Yes, it is a big thing actually, especially in Indiana.
Basketball in Indiana touches life on all levels. Basketball is Indiana. Basketball is treated like a king’s sport. Stars are considered royalty and the Hoosiers still rule the state.
Men, women and children know it and love it so when you come in as a politician and make a mistake like this, it will resonate with more than you know.
Next thing you know, he’ll be calling the basketball court a rink.
Watch Cruz in action here:
Twitter users went nuts when they saw this. Check out their responses:
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
Ted Cruz mentioned basketball rings in Indiana and Tom Crean got Sweet 16 giddy.
— Jake Query (@jakequery) April 27, 2016
— Matt Glenesk (@MattGlenesk) April 27, 2016
Ted Cruz called a basketball hoop a basketball ring and the Pacers immediately collapsed
— JCSourwine (@JCSourwine) April 27, 2016
"I miss the time when Cruz referring to a basketball hoop as a 'basketball ring' would have been a gaffe," GOP analyst texts me.
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) April 27, 2016
Ted Cruz called it a "basketball ring."
in the Hoosiers gym.
while quoting "Hoosiers."https://t.co/N6QwjM1X3T
— Micah Peters (@micahpeters_) April 27, 2016
"Basketball ring?" The basketball Gods punished us tonight https://t.co/K9yBtAVzeK
— Tom Spalding (@SpaldoBusiness) April 27, 2016
…Ted Cruz thinks Bob Knight threw a table pic.twitter.com/Vq532DDbjL
— Unique (@IUDJUnique) April 27, 2016
The GOP front-runner Donald Trump is to campaign along side Hoosier Basketball legend Bobby Knight during his stops in the state. If Knight brings this up to the large crowds it could signal the end of Cruz immediately.