The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game
1) the importance of and rise of the offensive lineman 2) the story of Michael Oher, 3)LT (as in Lawrence Taylor of the NY Giants)and Bill Walsh (football coach, 49er's) these are "supporting stories" amongst others
I heard of the movie and I like football books, so I thought I would enjoy this story about Michael Oher (and I did). I assumed it was just a story about Michael Oher, which it wasn't.
I read Lewis's book Moneyball awhile back and...more
He starts playing football but he does not have the best grades in the world, his major is protection. His adopted parents use that to an advantage and he become’s really good at the sport...more
The second storyline focuses on Michael Oher, who has all the psyical gifts th...more
Michael Lewis is probably my favorite living author.
About 1980, Tracey Kidder wrote "THE SOUL OF A NEW MACHINE".
A book about how a bunch of employees at a computer company
designed a new computer against restraints of time and money.
I think this was probably the first book that took an
inside look at organizations and how they work to produce
Michael Lewis has glommed on to this genre and has written
a series of great books....more
That said, I have my suspicions about the altruism at the heart of the story. There are too many questionable motivations floating about, although, to Lewis's credit, he doe...more
A real shame that the second half is phoned in. The first half is brilliant; at once a wonderful, heartbreaking story about a real person, and a clean, clear look at the evolution of the passing game and the roles of pass rushers and left tackles. And I know what the West Coast offense is now!
In the end, I wanted more football. Without taking anything away from the story of Michael Oher, which was great, I wanted Lewis's crisp, clear style to explain the intricacies of this very compli...more
But the bulk of the book focuses on the life of Michael Oher, and his unforgettable life...more
I found the Left Tackle/NFL history of the book very interesting. But I can totally see why Michael himself had problems with how he was portrayed in the book. This is not just a poor black teenager being taken in by rich white upper class christian family stereotypical rags to riches taking the black child ou...more
Why I started this book: I lo...more
As in Moneyball (**** July/Aug 2003), which chronicled the strategies behind the Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane, Berkeley-based author Michael Lewis takes a personal look at a complicated game in his newest nonfiction extravaganza. Just as they embraced Moneyball, critics eagerly wrap their arms around The Blind Side. It's much more than a treatise on football; it's an exploration of the limits of conventional thinking and how strategic changes affect the value of quick-footed behemoths...more
The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game is a book by Michael Lewis released in 2006 about American football. It features two dominant storylines. The first is an examination of how offensive football strategy has evolved over the past three decades in large part due to Lawrence Taylor's arrival in the 1980s and how this evolution has placed an increased importance on the role of the left tackle. The secon...more
Michael Oher is a African-American teenage whose mom is addicted to crack. While wondering the streets the Tuohy family came upon him and that's when the story unfolds. White proper Southern people taking in a black boy is not common. The Tuohy family opens their home and hearts to Michael, sharing not only their posses...more
Yet again, Michael Lewis has created another heart warming, feel good book. The Blind Side is about a young man who has nobody until a kind, giving family steps in and takes care of him.
In the beginning of the book a young man named Michael has a very rough life. He doesn't know who his father is and his mom can't seem to stay out of trouble with law. Michael is taken in by a family shortly before he turns eighteen. At first they let him sleep on the couch and give him something t...more
This book in par...more
by Michael Lewis
Read from September 23 to October 5, 2103
A1 English 131
“The Blind Side” by Michael Lewis is a very emotional story. The book tells about many happy, sad, and funny moments about the life of Michael Oher, which keeps the reader wanting to read more. It begins with a young African American man who had no family. He was taken away from his mother, who was a drug addict, at a very young age. He couldn’t read or write. This young boy was very fortunate to...more
Read this book if you want to learn about LT (aka Lawrence Taylor, the greatest Linebacker ever) or about 'West-Coast Offence' or how the epic battle between Bill Walsh and Bill Parcells started (for those that don't know, pretty much *every* coach...more
Over the summer, I read “The Blind Side” by Michael Lewis. This book is about a poor young man, Michael Oher, who gets help from a rich white family. Throughout his struggles in maintaining passable marks in school, he realizes, that he has a great talent in football.
Michael Oher had a terrible childhood. He was very poor and he was taken away from his mother at the age of 6. Due to his bad childhood, he was filled with a lot of pain. This pain travelled with...more
The history of NFL strategy: 4-5 stars.
This part is very interesting, and somewhat changed the way I think about football. The downside is that it feels very reductionist, in a Malcolm Gladwell-y way, which leads me to believe that my newfound understanding of football strategy is in fact comically inadequate. Nonetheless, it's interesting.
A socioeconomic study of east and west Memphis: 3 stars.
There is a little of thi...more
It's hard to know how or even whether to recommend this book. I alternately enjoyed and was bored by it. There's a LOT of football details that I don't care about, and I even used to be a football fan, although baseball has totally eclipsed th...more
Michael Lewis attended Princeton University where he received a BA in art history in 1982. He also received a masters degree in economics from the London School of Economics in 1985.
He went on to work with New York art dealer Wildenstein, and then became a bond salesman at...more