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What's the point of forced handshakes?

NFL gets it right by giving players discretion on how to handle postgame greetings

Originally Published: October 18, 2011
By Ross Tucker | ESPN.com

I'm not a big fan of organized handshakes. Never have been. The act always seemed forced and more of an obligation than anything truly genuine, even going back to youth sports.

I understand that it is supposed to be about sportsmanship, and I respect that. Is it really sportsmanship, however, if it is an obligation? The fact that it is pretty much coerced takes all of the meaning out of the act.

I always thought that lining up to slap hands and say "good game" to every member of ...

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