Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Democratic Presidential candidate Andrew Yang are set to face off in a one-on-one basketball contest, according to a tweet from the New York entrepreneur on Tuesday.
My team is in touch with Ted’s team to find us a date for some 1-on-1. I’m pumped for it. 😀👍🏀 https://t.co/xIQmqLckzo
— Andrew Yang (@AndrewYang) September 17, 2019
The two men plan on donating proceeds from the stunt to charity, ensuring that the athletic spectacle of two men in their forties is more than a pointless vanity.
Yang got Cruz’s attention after footage emerged of him playing basketball before the most recent Democratic debate. Cruz has been known as a frequent player at the U.S Senate’s basketball court, and has played in other similar celebrity contests. He defeated late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel in a charity game last year.
Cruz had earlier specified that Yang would have to poll at 5% or higher in order to qualify to compete against the Texas Senator. In response, Yang clarified that he was in fact polling at that level in many state Democratic primaries.
Sorry. You gotta poll at 5% or more to play on my court. https://t.co/xRx6VYdWft
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) September 11, 2019
Yang is running his campaign on a proposal that he calls the ‘Freedom Dividend.’ He’d enact a universal basic income of $1,000 for every U.S citizen. A few conservatives have been willing to entertain the proposal, and some such as Tucker Carlson have lauded Yang for his policy prescriptions to combat the devastating economic effects of mass automation.
If the two olympian athletes are able to raise money for charity with some awkward balling, then there’s no harm done. Both should be praised for their willingness to embarrass themselves in a athletic competition some middle-aged men would be more hesitant to engage in.
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Pro-Trump UFC Fighter Offers to Fight on White House Lawn During Coronavirus Pandemic
Colby Covington wants to put on a show for his fans.
While most professional sports have shut down, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is still hoping to put on mixed martial arts fights during the coronavirus pandemic.
UFC promoter Dana White intends to put on his UFC 249 pay-per-view broadcast next month despite major problems in finding a venue and fighters willing to participate in the event. He refuses to say where the event, which is scheduled to take place on Apr. 18, will ultimately take place.
“Believe me, people have been talking about that,” White said of the potential for holding UFC 249 on an aircraft carrier. “I haven’t resorted to that yet, but that’s probably coming soon.”
White, an avid supporter of President Donald Trump who hosted the President at a UFC event last year, blames the fake news media for making it so difficult for him to promote a fight during the pandemic.
“A lot of these media guys are absolute and total f**king scumbags,” he said. “As soon as you let them know what you’re doing, all they’re trying to do is f**k up everything that you’ve worked. So I’ve literally told every one of these guys to go f**k themselves and I’m not telling any of them what I’m doing, where I’m doing it.”
Former UFC champion and outspoken bad boy Colby Covington has a suggestion for White on where to hold the event: the White House lawn. Covington offered to fight another former UFC champion Tyron Woodley in a free exhibition at any time.
“The offer still stands UFC. I’ll go full Teddy Roosevelt & beat the breaks off Tyron “The Chosen One” Woodley live from The White House lawn! Save sports and make it free on ESPN for the people! Im in such a giving mood I’ll even arrange a tour of the oval office for Tyrone, since Obama never did,” he wrote in a Facebook post on Monday.
Covington is one of the most outspoken Trump supporters in all of professional sports, building his entire public image around his support of the President.
“The haters are saying I’m the underdog,” Covington said in 2018. “You know who else was the underdog? The ruler of our nation Donald Trump. And just like Trump I’m gonna grab these p**sies and put them in their place.”
In an iconic photograph, Covington can be seen presenting his former UFC title to President Donald Trump in the Oval Office.
“He didn’t have to spend as much time as he did with us, and he legitimately gave us 30 minutes – just (expletive), told us some funny stories, he likes chicks, he likes wrestling, he likes MMA. And he was just telling us stories and just being a regular guy. He’s down to earth. He’s just a regular guy,” Covington said following his meeting with the President.
Covington hopes to make the UFC great again, and give lockdown-weary Americans something to excite them, with a patriotic display of ultimate fighting outside of the White House.
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