Glad to hear I'm normal! I don't get that a whole bunch.
You don't train with any rewards? Or a better question would be, and it is a serious question, how do you reward your dog?
I'm not sure where this disconnect comes from with handlers that have an issue with the ball? Do people dangle the ball like a carrot on a stick in front of their dog's nose and the dog works for the carrot only?
The ball is one piece of the puzzle, one tool, just as the leash and various types of collars are tools.