Last night, in a relatively harmless attempt to pander to an Indiana crowd, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) tried to quote the movie "Hoosiers." Instead, he found himself to be the latest internet laughingstock after he referred to a basketball hoop as a "basketball ring."
Brutal. Pro tip: when talking to the most basketball-obsessed part of the country, it's a good idea to make sure you've got all the terminology down.
The internet, on the other hand, got quite the chuckle from the gaffe:
Calling a hoop a “basketball ring” is even worse than your girlfriend asking which team you are “voting for” in a game— Clemzingis (@TheClemReport) April 27, 2016
Hahaha that girls face when he says "basketball ring" https://t.co/HWVhYc2ybm— Not James Vogel (@Not_James_Vogel) April 27, 2016
Is he going to talk more about the "basketball ring"? https://t.co/LDuP8rbjvw— Ben White (@morningmoneyben) April 27, 2016
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
A "basketball ring" may lose Indiana for Cruz— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) April 27, 2016
When ted cruz called a hoop a "basketball ring" pic.twitter.com/RWfaDYwJoI— James Custer (@JamesCuster_II) April 27, 2016
And, of course, it wouldn't be a Ted Cruz joke without a Zodiac Killer reference:
did some body say "basketball ring" pic.twitter.com/g0kdjgMTlT— darth!™ (@darth) April 27, 2016