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Singletary admits he was a poor sport at end of Falcons game - Peyton - 10-06-2010 04:21 PM
Mike Singletary admitted today that he did not shake Falcons coach Mike Smith's hand after Sunday's loss in Atlanta. Singletary acknowledged that he was "ticked" after the 49ers lost the lead in the final seconds. "It was poor sportsmanship on my behalf," he said. "That's all it was."
The tape of the television broadcast shows Singletary on the sideline on his knee at the very end of the game. When the final whistle sounds, the camera cuts to other players and coaches shaking hands at midfield. When it returns to Singletary, Singletary is walking off the field slowly while staring into the stands.
Singletary was not as sharp as he normally is after the game. He misinterpreted several questions and overall seemed fuzzy on the details from the game. When I suggested he might have been preoccupied - Ok, I used the phrase "in a daze" -- when it came time to shake hands, though, he bristled.
"I don't know if any of you guys ever get ticked," he said. "I'd be the first to tell my kids, 'That's wrong.' I should've gone over and shook his hand. ... "I chose not to (shake Smith's hand) for a number of reasons. But nothing else was on my mind. But I was disappointed and that was a very honest feeling after the game."
After last year's game against Atlanta, Singletary got into a sideline shouting match with Falcons guard Harvey Dahl and afterward said he needed to do a better job of controlling his emotions. He also used all three timeouts at the very end of the 2009 game even though the score was 45-10 at the time. (I'm not sure that anger carried over into Sunday's game; there's a picture of Singletary and Smith chatting in the gallery to the right).
Yesterday, I called the Falcons looking for verification that Singletary did not shake hands with Smith.
"We've moved past it," spokesman Reggie Roberts said curtly.
Moved past what?
"We've moved past it," he said. "We're onto the Cleveland Browns."
RE: Singletary admits he was a poor sport at end of Falcons game - The Falcon Jedi - 10-06-2010 04:30 PM
Singletary is a doosh-bag.
RE: Singletary admits he was a poor sport at end of Falcons game - Peyton - 10-06-2010 04:36 PM
Yeah I am thinking so too.
I mean, normally I defend this guy, but this was just some 12 year old shit.
RE: Singletary admits he was a poor sport at end of Falcons game - DemBirds - 10-06-2010 04:44 PM
It's big to admit he was childish, but it's not like it's the first time he's done something like that.
Of course, I can't say anything about him getting into it with Dahl since Smith has gotten into it with a few players.
RE: Singletary admits he was a poor sport at end of Falcons game - TomBradyMVP12 - 10-06-2010 04:45 PM
Give it a rest. The guy admitted he was wrong. Move on.
RE: Singletary admits he was a poor sport at end of Falcons game - DemBirds - 10-06-2010 04:46 PM
RE: Singletary admits he was a poor sport at end of Falcons game - Dyoshot - 10-06-2010 04:47 PM
I think Singletary shouldn't have shown that message to his team. All week I'm sure he tells them that they need to remain disciplined and not let their emotions get the best of them. Singletary did exactly that after the game. However, can't you relate just a little bit?
If anybody has ever played a sport, especially football, you would know it hurts giving every ounce of what you have on the field and losing. Especially when you lose in the last two seconds. You have to be a good sport and shake hands, but can't you admit the last person you want to shake hands with is the dude that beat you? Not excusing him by any means, but just saying that I can kinda understand the frustration.
RE: Singletary admits he was a poor sport at end of Falcons game - BadMoonRising - 10-06-2010 04:49 PM
Be the last time we play against him anyway I think.
RE: Singletary admits he was a poor sport at end of Falcons game - DirtyBirdSupabowl - 10-06-2010 04:58 PM
I dont blame the guy he looked like he lost a family member after that kick went through.
RE: Singletary admits he was a poor sport at end of Falcons game - War Damn Eagle - 10-06-2010 05:12 PM
I used to play racquetball at the professional level at a very young, immature age. Now that I'm nearing 40, I'd love to take back a lot of times when I showed my ass. I would think that a man of his intelligence, maturity, and religous beliefs would be able to handle his emotions a little better, especially when the whole world is watching. I'm guessing THAT ferocity is what made him such a hell of a player.