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Mike Leach told Paul Petrino ‘f— you’ during postgame handshake (Video)

Mike-Leach-Paul-PetrinoWashington State enjoyed a relatively uneventful 42-0 win over Idaho on Saturday night. The Cougars cruised to victory as expected, with the most exciting part of the evening coming after the game when Washington State coach Mike Leach and Idaho coach Paul Petrino met at midfield for their handshake.

Petrino was obviously upset with Leach about something and Leach didn’t appreciate getting the cold shoulder. As Coug Center speculated, Petrino may have been angry with Leach for keepers his starters in when the game had already gotten out of hand. At one point, Leach put some of his starters back in to preserve a shut out and stuff Idaho at the goal line. The former Texas Tech coach had little to say about the exchange after the game.

“That would be strictly between he and I, so anything said between us would be private,” Leach said. “So we’ll leave it at that.”

It was pretty obvious that part of that private conversation included Leach giving Petrino a nice, “F— you.” Blowouts are common in college football. You can’t really blame Leach for wanting to preserve the shutout and improve his team’s bowl resume, just as you can’t blame Petrino for being angry after a 42-0 loss. If we learned anything from these two NFL head coaches a couple years back, it’s that postgame handshakes don’t have to be cordial.

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Roy Hibbert walks off court without shaking hands after Game 7 (Video)

Roy Hibbert was one of the biggest reasons the Indiana Pacers sent the Eastern Conference finals to a seventh game, and he’s also one of the biggest reasons why they were blown out in the decider.

Hibbert had 18 points and eight rebounds in his team’s 99-76 Game 7 loss to the Miami Heat, but he wasn’t a huge factor in the game. He fouled out in the fourth quarter and had to sit key minutes after picking up his third foul with 1:12 left in the first half, and his fifth foul with 2:09 left in the third quarter. He was replaced by Ian Mahinmi to end both quarters.

Hibbert was also the biggest topic of conversation prior to Game 7 after he was fined $75,000 by the league on Sunday for cursing at the media and dropping a “no homo.”

As time expired in Game 7, Hibbert bolted into the tunnel to the locker room while the rest of his teammates and coaches stuck around to congratulate the Heat and shake hands. George Hill, Paul George, Lance Stephenson, and coach Frank Vogel were among the Pacers seen shaking hands with Heat players while Hibbert was in the locker room.

David West was the other notable Pacers player who did not shake hands with the Heat. According to the Indianapolis Star’s Mike Wells, that is because West considers himself an old school player who is not friends with his opponents.

Hibbert had a different reason for not shaking hands. He told Wells that he is not close with those players and he did not want to ruin their moment.

“I know some of our guys have played on teams with some of them, but I don’t know them personally,” Hibbert explained to The Star. “It was their moment because they won. I have tremendous respect for them, but I don’t know any of those guys personally and I didn’t want to interrupt their moment.”

Is that a lame or legit excuse? That seems like a lame excuse to me for a guy who was a big goat going into the game. It seemed to me like Hibbert just wanted to leave all the negativity behind him as soon as possible, so he slunk out of the arena.

Even though the way he ended his season was disappointing, Hibbert should at least take comfort knowing that he has plenty of company. LeBron James pulled a similar stunt in 2009, Russell Westbrook did it in 2011, and the Celtics’ top players have done blown off handshakes two years in a row.

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Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce leave court without shaking hands (Video)

Kevin Garnett Paul PierceKevin Garnett stayed true to his competitive form to the very end. After the Boston Celtics lost to the New York Knicks 88-80 in a series-ending Game 6 at TD Garden on Friday, Garnett walked off the court without appearing to shake hands with his opponents. Teammates Paul Pierce and Jason Terry were right in front of him as they walked off the court and into the locker room.

Exiting the playoffs without congratulating his opponents on the court is a postseason tradition for KG. He and Rajon Rondo did it last year after Boston lost to the Miami Heat in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals. Neither player would apologize for not being sportsmanlike, and Rondo even said he wished the team had more “sore losers.” Though Rondo wasn’t around because he is rehabbing his knee injury, Boston did have more sore losers this time to join Garnett.

There actually is a lot more going on here than a matter of sportsmanship; there is a lot of bad blood between the teams. In January, Garnett and Carmelo Anthony got into it during and after a game. Then the Knicks angered the Celtics by wearing all black to Game 4 for the “funeral” of the Celtics.

Garnett is signed for two more seasons while Pierce has a $15.3 million team option. Boston could buy out Pierce for $5 million. Garnett, who is turning 37 on May 19, hinted in February that he would be retiring after the season. Pierce has indicated that he does not want to play for any other team. This may finally be the year both players call it a career.

If Garnett’s last actions on an NBA court were walking off without congratulating his opponent, it would be very befitting of his competitive personality.

LeBron James appears to have a secret handshake with the towel boy (GIF)

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LeBron James has come across as pompous and arrogant at various points throughout his nine-year NBA career, but those instances have been far more infrequent since he captured his first championship with the Miami Heat last season. We saw another example of that after LeBron scored 28 points in a win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night.

As LeBron walked off the court, he stopped to give the team’s towel boy a high-five. But this wasn’t just any high-five — it was a secret handshake that he and the young man have clearly worked on before. If I’m not mistaking, it ended with a variation of the “Bernie Lean.”

Coco Crisp and his bobblehead doll would likely approve of that execution. Whether it’s tackling a fan who drained a half-court shot or taking the time to come up with a secret handshake with the towel boy, LeBron has been a lot easier to like this season.

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History of handshakes gone wrong in sports

I did some research on the origin of the handshake. Stop for a couple moments to absorb that statement. Perhaps you may need to lay down to fully grasp the fact that I actually did some research for once, as opposed to my usual practice of just making up facts. In all seriousness, though, modern science — or whatever you call a bunch of researchers who have nothing better to study — traces the origins of the handshake to ancient Greece, in the days before fist-bumping and Purell.

The handshake started out as a demonstration of peace and camaraderie. Keep in mind, germaphobia was still centuries off from being used as an excuse to avoid such an action. But the handshake and its derivative, the subtle nod, have been used through mankind’s modern history as a means of well-wishing, congratulating, and to categorically avoid another person. In sports, the gesture is a symbol of goodwill and sportsmanship.

For those who notice such things — and the rest of you who are still in awe over the fact that an article is being written on the subject — athletes acknowledging their counterparts on other teams is standard practice before and/or after competition begins. In basketball, athletes extend a hand before the opening tip, while hockey players, mangled and all, lineup at the conclusion of a 60-minute game spent trying to knock each into Valhalla to offer their congratulations via a single pump of the hand, especially at the conclusion of postseason games. Football players wait until after the coin flip for mandatory spinal adjustments, before which they shake on it, gnarled as their hands may be.

Think about how important a gesture this is, and how many bad first-impressions have been formed by a weak handshake or the amount of customers frightened off by the death-grip technique that squeezes all life out of one’s appendage: Certainly, this would come into play in a sporting arena, an area where athletes make money hand over foot.

Remember, last year’s Lions-49ers brouhaha?

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Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo didn’t shake hands after Game 7 (Video)

The Miami Heat beat the Boston Celtics 101-88 in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals on Saturday, and there was plenty of respect exchanged between the teams after the game. Well, except for the two Celtics who skipped out early.

Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo left the floor before the game ended and could be seen walking through the tunnel to their locker room, just like Paul Pierce did during Game 2. Coach Doc Rivers had subbed out his starters in the final minute when it was clear the team would not manage a comeback, and neither player stuck around to exchange handshakes and hugs like the rest of the team.

KG and Rondo are known as two of the more competitive players in the league, so it’s no surprise that they would be ticked off after seeing their season end. Still, it’s proper sportsmanship to congratulate the opposing team when you have been outplayed. LeBron James learned that lesson the hard way when he was criticized for walking off the floor after losing to the Magic in 2009.

Tomas Berdych Hit by Nicolas Almagro Shot, Refuses to Shake Hands (Video)

Tomas Berdych won his fourth-round match against Nicolas Almagro in four sets at the Australian Open Sunday, but he lost the fans doing it. Late in the fourth set, Almagro charged the net to retrieve a drop volley from Berdych. With very few options because he was on the run, Almagro tried to whip a ball cross court. It ended up hitting Berdych in the arm. Almagro put his hand up to indicate he was sorry, and he tried to tell Berdych the shot was unintentional. Berdych wanted no part of the apology.

Almagro won the next game but Berdych won the tiebreak to take the match. The victorious Czech shook hands with the chair umpire but refused to shake Almagro’s hand. The crowd, which cheered him after the win, quickly changed to boos.

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