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I used to believe that in football (soccer) the object of the game was to get the goalkeeper to fall down. Needless to say I wasn't very good at it then!
When I was about 6 , I had a Mary Lou Rhetton gymnastics outfit, and I believed that if I practised hard enough with it on, that somone might see me through the window and let me compete in the olympics someday . I don't why it involved the window but it was very important.
I used to believe that Celtic had an age-old rivalry with Queens Park Rangers.
Imagine my humiliation when, at the age of 20, and pretending to know about football, I had to be informed that there was a Glasgow Rangers. And that Celtic did not have a (frankly weird) thing against the London club QPR.
I used to think that only chinese fat guys can Sum wrestle and that it was illegal if he wasnt asian.
I used to believe that a pool cue stick was a Q-stick, and that there must be a connection between Q-sticks and Q-tips, perhaps because both were sticks with something white on the end.
I remember when I was younger and saw people wearing sweatshirts from the Superbowl with the number across the shirt in roman numerals, I thought the letters were the size of the shirt. I didn't know what roman numerals were at the time so that made the most sense to me at the time.
I used to think that in basketball, with baskets at both ends of the court, a player could shoot a basket into either goal, and it would count for his team, that neither basket applied specifically to one team. In fact, when I saw some gyms with up to six baskets around the court, I thought a player could score a goal for his team by throwing the ball into any one of the six baskets.
When I was real young, I thought that the angle of the sun had an effect on me, so during soccer i would stare at the sun and try to figure the best position.
whenever we watched football on tv i used to think that the abbreviation "og" [own goal] was some wierd Scandanavian surname and one day i was at the house of this boy i really liked with his mates and football was on and the text said "Tanner og" and i said look he is another of that bloody og clan, they all laughed thinking it was a joke and so
nobody explained it to me until i moved in with my last partner and he never let me live it down - in other words i didnt know og meant own goal until i was - wait for it - 26 years old.
by then i even understood the offside rule!!!!!!!!
When I was around 6 or 7 my family went on a family outing to the bowling alley. My older brother and I developed a habit of crossing the line when throwing the ball. My mother, in an effort to teach us to play the game correctly, told us that little midgets would come out of the gutters and steal us if we kept crossing the line. I imagined in my mind that little oompa loompas would come out and grab me if I crossed the line.
I used to believe that all the men in the world used to go to a massive garage on "Boxing Day" and have a big boxing match!
A friend beleived that when a parachutist went from freefall to "under canopy" they went up rather than down for a while. She was 25 at the time
Until I was 12 or 13, I used to believe that if a soccer player got a yellow card or red card, he or she was given that card to take home after the game, just like you take home a medal you win.
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I used to think until I was 12 that Fremantle footy team were based in Victoria. Duh.
I used to believe that the Super Bowl was actually a bowling competition. I was most puzzled as to why it was such a big deal.
i used to think that mascots of sports teams were like pets and that the players in the teams had turns of taking them home
My dad used to lay tile. He joked that he would make it to the Olympics and compete in tile-laying, and I thought there really was such an event in the Olympics.
I used to believe that racing cars with the number 100 on the side would always win the race, since it was the biggest number. And the car that had "1" was supposed to come last.
It seems that I missed the whole concept of compeditive racing.
I thought that the Whitewater rafting was founded by President Bill Clinton after I've learned abour his whitewater scandal!
I believed (up until I was married) that the Washington Redskins were an NFL team from Washington state. My husband must have thought I was an idiot when it finally dawned on me that they are from Washington, DC. The sad thing is that I live in West Virginia which isn't too far from DC.