The LeGarrette Punch was absolutely the greatest sports moment of 2009, made even better for those of us living in the great state of Washington. Watching a Duck bastard go apesh*t on a beyotch Bronco is akin to witnessing Saddam Hussain beat up Osama bin Laden. Two figures of our loathing attempting to cancel each other out. Fantastic.
Everything about that moment was perfect. The crap-eating grin on Hout’s face as he talked a little smack. The slightly delayed reaction from Blount. The cold-cocked shot to the grill. The look of pure horror from Hout as he was being drilled. The reaction from Blount as he backed away, practically hopping up and down. The reaction from the surrounding group of players and team personnel. The fact that Hout hit the deck with remarkable aplomb (yes, aplomb).
And from there it only got better.
Off goes Blount to take on the Boise State crowd, advancing towards a group of screaming fans who suddenly scurry away when they realize he really means business. Now here comes the Oregon cavalry, grabbing Blount and forcibly removing him from the field with the manpower of an entire army. And wait, what’s this? Why it’s none other than Scott Frost, former Nebraska quarterback and current Oregon assistant coach, leading Blount to the team’s locker room. Can it get any more priceless than this?
The fact is, no it could not.
Even though Boise State and Oregon would emerge from this event and go on to have great seasons, and even though Hout would be fine and Blount would return to action by season’s end, the microcosm of this one single moment on an otherwise calm evening would shock the sports world and become and instant YouTube sensation in the process. We could not be more thankful for LeGarrette Blount and his right arm. That is why, for his efforts, we bestow upon him Seattle Sportsnet’s 2009 Most Awesome Moment of the Year Award.