Monday, January 9, 2012

THE BLIND SIDE by Michael Lewis

Actually, it's been a few months since I listened to the audio version of this book.  All I have to do is remember Sandra Bullock touting her NRA membership to residents of a Memphis ghetto to recall what this book is about, right?  Well, not exactly.  The subtitle of the book is Evolution of a Game.  Lewis interweaves the heart-warming story of Michael Oher's adoption by the Tuohy family with football history, starting with the addition of the forward pass.  I may not totally understand the spread offense, but now I do understand how Lawrence Taylor, a bulldozer of a linebacker for the NY Giants, made the left tackle's role vital and lucrative.  We all know that Michael Oher went on to become a left tackle at Ole Miss and then with the Baltimore Ravens, but did you know that he was the state runner-up discus thrower in high school?  He may have looked like a shot putter, but he taught himself to spin and throw the discus at his first track meet.  That was an early indication that his agility would set him apart from other athletes of comparable physical size.

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