Saturday, January 28

Juwan Howard, Greg Gard fight should not end handshake lines


Forty names, games, teams and minutiae making news in men’s college basketball, where escalating tempers are a rite of late February:

KEEP THE HANDSHAKE LINE. TELL EVERYONE TO GROW UP.

The ridiculous display at the end of Michigan-Wisconsin (1) on Sunday will undoubtedly lead to another round of calls from some in the media to do away with the postgame handshake line. This is a misguided sentiment that lowers the bar for decorum and waves the white flag of surrender on sportsmanship. If the players and coaches—especially the coaches—cannot make it through a 30-second show of respect to one another without it devolving into a fight, what are we even doing here? Why is that too much to ask?



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