The Blind Side

The Blind Side

Evolution of A Game

eBook - 2007
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Follows one young man from his impoverished childhood with a crack-addicted mother, through his discovery of the sport of football, to his rise to become one of the most successful, highly-paid players in the NFL.
Publisher: New York ;, London :, W.W. Norton,, 2007.
ISBN: 9780393066227
0393066223
Characteristics: 1 online resource (339 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Back story
The market for football players
Crossing the line
The blank slate
Death of a lineman
Inventing Michael
The pasta coach
Character courses
Birth of a star
The egg bowl
Freak of nurture
And Moses stuttered
Afteword to the paperback edition.
Summary: Follows one young man from his impoverished childhood with a crack-addicted mother, through his discovery of the sport of football, to his rise to become one of the most successful, highly-paid players in the NFL.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Mar 08, 2018

I picked up this book after reading Michael Lewis’s Moneyball, which was about statistics and baseball, expecting to read a story about the development of football. While I did learn a few things about the evolution of football as a game, this book was much more about the story of a very poor kid named Michael Oher and his progression through the high school and college sports environment as he tried to make it into professional football. Overall this wasn’t a bad thing, as having two characters like Michael Oher and his foster mom Leigh Anne Tuohy who are so easy to root for, kept the story very exciting. Additionally, this story made me realise some of the absurdities of college sports. For example, colleges encouraging athletes to take useless courses just so they graduate on time instead of trying to accommodate college athletes more with reasonable graduation times or paying them with real money instead of a quasi-fake education. I would recommend The Blind Side to anyone who is interested in football and the education around it as it was gripping and interesting but not entirely focused on the sport of football.
- @CookieMonster of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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jodfong
Mar 28, 2017

Another amazing book by Michael Lewis. I'm fortunate to have watched the movie prior to reading the book because there are just so many intriguing characters that you want to put a face to!

After watching the movie, the book has so many extra details that are fun to read while the movie's timeline seems to flow better despite the book being written generally in chronological order. A great read even for non-football/sports fans.

bibliotechnocrat Jul 24, 2016

An oddly structured book, quite different from the film with Sandra Bullock. Lewis begins by describing how American football changed due to evolving strategy and the arrival of free agency, etc. At first I thought this wasn't the book about a family taking in a big disadvantaged kid, but then the author switches gears - it turns out that the kid (Michael Oher) has all the attributes needed in the restyled game of football. Lewis is a great writer and even the rather lengthy parts about the changing game are interesting (though I'm no fan of football). It is the story of a rich, white family taking in a refugee from the wrong side of the tracks - and all the attendant sociological implications - that really works for me though, even if their motives seem a bit mixed. Complicated and fascinating.

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ecifani
Jun 26, 2014

Some football knowledge is helpful, but I found I could figure out what he meant because his descriptions were well done. A story of hope and success where it very well could of been otherwise.

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elag24
Nov 30, 2012

This book was so much more interesting than the movie. This really looks in an unsentimental way, at the development of football and how it's changes created the need for players like Michael Oher. I enjoyed this even over Moneyball

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readwithnaomi
May 25, 2011

excellent and informative book about football for a non-fan

njkenney Feb 04, 2011

Michael Lewis’ book, The Blind Side; Evolution of a Game, begins with the moments leading up to Theismann’s career ending injury and the reader learns the blind side is a reference to a quarterback’s greatest vulnerability and what it means to protect it.

The Blind Side is not a typical “rags to riches story” about a poor kid who miraculously falls into a wonderful family and turns his life around. True, Michael Oher did jump through some serious hoops before becoming an Ole Miss Rebel and the Touhy family did some wonderful things for him. But Michael’s story runs parallel to those of the NFL and how the game has developed since Lawrence Taylor toppled Joe Theismann. The author’s attention to detail and knowledge of the game makes this a great book for anyone who considers himself (herself) a football fan.

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redwallflower
Nov 15, 2010

Way too much football language and name dropping for me to enjoy and keep up with the story. I'll stick to the movie.

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