle-finger-tmzJustin Bieber put his finger to bad use last night at a Super Bowl party filled with models and other hot chicks.

Bieber slinked in the back door at around 2 AM at the Maxim party in NYC. 

Apparently his 5-hour interrogation by U.S. Customs officials at the airport Friday got him riled, because he had his people shine a bright light at anyone who tried snapping a pic of him inside the party.  And Bieber's bodyguards were pretty successful -- except with the guy who got this photo.

TMZ broke the story ... Bieber was flagged by Customs because of his 2 pending criminal cases ... including one for allegedly assaulting a limo driver.

No models were hurt in this shoot.

Kate Upton

Debuts New Super Bowl Dance

So Let's Fight About It

2/1/2014 12:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
We've never seen Kate Upton do a dance we didn't instantly love -- but her attempt to pull off a Super Bowl TD celebration actually sparked a debate.

Love it or hate it ... we all agree it's fun to watch her try it.


Justin Bieber

FLAGGED By Customs

Because of Criminal Charges

1/31/2014 5:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
update_graphic_red_barWe're told Bieber has just been released by Custom's officials ... after 5-hours of heavy grilling. 
Justin Bieber
was flagged by U.S. Customs officials when he landed in New Jersey this afternoon because he has 2 pending criminal cases ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ.

Bieber is still being grilled by Customs people ... after they searched his plane because they allegedly smelled weed.  The search turned up nothing. 

We're told -- as a result of the Patriot Act -- Customs officials have broad power to flag people coming in from another country when they have an active criminal case or a conviction.  Justin currently has an assault case in Canada and a DUI case in Miami Beach.

Sources say Bieber is being "put through the grinder" right now by Customs folks.  As one source said, "Once you're flagged it's a grueling process to get in the country."

It's almost certain Justin will eventually be cleared to leave Teterboro Airport because both alleged offenses are minor.

As we first reported ... Justin flew there for the Super Bowl.

Justin Bieber

Jet Detained Because Of Pot Smell

1/31/2014 12:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details
5:45 PM PT   We're told Bieber has just been released.

5:03 PM PT --  We were just told Bieber is still being questioned -- and everyone has ordered out for pizza.  Cops tell us ... it's gonna be a while.

2:55 PM PT -- TMZ has learned Justin is now being held and questioned by U.S. Customs officials.

12:59 PM PT -- We're told all passengers were released. No drugs were found. 
Justin Bieber
's private jet touched down outside NYC for the Super Bowl -- and authorities immediately held him for questioning ... because of a strong odor of pot coming from his plane ... TMZ has learned.

We're told ... the plane was stopped after it arrived at Teterboro airport in New Jersey.  As we told you ... Justin, his dad and some friends were traveling there for Super Bowl parties.

Sources tell us law enforcement is holding the plane ... because they think there may be marijuana on board.  We're told the plane and the passengers are currently being searched ... but so far no pot has been found.

A source close to Bieber tells us, the passengers knew they'd be searched ... since they were flying into the U.S. from Canada.

Story developing ...

Justin Bieber

Super Bowl Bound

1/31/2014 11:53 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
0131-justin-bieber-tmzJustin Bieber isn't letting 3 criminal investigations in 2 countries cramp his style ... he's just gone wheels up -- with the Super Bowl as the final destination ... TMZ has learned.

Bieber chartered a private jet Friday from Canada for the big game on Sunday.  He's in the air right now.

We're told Justin's planning to attend some pre-game parties, and he brought along some friends for the ride ... and his dad.

As for the over-under on whether there will be a 4th investigation by the end of the weekend ....

Super Bowl Hotels


... Cops Say

1/31/2014 11:05 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news
0131-super-bowl-xlviiiThe white powder scare affecting several hotels located right near the site of the Super Bowl was nothing more than a prank, officials tell TMZ Sports ... and no one is in danger. 

Law enforcement sources tell us ... officials believe the white powder is corn starch and NOT anthrax or any other dangerous substance. 

Earlier in the day, the NJ State Police released a statement saying the Joint Terrorism Task Force and hazard materials units responded to several locations that received suspicious letters and substances.

Super Bowl Champs

No Booze In Winning Locker Room

... Says NFL

1/31/2014 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

The winner of Super Bowl XLVIII is NOT allowed to party with champagne ... or beer ... or any other form of alcohol ... so says the NFL.

TMZ Sports has learned ... unlike the MLB (or any other major sport), the NFL has a very strict policy against booze in the locker room ... which means, NO POPPIN' BOTTLES!!

A rep for the league tells us ... the rule goes all the way back to the 1960s and the NFL has decided to continue to enforce it because it's "not the right image" for the league.

When we asked what would happen if someone got caught smuggling in an alcoholic beverage ... we were told simply, "it doesn't happen."

Super Bowl


Sherman OG vs. Agent Orange Kush

1/31/2014 12:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Good news for Seahawks and Broncos fans planning on lighting up a super bowl of ganja this Sunday ... 'cause TMZ Sports has learned, pot stores are now selling CUSTOMIZED WEED for the big game.

Medical marijuana dispensaries in Denver and Seattle -- the only two cities in the country where you can toke up recreationally -- are actually selling Super Bowl themed pot.

You can smoke "Richard Sherman OG" from Rain City Medical in Seattle -- which will also be passing out Seahawks colored weed-infused popcorn to munch on during the game.

Meanwhile, Kind Meds dispensary in Denver is featuring a "Big Bad Broncos" strain ... "Agent Orange Kush" ... and even "Bruised Seahawks" -- so Broncos fans can literally smoke the opposition.

And for the stoners who aren't into Bruno Mars ... both stores are offering half-price specials at half-time -- in case anyone needs to stock up during the game.

The real winner here (as always) ... snack foods.

Joe Buck

Super Bowl Booth Is

Fart-Free Zone

1/31/2014 12:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Joe Buck is getting ready to call Super Bowl XLVIII ... and if there are any strange noises or odors in the announcing booth this weekend -- don't blame him ... blame Troy Aikman.

Unless Al Roker's in the area. Then it's definitely Al.


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