PARTY TIME IN THE BAYOU!!!!
LSU just announced it's canceling ALL of its classes on both Monday AND Tuesday so students can rage their faces off for the National Championship Game against Clemson!!
The Tigers are set to play the Tigers on Monday ... and in anticipation of none of the students showing up for class anyway, the Louisiana university made the call Friday.
Seems like a pretty smart move by the school ... the game is being played just a short drive away from the Baton Rouge campus in New Orleans at the Superdome.
As for Clemson ... no announcement has been made about its classes yet -- so keep your fingers crossed for those kids!!
Plus, there are about two dozen other players on the field who could eventually end up being NFL stars down the road!!
So, put your books down and getcha popcorn ready!!!
Tim Tebow will get yet another shot to play in the big leagues ... the NY Mets just announced they invited the former NFL QB to their spring training camp for the 4th straight year.
Tebow's been trying to make it to The Show since 2016 ... when he decided to quit playing football to pursue the chance of being the MLB's next big slugger.
But, the road has been pretty rocky for the former Heisman Trophy winner ... in the 2016 and 2017 seasons in the Mets' minor league system, he stunk up the diamond.
2018 was MUCH more promising for the ex-NFL first-round pick ... he batted .273 and hit 6 home runs in 84 games -- but his year was cut short because of a broken hand.
Last season, meanwhile, was another down year for Tim ... he batted just .163 in 77 games and was forced to miss most of the season yet again because of another hand injury.
But, the Mets seem determined to give him every chance in the world to make their Opening Day roster ... 'cause the invite they handed down to him Friday is no joke.
Tebow was 1 of 8 non-roster invitees to the Mets' 2020 Spring Training camp ... and the other seven dudes that got the coveted honor are LEGIT prospects.
So, with Tebow being treated like one of the org's best ... could this be the year he gets Big League ABs???
Stay tuned ...
The Clemson vs. LSU championship game on Monday will be one of "the more secure places in America" -- with fighter jets patrolling the skies -- so says Sen. Marco Rubio.
With Iran vowing revenge on the U.S. -- and reportedly offering an $80 MILLION bounty on President Trump -- some people are concerned the Superdome could be a major target, especially since Trump is scheduled to attend the game.
But, Rubio isn't concerned one bit ... in fact, he believes Trump's presence will ensure top-notch safety efforts and insists fans should focus on enjoying the game.
"[Trump] being there will probably make it one of the more secure places in America for those 3 hours that he's there," Rubio tells TMZ Sports.
"It's already tight security to begin with because of the size of the event, but him being there will be even more so."
Rubio continued ... "I kind of understand what he travels with in terms of security and all of the things he brings with it. The whole airspace is restricted. They'll have fighter jets up there. So, not your typical event."
"We’ve been rewarded with something that the scoreboard won’t show -- the satisfaction of knowing we gave everything to each other in pursuit of a common goal."
That's Tom Brady trying to sugarcoat one of the most disappointing seasons in recent Patriots memory -- saying the bond with his teammates is helping to make up for the lack of a Super Bowl ring.
TB12 just penned a sappy end-of-the-season letter to his teammates and fans ... thanking everyone for supporting him over "the past two decades."
Don't worry, it doesn't read like a goodbye note ... but it doesn't read like an "I'm Definitely Coming Back" note either.
Here's the message in full ...
"I just wanted to say to all of our fans, THANK YOU! After a few days of reflection, I am so grateful and humbled by the unconditional support you have shown me the past two decades."
"Running out of that tunnel every week is a feeling that is hard to explain. I wish every season ended in a win, but that’s not the nature of sports (or life). Nobody plays to lose. But the reward for working hard is just that, the work!!"
"I have been blessed to find a career I love, teammates who go to battle with me, an organization that believes in me, and fans who have been behind us every step of the way."
"Every one of us that works at Gillette Stadium strived to do their best, spent themselves at a worthy cause, and prepared to fail while daring greatly (h/t Teddy Roosevelt). And for that, we’ve been rewarded with something that the scoreboard won’t show - the satisfaction of knowing we gave everything to each other in pursuit of a common goal. That is what TEAM is all about."
"In both life and football, failure is inevitable. You dont always win. You can, however, learn from that failure, pick yourself up with great enthusiasm, and place yourself in the arena again."
"And that’s right where you will find me. Because I know I still have more to prove."
So, is that last line a message that he WON'T be retiring? Dunno. Stay tuned.
Mike and Garrett go wayyy back -- like decades -- and Irvin says he still considers the ex-Cowboys coach to be a "very good friend."
But, when it comes to the Cowboys, Irvin -- who we talked to from the set of "Inside The NFL" -- says the team simply needs new leadership ... and he thinks Mike McCarthy could be the key to a Super Bowl.
In fact, Irvin compares the Cowboys to the Golden State Warriors.
"When [head coach] Mark Jackson left the Warriors, everything they needed to win championships was there. And, Steve Kerr came in and put in the right system that fit the talent, gave them the right leeways and brought the best out of everybody and they went on to start winning a lot of championships."
"I'm looking for Mike McCarthy to 'Kerr' the situation."
As for Garrett, Irvin thinks he can still have massive success as an NFL coach -- and brings up Bill Belichick as an example of someone who failed before becoming a legend.
Super Bowl champ Jay Ajayi is taking his talents to video games ... 'cause the NFL running back is becoming a professional FIFA 20 player!!
The 26-year-old Pro Bowler and current free agent is staying competitive in a different sport by officially signing with the Philadelphia Union for the 2020 eMLS Cup campaign.
Ajayi addressed the move in a statement, saying, "Philadelphia will always hold a special place in my heart. I am blessed to be able to represent the city through e-sports and to be one of the first pro athletes to become a professional gamer."
"Representing the Philadelphia Union for eMLS combines two of my greatest passions outside of football, soccer and gaming. I’m a competitor, so you’re going to see me give my all for the Union at every eMLS event this year."
As for Ajayi, he's not giving up his NFL career just yet -- he briefly played with the Philadelphia Eagles at the beginning of the 2019 season before getting cut.
Of course, he spent several seasons in the NFL before that -- playing with the Dolphins from 2015 to 2017 and later winning the Super Bowl with the Eagles in 2018.
Paul -- whose rematch against KSI was one of the most-watched events on DAZN in 2019 -- had appeared on Barstool's KFC Radio in December and initially called out AB.
"Antonio Brown, I wanna f**k you up," Paul said at the time.
LP essentially explained that AB is out of a job and loves the spotlight -- and it could actually be a huge event.
Well, Brown is down ... tweeting at Paul late Monday night, "Square up!"
Paul fired back, "I’d drop you faster than the patriots."
Things have escalated to the point where a betting site has released betting odds on the possible matchup ... with Logan being the overwhelming favorite. AB could barely believe it.
The Buffalo Bills left Houston with an L, but the players didn't go empty-handed ... 'cause some of the team's biggest stars went on a huge jewelry shopping spree before the game!!
TMZ Sports has learned ... about 20 Bills players, including guys like Ed Oliver, Vincent Taylor, Cody Ford and Jordan Phillips, hit up celeb jeweler Iceman Nick for some awesome team bonding on Friday (the day before their game against the Texans).
We're told the players were so excited to go check out the store, they went over as soon as they checked into their team hotels.
Here's what they copped ...
Ford got an awesome 318 pendant on a 14kt half kilo Cuban chain, which is worth $75k.
Shaq Lawson got a buss down Audemars Piguet watch and Cuban chain and pendent, worth $65k.
Other goodies for the crew included a buss down Rolex for Oliver ($75k) and other players got a baguette diamond bracelet ($18k), and diamond solitaire earrings ($25k).
All in all, we're told the Bills players spent a whoppin' $500k combined.
Now THAT is some dope team bonding.
The 30-year-old had some time to kill backstage before his appearance on "The Kelly Clarkson Show" ... so he tasked himself with the VERY tough 2011 Gaga hit, "You and I," to show off his pipes.
And, MAN!! Did we mention this guy is great at football??
Look ... it's not an easy one to pull off. It's like one of those songs only Mother Monster can pull off, so don't sweat it, Gronk.
The dude gets all the credit in the world for putting his heart into the performance ... and that's all we can ask for.
We're told Gronk is appearing on the show to surprise a young female fan who had been bullied for playing football ... and he makes her football dreams come true!!
Gronk -- who's evolved into quite the businessman in retirement -- also talked about his partnerships with Snow Teeth Whitening and Byte invisible aligners while on the show ... and we take it that went a lot better than the song.
We kid, Gronk. Never change.
Ronald Ollie -- star of the hit Netflix show, "Last Chance U" -- is getting another chance at a pro football career ... he's signed with the Canadian Football League's Toronto Argonauts, the team announced Monday.
The 23-year-old defensive lineman had a shot with the Oakland Raiders in 2019 -- but was cut in training camp after coaches said he looked lazy and unmotivated. His stint with the Raiders was also captured on a docu-series, "Hard Knocks."
Because of the way Ollie was portrayed on the show, most people thought his football career was over ... but he's got raw talent and the Argonauts think they can develop him.
As we previously reported ... the 6'2", 300-pounder had been courted by the XFL and was invited to enter the inaugural draft for the 2020 season, but it's unclear what ended up happening with that.
Ollie was a stud at East Mississippi Community College during the 2014 season and was named All-State 2nd team defense. He was also one of the most likable guys on "Last Chance U."
He went on to play at Nicholls State for 2 seasons, racking up 74 tackles, 7 sacks and 2 fumble recoveries. He can ball.
As for Ollie, he's clearly stoked for the opportunity in Canada -- saying "Toronto What's Good!!"
Carson Wentz arrived at the Eagles facility in Philadelphia on Monday to clear out his locker -- and while the situation was sad for the players, the good news is the QB appeared okay.
Of course, Wentz was knocked out of Sunday's wild-card round playoff game in the 1st quarter after suffering a concussion from a controversial hit from Seattle Seahawks star Jadeveon Clowney.
In the minutes after the game, Wentz reportedly went around the locker room apologizing to his teammates for letting them down -- though most of the players agreed there was nothing to apologize for!
Now that the season is over for Philly, the players returned to the team facility on Monday for the annual cleaning of the locker room.
Ertz told Apody they feel for Wentz -- explaining that head injuries are scary and not something to mess around with.
27-year-old Wentz signed a 4-year, $128 million contract extension with the Eagles over the summer that will lock him through 2024 ... so he'll be back under center next year for sure.
It's official ... Alabama superstar Tua Tagovailoa is goin' pro.
The 21-year-old Crimson Tide QB gave an emotional news conference on Monday ... officially ending his college career.
“I’ve had a difficult time making this decision about my future," Tua said. "My love for the University of Alabama, our coaches, our fans and my teammates has made this especially hard for me."
"I have had the advice and consult of my parents, my family and coaches and gone through a thorough analysis of the alternatives. With lots of prayers, thoughts and guidance I have decided that I will be entering the 2020 NFL draft,”
Tua was an absolute stud on the field ... famously filling in for Jalen Hurts mid-game to lead the Tide to a national championship in 2018.
He went on to lead the Tide under center for 2 seasons ... and was a Heisman runner-up in 2018.
Tagovailoa was putting up a Heisman-esque season in 2019 before going down with a devastating hip injury against Mississippi State.
There was speculation Tua would return to school while rehabbing his injury ... but he's put an end to all the rumors with the announcement on Monday.
Tua finished his collegiate career with 87 passing touchdowns, 7,442 passing yards and 9 rushing touchdowns.
Head coach Nick Saban had high praise for his former player, saying "Tua has had as much of an impact on our program as any player we've had. He has great character, he's a great leader, he has done a great job in the classroom."
Despite going down, Tua is expected to be a first-round pick in the 2020 draft.
Antonio Brown has officially made his debut as the rapper known as "AB" ... and his first music video is a 2-minute showcase of his wealth, his jewelry and butt models.
A WHOOOOLE LOTTA butt models.
The controversial NFL superstar has taken his talents to the recording booth as he awaits his football future ... and showed off his Future-esque crooning with the single "Whole Lotta Money."
Wanna guess what it's about?? Here are some lyrics to help you out.
That was fast!!!
But, Mike does at least come to Dallas with a nice resume ... the former Green Bay Packers head man was 125-77-2 in his 13 years with the Pack -- including a win in Super Bowl XLV.
McCarthy, though, received plenty of criticism for his time in Green Bay ... with most down on the guy for only winning one ring with Aaron Rodgers under center.
In fact, Mike was canned by the Packers last season after he and A-Rodge reportedly rifted on and off throughout their final years together in Wisconsin.
McCarthy will become just the 8th head coach Jerry Jones has hired since he bought the team back in 1989 ... joining a list that includes Jimmie Johnson, Barry Switzer, Chan Gailey, Dave Campo, Bill Parcells, Wade Phillips and Garrett.
A press conference to announce the new hire is expected to come later this week.
Talk about piling on ...
"The cowboys just became real contenders."
The dig seems to have come out of nowhere ... Garrett helped draft Dez in 2010 and made him into one of the league's best receivers shortly after.
But, it seems there's clearly some animosity there ... 'cause Dez doubled down on the Garrett criticism after some fans fired back at the receiver on Twitter.
"Man it’s so much I can say..." Dez wrote. "I’m being nice."
What's weird is Bryant seems to be on GREAT terms with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones -- remember, the two kicked it together in a private box for a Beyonce's concert in 2018, despite being cut by the team after the 2017 season.
Maybe Bryant thinks it was Garrett who drove him out ... not Jones. But again, everyone knows the buck ultimately stops with JJ.
It's too early to say who could replace Garrett next ... but some feel like ex-Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy could be the new head man in Big D soon. Marvin Lewis is also reportedly in the running.
New Orleans Saints fans clearly felt they were screwed again in the playoffs ... throwing trash at the refs at the Superdome after another pass interference call didn't go their way.
No flag was thrown ... and after the refs reviewed it, they still didn't call the play a penalty -- which pissed off A TON of Saints fans.
In a video captured from the lower bowl of the stadium ... you can see people in the stands firing various items at the refs as they were running off the field into the locker room.
At one point, one of the refs had to duck out of the way of what appeared to be a flying water bottle aimed at the guy's head!!
In fact, things got so bad, the PA announcer had to get on the mic and tell fans to NOT throw objects onto the field.
Of course, Saints fans are still bitter over the way Sean Payton's squad was booted from the playoffs in the NFC Championship Game against the Rams last season ... when a crucial defensive pass interference flag wasn't thrown there.
For their part, the refs defended Sunday's non-call ... with VP of Officiating Al Riveron saying, "There is contact by both players, but none of that contact rises to the level of a foul."
Riveron added, "This is consistent with what we've done all year long, we left the ruling on the field. We let it stand."