Ted Cruz, the U.S. senator and Texas Republican seeking the GOP nomination for president, has become the underdog, much like that scrappy high-school basketball team in the 1986 classic sports drama, “Hoosiers.”
On Tuesday night, while stumping for crucial GOP primary votes in Indiana, Cruz tried to re-create a memorable scene from the movie in the same gymnasium where it was filmed. The spectacle proved more awkward than inspiring, especially after calling the hoop a “basketball ring.”
Knowing that Cruz trails Trump in GOP delegates and is mathematically unable to beat the GOP front-runner, Stephen Colbert on Wednesday night tried to rally Cruz in sports terms only he would understand.
“Buck up. There’s no crying in sport-ball,” Colbert said. “You gotta keep bouncing that leather balloon down the wood room. You gotta dig long and down on the ground to give 110 degrees. Leave it all on the place where it happens, because winning isn’t all of the things, it’s the only stuff.”
Cruz, though, has a penchant for cribbing from Hollywood movies to make rhetorical points.
For instance, you might recall that after Republican rival Donald Trump retweeted a meme last month that unfavorably compared the appearance of Cruz’s wife to Trump’s wife, Melania, a former model, Cruz defended his wife’s honor on national TV by stealing a line from the Aaron Sorkin-penned movie “The American President.”