â†µThe postgame handshake is a pro forma bow to sportsmanship that means little to the players and coaches involved. However, should someone neglect this sporting nicety, the oversight is then used by writers as a cudgel to reinforce an irrelevant media enforced standard of honor. See also: James, LeBron. â†µâ†µ
â†µWhat I take exception with is the way many members of the media were quick to crucify Belichick for what they saw as a brusque and cowardly departure, while excusing Manning's behavior as only indicative of his admirable disdain for losing. Because the differing reactions are done only to fit the narrative created for each personality - Belichick as spiteful misanthrope, Peyton as uber-focused competitor. When really they did the same thing for the same reason. â†µ
â†µManning later offered a text message kudos to Drew Brees, which is sufficient humility by my lights. In the future when a superstar player fails to give the concessionary photo op at midfield or center court, my only hope is that it is met with the indifference such a meaningless snub deserves, and not a reaction that is predicated on how the media views the losing player or coach in question. â†µâ†µ
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