Handshake Shade! The Biggest and Most Least Important Sports Non-Story of the Week (By Far)

So, a couple weeks ago, after the Tampa Bay Bucs lost to the Chicago Bears on Thursday Night Football, Tom Brady was a little annoyed and walked off the field without shaking hands with Nick Foles, the quarterback for Chicago. It’s kind of an unwritten rule in the NFL that after a game the two QBs will reach out and chat, maybe have a quick bro hug, before heading to the showers. “Unwritten rule” would be the key words there. But because after Foles and his Philadelphia Eagles beat Brady and his Pats in Super Bowl LII, and Brady didn’t shake Foles’ hand then, people who are abnormally concerned with handshake protocol went nuts.

Oh! The audacity of Brady, according to the trolls. He might be the G.O.A.T (greatest of all time) as an NFL quarterback, but that doesn’t make it okay for him to be forgetful at best, and possibly borderline semi-rude at worst!

Finally, on Thursday Brady met with the media, and you’d think he had compelling and incriminating evidence on Hunter Biden sitting in his locker with the amount of attention this topic received.

“I didn’t even think about that,” Brady said. “I think Nick Foles is a helluva player, Super Bowl champ. I don’t think it’s anything in particular, except I have great admiration for Nick, and he’s off to a helluva start.”

What about Foles? Did he feel like he was stiffed? Mistreated? Or, dare we say, dissed?

“You know, it’s happened a few times,” Foles said. “Someday Tom and I will have a great conversation about it and probably laugh about it. It is what it is. I think he’s a tremendous player.”

Maybe, but he’s proven twice in a 20-plus-year NFL career that once a decade he can definitely be a poor postgame hand-shaker.

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