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The Sucker Punch Seen Round the World

by Craig Edwards

Posted on September 4, 2009 at 2:54 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 4 at 2:40 PM

Never doubt that a lot can happen in a minute. Case in point: the aftermath of last night's Oregon-Boise St. game. Here at the station, the game wrapped up just as Joe Becker was about to go on the air with sports for our 10 o'clock show. The game clock hit zeros, and I got word to Joe the game was officially over before venturing out of the sports office for a drink of water. I came back into the office seconds later, and EVERYTHING had changed, all thanks to Ducks running back Legarrett Blount.

If you haven't seen it, Blount sucker-punched Boise St. defensive lineman Byron Hout, in perfect view of the national TV cameras and thousands of people. The punch capped off the disaster that was opening night for the Ducks, when nothing went right. Within minutes, the video was all over the news and the web. As I write this some 14 hours after the incident, it's still the lead story in the sports world.

Legarrett Blount has now been SUSPENDED FOR THE SEASON. I'll leave it to you whether or not you think this is warranted.

But this is a black eye for the sport, and both schools.

Is Byron Hout an innocent victim in this? No. College football players, the best of the best, should be far above taunting. Hout's words completely overshadowed his team's big win, one of the biggest in school history.

But Hout was turning away from Blount when the punch was thrown. There is no excuse for a sucker punch. It's an act of cowardice.

It's also an act that will stay with Legarrett Blount for his entire life.