Ted Cruz Refers to 'Basketball Ring' While Recreating 'Hoosiers' Scene
— David MacAnally (@DavidMacAnally) April 26, 2016
While stumping in Indiana, Ted Cruz raised eyebrows by calling a basketball hoop a "basketball ring" at the Hoosier Gym.
The Texas senator was paying tribute to a famous scene from Hoosiers, starring Gene Hackman, by having someone measure the height of the rim as he spoke to the crowd.
"You know the amazing thing is, that basketball ring here in Indiana is the same height as it is in New York City and every other place in this country," Cruz said. "And there is nothing that Hoosiers cannot do."
Here's the scene Cruz was referencing.
The gaffe was seized on by Twitter users, some of them saying it could actually hurt the candidate's chances in the state's primary next week.
A "basketball ring" may lose Indiana for Cruz
— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) April 27, 2016
After the Indy 500 comment, and now "basketball ring," Ted Cruz should probably just move on to the next state on his list.
— Cody Keith (@TheIndyKid) April 27, 2016
Going to Indiana and saying "basketball ring" (Cruz) is as tone deaf as it gets. The kind of little thing that turns into a a big thing
— West Wing Reports (@WestWingReport) April 27, 2016
— Jeff Warden (@JeffDWarden) April 27, 2016
Fox Sports' Micah Peters said it wasn't "even one of those foul-ups you can chalk up to time."
"It's never been called a basketball 'ring,'" he wrote. "It's been a 'hoop' since dunking was illegal in 'roundball' games and baskets were literal, thatched baskets."