Am I the only person who thinks that Byron Hout had it coming?
Put yourself in LeGarrette Blount’s shoes. You just lost a game. In Division 1A College Football that basically means, the dream is over, you are done, might as well go study or something. You are angry about any loss, but first game of the season to a team maybe you thought you should have beat, you are devastated. Then Byron Hout comes up to you, goes out of his way to get your attention, and says something probably not too bad, but enough to boil you over.
As this point, Blount stops and thinks if its worth it, and then I think he realizes how big a douchebag Hout was, turning to his friends and giggling at the comment he had just made, and Blount brings him back to reality, and the blue turf with a right that knocked the spit out of the sophomore’s mouth.
In watching the video a few times, I have to wonder what Hout said, because after the punch, his teammates did not jump in to go after Blount. They all just sort of stand there. Whether they were stunned, knew it was not worth fighting because they will face consequences, or just deathly afraid of LeGarrette Blount at that point, it made them come off as people who just do not like Byron Hout.
Even people who agree with me will say, “I’m not defending what Blount did,” but I am, I am defending what he did because there is no bigger dick move than kicking a dead Duck while he’s down.
Blount had a pretty rough game. -5 yards on 8 carries including scoring 2 points for the other team. So this guy is probably leaving the field just not wanting to speak to the media, and then Dbag Hout comes over, thinking about how many Natty Lights he can drink before he leaves the stadium tonight and thinks, “Maybe if I tap this guy on the shoulder and thank him for the safety he provided for us, I can bang a cheerleader,” and so he does, and a Duck punches a Bronco.
These are not professional athletes. They are treated like them. The NCAA uses their images for free and makes a ton of money off of them, but the players do not see much of it other than a bit of a stipend. These are kids. This is no different than something you would see at a Pee Wee game except without all the tears.
So everyone is biting both these guys heads off today, but just let it go. Its funny, when you think of college, you think of immaturity. You think of a period in your life when you were allowed to act like a complete jackass for 4 years, and basically see no consequences. If you were a normal college student at a normal college, you saw countless fights five times as bad as this. College was immaturity, and yet, football players, maybe some of the most immature people I knew in college, are held to this higher standard.
Everyone talks about how they love college football because the guys still play with passion. They aren’t just playing for money, and then a guy acts on that, and all of a sudden he’s public enemy number one.
Suspend Blount a game and put some soap in Hout’s mouth, but don’t treat meathead kids like NFL veterans.