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Living in Boise, Idaho all over the radio and TV networks is the LeGarrette Blount punch in the face story, which is obviously huge around here. I for one seem to have a different take on Blount being re-instated by the PAC-10 than most people do.
I went to my 11 year old son's football practice last night and watched the little league football coach instructing the kids to hit their opponent and "destroy" the opponent on the other side of the ball. I came to realize while watching practice that from a very young age we begin to instruct kids on how to be as violent on the football field as possible. Once young men reach High School football the intensity increases and coaches teach these young minds how to conduct “controlled violence” at a higher level in anticipation of being noticed by a major college program to obtain scholarships.
Now, flash forward to college and the size of the players increases and quite honestly, the violence level increases to the point kids are now trying to get noticed in preparation for the draft. At this level every college game means the better they play and the more violence they inflict could potentially mean millions of dollars at the pro level. The only way they get noticed by pro scouts is if they are a starter and how many yards they get, how quick they are, how many sacks, how many interceptions, and so on.
Getting back to Blount- this guy is held for minimum yardage in the game against Boise State and his stress level goes up, his Running Back coach is on his back and he is pushed to get the ball and do damage. He does this and gets nowhere. His frustration level peaks and happens to see a Boise State player smiling at the end of the game and then pats him on the shoulder to taunt him. What do we think is going to happen? I believe Blount reacted after years of conditioning and mind bending to the point where he lost it.
We as Football fans are just as much to blame as Mr. Blount. We pay money to see this violence take place on the field and then we are shocked and pissed off when a young man reaches his boiling point and loses it? I just think the fans need a reality check about why we are upset. This kid made a mistake. So what? He reacted how he was trained to react, with violence. He apologized and we should all just let it go and move on. He paid his penalty and sat out for 8 full games.
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