When Animals Attack
It was the punch seen around the world.
Anyone who follows college football--and most of the rest of the world that picks up a newspaper or turns on a television--has certainly seen what transpired in Boise on Thursday night.
Late in the game, Boise State defensive lineman Byron Hout tapped Oregon star RB LeGarrette Blount on the shoulder and reminded him of his comments prior to the game...which included "We owe that team an ass-whopping." Boise State was up by 11 at this point. Hout, who admittedly did tap Blount on the shoulder, was pulled away by his coaches.
That's when it all went downhill.
Devoid of the composure to be an a) major college athlete, and b) a human being, Blount sucker punched Hout. Blount was restrained by teammates, but then things got really ugly. Blount punched one of his own teammates and while being escorted off of the field, tried to mix it up with members of the Boise State crowd.
Blount was suspended from play for the remainder of the season, which seems like a gentle penalty. He should be suspended from school--period--and not allowed to play in any NCAA contest. Ever.
It has been said many times that what differentiates humans from the rest of the animal kingdom are two simple things: thumbs and words. Blount could dish out the threats, but not take a mere taunt. He represents devolution. He's an animal and belongs in a zoo more than he belongs on a college campus.