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Drake & Adele Hey, Best Friend … Let’s Go Bowl and Vape!!!

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Here’s a blossoming celeb pairing we’re all here for … Drake and Adele!!!

We’re told the music superstars kicked it last weekend for one fun night … galavanting around L.A.’s San Fernando Valley. Try this on for #SundayFunday — we’re told Drizzy and Adizzy (??) chowed down at Jerry’s Famous Deli before moving the party next door to Pinz Bowling.

Sorry, no photos … the dynamic duo rented out the entire joint for themselves and a couple friends. 

Then, it was off to Chill N Vape Lounge, where we’re told Drake bought a Juul and some pods — mango and peach. Flavor matters to Aubrey.

You can stop thinking what you’re thinking … we’re told the evening was purely platonic.

As for the root of the friendship … Adele hit up one of Drake’s concerts back in October, and we’re told they met after the show and bonded.

No word on who said “Hello” first.

Kelly Rowland On Super Bowl … I Would Not Perform!

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Kelly Rowland has a ton of respect for Gladys Knight — but tells TMZ Sports she would NOT have made the same choice to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl.

Of course, Rowland is playing Gladys Knight in the BET series, “American Soul.” She’s previously talked about what an “honor” it is to play the 74-year-old singing legend. 

So, with Knight at the center of the NFL controversy — we asked the former Destiny’s Child singer what she would have done if the NFL asked her to perform “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the big game. 

Rowland tells us … she would have turned them down — though, she doesn’t go into detail. 

As we previously reported, there’s been a backlash from stars like Nick Cannon and Common who have told us they wish stars like Travis Scott would pull out of the Super Bowl over the way the league has treated Colin Kaepernick

Despite the criticism, Knight has doubled down on her decision to perform — saying she hopes to use the Super Bowl platform to unite the country

Rowland has worked with the NFL multiple times in the past — in fact, she performed with Beyonce at the Super Bowl back in 2013. 

But, after watching this clip … don’t expect another DC reunion any time soon. 

Jim Kelly and James Conner Cancer Survivors Unite at Pro Bowl … ‘Never Give Up!’

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Cool moment at the Pro Bowl — two NFL stars who battled cancer and WON bonded in Orlando this week … which makes this pic of Jim Kelly and James Conner inspiring as hell. 

Obviously, Conner made the Pro Bowl after balling out with the Pittsburgh Steelers this year — and Kelly is there as an assistant for the AFC squad. 

Conner’s story is pretty amazing — he was diagnosed with stage 2 Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2015 after a stellar junior year at Pitt. He underwent months of chemotherapy and was declared cancer-free in 2016. 

58-year-old Kelly was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma in his jaw in 2013 and has undergone several major surgeries since … including a major reconstructive procedure in 2018. 

So, when they spotted each other on the sidelines of the Pro Bowl practice in Orlando on Thursday, they had an instant connection. 

“These two know the game of football,” Jim’s wife, Jill Kelly, wrote … “And they know cancer. Superstars and survivors…NEVER GIVE UP!”

Kelly, Conner and the rest of the AFC will take on the NFC on Sunday — and ya better be rooting extra hard for these guys! 

Super Bowl Here’s the Medical Marijuana Ad CBS Banned From Super Bowl Broadcast

This is the medical marijuana ad CBS rejected for the Super Bowl, and it’s incredibly moving and emotional.

The ad, produced by Acreage Holdings, a marijuana and cannabis investment firm, was willing to pay $ 5 million for the spot, but CBS turned it down … because, we’re told, they don’t allow any marijuana ads on the air.

The ad profiles 3 people — a boy who had hundreds of seizures a day that were not abated by traditional medicine, a man addicted to opioids, and a veteran who was in severe pain after his leg was amputated. All say medical marijuana made life livable.

The point of the ad is to push for legalization of medical marijuana on the federal level. 30 states have made medical marijuana use legal, but a federal law would make a big difference.

Travis Scott Super Bowl Decision Is Selfish … Says T.I.

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T.I. believes Travis Scott‘s decision to do the Super Bowl halftime show is selfish … and he hopes the rapper makes up for it by being selfLESS down the road.

Scott’s taken all sorts of heat for his decision to perform at Super Bowl 53 from people like Common and Nick Cannon who have been critical of the NFL for the way it’s treated Colin Kaepernick

In fact, Cannon told Raquel Harper on BET’s “Raq Rants” that Scott’s move clearly shows he doesn’t care for black culture.

So, how does T.I. feel about it? See if you can read between the lines … 

“I think every man have an opportunity … he can make a decision for himself, or he could be selfless. And, nobody can tell someone when to be selfless.”

“That’s every man’s right to choose that moment for themselves. So, if this ain’t something that he wanted to be selfless about, hopefully in the future we’ll see other moments where he will. You dig?”

We dig. 

Not everyone is upset with Scott — rap legend Nelly told us just a few days ago the outrage over the halftime show is stupid — and said he’d “probably do it” if asked.

Scott and Maroon 5 will take the stage Feb. 3 … with others like Big Boi from Outkast and Gladys Knight set to take grab the mic throughout the day as well.

Michael Thomas Still Pissed Over Saints Loss … ‘Super Bowl LIE’

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Saints superstar Michael Thomas is STILL salty over the way his team’s season ended … posting a pic on social media Wednesday calling next week’s Big Game, “Super Bowl LIE.”

The entire city of New Orleans has been up in arms since the refs blew a potentially game-winning pass interference call at the end of the NFC Championship Game on Sunday.

In fact … Louisiana congressman Steve Scalise tells TMZ Sports commissioner Roger Goodell should force the Rams to replay the Saints this weekend ’cause of the robbery.

Thomas clearly agrees … ’cause he took to IG this week to post a meme that transformed the Super Bowl LIII logo into a “Super Bowl LIE” one.

Other Saints have been vocal about the controversial ending too … tight end Ben Watson posted on his social media saying, “It’s not fair. I’m angry for a number of reasons. And we are all incredibly disappointed. But we will not be shaken!”

For his part … Thomas also wrote on social media that Drew Brees and the Saints WILL be back in the Super Bowl next season — writing, “Revenge is the only way to sooth the pain.”

CBS Smokes Plans for Weed Ad … During Super Bowl

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7:40 AM PST —  Sources connected to the network tell TMZ, CBS does not accept any cannabis-related advertising. The sources add they are not aware of any broadcasters who will air such ads.

It’s the Super Bowl … not the Smoke-a-Bowl — that’s the message CBS gave to a marijuana company that wanted to run a pro-weed ad during the big game. 

The company behind the ad is Acreage Holdings — which has a license to grow and distribute marijuana in several states. 

In fact, former Speaker of the House John Boehner is on the board — and has been promoting the company heavily for months. Boehner is a huge proponent of medical marijuana. 

Acreage claims it submitted a proposal to CBS to air a commercial during the Super Bowl on Feb. 3 — but they were rejected after seeing a rough outline of the spot, according to Bloomberg.com

We’ve learned Acreage already produced the ad and among the message points — there’s a story about a woman who lived in Oklahoma whose son suffers from Dravet Syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy.

The woman had to move to Colorado with her son because she couldn’t get medical marijuana in OKC due to the laws at the time, despite the fact doctors recommended weed to help him out. 

The message is that not allowing medical marijuana is not just bad politics, but it’s cruel to people who need it since there’s medical proof that it alleviates pain and suffering.

FYI, medical pot is now legal in more than 30 states — but it’s still outlawed federally … which may have factored into CBS’s decision to put the kibosh on the ad. 

Acreage president George Allen told Bloomberg the ad was meant to “create an advocacy campaign for constituents who are being lost in the dialogue.”

Allen says the company was serious about spending the money on a Super Bowl ad because “It’s hard to compete with the amount of attention something gets when it airs during the Super Bowl.”

Chick-fil-A No Exception for Super Bowl Sunday … We’ll Be Closed in ATL

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Chick-fil-A is punting on the opportunity to score LOTS of potential cash by refusing to open up one very important location for Super Bowl Sunday … TMZ has learned.

Sources connected to the fast-food chain tell us the Chick-fil-A stand inside Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium — where Super Bowl LIII will be played in a couple weeks — will, in fact, remain closed on Feb. 3 … just like every other Sunday before it. 

We’re told that although the MBS location won’t be open, Chick-fil-A is still one of the corporate sponsors for the Atlanta Super Bowl Host Committee … and our sources say CfA is happy to be there in spirit and through its donation to JFK Park.

Much to the chagrin of foodies everywhere, Chick-fil-A notoriously closes up shop on Sundays to give employees a much-needed day off to be with family or go to church.

That’s why folks were thrown for a loop back in 2017 when a location sprung up inside MBS, where the Falcons play on Sundays. The operator has said there’s tons of other events happening at MBS throughout the year — enough so, apparently, to make it worth their while.

Just to give you a sense of how much of a cash cow Chick-fil-A is ignoring for this upcoming game — it could be in the ballpark of half a mil, more or less. Probably more, though.

This guy says they’ve sold as many as 5,000 sandwiches in one night. Considering Super Bowl stadiums have hit 100,000-plus attendees in recent years … that’s a potential $ 409,000 Chick-fil-A is losing out on if everyone bought just one of their basic sandwiches.

Lordy.

Harry Connick Jr. Boycotting Super Bowl … Refs Screwed the Saints

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Harry Connick Jr. is so pissed off over that non-pass interference call at the end of the NFC championship game, he wrote a letter to Roger Goodell saying he’s boycotting the Super Bowl. 

The Grammy-winning crooner is a HUGE Saints fan (he was born and raised in New Orleans) — and while he’s usually a chill guy, his blood was BOILING when his team got screwed by the refs in the waning minutes of the game. 

So, Connick decided to pen a letter to the NFL boss — telling the Commish he’s mad as hell at the officiating and he ain’t gonna take it anymore. 

“Until changes are made, specifically, booth review of outcome-altering no-calls, you can count me out,” Connick Jr. wrote in his letter.

“I’m not watching the AFC championship game and I won’t be watching the Super Bowl.”

So far, no response from Goodell. 

Here’s Harry’s letter in full … 

“Dear Commissioner Goodell,

Please know that I would’ve written this letter regardless of which teams were playing in the NFL championship.

I love the game of football so much — the NFL gives me great joy and has for many years. To not call the pass interference/helmet-to-helmet penalties at the end of the game was one of the most disgraceful no-calls I have ever seen.

The officiating this year has been, for the most part, mediocre, in my opinion. But for a game as important as the NFL championship, it sickens me to know that the people who are assigned to fairly officiate the game seemingly had no regard for not only a dangerous penalty but one that would certainly have changed the outcome of the game.

Until changes are made, specifically, booth review of outcome-altering no-calls, you can count me out. I’m not watching the AFC championship game and I won’t be watching the Super Bowl.

Thank you for taking the time to read my letter.

Sincerely, Harry Connick, Jr.”

Killer Mike Kaepernick Protests Aside Super Bowl a Big ‘W’ for Black People

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Killer Mike insists all the controversy over black artists playing the Super Bowl Halftime Show masks the most important point — which is huge financial opportunities for the black community.

We got the Run the Jewels rapper in NYC, where he’s promoting his new Netflix series, “Trigger Warning.” We asked Mike about the heat his pal Big Boi and Travis Scott have been taking for joining Maroon 5 … instead of protesting the NFL in support of Colin Kaepernick.

Mike’s heard about the push for the artists to take a knee during the show, and says more power to ’em if they do it. However, he’s not coming down on them if they don’t.

As an ATL guy himself, Mike says Super Bowl LIII’s biggest impact won’t be on the field, or on the halftime show stage — it’ll be in the bank accounts of thousands of people getting work because of the event.

He also clued us in on his plans for Super Bowl Sunday — and they don’t involve football. But, there will very likely be a bowl.