Indianapolis (eTrueSports) – In the wake of his embarrassing goof in which he referred to a basketball hoop as a “ring” in basketball-crazy Indiana, Sen. Ted Cruz is quickly seeking to show Indiana voters he knows his basketball, telling voters that “I’ve been a big hoopster ever since the game was invented by Abner Doubleday.

“When Larry Bird and The Big ‘O’ led the Hoosiers to the 1954 World Series championship I’m not ashamed to say I wept,” Cruz added.