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The World Cup may be going on right now, but true junkies of both sports and politics knew where the real action was this weekend: Texas Southern University in Houston.
That’s where the first (and probably last) Blobfish Basketball Classic was taking place between Ted Cruz (the senator liberals hate) and late-night comic Jimmy Kimmel. The name was derived from Kimmel’s derisive moniker for the Texas Republican. Unfortunately for him, it was the Blobfish that ended up on top.
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And, wouldn’t you know it, Kimmel wasn’t exactly the best of sports about it.
First, the background: Kimmel, whose show is a clearinghouse for shopworn Republican jokes, poked fun at Sen. Cruz’s appearance at Game Seven of the NBA’s Western Conference finals in Houston, where the hometown Rockets lost.
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“Can you be embarrassed by a picture of someone else’s dad? Because I am,” Kimmel said at the time, according to The Hill. “When Ted arrived at the Toyota Center, some of the fans mistakenly thought it was Grandpa Munster Bobblehead Night. I mean, look at him. He looks, and I’m not joking here, he looks like a blobfish.”
This is wonderful stuff from a man who looks like a garden gnome that’s undergone gastric bypass surgery. Anyway, Cruz hit back with a challenge to play a one-on-one game, with the loser paying $5,000 to the non-political charity of the winner’s choice. After a bit of back-and-forth, Kimmel finally reached terms and the game was on.
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Kimmel, a notorious bigmouth, seemed to do most of the smack-talking while Cruz took a bit of a self-deprecating angle, as evinced by these tweets.
The big game was on Saturday, and it drew a surprising amount of attention, with thousands in attendance at Texas Southern.
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What they saw, however, may not have been the best display of hoops prowess we’ve ever seen.
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