Remember how bad you hated lining up to shake hands after a little league baseball game? Every kid lowers their head, sticks out a limp hand, and mumbles “you suck, you suck, you’re cool, you suck” under their breath as the opposing players pass by. No one actually enjoys it and it certainly does nothing for sportsmanship. Now, take that awkward exchange to the college level and add about 50 guys fueled with adrenaline, testosterone, and hatred. There is no way it ends well. We might as well throw in some steel chairs, ladders, and a Spanish announce table and call it a pay-per-view. It is just a terrible, terrible idea that will never, ever, ever…wait…they’re really trying this?
According to USA Today, the NCAA is urging coaches and players of opposing teams to meet at midfield for pre-kickoff handshakes. Officials hope it sets a tone for sportsmanlike behavior on the field and in the stands throughout the game. Grant Teaff, head of the American Football Coaches Association, says, “the ceremony won’t be mandatory, but I’d be surprised if the majority of our teams do not participate.” The AFCA and the NCAA are currently discussing whether to make it a season-long routine.
I’m looking forward to seeing how this plays out. The AFCA seems confident it will work, but as a fan of everything going wrong, I am hoping for a season full of these: