I gotta tell you (and this has nothing to do with countering the SB)...I rarely do the straight blast anymore, preferring instead to do the boxing blast. And then it's only at certain times; such as when my opponent is trying to escape the clinch. The boxing blast can be used to safely regain the clinch, which moving forward with "cover fire". Since a person is moving backward (backing out of the clinch), this is the perfect time for it.