Though it may not have been the most impressive athletic performance, the hilarious game did a commendable job raising money for the Texas Children’s Hospital and Generation One, a non-profit organization that fights poverty in Houston. See who won the ‘Blobfish’ Basketball Classic.
The journey to the game started towards the end of May when Kimmel mocked Cruz for looking “like a blobfish” in a photo he tweeted from a Golden State Warriors/Houston Rockets game.
“All right, Big Guy…you talk a good game,” Cruz tweeted in response to Kimmel’s joke. “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.” (By “ring-ball,” Cruz was referring to that time he referred to a basketball hoop as a basketball “ring” on the 2016 campaign trail.) Kimmel accepted Cruz’s challenge.
Ted Cruz, a famous Texas politician and Jimmy Kimmel the late-night TV host faced off in the “Blobfish Basketball Classic” at Texas Southern University on Saturday. Even though they were quite profoundly bad at the one-on-one basketball, their efforts last weekend raised more than $80,000 for two deserving charities.
They managed to play for two intense hours even though they were supposed to play up to 15 points. Ted Cruz, at 47 years of age played his best and emerged the winner beating 50-year-old Jimmy Kimmel 11-9.
The Houston Chronicle described it as “a slow-motion car crash of half-court basketball.”
“We apologize to the game of basketball,” Kimmel said.
It may have been an exhausting game but charity won at the end of the game. It is heart-warming to see celebrities engage in activities to raise funds and help the underprivileged in society. Keep doing good and good will follow you always. #Rewordit