The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game

Evolution of a Game The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael M. Lewis
My review
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
About 100 pages into The Blind Side, I was putting the book down for the night, and noticed that the library had tagged it as “B – Oher” (Biography section, subject’s last name Oher). I thought it was a bit odd, since the author was really just starting to talk about Michael Oher, the phenom left tackle prospect from Memphis, Tennessee. But it ended up being very accurate. Only two or three of the chapters are devoted to examining how football evolved from the reliable run-first offense to passing 50-60% of the time. The rest are devoted to the evolution of Michael Oher’s game, and more accurately, how he went from being just another kid from the slums to living with a rich white family and becoming a top left tackle prospect.
I won’t give away the ending, and if you decide to read the book, I recommend you avoid looking up Michael Oher on the internet, as it will spoil it for you. The author definitely succeeds in showing all angles of college and pro sports, good and bad. You wind up rooting for Michael, even as he seems destined to follow that all too familiar route to destruction. The Blind Side shows us why left tackles have become so important to football (are you listening Giants and Jerry Reese?) even while they remain virtually anonymous, and then puts a face on one of those anonymous players. Brilliantly done, and the first “non-fiction” book I’ve finished so quickly in a long time.
I’ve got three potential books on my list next: The Egyptologist by Arthur Phillips, The Zero by Jess Walter, and Beauty Tips from Moose Jaw by Will Ferguson.

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  1. I heard about the book and the kid on Jim Rome a few months back…I just might have to pick that up. Still working on Book One for me though and I still have book two!!

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