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Writer’s Opinion: Trump vs. Lavar, Fight of the Century

In one corner, at 6’2” and weighing 236 pounds, the champion, undefeated with a political record of 1-0, the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump! In the other corner, standing at 8 feet tall with a 20-foot vertical is the challenger and the greatest basketball player of all time, LaVar Ball!

These two men are battling it out for a championship belt of a different kind, the title of the biggest ego. What better way to decide this than to have the two men battle it out in the ring with a huge WWE-style showdown.

They had long remained in separate spheres, each making outlandish comments but never overlapping with one another. That is until LaVar’s son, LiAngelo Ball, was one of three UCLA basketball players arrested for shoplifting in China. After some intervention from President Trump, the players were released.

The UCLA athletes voiced their gratitude for the president’s actions, but LaVar downplayed Trump’s involvement and gave him no credit for his son’s release, which bothered Trump enough to voice his displeasure on Twitter, calling LaVar “a poor man’s version of Don King, but without the hair” and an “ungrateful fool.” This must be a big deal because it is shocking and very rare to see a president angry enough to voice their anger and personal opinions on social media… oh wait, never mind.

Now that these two men have butted heads, there is not enough room for both of their egos, so a fight for the biggest ego seems like the next logical step.

When Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor fought this summer, it was dubbed by many the fight of the century, and the hype leading up to the fight was nearly as entertaining as the fight itself. The fight did not disappoint as Mayweather remained undefeated, and the revenue from the event was the largest coming from any event of that kind.

However, a fight between the current President of the United States and the creator of Big Baller Brand would far surpass the Mayweather-McGregor fight in entertainment, humor and revenue. You might even call it a bigly event.

Since both men have been involved with WWE, both are clearly experienced fighters. Trump was a long-time supporter of WWE and has the advantage of having more experience with these events than Lavar, who only made his first appearance this past summer. Trump has also prevailed in fights against Fake News, including his takedown of CNN.

On the other hand, LaVar would likely have the edge in this fight, with the taller frame, longer reach, nearly a 30-pound advantage and the youth factor over The Donald. Additionally, Ball is a very good athlete. Although he was a benchwarmer at Washington State, he can beat Michael Jordan in basketball, and this athleticism will help him in the ring (although this may be yet another example of fake news).

McGregor and Mayweather set up a tour to hype up their own event, and the two men threw verbal punches to the delight of huge crowds. For the Trump-Ball fight, this would be a required aspect of the lead-up to the fight, going through a yearlong series of debates/verbal jousts similar to the presidential debates. To make it even more exciting, Stephen A. Smith can act as moderator for these very huge debates.

Trump and LaVar are two men with the greatest propensities to not only make bold and false statements, but to trick themselves into actually believing what they say. A nationwide tour in which these two men brag about themselves while simultaneously making fun of the other would be sad, embarrassing and hilarious all at the same time.

The fight itself would be disappointing yet utterly comical, but the events in the months before would feature some of the dumbest and most amusing comments made by the POTUS and Mr. BBB.

On top of it all, Saturday Night Live would have a field day with this event, and their mockery of the men, which has already been hilarious, would add even more entertainment.

As sports and politics have overlapped in recent months, there would be nothing more symbolic of this than getting Trump and Ball in the ring for a classic WrestleMania matchup.

Let’s make this happen, Trump versus Black Trump, and let’s make America great again.



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Andrew Hansen

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