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Video: Anderson Silva Lip-Syncs Burger King Ad

UFC middleweight champion Anderson “Spider” Silva is a bad man. It’s yet to be determined if he’s a bad singer, as the Brazilian native lip syncs “Lovin’ You,” the familiar standard by Minne Riperton, in this Burger King commercial.

This Saturday Silva defends his crown against Yushin Okami in UFC 134 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

(H/T to 5th Round)

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5 Things You Need to Know This Week: Qaddafi, Kardashian, Hulu, and Hair

In this week’s episode of the Internet’s most popular list-based news show dedicated to the media world, we discuss Col. Muammar Qaddafi‘s mastery of disguise, find out the value of a Hulu, and create VMA buzz with human hair.

Oh, and Touré takes over as host.

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Jared Max Writes Letter On Coming Out Publicly

One day after telling his radio audience that he’s gay, ESPN Radio 1050 host Jared Max wrote an open letter for ESPN Front Row:

Yesterday may have been the greatest day of my life.

Hours after coming out publicly, telling a sports audience that I’m gay, I was standing in my backyard and thinking about how I’d never felt what I was feeling.

I described it on The Michael Kay Show as having had dark colored lenses lifted from my eyes. And, while my vision for the last 16 years (since I first came out to my mother) had not been shadowed by a darkness which was painfully omnipresent during my last 2-1/2 years in college, I finally realized that the windshield I’d been looking through for more than a decade was, indeed, caked with grime and grit.

But, I didn’t realize it until clarity came yesterday, hours after coming out on the radio. On ESPN Radio, no less.

I mean, this is sports. But, the reactions to my news from colleagues in the sports business blew me away. Read more

Nothing Says March Madness Like Kings Of Leon

Starting on Friday, CBS and Turner Sports will roll out a multiplatform campaign featuring the rock band Kings of Leon in order to promote the NCAA Tournament.

Tournament footage will be weaved into the band’s video, “The Immortals,” and shown on 5,800 movie screens across the country until March 17.

“We are proud to be working with Kings of Leon throughout the tournament and using their powerful song “The Immortals” as a theme of our marketing campaign and coverage,” said Christina Miller, senior vice president of Turner Sports strategy, marketing and programming. “Our extensive multi-platform campaign will help communicate to fans the exciting new changes to the tournament’s coverage, particularly that every single game will be broadcast live nationally for the first time ever, allowing fans to choose which games they want to watch.” Read more

But Seriously, There's No Cheering in the Press Box (or the Media Center)

One more for the “Behavior in the press box debate.”

Jay Busbee pens a long column discussing why he was offended that many of his colleagues applauded Trevor Bayne in his post-Daytona 500 victory press conference.

Look, it’s very simple. When you’re paid to do a job, or (in the case of some of NASCAR’s “citizen journalist” unpaid bloggers) when you’re invited into the media center, your loyalties are to that job first and foremost. Can you be a fan and still do the job? Of course. It’s helpful, in fact, to give you insight into the mind and heart of the fans, the people who expect you to bring them the news and accounts of the day. But there’s passion and there’s professionalism, and if you have your priorities as a journalist in order, never the twain shall mix.

Busbee makes an important distinction in his story. Read more

Athletes, Citizenship, and The New York Times

In Sunday’s The New York Times, Alison Gregor tells the tale of Erick De Leon, a Mexican-born, Detroit-based boxer who’s racing to get his citizenship so he can compete for the United States in the 2012 Olympics. The 18 year old moved here 12 years ago, but his parents never went through the citizenship process because of the hassle. This is a problem now that the hopes of USA Boxing rest upon De Leon’s shoulders.

The lack of citizenship did not hold back De Leon as he won the national Police Athletic League championship in the 132-pound weight class in 2009, along with the national Golden Gloves titles in 2009 and 2010. But in an Olympic qualifying year, noncitizens are prohibited from fighting in national championships.

De Leon hasn’t lost to anyone in the U.S. in his weight class for three years, and USA Boxing is racing to help him expedite the citizenship process. If he can’t get his papers by the end of the year, he could represent Mexico during the London Olympics. Read more

Dana White Auctioning Off Twitter Follow For Charity

We all have that one celebrity/athlete/media personality that you wish would follow you on Twitter.

(Personally, mine was Amy K. Nelson. Hi @AmyKNelson)

But would you actually spend money in order to get that person to follow you?

Ultimate Fighting Championship president Dana White is auctioning off a follow on Twitter, with all the proceeds going to aHomeInHaiti.org.

Other sports celebrities taking part in the auction include Jim Rome, Michael Strahan, Rick Fox, Antonio Cromartie, and Pete Carroll.

Here’s the rundown of the rules:

Dana White will follow you on Twitter for a minimum of 90 days, will retweet one of your tweets and will send out a tweet including your @twitterhandle.

It will be at the celebrity’s discretion to continue following the winner beyond 90 days.

Misuse of talent connection on Twitter may result in revocation of the Follow at the Talent’s discretion. Respect for the Talent is expected at all times. The Talent has the right to refuse fulfillment of the package based on already established relationships, sponsorships or personal preference. If the package is not fulfilled, the winning bid amount will be refunded Read more

HBCU Network To Launch In August 2011

Starting next summer, Historically Black Colleges and Universities will have their own television network, anchored by college sports programming, courtesy of ESPN.

ESPN will enter into a programming agreement with the HBCU Network as they own the rights to games from the the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, the Southwestern Athletic Conference, and the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association.

“ESPN’s involvement is strictly on the programming side,” said Curtis Symonds, CEO of the HBCU Network. “All they have really done is basically allowed us to get the second window of their HBCU rights. They have exclusive rights with the MEAC and the SWAC. What they will do is take the first swoop of games and whatever’s left, we can take the second swoop.”

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