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Stephen Colbert tries an inspirational halftime speech for Ted Cruz

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Things are not looking good for Ted Cruz. The Republican presidential candidate lost all five of Tuesday’s primary contests to frontrunner Donald Trump. This was ostensibly so Cruz could focus his resources on next week’s primary in Indiana, but the Texas senator is in danger of scuttling his chances there as well. At a recent rally, Cruz tried to quote the iconic Indiana basketball film Hoosiers, but weirdly referred to the hoop as a “basketball ring.”

On Wednesday’s episode of The Late Show, Colbert tried to cheer Cruz up by sending him a Hoosiers-style inspirational halftime speech. But in keeping with the “basketball ring” snafu, Colbert named every term just slightly wrong.

“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 is reportedly very smart, but as Colbert reminded him, “genius is 1 percent inspiration and 99 luftballoons.” Watch the full clip below.

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