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Singletary Admits Poor Sportsmanship

49ers coach refused to shake hands after game.



    Singletary Admits Poor Sportsmanship
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    ATLANTA - OCTOBER 03: Head coach Mike Singletary of the San Francisco 49ers questions a call during the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on October 3, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Mike Singletary

    Turns out that in the dismal, disappointing moments after the San Francisco 49ers' 16-14 loss to the Falcons, 49ers coach Mike Singletary refused to shake hands with Atlanta coach Mike Smith.

    It was not the full French kiss-off where one coach flat out refuses the other coach's extended hand, but Singletary made a point of not following the aged courtesy of coaches meeting at midfield and shaking hands.

    "(Falcons coach Mike) Smith went to the center of the field to look for Singletary and never saw him," Pete Prisco noted at CBS Sports."

    That's because Singletary didn't show.

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    "It was poor sportsmanship on my behalf. That's all it was," Singletary told Comcast SportsNet.

    Don't be sorry coach, we were and are still too furious at Nate Clements for fumbling the interception to even notice or care whether hands were shaken.

    Joe Kukura is a freelance writer who wishes Singletary had done the patented John McCain "No, shake my wife's hand instead" maneuver.