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Kimmel v Cruz

The Jimmy Kimmel–Ted Cruz basketball game is really happening, and it has a tentative date

Jimmy Kimmel accepted Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-Texas) challenge to face him in one-on-one basketball, and Cruz has accepted Kimmel's challenge acceptance, Kimmel announced on Monday's Kimmel Live. "The backstory, in case you don't know: Ted was unhappy I compared him to a blobfish — even though, in fairness to me, he looks just like one," Kimmel said. "So this is happening — Ted man walking. We're still working out the details, but we're planning to do it Father's Day weekend." Kimmel was realistic about the challenge he faces — Cruz played varsity basketball in high school, while "I played the clarinet in high school," he said. "And yet, I think about it, I cannot imagine any scenario in which I lose this game to that greasy blobfish — there's just no way."

Speaking of sports, Kimmel marked Trump's 500th day as president — "I have to say, it feels like it was only yesterday that it was his 1,000th day in office" — with a highlight reel of "all his many accomplishments." Watch below. Peter Weber