Senator Ted Cruz and late night TV show host Jimmy Kimmel went head-to-head Saturday evening in a friendly game of basketball. Surprisingly, the Texas senator actually won.
All it took was nearly two hours of gametime, countless missed shots, political trash talk, and a lower score to win the game.
Cruz and Kimmel met up at Texas Southern University in Houston to ball up. The matchup was set into motion after Cruz tweeted this picture of himself at the Houston Rockets' last game against the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals.
Kimmel joked that Cruz looked like a blobfish. After the Rockets lost, Kimmel kept up with the teasing, causing Cruz to challenge the TV personality to a game of basketball in his hometown. The Blobfish Basketball Classic was born.
Cruz kept a small lead throughout the game and won the game 11-9 with a jump shot. He got some help from lookalike Grayson Allen of Duke University.
“You’re a good sport,” Kimmel told Cruz after the game. “I still think you’re a terrible senator.”
Of course, the congratulations came after a storm of trash talking. Kimmel took jabs all night, from insurance protections for people with pre-existing conditions (“I figure this is the closest we're gonna get to a town hall”) to the detainment of child immigrants at the border (“Did you spend more time this week practicing basketball than trying to get those kids out of that detention center?”).
Trash talking aside, the whole thing was for charity. The loser was originally supposed to donate $5,000 to a charity of the winner's choosing. The men decided to donate $10,000 to both of their charities – Generation One Texas for Cruz and Texas Children's Hospital for Kimmel.