Blind Side : Evolution of a Game
by Lewis, Michael







Back Story
13(12)
The Market for Football Players
25(14)
Crossing the Line
39(26)
The Blank Slate
65(26)
Death of a Lineman
91(24)
Inventing Michael
115(32)
The Pasta Coach
147(28)
Character Courses
175(32)
Birth of a Star
207(28)
The Egg Bowl
235(26)
Freak of Nurture
261(18)
And Moses Stuttered
279(16)
Author's Note295


The best-selling author of Moneyball 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. 250,000 first printing. First serial, New York Times Magazine.





/*Starred Review*/ The titular "blind side" is a right-handed NFL quarterback's left side. The defensive linemen rushing the quarterback from that side often arrive undetected and thus can inflict great damage on the opponent's key offensive player as he sets himself to pass. The key to minimizing quarterback damage is an effective offensive left tackle. Lewis, most recognizable as the author of the best-selling Moneyball (2003)-about the growing reliance on statistical analysis in baseball-describes the NFL's ever-growing obsession with left tackles as a means to counter defenders who seem to grow bigger, stronger, and more vicious each season. He juxtaposes that narrative with the unlikely story of Michael Oher, who was living on the streets of Memphis when he was 15 years old. He also happened to be six-feet-five-inches tall, weigh 350 pounds, and possess definite athletic talent. Almost through sheer serendipity, he is adopted by a wealthy family whose members make it their mission to see that he has an opportunity to benefit from his amazing physical gifts. The book works on three levels. First as a shrewd analysis of the NFL; second, as an expose of the insanity of big-time college football recruiting; and, third, as a moving portrait of the positive effect that love, family, and education can have in reversing the path of a life that was destined to be lived unhappily and, most likely, end badly. ((Reviewed October 15, 2006)) Copyright 2006 Booklist Reviews.






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