Don't count out Michael Vick just yet -- the guy could still be a STARTER in the NFL, so says the former Governor of Pennsylvania ... who says he wishes Vick well after his stint in Philly.
FYI -- Vick is a free agent and there's rumors that he's accepted the fact he might have to resign himself to being a backup if he wants to keep playing in the league.
But ex-Gov. Ed Rendell is taking issue with that ... telling us the guy could still be the #1 for a handful of teams including the Jets, Raiders and Vikings.
His sports knowledge is actually pretty damn impressive for a politician (especially when he starts talking about the 76ers).
Terrell Owens should take note -- not every ex-Eagle gets run out of town.
'Must Be The Money' Was a Hit
... Lemme Remind You!
3/11/2014 1:52 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
It's been 20 years since he dropped his first rap album, but Deion Sanders still knows all the lyrics to his biggest hit ... and earlier today, he even busted out a verse right on camera!!!
Prime Time was at the famous Time Life building in NYC today when we took the NFL legend all the way back to 1994 ... when he put out "Must Be the Money."
BTW -- Sanders still furiously believes the song was a hit (even though it never charted as a single) ... but says it doesn't matter because BEYONCE LOVED IT!!!
Now sit back, kick off your gators ... and enjoy the music.
Tight Pants Don't Make You Gay
They Make You Fashionable
3/11/2014 12:26 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Skinny jeans don't dictate sexual orientation ... so says ex-NFL running back Clinton Portis who tells TMZ Sports he's already prepping for a wave of homophobic hate over his extremely tight pants.
The former Washington Redskins superstar rocked his new look during an appearance on the NFL Network last week ... and people instantly went to Twitter to deliver the gay jokes, such as:
-- "Clinton Portis dressing like he heading to the local gay bar & sh*t!!"
-- "Clinton Portis pants on nfl am gay as sh*t."
-- "Is Clinton portis Gay cause what he have on is wow Lmbo"
But Clinton tells TMZ Sports it doesn't bother him ... saying, ""People are really judgmental. They'll make comments, but I'm comfortable with myself. I know I like girls. I felt good about the outfit."
Portis -- who notes he bought the entire outfit at Zara for $300 (including the shoes) -- says, "People say 'I can't believe you wore that.' Give them some time and everyone will be wearing it."
NAE NAE FAIL
At Houston Nightclub
3/11/2014 10:39 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Johnson can not do the "Nae Nae" ... and it's sad.
He tried ... but he failed ... and TMZ Sports has the video.
The Tennessee Titans running back (at least for now) hit up Limelight nightclub in Houston Sunday night where the DJ brought the NFL star to the front of the stage to bust out some dance moves for the crowd.
But when the DJ broke out his "Nae Nae" ... CJ couldn't keep up ... and bailed out mid-Nae.
FYI -- The Nae Nae has become a huge phenomenon with athletes -- with Dwight Howard even starring in the official music video.
CJ2K wasn't the only star in the club that night -- Vince Young was there too.
No word on how he paid to get in.
Legendary Racehorses Exhumed
From Trackside Graves
3/11/2014 8:36 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Forget beating a dead horse, they're EXHUMING them at the Hollywood Park race track ... in an effort to relocate the expired animals before the track is torn down.
One of the horses being dug up is Native Diver ... a former champion who won over $1 million in his career before he died in 1967. He was buried beside the track in a grave marked with a special monument.
But now that Hollywood Park is closed for good, Native Diver's former owner says he doesn't want to see the horse buried under the real estate development that's set to replace the track.
So, he went to USC and asked the archaeology department to help excavate the horse ... which will be moved to Del Mar race track in San Diego before he's placed in a permanent resting spot.
The students who are assisting on the dig have already unearthed Native Diver. According to reports, there are two more horses set for excavation.
Snoop's FB Star Son
USC Should Be #1 Pick
... Says Keyshawn Johnson
3/11/2014 7:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
He's reportedly got 17 scholarship offers ... from Notre Dame to Florida State ... but it doesn't matter because Snoop's son was MADE to play football for USC ... so says Keyshawn Johnson.
KJ -- one of the greatest Trojans of all time -- was out in Malibu when he told us why SC would be the perfect fit for Cordell Broadus, one of the top HS wide receivers in the country.
Snoop's never been shy about his passion for SC ... but when it comes to where his kid plays ball, he's said it's all about finding the right program for Cordell.
As for Keyshawn, he acknowledges SC ain't exactly the stellar program it once was ... but says, "Hopefully, we'll get back there."
Glen 'Big Baby' Davis
Swarmed By Babes, Takes a Few Home
3/11/2014 6:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Glen "Big Baby" Davis is adjusting pretty well to life in L.A. ... crushing it on the court -- and also at the nightclubs ... and TMZ Sports has the video proof.
We spotted Davis leaving DBA nightclub last night ... with (at least) THREE hot chicks in tow.
After they got in his waiting SUV, a bunch of other chicks flocked to Glen's ride ... like skeezer moths to a rich and famous flame.
Aside from chick wranglin', Davis also talked basketball -- telling us his L.A. Clipppers are gonna win the NBA championship.
TMZ Sports Show
One Direction Tackles
Ronaldo vs. Messi Debate
3/11/2014 5:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Leave it to a One Direction singer to settle one of the biggest debates in sports: which international soccer star is bigger -- Ronaldo or Messi? Louis Tomlinson took a stand on the issue, but do you agree with his pick?
Plus, if you thought Justin Bieber was a punk during his deposition -- wait till you see what he did to his manager on the basketball court. Does JB really have skills ... or is Scooter Braun just that bad?
And humiliating moment of the day goes to Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw ... who got a huge save from AAA after locking his keys in his car. Nice curve, CK!
NFL Pulls Plug On Jersey Sales
[Update: It's Back]
3/11/2014 5:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The NFL has finally 86'd the sale of Darren Sharper's jerseys from the official league website ... nearly one month after the former Saints star was charged with raping two women in L.A.
Sharper's jersey had been available on NFLshop.com up until last week ... but now, all traces of the former Pro Bowl safety/Super Bowl champ have been scrubbed from the site.
The move comes 10 days after the NFL Network fired Sharper from his gig as an analyst.
Sharper is currently holed up in an L.A. jail cell ... while the New Orleans D.A. decides whether to charge the football star with rape in that city as well. A decision is expected to be made by the end of the week.
We reached out to the NFL for comment about the stop in jersey sales -- so far, no word back.
8:08 AM PT -- After our story went up, the jerseys reappeared on the site. Here's a screen shot of the site earlier in the day.
Phil Jackson Won't Stop The Knicks Suck Train
3/11/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
News flash, the Knicks are bad. How Bad? So bad that not even the brilliant mind of Phil Jackson can save them ... at least that’s what Hall-of-Famer Charles Barkley tells TMZ Sports.
Sir Charles was out in New York yesterday when our camera guy (who’s obviously a Knicks fan) asked if Jackson was the answer to the team's prayers -- and his reaction couldn't have been less reassuring if you bleed orange and blue.
Bonus -- Charles also SHAMES our photog (hilariously) when we asked if he thought undefeated Wichita State is overrated ("Why is it their fault the other teams suck?").
Metta World Peace
SAVED BY GHOST DJ
at Vegas Nightclub
3/11/2014 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
There was a g-g-g-ghost at Metta World Peace's "Celebrity DJ" gig in Vegas this weekend -- a virtually invisible woman haunting the booth ... and saving Metta's ass from utter embarrassment, TMZ Sports has learned.
Peace was all set up to control the turntables at Chateau nightclub Saturday night -- but the problem is, he's not experienced/good enough to be out there all by himself.
Sooooo ... our sources tell us Metta was accompanied by a "ghost DJ" -- a woman named Catherine Ouellette ... who kept the ship afloat while Mr. Peace grabbed the mic and kept the crowd fired up.
Smart move ... you wouldn't jump out of a plane without a parachute, would you?
(OK, maybe if you're Travis Pastrana ... seriously, you need to watch this clip)
Dallas Stars Player Collapses During Game
3/10/2014 6:07 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
5:57 AM PT -- One of the doctors who treated Peverly told the media ... "We treated [him] for a cardiac event successfully."
The doctor continued, "We provide oxygen for him. We started an IV. We did chest compressions on him and defibrillated him, provided some electricity to bring a rhythm back to his heart, and that was successful with one attempt, which is very reassuring. As soon as we treated him, he regained consciousness. He was able to tell me where he was."
Peverley is currently in stable condition
Dallas Stars player Rich Peverley collapsed while sitting on the bench during a hockey game Monday night .... prompting officials to suspend the game while the 31-year-old was rushed into a tunnel for help.
So far, Peverley's condition is unknown ... but there's particular concern since he missed the entire preseason due to a heart condition.
After Peverley collapsed, both teams went back to the tunnel while officials tried to figure out how to proceed.
Both teams were visibly shaken. One player was seen crying. Others were praying.
Officials at the American Airlines Center say Peverley is conscious and was transported to a nearby hospital.
Story developing ..
The #1 Underwear Model of the Century
... Says Tommy Hilfiger
3/10/2014 3:34 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
One package to rule them all ... and that package belongs to David Beckham ... so says Tommy Hilfiger who tells TMZ Sports the soccer icon is the GREATEST male undie model of all time.
This clip is actually pretty great ... it starts with our photog asking Tommy for a modeling job -- and in what may be the nicest "Don't call us" moment of all time, Tommy sings Beckham's praises as the "Underwear model of the century."
The interesting part -- Beckham never modeled for Tommy ... in fact, DB only ever modeled for the competition (Armani, H&M).
So ... sorry Mark Wahlberg ... and Antonio Sabato Jr. ... and Mehcad Brooks -- but when it comes to Tommy's pick -- you guys just didn't measure up.