Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas tweeted a humorous video of himself practicing for a one-on-one charity basketball game against television host Jimmy Kimmel in Houston on Saturday.
The video, set to the theme of “Chariots of Fire,” shows Cruz dropping the ball while dribbling, then missing all five of the shots he takes. Then there’s a slow motion segment for good measure. (RELATED: Ted Cruz Makes A Big Supreme Court Announcement)
Am working hard to get ready for the big game on Saturday. @jimmykimmel — are you scared yet? I’m playing better than ever. #unstoppable #KimmelvsCruz pic.twitter.com/XklHueCjpO
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) June 14, 2018
“Are you scared yet?” he asked Kimmel in the caption to the Twitter video.
The basketball game has a more serious mission: donations to charities in Houston. Cruz will donate $5,000 to Texas Children’s Hospital if Kimmel wins, while Kimmel will donate the same amount to anti-poverty nonprofit Generation One, Inc., if Cruz wins. Tickets to the game are free, so attendees are encouraged to donate to one of the charities.
An insult by Kimmel sparked the mostly friendly competition, which has been dubbed “The Blobfish Basketball Classic.” Kimmel said Cruz looked like “a blobfish” during a monologue on his show “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” in late May. (RELATED: Schumer Botches Punchline On The Senate Floor, Disappoints Texas)
.@jimmykimmel All right, Big Guy…you talk a good game. You besmirched my support for the @HoustonRockets So let’s settle this man-to-man: one-on-one, hoops (or “ring-ball,” if you prefer). The loser gives $5k to the (non-political) charity of the winner’s choice. https://t.co/BWvAP5VOtM
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) May 31, 2018
Cruz responded with a tweet asking Kimmel to settle things “man-to-man” with a game of hoops, and the rest is history.
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