Cruz Favored Over Kimmel In Charity Basketball Game

Molly Prince | Politics Reporter

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas is the odds-on favorite to win in Saturday’s one-on-one charity basketball game against late-night host Jimmy Kimmel.

Las Vegas betting site Bovada put odds on Cruz at 5/11 with Kimmel at 8/5 odds, reported The Dallas Morning News.

While Cruz is 2 inches shorter, he’s also three years younger than 50-year-old Kimmel. And to top it off, Cruz was a varsity basketball player in high school, while Kimmel was a clarinet player in his high school’s marching band. (RELATED: Students Lead Anti-Gun Die-In, Storm Ted Cruz’s Office [VIDEO])

Stemming from trash talk — including Kimmel comparing Cruz to a blobfish — the event morphed into a seemingly friendly wager. It’s even jokingly referred to as the “Blobfish Basketball Classic.” The loser will donate $5,000 to the other’s preferred charity, which will either be Texas Children’s Hospital for Kimmel or Generation One — a childhood education group in Houston — for Cruz.

The spectacle will be held at Texas Southern University in Houston and will be open to the public, according to the Houston Chronicle. Attendees will be banned from taking any photos or videos of the event, which is planned to air on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on June 18.

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