The San Francisco 49ers prevented Lil Wayne's favorite team, the Green Bay Packers, from going to the Super Bowl. So the rapper wants the Baltimore Ravens to get a little revenge on his behalf.
"I'm salty about the team that beat us, so I gotta root against them, and that team is the 49ers," he said.
But his desire isn't all based on bitterness.
"Who doesn't want to see (Ravens linebacker) Ray Lewis succeed? And also who also doesn't want to see (49ers wide receiver) Randy Moss get his first ring as well?" he said.
"I'm kind of iffy about this game. I don't mind the outcome of it, I think either or, it's gonna be beautiful for both of them."
Lil Wayne plans to be in a suite for the game — after all, it's in his hometown. His friends and family all wanted tickets.
"I had to pay for those tickets and my team isn't even playing in that game — ah man, that hit the pockets kind of hard," he laughed.
Lil Wayne is well-documented sports fanatic.
— Nekesa Mumbi Moody — http://twitter.com/nekesamumbi
BROTHERLY ADVICE: AARON RODGERS
Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh and San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh are hardly the only high-profile siblings who've squared off in their arena of expertise. The AP is asking some others who can relate how to handle going against a family member in the Super Bowl.
As the middle of three brothers, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers knows a thing or two about high-stakes competitions with siblings. It wouldn't matter if he was facing one of his brothers in the backyard or the sport's biggest stage.
"I'd want to beat them pretty bad," the 2011 NFL MVP said. "I really would."
Less than two years separates Rodgers and his older brother, Luke, now on Fuel TV's "Clean Break," and the two are "very competitive."
"My older brother and I had a lot of great matchups, great one-on-one games. We competed a lot in sports," Rodgers said.
There's still a chance Rodgers could wind up facing one of his brothers on the field, maybe even at the Super Bowl. Jordan Rodgers led Vanderbilt to its first nine-win record since 1915 last season and is now preparing for the NFL draft.
"I hope so," Rodgers said of the prospects of a "Rodgers Bowl." ''And I hope we would win if that ever happened."
— Nancy Armour — http://twitter.com/nrarmour
TWITTER BUZZ BUILDING
Americans on Twitter are already buzzing about the Super Bowl with about 6 hours until the game kicks off.
Four terms related to the game between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers are trending in the United States: "Happy Super Bowl Sunday," ''49ers," ''Beyonce" and "Ray Lewis."
None, however, are trending worldwide yet.
— Oskar Garcia — http://twitter.com/oskargarcia
Washington lawmakers watching the Super Bowl in the beltway are getting a 30-second visit from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's gun control group.
Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a coalition of more than 900 mayors in 48 states, paid six figures for the local spot, according to a Bloomberg spokesman.
The ad calls on lawmakers to pass rules requiring background checks on guns. It is narrated by children with "America the Beautiful" playing in the background.
QUICKQUOTE: ANDREW LUCK
Andrew Luck has high praise for San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, his old coach at Stanford. Even if he did pick an unusual way to express it.
"I always enjoyed playing under coach Harbaugh. He always brought a lot of energy and enthusiasm," the Indianapolis Colts quarterback said. "He was the type of guy you'd want in an alley fight with you. You could tell he wanted to win just as bad as the next guy."
— Nancy Armour — http://www.twitter.com/nrarmour
EDITOR'S NOTE — "Super Bowl Watch" shows you the Super Bowl and the events surrounding the game through the eyes of Associated Press journalists across New Orleans and around the world. Follow them on Twitter where available with the handles listed after each item.
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