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Thursday, November 6, 2008
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This dude could make those Buckingham Palace guards laugh.

WHEN IT COMES TO THE BEST VIRAL CLIPS, WE'LL RAP WITH SHAQ TO THE CHEERS THEME ANY DAY

[Ed's note: Not sure what All-World Power Rankings is? Please click here.]

Tonight, MTV Europe is releasing their "Best Act Ever" award. Can we just talk about the nominees for a second? Uh, Britney, Christina? Um, Rick Astley? AHHHH! OK, we get it: "Rick-Rolling" is an Internet sensation. (Little known, or cared-about, fact: when Chris Sprow started working here, his second day he says out loud: "Sheesh, my buddy just rickrolled me!") In honor of Astley possibly winning this award, we decided to rank the best viral clips ever from athletes. A few caveats: we're not necessarily ranking stuff that people send around, like the All-Star Dance Off, the Superman Dunk, anything involving Papelbon, or this. We're ranking stuff designed as viral. If you want to take a look at the athletes who produce the most viral videos, read this. Side note: did you ever wonder why Crowded House's "Don't Dream It's Over" didn't become the "Rick-Roll" song?

TOP 5
RANK (YESTERDAY) WHAT WHY
1 (14) SHAQ CHEERS RAP Here it is. "You need to go where they know your name! You said we wouldn't win at your place and guess what? Kobe dunked in your face!" Since Michael Jordan, has there been a more charismatic NBA'er than the Big Fella?
2 (410) BARON DAVIS AND STEVE NASH STEP BROTHERS Watching this makes you think, "Wow, they hang out? I'd like to hang out with them. I bet that would be awesome." Then, life's realities crush you.
3 (21) CHRIS BOSH ALL-STAR VOTE Here ya go. "Filling out these ballots is easy as cow-tipping!" This got Bosh a gig on Jay Leno, which also turned out pretty funny.
4 (127) KOBE'S CAR JUMP VIDEO Here 'tis. Of course it was fake, but it proves one thing: NIKE has a bunch of geniuses working for it. Side note: this is funny as all heck.
5 (899) GONZAGA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: INSPIRED SEASON Didn't think we could sneak women's hoops on here? You're wrong. Read this. Pretty cool, eh?

HONORABLE MENTION
RANK (YESTERDAY) WHAT WHY
18 (144) STEVE NASH "THE SPOKESMAN" This is kinda new. Watch it here. Side note: regarding that rumored Nash and Elizabeth Hurley fling a few years back, which one outkicked their coverage? We're not sure.
28 (701) HOCKEY MAMA FOR OBAMA This wasn't done by an athlete, but it's funny and relevant to the biggest news story of 2008. Since we're generally not relevant, it seemed it could only help us to link it. So, here you go.

RISING AND FALLING
MOVEMENT WHAT
THE SEDIN TWINS (Probably not intended as viral, but that commercial is hysterical.)
PISTONS CHRISTMAS CAROLS (Definitely still funny, but will AI make Rasheed angry? Will he not want to be irreverent? Nooooo!)