Ted Cruz Listed by Oddsmakers as Favorite Over Jimmy Kimmel for Upcoming Charity Basketball Game
Ted Cruz has got home court advantage, and the odds are showing it. Heading into a Saturday charity basketball game being held between him and late night host Jimmy Kimmel, the Texas senator is favored to win at 5-11, while Kimmel is listed at 8-5, according to the online betting site, Bovada.
Jokingly named "2018 Blobfish Basketball Classic," -- a nod to a joke the talk show host made about the senator's appearance -- the game is scheduled to take place at 5 p.m. at South Texas University in Houston.
With each basket counting as a single point, the game will be first to 15. Loser must donate $5,000 dollars to the winner's charity choice, between either Texas Children's Hospital (if Kimmel wins) or the Houston-based education non-profit, Generation One (if Cruz wins).
Senator Cruz taunted the late-night host in a tweet, accompanied by a video of Cruz missing shots in the gym, earlier this week.
The two's beef began when Kimmel poked fun of an outfit Cruz had wore to a Houston Rockets game. The senator responded with a tweet challenging Kimmel to a game.
.@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
Kimmel accepted under one stipulation: Both players must wear short shorts. The senator declined.
Tickets to the game are free if you register online using the promo codes #TeamCruz or #TeamKimmel.