As long as the sun rises in the East and sets in the West will the hi-five continue to reign as man’s go-to celebratory gesture.
Few things feel better than slapping five the right way. You can practically sink your teeth into the crisp tactile response you get from a flawless palm-to-palm collision. It’s addictive.
On the other hand, hi-fiving is high risk, high reward. No matter how ancient the gesture seems, mankind as a whole has yet to manage a firm handle on its proper mechanics, and like splitting atoms, the consequences of a botched fiver can be breathtakingly catastrophic.
The following are some spectacularly terrible hi-five/handshake moments in sports. They each have their own level of awfulness, and they all prove that good intentions don’t always come with matching execution.