If you don't like Republican Texas Senator Ted Cruz, prepare to have your attitudes toward him softened.
Deadspin, a site with something of an unabashed bias, is no fan of Ted Cruz. Recently, it came to their attention that Cruz was starting up a basketball league of sorts in order to repair relationships with his colleagues. Deadspin apparently thought this to be somewhat hilarious, and issued a request for pictures of Cruz playing "baskethoops" in an article.
Here at Deadspin.com, there’s nothing we love more than sport. So we were delighted to learn that perpetual failed candidate for president Ted Cruz started a weekly Senate basketball game in hopes of making his colleagues hate him less. Which is great for Ted Cruz, but doesn’t do much for us. We want to right this wrong and share Ted’s love of baskethoop with the world. We want Ted Cruz basketball pics.
Surely some of you reading this must work on the Hill, or know someone who works on the Hill, or know someone who is secretly sleeping in the men’s locker room in the Russell Building on the Hill. Either way, if you happen to snap a few photographs—or better yet, a video—of Ted Cruz in his raw, unbridled, soup-fueled athletic form, please for the love of god send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Naturally, Deadspin tweeted out their request.
Send us proof of Ted Cruz playing basketball https://t.co/MgGLnsscPf https://t.co/mpxI5EBQkK— Deadspin (@Deadspin)1485194136.0
But what answered them wasn't a reporter, photographer, or fellow legislator. It was Ted Cruz himself, and his response was nothing short of a slam dunk.
@Deadspin what do I win? https://t.co/9XuRmmIkJS— Ted Cruz (@Ted Cruz)1485303562.0
The photo is a picture of Duke senior Grayson Allen, who looks strikingly similar to the Texas senator. For some time, their resemblance has been a running joke among sports fans.
Of course, Deadspin did not take Cruz's jocularity lightly, and tweeted back a short message instructing to Cruz to "Go eat sh*t." This prompted Cruz to respond once more, still keeping his humor intact.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) January 25, 2017
It's safe to say that Cruz won that exchange, and in the process may have won this week's greatest tweet.