Not every guard with a headband can shoot, not every linebacker with muscles is a monster on the gridiron and, no, you won’t always be perfect just because you practice.
Time to retire these archaic, “sounds good” sayings.
We’re on a mission to debunk cliché sports myths one at a time; so every week we’ll catch up with an athlete who knows from experience that the cheesy “facts” about their sport they’d always heard coming up from coaches to playground has-beens aren’t exactly gospel after all.
This week we caught up with Marian Catholic (Chicago Heights, Ill.) point guard Tyler Ulis, a Kentucky signee, and had him expose the myth about basketballs and their ability to act as judge and jury.
The Myth: “The ball doesn’t lie!”
The Breakdown: “Pretty sure everyone’s heard this before, but “the ball doesn’t lie” means that if a foul is called and you don’t think you fouled him then the guy will miss if you’re right. The thought is that if he makes the free throws then you did foul him since the ball isn’t supposed to lie.”
The Debunk: “This is the craziest saying I think! I think the ball is the biggest liar on the court sometimes. One time we were playing The Family in an AAU tournament and it was late in the game and we all dove for a loose ball. The ref called the craziest foul on our team. I mean no one touched the guy and we were all diving for the same ball, but he stepped up and made both free throws. We had to come back at the end and make a crazy shot to win the game, but still… The ball definitely lied in that situation. Don’t believe that one. Even saying that is a lie.”
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