There are many things in this world that we all hear about on a regular basis but seldom get to see. I can think of many; UFOs, a suitcase full of cash, short-winded preachers, teachers held in high esteem, perfect students, underzealous reporters, winning lottery tickets, wives that aren't bossy, a college-aged child without her hand out, etc.
The world of sports is no different.
NASCAR's restrictor plate tops my list. Out of ignorance, I'll call it a device used on the carburetors of cars when racing on the big tracks. This restrictor plate supposedly keeps the car from going fast enough to become airborne. I wonder how many of the even most devout NASCAR fans have actually seen one of these gizmos.
Finding an impartial referee is like getting an interest free credit card. It ain't gonna' happen. Like the wazoo of junk mail advertising zero percent for a lifetime, coaches and fans will acknowledge they believe fair sports officials do exist ... until the game starts. That's when we whine that, "our team ain't never got a call outta' that guy."
How about the triple double in basketball? Stud players rack up double figures in points, rebounds, blocks or assists and make names for themselves on the hardwood. We watch a game looking to see these superstars in action and they foul out.
Traveling in the NBA. It's in the rulebook, but regardless of how many triple jumps the guy takes driving to the basket it never gets called. The only traveling that is technically not allowed at an NBA game is when players go into the stands. So they tell me.
Hitting for the cycle in baseball is talked about because it is quite an accomplishment. We get to watch the Braves and other major league teams for six months every year, but seldom, if ever do we see a player hit for the cycle. We may see one hit three homers but triples in the same game with a homer, double and single are hard to come by.
The "best coach ever" is like the impartial referee. When we are talking about our coach we think he's brilliant, until he goes for it on fourth down and gets stuffed or takes the pitcher out one hitter too late. Then we're ready to ship him back to where he came from or buy out his contract. We're with him win or tie, and ties aren't allowed.
Fans of women's basketball are attending games at an all time high, but when I channel surf by a women's game, except for a very few schools, the fans are dressed like empty seats. With March Madness in full swing we see arenas in faraway neutral sites packed with fans for the men; but for the ladies people are few and far between.
The "scratch" golfer is one of my favorites.
To hear him tell it, if he gets any better, his playing partners will have to add strokes to his score to have a chance of winning a bet. Even Tiger Woods fell out of the number one ranking in the world for a while.
Last but not least we can add the Georgia fan that pulls for Georgia Tech when they're playing somebody else, and vice versa. That can be said of all big rivals.
Did you hear the North Carolina fans yelling for Mississippi State against Duke in the tournament last Sunday?
Like the real world, there are some things in sports that are fun to talk about and may be the politically correct thing to say, but are not for our eyes to behold.
After all, things that we never see is the stuff that legends are made of.
What would sports be like without legends? I don't know. I'm not sure that I've really ever seen one.