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As a child I used to believe that the objective in boxing was to hit the other person's gloves; while forcefully exhaling.
I used to think that the driving range at a golf course was a track for racing golf carts to keep the non-golfers amused.
One day when I was a child I saw my brothers playing football. When I asked to join them they said no, saying I needed the skill. I quickly ran inside and said to my mum: ''MAMMY MAMMY!! We need to go to the shop now!! I have to buy the skill!!!!.'' I spent another year after that looking for toy stores that sold the skill.
When I was a kid, I used to think that the only way you could play football was if you had giant shoulders.
I used to believe that the word "volleyball" was actually "bollyball." And I would get into fights about it with my mom, insisting I was right.
Growing up my dad was a big Denver Broncos fan. He called john elway "uncle John". So I spent most of my younger years thinking that John Elway was my uncle.
When i was 5 year old i used to watch cricket with my father. He used to say that bowler was thrashed all around the park by batsman and i always felt bad for the poor bowlers and imagined them injured, being taken to hospital from ground. It was not until 3-4 years later that according to dad bowler went for many runs!!! I often laugh on me being soooo silly
I used to believe that freestyle meant you could choose between breaststroke and backstroke.
In the 1990s, when I was a kid, I used to believe that Michael Jordan was the tallest man in the world!
I used to think that football players (American football that is) were not human. They wear those helmets and massive shoulderpads, which I thought were actually their heads and the shape of their bodies. I was very surprised the first time I saw one of them take his helmet off!
I remember once thinking that a game of cricket was about the two batters hitting the ball up and down, trying to hit each others wickets, and the fielders were only there to retrieve the ball.
When my father and little brother used to watch football on TV, the commentator would often make references to players being in the "penalty box". This was a specific area of the pitch from which penalty shots were taken.
I thought the "penalty box" was a big metal or wooden box that stood at the side of the pitch (near the manager's stand), and that players who'd committed a foul were locked in there until the end of the game. There was a little window so they could watch how their team were doing, but they had to sit in the box and reflect on their actions.
I used to believe that when football players were in a huddle, they were praying.
Dear god, help us win this game. Amen.
When I was 7-8 years old, I believed that the number an athlete wore was a rating on a 1-100 scale on how good that athlete was at that sport. For instance, a player that wore the number 96 would be really good, but a player that wore the number 8 would be pretty bad.
When I would hear cricket scores from an overnight session and they would announce 'Australia lost two wickets overnight'....I thought the actual wickets (stumps) were getting stolen and always wondered how they played the game when they only had three wickets left.
When i was younger i used to believe that super bowl was played on two fields intersecting each other like a cross. I thought that two teams played on one field & two on the other
I used to believe that when a college athlete was All-American, it meant that he was all white.
You know those first down markers in football that look like a bulls-eye? I used to think they were the Target symbol and I wondered why Target got lucky enough to get an ad gig like that.
I used to believe that Penn State's mascot was the 'Nifty Lion', not 'Nittany Lion'.
when i was super young, in the early 80s, i thought Boris Becker and Steffi Graf must be married to each other, just because they were the two best tennis players in the world.