"I am little bit old-fashioned," Hughes said. "Maybe I misread it, but I just felt Roberto didn't really acknowledge the efforts of my team and how well we'd done by the manner of the way he offered his hand."
It was all very petty. That is often the case when sportsmen make mountains out of handshakes. Shaking hands can reflect well on them. It at least can make them look like adults capable of putting personal differences aside for the duration of a game or able to graciously accept defeat — even if they are seething inside.
But, often, making an issue of what really is a token gesture can make them look small-minded.
So get on with it.
Shake. Move on.
John Leicester is an international sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at jleicester(at)ap.org or follow him at http://twitter.com/johnleicester
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