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Bob Putnam, Rodney Page, Kelly Parsons

Should post-game handshakes be outlawed?



One more sportsmanship discussion, before we move on from the Wharton-Plant volleyball brouhaha and the Immokalee fight.

Duval County has apparently forbidden teams to shake hands after games, according to, the Rivals site which covers Florida high school sports.’s Steve Berrey writes that the rule was sparked by a post-game altercation between Middleburg and Tallahassee Leon:

The game ended 17-14 in a somewhat controversial manner, with Leon scoring the game-winning touchdown as time expired. As the two teams approached each other and began shaking hands - one thing led to another and - well, you get the picture.

I’m pretty sure I’ve seen teams exchange handshakes after every high school game I’ve covered in my time at this paper. At last week’s Anclote-Springstead football game, the teams shook hands and then prayed together at midfield. I’ve seen that before, too.

What are your thoughts on this? Should teams have to shake hands with their opponents after every game?



[Last modified: Sunday, October 21, 2012 12:21am]


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