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Did Ted Cruz jinx Texas Tech with late-game tweet?

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Texas Tech Red Raiders head coach speaks to the media after losing to the Virginia Cavaliers in the national championship game on Monday, April 9, 2019.
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Texas Tech Red Raiders head coach speaks to the media after losing to the Virginia Cavaliers in the national championship game on Monday, April 9, 2019.

It was just a tweet.

But maybe U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz should have stayed off his phone.

The Texas Republican drew social media scorn Tuesday, the morning after Texas Tech’s loss to the Cavaliers in the NCAA championship game, for a selfie he tweeted with the game in the background seconds before it barreled into overtime.

“35 seconds. ONE point LEAD. GO RED RAIDERS!!! #1 Defense,” Cruz tweeted before the game was tied.

In the end, Virginia claimed victory — 85 to 77 — and sports fans on social media are wondering if he jinxed the Red Raiders.

“Leave it to Ted Cruz to jinx Texas Tech,” Logan Hall tweeted.

“Ted Cruz is to fans what Chris Davis is to baseball...sorry Texas Tech #jinx,” tweeted Matt Murray & the MGM Morning Show.

“Ted Cruz picked the worst time to send this good luck message to Texas Tech,” SI Extra Mustard tweeted.

Cruz ended up tweeting after the game ended as well.

“A heartbreaking loss, but an AMAZING game,” he tweeted with a photo of himself wearing a black shirt with the red Texas Tech logo emblazoned on the chest. “Congrats to @TexasTechMBB for a history-making season. Overtime in the National Championship — all of Texas is proud of you. #GunsUp.”

Cruz drew online scorn at another basketball game for “cursing” the Houston Rockets during a key game last year between his hometown team and the Golden State Warriors.

He tweeted a court-side picture of him, “Minutes before tipoff,” supporting the Houston team.

The team went on to miss 27 3-point attempts in its loss.

“I blame that Ted Cruz tweet,” SB Nation’s Zito Madu tweeted.

Cruz isn’t the only Texas politician blamed for jinxing sport teams, though.

Dave Rojas recalled another well-known politician — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott — blamed for doing the same.

“When are these politicians gonna learn. Ted Cruz last night and Gov. Greg Abbott in 2015. #jinx.”

Rojas referred to an Abbott tweet on Oct. 12, 2015: “Congrats to the @astros on advancing to the ALCS! Hoping for an all-Texas #ALCS. Looking at you @Rangers.”

After Abbott’s tweet, which his office said was sent out by a staffer, the Kansas City Royals ended up winning the game.

The tweet was deleted.

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Anna M. Tinsley grew up in a journalism family and has been a reporter for the Star-Telegram since 2001. She has covered the Texas Legislature and politics for more than two decades and has won multiple awards for political reporting, most recently a third place from APME for deadline writing. She is a Baylor University graduate.
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