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Jimmy Kimmel illegally tweets prep hoops star Anthony Bennett to sign with UNLV

Earlier this week, high school hoops standout Anthony Bennett irked many in Big Blue Nation when he eliminated Kentucky from his list of prospective schools. Bennett, the seventh-ranked prospect in the class of 2013 according to Rivals, briefly made news after the decision for being berated with negative, often vulgar, tweets from scorned Wildcats fans. Now, Bennett, who’s presently deciding between Oregon and UNLV, and his Twitter account have caught the spotlight again, and this time it involves a popular late-night TV host.

On Tuesday, funnyman Jimmy Kimmel, who grew up in Vegas and briefly attended UNLV but did not graduate, reached out to Bennett on Twitter, trying to convince the Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.) power forward to sign with their hometown Rebels:

While the tweet seems harmless, it still counts as an NCAA recruiting violation, believe it or not. As College Basketball Talk pointed out last month, anybody who attempts to persuade a recruit to sign with a certain school classifies as that scary B-word in college athletics: a booster. And, obviously, boosters aren’t allowed to recruit prospective student-athletes (which, honestly, sounds like circular logic, but what else do you expect from the NCAA?). We highly doubt Kimmel knew he was in the wrong by sending that tweet.

It seems like such a petty violation for the NCAA to attempt to monitor, with the thousands on top of thousands of shameless fans on Twitter who are guilty of this. But given Kimmel’s prominence, this totally egregious violation of the NCAA’s sacred recruiting rules will probably lead to him being slapped with a 10-year show-cause penalty for late-night TV.

H/T The Big Lead
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Jimmy Kimmel encouraged Super Bowl party pranks, and the results are fantastic (Video)

That no-good, evil, jokester of a television host Jimmy Kimmel came up with a scheme for a great Super Bowl prank, and the results are splendid.

Kimmel encouraged some of his viewers to unplug the television at their Super Bowl party during a key moment in the game. This practice is also known as “How to piss off 20 people in the same room in one second for $200, Alex.”

The guy with the Christmas tree, and the dude at the 2:45 mark were my favorites. Some of these looked staged, but others looked real, and they were spectacular.

H/T Marcus Vanderberg

Jimmy Kimmel Harasses Chris Paul for Being a Clipper (Video)

Kudos to Chris Paul for being a good sport and going on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show this week.  Knowing that Kimmel is a Lakers fan and also happens to be extremely witty, CP3 had to have known he was in for plenty of verbal abuse.  As expected, hilarity ensued.  Here is a clip of the first part of Paul’s appearance that I Am A GM shared with us:

It’s a good thing Kimmel didn’t mention the “lob city” nickname, because as we recently discovered the Clippers have a strong dislike for it.  Per usual, Jimmy was on-point.

Aaron Rodgers Told Jimmy Kimmel About Photographers who Spoke ‘European’

Aaron Rodgers was a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live Thursday night in an effort to promote the debut of his music group, The Make. He talked about the lockout, winning the Super Bowl, photobombing pictures, and then he shared a particularly humorous story. Around the 4:10 mark, Rodgers begins his story about some photographers who got into a fight at the Super Bowl and started flipping each other off. The best part was when Rodgers said they were speaking “European.” Check out the video:

Good thing they were speaking European and not Chinese, ay Paul Silas? Hey Aaron, we’ve seen broadcasting blunders from pros like Doris Burke and Greg Gumbel on live TV — we won’t hold this against you. I do wonder though, when Tony Parker and his girlfriend talk on the phone, is it in French, or European?

Jimmy Kimmel Punks Ron Artest With Crazy PETA Ad (Video)

Ron Artest is one of those people who you can never seem to get a read on.  Buried within the maniac who drinks liquor at halftime and chokes opposing players on the court is a humanitarian who gave up his championship ring for mental health charity, showed up at a fraternity rush event, and was even nominated for the Citizenship award by basketball writers.  If that seems like a wide array of stuff, it is.

While he may be one of the most volatile personalities in all of sports, no man is off-limits for the brilliant Jimmy Kimmel.  Since we know Artest does a lot for the community, it shouldn’t surprise you that he agreed to do a public service announcement for PETA.  Little did he know he was being completely punked by Kimmel.  Check out the Jimmy Kimmel Ron Artest PETA video:

How great is that?  Artest’s reactions just get better and better as the video goes along, yet he just keeps on trucking.  A+ work for Kimmel.

Manny Pacquiao on Jimmy Kimmel (Video)

Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live Thursday evening and talked shop with the affable host. Pac Man was promoting his CD “Sometimes when we touch” featuring Dan Hill, as well as his upcoming May 7th fight with Shane Mosley. Here’s a video of Manny Pacquiao on Jimmy Kimmel Live in case you missed it:

Pacquiao explained that his visit was mostly because he wanted to continue a good superstition. Part of his pre-fight routine is appearing on Kimmel’s show which he did last year while debuting his singing skills. Pacquiao actually sang Sometimes When we Touch last year and that led to his pairing with Hill for the CD.

The best part of the interview was when Kimmel busted Manny’s chops about his cologne. Pacquiao had a cologne called “MP7″ which represented the amount of weight classes where Manny held a title. Kimmel asked Pac Man what he’d do if he won a title in another weight class, and Manny said they’d come out with MP8. Sure enough, Manny won another title and they released an MP8 cologne.

The interview was light-hearted and enjoyable, and it was another opportunity for Manny to promote his album. Now about his singing skills … I’ll let you judge that for yourself.

Jets All-Pro DE Schmoolie Jackson on the Jets Schedule Conflicting with Holidays

So not long ago when the NFL schedule was released, the Jets caused a fuss because two of their home games coincided with two of the holiest Jewish holidays. They complained to the league office and got one of their games bumped up from a 4:15pm ET start on Sunday to 1:00pm ET. From what I understand, the league office was moved by an impassioned speech by Jets All-Pro DE Schmoolie Jackson. Check it out:

He had me at Bubby. Gotta feel for a guy who had to miss his cousin’s bar mitzvah, you know? Thanks to my Uncle Al for passing that hilarious Jimmy Kimmel clip along. By the way, I’ve heard that Jackson wasn’t too happy when the Jets brought on Mangini and switched to the 3-4 defense since the 4-3 fit his style much better.