The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game

by Michael Lewis | Sports |
ISBN: 9780393061239 Global Overview for this book
Registered by winghaahaahaa98wing of Watertown, Massachusetts USA on 6/23/2024
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Journal Entry 1 by winghaahaahaa98wing from Watertown, Massachusetts USA on Sunday, June 23, 2024
The Blind Side: Evolution of a GameThe Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael Lewis

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Engaging writing yet again from the author of Moneyball. We get to learn quite a bit about the mindset of a poor, large kid, Michael Oher, from west Memphis, who gets tracked into a private Christian academy playing basketball and later football, then gets welcomed in, housed, fed, and in general taken as an adoptee (see controversial news reports later on, esp. after the release of the film) by a wealthy white family. Michael is gifted in movement and size, and his high school football team essentially won games utilizing his ability to plough through opposing defenses. He gets recruited into Univ. of Miss., though this is also controversial because the parents Leigh Ann and Sean Tuohy are boosters (i.e. financial supporters, and alumni) of Ole Miss; this leads to a somewhat flimsy ethics investigation by the NCAA, wherein Michael and the Tuohys answer the interrogator's questions most evasively.

What is nice about the book is that it not only follows the stories of Michael, the Tuohy family, and Michael's original family (including a biological mom who gave birth to ~13 kids from various fathers). The book also relays a mini-history of the evolution of American football, from a game in which offensive linemen were seen as interchangeable and less valued, to one in which protection of the quarterback is so crucial to the success of NFL (and lower level) teams. Much about the Bill Walsh West-Coast pass-heavy, rhythmic timing offense is made (though Walsh was not the first to implement it).

The book is also infused with a sufficient amount of humor to make it fun and pleasant to read.


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Journal Entry 2 by winghaahaahaa98wing at LFL - Sycamore At Lexington in Belmont, Massachusetts USA on Sunday, June 23, 2024

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