Les Miles’ awkward clap and the method behind the madness

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You probably already thought that Les Miles was crazy, but that notion will be taken to an entirely new level after you hear his reasoning for clapping like a weirdo.

The New York Times recently set out to try to understand the Mad Hatter – we could have told them beforehand that there is no understanding, but that’s neither here nor there. What they found was the strategic method behind the madness that is the Mad Hatters’ awkward clap:

Miles explained the evolution of his distinctive manner of clapping, which often involves his being hunched over as he smacks his palms together with his fingers spread wide. As it turns out, it is all about preventing injury. “You can’t be soft-handed; it has to be an aggressive clap,” he said before a demonstration. “You keep your fingers out so that you don’t get them caught in between, you know what I’m saying? If you get them in between here”—he gestured to the area between his fingers—“it can be an ineffective clap and you can get hurt. Injuries can occur if you don’t keep your fingers spread.”

After reading this reasoning we can only wonder when the first time was that Miles hurt himself clapping. You don’t just start avoiding injury like this unless you’ve experienced it before. He had to have a reason for the form that he now uses.

Never change, Les. Never change.

[H/T Deadspin]

  • Shirley Richardson

    Coach Myles,I’ve wonder many times why you have your jacket on at every game.Wind,rain,sleet or snow plus 90 degree temp.Would you ,could you please give me an answer ? Also I like your hand clap. Thank you and keep up the good work w/ the team.