Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli doesn’t like the thought of shaking hands with Boise State players before the Sept. 3 season opener.
Here’s what Masoli told John Hunt of The Oregonian:
"That's unique. ... I don't like it. I don't even like shaking hands when you get out there with the captains for the coin flip."
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You know what: I can’t say I blame him.
Football is a game based on emotion. Although the details of the pre-game handshake — which was promoted by the American Football Coaches Association — are yet to be unveiled, it will probably happen after the teams run out of the tunnel.
Sportsmanship is great. I love the tradition of the Stanley Cup playoffs where the teams shake hands after a series is over. Shaking hands after games is a tradition that stretches across sports at all levels, from Little League to recreation league and into the professional ranks.
But to do it before a football game, when all that emotion is flowing, might be asking for trouble.
Boise State tight end Tommy Gallarda said Thursday that he didn’t see a problem with the pre-game handshake.
“After a good handshake, a ‘keep it a safe game,’ after that, you’re still going to find a way to get yourself pumped up for the game and get the blood rushing,” he said.
Given that coaches are often trying to keep their team away from the other team in the pre-game, this is an interesting concept.
Sportsman of the Year
Hard to argue after today’s record-setting performance in the 200-meter run, but doesn’t Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt have the award locked down already.
He lowered his own world records in the 100 and 200 meters this week at the world championships in Berlin.
That he does it with such flair is an added bonus. That he does it clean — although I hesitate to call anyone clean these days — makes it that much better.
UPDATE: 4:15 p.m. — ESPN.com blogger Ted Miller visited Oregon camp and came back with some interesting nuggets.
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