Dallas’s Secret Weapon: High Fives
June 2011: With 250 slaps, hugs, taps or bumps, the Mavericks are almost twice as touchy-feely as the Heat, who had only 134 instances of televised contact. In 2010, researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, did a study that showed teams that high fived and touched each other more won more games.
“Based on a review of ABC’s broadcasts of the first three games of the Finals, The Wall Street Journal logged every moment when two teammates could be seen touching each other on camera, whether it was a high-five, a hug, a chest pat or a butt slap. The results couldn’t be more definitive.” Check out “The Touchy-Feely Index”.