Maybe he was just pissed. I know I would be. Sure he should have stayed out to shake hands, but he’s not perfect.
I’m glad some of you get it. Those of us who played sports (or still do to this day) understand what it means to be a competitor. Manning played a good game and by all accounts the only other Colt who could say that would be Joseph Addai. He made the passes when he was on the field (it’s my belief the interception wasn’t entirely his fault) and the rest of the time the defense let him down. He was powerless on the sidelines and clearly frustrated. Two minutes before he was supposed to be out there “being a good sport” he just hit his best receiver in the hands in the endzone and he dropped it. I can understand his frustration.
Running out to shake hands almost indicates that you’re just happy to be there. Competitors aren’t happy to be there. They want to win. I don’t care whether it’s softball, baseball, or pickup football - I want to win. I need some time to simmer down after a pickup football game. Manning did his part and congratulated the Saints graciously with his post-game comments. He doesn’t need to shake hands.
I guess there are certain types of people. The competitive spirit doesn’t apparently live in everybody. The type of guys I want on my team - soldiers, athletes, or whatever - don’t want to shake hands after losing. They don’t even want to think about the possibility of losing. They want to win. If they don’t win, they want another shot as soon as possible. That’s what it means to fight.