Know why your Super Bowl party sucked? Because competitive eating champ Takeru Kobayashi wasn't there ... eating an ENTIRE PIZZA in one minute flat.
Kobayashi's rep tells TMZ, some guy on Long Island paid the human garbage disposal to make an appearance at his 40-person Super Bowl party last night ... and perform an eating challenge.
Kobayashi decided to attempt to break his world record for scarfing a 12-inch pizza (1 minute 9.36 seconds). In the clip, Kobay downs the 12-incher in 60 seconds flat ... but it wasn't an official event, so it doesn't count as a new record.
His rep wouldn't comment on how much he was paid -- but Kobay's publicized rate for lunch or dinner appearances is $1,500.
Kobayashi also accepted a beer chugging challenge from a random party goer yesterday ... but we were a little disappointed with TK's performance.
Baltimore Ravens Star Ed Reed
The Clown Car Celebration
2/4/2013 9:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Ed Reed just won the Super Bowl ... he tied the RECORD for postseason interceptions ... so why couldn't anyone give the guy a damn seat in the SUV on the way to the victory party???
TMZ shot some funny video of the Baltimore Ravens superstar leaving his hotel after the big game last night with a big cigar in his hand ... getting ready to celebrate like the CHAMP he is.
But when the whip rolled up, there weren't enough seats for his entire entourage, so Ed graciously offered to sardine himself into some open space so everyone could fit ... winding up completely hunched over and BACKWARDS. Meanwhile, one of Ed's boys sat comfortably in the front seat.
Ed couldn't have been nicer though ... 'cause even while he was folded over in the back, he was shaking hands with fans and being his usual awesome self.
Super Bowl Sign Language Guy
2/4/2013 6:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Here is the sign language guy from last night's Super Bowl (left) ... and TV's Eddie Munster from the iconic 1960s TV show (right).
Only one of them is in character.
We're just sayin' ...
Police to Joe Flacco
Don't Worry ...
We Got Your Back!!
2/4/2013 6:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Joe Flacco got some pretty solid protection in New Orleans last night -- both on and off the field -- 'cause after he won the game, the cops made sure no one laid a hand on the Baltimore Ravens QB.
Flacco got the Super Bowl MVP treatment from police following his big win ... 'cause the boys in blue made sure Joe and his lady friend were as safe as they could be when they got into a waiting car outside of the team hotel to head to the post-game festivities.
We asked Joe where he was headed -- but as everyone knows ... there's only one destination for the Super Bowl MVP ... and let's just say he'll be greeted by an oversized rat.
I Won $200k
on the Super Bowl!!!
2/4/2013 6:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Soulja Boy HIT IT BIG last night ... coming up victorious on a $200k Super Bowl bet thanks to the Baltimore Ravens ... and the rapper says he already has a plan to spend the money.
Soulja was hanging out with Sean Kingston in L.A. last night after the game ... and explained why he felt so confident bettin' on the birds. It's pretty solid logic.
So what's he gonna do with his winnings? The 22-year-old says he plans on dividing the money between his retirement account and a low-risk mutual fund ... JUST KIDDING HE'S GONNA BLOW IT ON SOMETHING REALLY EXPENSIVE!!!!
Super Bowl XLVII
2/3/2013 5:50 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
9:10 PM ET -- The Super Bowl is back, baby!!!
A power outage at the Superdome in New Orleans left half the stadium in darkness less than two minutes into the third quarter of the game ... delaying Super Bowl XLVII indefinitely.
Insert Bane joke here.
CBS has announced that stadium officials hope to have full power restored by 9:20 PM ET.
The outage took place just minutes after Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones returned the second half kickoff a record-tying 108 yards for a touchdown.
The Baltimore Ravens currently lead the San Francisco 49ers 28-6.
Story developing ...
Wheeling His Way
Around New Orleans
2/3/2013 8:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew missed most of the season with a fractured foot, but he didn't let that stop him from partying in New Orleans last night ... on a scooter.
MJD underwent surgery last month after only playing in five games this season. He wasn't about to let the injury make him miss the Super Bowl, where we spotted him all dressed up and wheeling his way around town.
The three-time All-Pro is no stranger to partying on wheels ... we spotted him out in Hollywood last month doing the same thing.
Can't keep a good man down.
Harvey Levin Picks NFL Winner
Ray Lewis Is
Gonna Be Pissed!!
2/3/2013 4:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
IT'S FINALLY GAME TIME!!!! And Harvey Levin is ready to jinx pick the team he thinks is gonna take home the Lombardi Trophy. It's 49ers vs. Ravens in the frickin' SUPER BOWL!!!!
Heeeeeeeere we go!!!
Question: Who ya got?
Harvey Levin: I got San Francisco ... but I'm more than a little bent out of shape over the whole Chris Culliver situation. In case Culliver is reading this, by bent out of shape I'm not talking about ...
Question: You don't care that Tyler (your assistant) is a huge Ravens fan?
Harvey Levin: Screw him. This is business.
Question: How do you feel about the 49ers that hit the strip club?
Harvey Levin: I think it'll make them far more relaxed ... and focused.
Question: And what if Ray Lewis is reading this?
Harvey Levin: If Ray Lewis is reading this ... I didn't mean to offend you, no disrespect, please don't hurt me.
49ers Babes vs. Ravens Babes
WHO'D YOU RATHER?
2/3/2013 4:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
John Harbaugh vs. Jim Harbaugh
Which Super Bowl Coach
Would You Rather?
2/2/2013 11:00 AM PST BY Johnny Lopez
It's a Super Bowl showdown as Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh goes up against his younger brother, San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh.
Question is ...
Super Bowl Prop Bets
You Be the Field Judge
2/2/2013 6:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Who cares about the score? The Super Bowl is all about prop bets! So we gotta ask ...
I Don't Get Heckled
Like Matt Leinart
2/2/2013 12:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Colin Kaepernick has accomplished more in one season than Matt Leinart has in a 7-year NFL career -- which explains the less-than-warm welcome Matt got from two loud-mouthed fans.
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I'm 46 Years Old
... AND I'M STILL RIPPED!!!
2/1/2013 12:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
It's been 14 years since Dallas Cowboys superstar Michael Irvin hung up his cleats ... but the guy is still SHREDDED ... and last night, he proved it.
The 46-year-old Hall of Famer was outside of a party in New Orleans last night -- talking about his new vitamin company -- when he and our camera guy started braggin' about their physiques.
But Irvin -- always one to back up his talk -- lifted up his shirt and proved he's still got a killer 6-pack.
How 'bout that Cowboy.