One year ago today, LeGarrette Blount sucker punched Boise State reserve defensive end Byron Hout following the Ducks' 19-8 loss to Boise State. The incident was a black mark on Chip Kelly's first game as head coach, and cast a shadow on the start to the 2009 Duck football season. But as we all know, Coach Kelly and the Ducks rebounded miraculously, winning the next seven games en route to a Pac-10 championship and a Rose Bowl berth. Blount has done fairly well to rebuild his image, working hard during the 2009 season to get back on the field, even scoring a touchdown in the Civil War. He has since moved on to the NFL with the Tennessee Titans. To recap, the Ducks came through the incident ok, and Blount has moved on from the program. What I'm saying is this:
It's officially funny!
Let's be clear: it's been funny in a "it's still kinda sore and tough to think about, even though that punch is hilarious" kind of way. Now that a full year has passed, I can safely sanction the Blount Punch as funny, and hereby declare September 3rd to be Blount Force Trauma Day. Let's take a look at the video tape, and examine why this is so freakin' fantastic.
September 3rd, 2009. Bronco Stadium, Boise ID. The Broncos have just won a sloppy opening game over the Oregon Ducks 19-8. The teams are exchanging casual handshakes on the blue turf, and Byron Hout is feeling good. His team just won the only real challenge on the road to an undefeated season for Boise State. He sees Oregon running back LeGarrette Blount on the field, who had a terrible game after talking smack to the media in the previous week. Hout runs over to Blount and taps him on the shoulder.
According to Hout, he said "How about that ass whuppin'?", referring to a comment made by Blount earlier in the week. He turns and chuckles to himself, probably thinking, "Man, that was clever! I'm gonna tell all the guys about that in the locker room!"
Now, there's a lot going on in this picture, so I went ahead and filled in some of the blanks.
It may look like Hout sees the punch. He does not.
The moment of impact. Byron Hout still grinning like an idiot, the guy at the top of the screen about to die because no one's gotten him his damn hot dog yet, and Blount about to land a haymaker right on the chin. Sidenote: my biggest gripe with the coverage of this story is that no one talked about what a picture perfect punch Blount landed. 95% of sports brawls are guys throwing wild punches and missing. The last 5% is reserved for Nolan Ryan, a couple hockey enforcers, and Blount.
...and BOOM goes the dynamite. One interesting note: #47 in the foreground and Coach Petersen haven't moved much in the last three pictures. It's understandable, only a second or so has elapsed. But look at how much #97 in the back has moved? My only explanation is that he's going into some sort of Incredible Hulk-like rage because he needs food in his belly, and pronto.
Blount starts to back peddle, and gives us the official dance of BFT Day.
Flap those wings LG! Flap those wings!
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