If there's one place you don't want to muff a line from "Hoosiers," it's in Indiana. Ted Cruz is learning that lesson the hard way.
Cruz called a basketball hoop a "basketball ring" while quoting a line from “Hoosiers,” a classic sports movie that has been used to inspire every athlete in the nation for years. What makes it even worse is that he botched the reference in front of a large Indiana rally held at a gym prominently featured in the movie. Yikes.
In an attempt to appeal to the crowd at the Hoosier Gym Community Center in Knightstown, Indiana, the GOP presidential tried to recreate the “Hoosiers” scene where Gene Hackman gives a memorable speech about basketball hoops being the same height in every gym, no matter where they are playing the game.
“The amazing thing is, that basketball ring in Indiana, it’s the same height as it is New York City and every other place in this country,” said the Texas senator, deviating from the original script where a hoop was not referred to as a “ring,” while a man measured the height of the basketball hoop in the background.
As expected, the internet (and sports fans everywhere) lost its cool over Cruz’s cringe-inducing attempt.
No one has ever called it a "basketball ring" before Cruz just now in the history of basketball, politics, or words.— Luke O'Neil (@lukeoneil47) April 26, 2016
When ted cruz called a hoop a "basketball ring" pic.twitter.com/RWfaDYwJoI— James Custer (@JamesCuster_II) April 27, 2016
Ted Cruz calls a "hoop" a "basketball ring" and somehow his supporters still think he has a chance to win the nomination... :P— Jesse Cox (@JesseCox) April 27, 2016
Watching Ted Cruz lifting lines from one of the most inspiring sports movies ever makes my teeth hurt. #Hoosiers— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) April 26, 2016
Ted Cruz, in Indiana, just called the hoop a "basketball ring." That'll cost him 5 pts right there.— Mark Sumner (@Devilstower) April 26, 2016
Did Ted Cruz just call it a basketball ring? In Indiana? Is he going to say he's looking forward to seeing the NASCARs run the Indy 500 next— Will McAvoy (@WillMcAvoyACN) April 26, 2016
When you hear Ted Cruz call a basketball goal a "basketball ring" pic.twitter.com/Ycrru1Za5z— Pro Hoops History (@ProHoopsHistory) April 27, 2016
In his defense, it was not an easy night for Cruz, as he faced a devastating loss to tormentor and party front-runner Donald Trump in all five states that held the primaries on Tuesday: Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Delaware.
Meanwhile, here’s a clip of the original “Hoosiers” scene.
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