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The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game Paperback – September 17, 2007
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Starred Review. As he did so memorably for baseball in Moneyball, Lewis takes a statistical X-ray of the hidden substructure of football, outlining the invisible doings of unsung players that determine the outcome more than the showy exploits of point scorers. In his sketch of the gridiron arms race, first came the modern, meticulously choreographed passing offense, then the ferocious defensive pass rusher whose bone-crunching quarterback sacks demolished the best-laid passing game, and finally the rise of the left tackle—the offensive lineman tasked with protecting the quarterback from the pass rusher—whose presence is felt only through the game-deciding absence of said sacks. A rare creature combining 300 pounds of bulk with "the body control of a ballerina," the anonymous left tackle, Lewis notes, is now often a team's highest-paid player. Lewis fleshes this out with the colorful saga of left tackle prodigy Michael Oher. An intermittently homeless Memphis ghetto kid taken in by a rich white family and a Christian high school, Oher's preternatural size and agility soon has every college coach in the country courting him obsequiously. Combining a tour de force of sports analysis with a piquant ethnography of the South's pigskin mania, Lewis probes the fascinating question of whether football is a matter of brute force or subtle intellect. Photos. (Oct.)
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From Bookmarks Magazine
As in Moneyball (**** July/Aug 2003), which chronicled the strategies behind the Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane, Berkeley-based author Michael Lewis takes a personal look at a complicated game in his newest nonfiction extravaganza. Just as they embraced Moneyball, critics eagerly wrap their arms around The Blind Side. It's much more than a treatise on football; it's an exploration of the limits of conventional thinking and how strategic changes affect the value of quick-footed behemoths. However, while most reviewers are positive, something holds them back. Maybe Lewis makes it all look too easy. Or perhaps, as The New York Times charges, he takes the easy route through a complicated set of stories. That he makes it easy for his reader to comprehendand enjoyis enough for most critics to give Lewis's latest a rousing cheer.
Copyright © 2004 Phillips & Nelson Media, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I was not disappointed. Lewis has a way of writing that brings something which you are not a part of into your life and make you one with it. Some of his short works i still find that I remember vividly, twenty years later and recite from on occasion.
Here we have an encouraging story of a young black boy who really has nothing in his life but his athletic ability. We have a good family that certainly does not need to exploit the boy. So they did what we all should want to do if our situations allowed, take the boy in and help. But the story is not just about that, it covers the evolution of football, these last thirty to forty years as marquee quarterbacks, or productive west-coast offense systems come into play.
In essence it is two books because of that, and it is what makes the story. I had to call my football buddy up half-way through and tell him I had a book he needed to read. Now I have to watch a game and wonder what the left tackle is doing.
This book was a very good read, and well worth the time and effort. It may not be as fun ultimately as Playing for Pizza by Grisham, but it is pretty good in its own way.
In the book The Blind Side by Michael Lewis a poor black kid named Michael Oher unknowingly drifts into a rich, white family. Michael Oher starts attending Briarcrest and is noticed by a rich dad named Sean Tuohy , who’s family takes him in and starts pampering him with clothes, gifts, and cars. Leigh Anne, the rich family’s mom, persuades him to join the football team, and he is now the starting left tackle. Nearing the end of high school, Michael Oher decides to attend Ole Miss (Sean and Leigh Anne’s alma mater) on a football scholarship but other colleges accuse the Tuohys of only picking up Michael because of his football ability and persuaded him to go to Ole Miss. A full scale investigation is launched by the NCAA to see if the Tuohys are boosters or not; luckily this doesn’t affect the lasting relationship that Michael has with the Tuohys.
The Blind Side is a book filled to the brim with support. The text states “Leigh Anne took him aside and told him how sorry she was to hear about his dad,”(Lewis, page 101). This shows that Leigh Anne cares about Michael and supports him and makes sure he is okay. This shows that Leigh Anne truly thinks of him as a son. The text also says “There was a new force in Michael Oher’s life: a woman paying extremely close attention to him who had an eye for detail, a nose for detail, and the will of a storm trooper,”(Lewis, page 150). This describes Leigh Anne’s effort she puts in to protect Michael. She makes sure every detail of his life is perfect, and makes sure nothing bad will ever happen to him.
The book The Blind Side is full of love. In the text it says “ ‘When I moved in with Leigh Anne and Sean, I felt loved,’ “(Lewis, page 150). This is important because Michael had never really felt loved by a family he was living with, not even when he was living with his own drug-addicted mother. Saying he felt loved isn’t something Michael took very lightly. The Tuohys must really care about Michael. Another piece of evidence is “ ‘I love him as if I birthed him’ she said,”(Lewis, page 146). This was said by Leigh Anne whenever people asked her about her relationship with Michael. Later in the book she got upset with a dear friend when she accusingly asked her if she really cared for him.
The Blind Side is bursting with support. The text says “Michael and Sean Junior would shut the door to Michael’s room for hours and compete: video games, miniature basketball, and whatever else they could find that leveled the playing field,”(Lewis, page 146). This proves that Michael and the Tuohy’s youngest son, Sean Junior, have created a friendship so strong that Michael would even offer to skip football practice to hang out with Sean Junior. The text also says “ He now called her ‘Mama’,”(Lewis, page 148). Michael doesn’t even call his own mom by any name except Ms. Oher; to call Leigh Anne Mama means that Michael loves Leigh Anne more than his actual mother.
All in all, amazing book, 5 stars. Great book of family and friendship. The Tuohys
welcomed this stranger into their home and it turned out to be one of the greatest decisions of their lives. The Tuohys become Michael’s “left tackle”, protecting him from anything that will blind side him. I recommend this book to anyone who will listen.
In this case, Mr. Lewis shows how the left tackle position has rose from obscurity in the 1960s into one of the highest-paid positions in the current game. The initial focus is in how specialized a person must be to play this position as the highest level (more rare than many other positions). After this description, Mr. Lewis introduces us to Michael Oher, a person who has all of the physical tools and then some but has never played organized sports and has basically been abandoned since early childhood.
The people (parents, coaches, etc.) all want to help Mr. Oher fulfill his potential. However, it doesn't come off as being completely altrusitic as all benefit whom are in his presence, e.g., coach parlays his involvement into a college coaching position. In addition, the recruiting battles for Mr. Oher's services amplify these traits.
His adoptive parents and coaches seem angelic compared to the NCAA in this story. One of the most sobering statitistics quoted in this book is that only one of five players capable of playing in the NFL ever make through the legal and educational morass that is the NCAA.
It's hard not to root for Mr. Oher and I would think we'll see his name at the top of the draft board in 2007-2008. Excellent book and highly recommended.
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