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The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game [Paperback]

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As he did so memorably for baseball in Moneyball; The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, 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. Now a major motion picture The Blind Side [Blue-ray], starring Oscar Winner Sandra Bullock.

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The young man at the centre of this compelling book (The Economist) will one day be among the most highly paid athletes in the National Football League. When Michael Lewis introduces him to the reader, he is one of thirteen children by a crack-addicted mother; he does not know his real name, his father, his birthday or any of the things a child might learn in school-such as how to read or write. Nor has he ever touched a football.He takes up American football and school, after a rich, Evangelical, Republican family plucks him from the mean streets. Their love is the first great force that alters the world's perception of the boy, whom they adopt. The second force is the evolution of professional American football into a game where the quarterback must be protected at any cost. Lewis' protagonist turns out to be the priceless combination of size, speed and agility necessary to guard the quarterback's greatest vulnerability: his blind side.

Community Description
"Lewis has such a gift for storytelling...he writes as lucidly for fans as for those who read him for other reasons."---Janet Maslin, New York Times
One day Michael Oher will be among the most highly paid athletes in the National Football League. When we first meet him, he is one of thirteen children by a mother addicted to crack; he does not know his real name, his father, his birthday, or how to read or write. He takes up football, and school, after a rich, white, evangelical family plucks him from the streets.

Then two great forces alter Oher: the family's love and the evolution of professional football itself into a game in which the quarterback must be protected at any cost. Our protagonist becomes the priceless package of size, speed, and agility necessary to guard the quarterback's greatest vulnerability: his blind side. This paperback edition contains a brand-new 2007 afterword. Vulnerability: his blind side. This paperback edition contains a brand-new 2007 afterword.
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Item Specifications...

Pages   337
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.26" Width: 5.45" Height: 0.85"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 17, 2007
Publisher   W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN  0393330478  
EAN  9780393330472  

Availability  177 units.
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Informative and Entertaining  Dec 17, 2009
As a HUGE football fan and Ole Miss grad, I really enjoyed this book. It switches back and forth from the story of Michael Oher's inspiring life to a history of how the game of football became what it is today. Great book for any fan of the Baltimore Ravens, the Ole Miss Rebels, or football in general.
Good buy!  Dec 17, 2009
The book was exactly what I was looking for. The product arrived in a timely fashion and sure beat heading to the mall.
Interesting Story, Great insight into football  Dec 15, 2009
This is a book devoted to the Left Tackle position in a football offensive line. Half of the story is an explanation of how the position became so important and the rest of the book deals with a true story about a black homless boy who is adapted by a white upperclass family. It is plain and easy to read. It keeps your interest. I read the book before seeing the movie which only deals with the family adoption story line. Even if you have seen the movie, you should read this book.
Two Ohers in the Water  Dec 12, 2009
I have to confess to never having given any thought to left tackles, so I was surprised to learn that not only are they the highest paid offensive linemen, that some are more highly paid than any NFL position except quarterback. I am so ignorant of offensive lineman, I had never heard of Michael Oher, much less that he was the 23rd draft pick of the nearby Ravens and that he had just completed a fairly successful rookie season. So everything in Lewis's as always well-told tale was revelatory. The ying and yang between Bill Walsh and Bill Parcells, perhaps a little more familiar. The challenge here seemed to be stitching the story of the player into the story of the development of the modern NFL. I guess I would have liked more of the latter, while feeling ultimately a little let down by the former. It seems like 90 percent of the story is all about Oher's experience at a Christian school in Memphis. But once he arrives at Ole Miss, it seems like Lewis is in fast forward mode and by the time he gets out of Ole Miss, the selection process in the draft seems to be handled in a sentence or two. The book ended before I was ready to stop reading on my Apple Kindle Application. I was amused that at some point, after reading pages and pages about his academic travails, Lewis notes that when Oher arrived at Ole Miss, he was pretty much as smart as anybody else. The day after I hit the touchscreen of the last page, I found a story in the Washington Post about a high school player in Northern Virginia who had moved in with a coach, and is expected to be a star at Pitt next year. That left me wondering if Oher's experience was really that unique. The Post failed to even mention Oher in their long article, which surprised me quite a bit, what with the popularity of the movie. It made me wonder, does this happen all the time. All in all, very engrossing.
Multiple Stories; Only One Truly Worthwhile the Reading Effort  Dec 4, 2009
If you are a true die-hard, in-the-wool football fan and love reading about the game and its history, then this book is well worth reading. HOWEVER, if you are reading the book to learn the story of Michael Oher, then you will be frustrated, turning the pages rapidly to get to those depicting his story. Don't get me wrong, the author knows his football and is adept at telling its history, as well as those unique players that have contributed to the game. As for Michael's story - - - see the movie. It's more rewarding.

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