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I used to believe that golf holes were infinitely deep, and that when a player hit ball into one, it fell forever into some faraware abyss, never to be retrieved again.
One day while watching a Denver Broncos football game with my step mom (who is a huge Broncos fan) she finally erupted at the announcers who she thought was calling their punter by his last name -Aknor. She yelled at the TV, "it's not "A" knor it's just Knor. I explained to her that his first name is Micah (Mike a). Hence Micah Knor.
I was about nine and I use to think that every time the batter fouled one back that the umpire caught the fouled ball because he would always give the ball back to the catcher to throw back to the pitcher. It wasn't until I actually went to a baseball game did I notice that the fouled ball went back into the stands and the umpire pulled a new ball from his bag. I just remembered thinking "those umpires have some fast hands."
When I was a kid my best friend told me that if you open up a golf ball, it would explode. So I didnt go near them until I was a teenager, I was scared to death of them.
As a child I used to watch a bit of soccer/football on TV. I knew they had the red card, which meant you were in serious trouble and the yellow card, which meant you were in a bit of trouble. But I was also convinced there was a green card, which the referee would only get out if you'd been really good. I never did see them use it, though...
As a youngster I attended many Milwaukee Braves baseball games at County Stadium. At the end of the national anthem when they sang "and the home of the brave" I thought it was "and the home of the Braves", in Chicago they would sing "and the home of the Cubs", and so on for each team.
When I was little, I believed that (american) football players' bodies were really shaped as they appear on the field. I never personally saw anyone shaped like that, but I thought that's because only famous people could play football, and I didn't know anyone famous. (I only ever saw football on TV, and I thought only famous people were on TV.) When I was in 2nd grade, my brother was then old enough to play jr. high football--I was surprised to learn about the shoulder and leg pads.
When I was little, I used to believe that football players really had shoulders that big.
watching pro wrestling when i was 10, i used to think it was real. i used to think certain stuff/storylines were real like Sgt Slaughter getting boots from Saddam, real Mounties using a taser weapon,Yokozuna a real japanese(in real life hes samoan)Undertaker having a clone
When the baseball announcer would mention Randy Johnson's nickname, The Big Unit, for years I thought they were calling him "The Big Eunuch." I could not imagine why they would call him that unless it was because he was so big!
When my sister was little, she believed that all footballers were brothers and that's why they hugged after scoring goals.
i used to belive that there was to gremlins in the pool table at my local pub.
i used to go under there and try and get them out because my dad would always blame it on the "BLASTED GEREMLINS" when he missed the ball!
My brother used to believe that the object of tennis was to hit the net because everyone cheered when it happened.
my sister told me that bunkers on golf courses were for children to play in while their dads played golf.
I used to think that the football players with the higher numbers on their jerseys meant they were the better, stronger players than the ones with the lower numbers.
My dad watched a lot of football when I was little. Although it didn't interest me much, one phrase stuck in my mind. Whenever the Dolphins were playing, I always wondered why the announcer kept talking about his "ammie". "My ammie scored a touchdown". "My ammie fumbled". Etc. I wondered if this was a nickname for his grandmother, and what she had to do with football.
My dad has always rooted against the New York Yankees baseball team. Until well into my 20s, I thought the the symbol on the Yankees hats was some sort of evil Nazi sign. It wasn't until I focused on a Yankees hat someone was wearing during a 45-minute subway ride that I realized it was an "N" and a "Y"!
I use to believe that a Quarterback was a refund.
In 1985 Boris-mania started in Germany when 17-year-old Boris Becker won Wimbledon for the first time. During the tournament my father always told me "Boris is in the quarter-final", "Boris is in the semi-final" and so on. I had no idea how tennis tournaments were organized, so I believed quarter final, semi final and final were all the ranks a player could reach in his entire career. I thought Boris was very successful reaching this in two weeks at the age of 17!!!
By the way, I believed his opponent (Kevin Curran from South Africa) was called Curren Curren.. ;)
I used to believe that you had to sit in the splitz to ride a kayak!