Saturday, September 5, 2009

College Football doesn't leave players with a sense of entitlement at all!

So, because I am at work, bored, and have nothing better to do, I was reloading Twitter waiting for shitmydadsays to update, and I started reading the other recent feeds. I saw Jen's tweet about going to a college football game, and curiosity killed the proverbial cat. I opened up ESPN and took a look to see who Purdue was playing, and maybe see what else was going on in the strange and mystical world of college football.

And I found this: Oregon Ducks suspend LeGarrette Blount for remainder of season.

Basically, Blount suckerpunched a guy in the face because the Ducks lost a game they were expected to lose. Yeah, real sportsmanlike, Mr. Blunt. Oregon did the right thing and immediately suspended him. Except...

"He is taking this very hard," Kelly said, choking up. "He understands he made a mistake and he has to pay for the mistake. But we're not going to throw LeGarrette Blount out on the street."

Kelly said he hoped Blount's ultimate legacy "won't be a YouTube clip of what happened to him on September 3rd in Boise, Idaho."

Blount gets to keep his scholarship and he gets to keep practicing with the team. But his legacy shouldn't be "what happened to him"? What about what happened to Byron Hout? Byron Hout was punched in the head, and could have been seriously injured. Hout was apparently loudly celebrating his team's victory, and in Blount's face. But Blount still hauled off and cracked the other guy. This is his fault, and if it is his legacy? So be it.

Blount says he lost his head. But it sure took him awhile to find it, because:

Blount also had to be restrained by police from fans heckling him on the way to the locker room.

So, not only did he take on a football player, he was ready to go beat up those fans, who were heckling him (on home turf) because he punched a guy in the head. Wow, real brave man. A great idol for all prospective football players.

There was an upside, however:

"This case points out that we still need to have a commitment to sportsmanship and respect," [Geoff Teaff, executive director of the American Football Coaches Association] told ESPN's Joe Schad. "It was sad as I watched [the events in Boise], but the good news is nobody joined in. That would have been a brawl back in the day."

Oh, that is good news. Thanks, Geoff Teaff, for pointing that out!

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