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The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  76,727 ratings  ·  3,720 reviews
When we first meet Michael Oher, 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 i ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 17th 2007 by W. W. Norton Company (first published 2006)
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Deborah Its a non-fiction book about the evolution of football. It has two story lines: One is the changes that happen to football in the course of time.…moreIts a non-fiction book about the evolution of football. It has two story lines: One is the changes that happen to football in the course of time. Lewis examines individual coaches and players that shape the game over time. The second story line is the story of Michael Oher and how his destiny was shaped in turn by the evolution of football. Its interconnected. Because the game had changed, the NFL required players that were built and gifted like Oher. 20 years earlier, he wouldn't have made a football career. But in 2005, he was wanted for this ability, aptitude and physique. (less)

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Jason Koivu
May 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
FOO-BAH! FOO-BAH! 24-7, 365 Days a Year!

Seriously, doesn't it seem like football is happening year 'round these days? The NFL with the help of ESPN has done a hell of a job making themselves ubiquitous. Lucky for me, I love the game. Sucks for those who don't, though...

The Blind Side is a nice, concise slice of today's true American Pastime, and it's the sort of feel-good story that will appeal to a broad audience (and by broad I don't necessarily mean dames!) *twiddles cigar and jiggles eyebrow
Dec 19, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: football fans
On the merits of the story alone, I enjoyed this book. Lewis is a very good writer, and he is able to tell a compelling story and educate the less knowledgeable without coming off as condescending, which is more difficult than it sounds. The story of Michael Oher is compelling (and ongoing), and it's hard not to root for him.

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
Jan 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Football fans, educators, social workers
Recommended to Mahlon by: ESPN
Shelves: read-2009
The Blind Side features two story lines, one traces the evolution of offensive football since the early 1980's specifically the way it reacted to the way Hall of Fame revolutionized the Outside Linebacker position was played. Thanks to Taylor's prowess at rushing the Quarterback, the Left Tackle(who protects the QB's blind side) quickly became one of the most important, and highest-paid positions on the football field.

The second storyline focuses on Michael Oher, who has all the psyical gifts th
Oct 12, 2007 rated it liked it
Hoop Dreams detailed the machine built around taking poor black athletes from the inner city and sticking them into primarily white school systems that only cared about those athletes to the extent that they would help their sports teams win. The Blind Side concerns itself with a similar story, except Michael Lewis tends to pause breathlessly and exclaim isn't this great? He admits that the father, Sean, "had been born with a talent for seeing the court, taking in every angle and every other pla ...more
Jan 25, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: football fans
This book has quite a few different stories going on:
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
Dec 05, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Lewis writes two stories here. One is interesting. The other is mildly intriguing and probably not as a big a story as it seems.

When telling the story of Michael Oher, a poor black kid from Memphis adopted by a loaded white family and the journey he takes from uncommunicative, unschooled, untrusting child to a succesful lineman starring at Ole Miss it's a good story.

When writing about the emergence of the left tackle position in the NFL it was hard not to skip passages.

Left tackle is an key posi
Aug 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
I read this after seeing the movie version and was amazed that many of the precious details I assumed had been invented by Hollywood writers were real and actually happened. The book is mostly about Michael Oher, a homeless black teenager who was adopted by a white family in Memphis who then went on to be a successful football player. There are also a few dense chapters devoted to recent changes in professional football and how the player who guards the blind side of a quarterback now has greate ...more
Apr 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
9/25/09 - As a book club read, this was different. And as football is not my favorite sport (I don't dislike it, but for me it ranks below baseball & basketball), I wasn't sure how I was going to like it, but I went in with an open mind. It basically alternates between chapters about football player Michael Oher's "history" & the emerging importance of the position of left tackle in the NFL and in college football. Overall, a very educational story for me. For someone who doesn't necessa ...more
Jose Tagle
Oct 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Blind Side is a book about a homeless teenager who gets adopted by a married couple who sees him on the side of the road and gives him a ride and a place to stay. While he is with them he grows fond of them he starts to attend a fancy mainly white Americans go there he only has a couple pairs of clothes.
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
Jan 31, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Mixed feelings about this one. I'm huge NFL fan and Ravens are one of my favorite teams (mostly because of Ray Lewis) but I didn't know the Michael Oher story until the movie was released.

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
Apr 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book...well most of it anyway. Michael Oher's story was touching and I loved that specific part in this book. He changed his stars and put them in line. It was very inspirational. This started as a solid and clear 5 stars. Michael Lewis wrote this story so well.

But then he got all technical about football, coaches, players, and plays. Which, to be honest, really isn't my thing. I like football just a tad less than baseball, and I really don't like baseball. Football, to me, just see
Mary Ronan Drew
Oct 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Michael Lewis does it again, this time with football. This is the story of a black kid from the country's third poorest zip code in Memphis who was adopted by a wealthy white family (they own their own jet) and with lots of support from the father of a son and from coaches and teachers and tutors played football at Old Miss and made it to the NFL and multi-million dollar contracts.

Woven into the story of Michael Oher is the development of the importance of the left tackle in professional footbal
Apr 07, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I am a big Michael Lewis fan, but Blind Side really missed the mark. This was a chance to explore race, socioeconomics, education, and college and professional sports. Instead, it becomes a story of how wonderful a white family is for taking in a poor, black kid who is then groomed to play football for the NFL. There are so many shades of gray in this true story, but Lewis never really "goes there" and it becomes clear why in the acknowledgments - he is childhood friends with the rich white man ...more
Mar 17, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teaching, sports
My husband read this as a sports book, but as an educator I was very interested in the barriers poverty presents for getting through (or even "to") school. My father-in-law recently reminded me of the book when he recalled that Oher and his brother grew up in a section of Memphis where Census results showed not a single father in the entire zip code. Is anyone starting a Memphis Children's Zone?
Feb 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: school-reads
Had no idea what was going on. I don't speak football.
Oct 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
As a young adolescent, I was a football cheerleader. When I faced the audience and performed, I was on top of the world. When I turned around and watched the game, I was disinterested to the point of wishing I could read a book, right there on the side of the field.

Once, as we girls were cheering "O-F-F-E-N-S-E: Offense, Offense, Go Team!" a dad of one of the players threw an empty soda can at us and shouted, "You idiots! We're on DEFENSE!"

I remember looking around at the other girls, thinking.
After seeing the movie I was curious about the book and though I'm not a big football fan decided to give it a read.

The story is well written and Michael Oher's story is compelling. I'd been curious about the Racism vs. Ole Miss angle as it was not emphasized in the film and knowing what I did of Ole Miss's history I was curious. This was covered very well in the book.

I was a bit daunted by depth of the coverage of the evolution of football in the book but I can't say I wasn't warned... The ti
I'm not even going to bother putting the excerpt for this book since if you've seen the movie you know what its about. I'm going to put it straight that i am not a sports fan. I know absolutely nothing about sports, nor do i care to learn. The reason i picked up the book was because i liked the movie.Whenever i see movies based on books and i like it i tend to read the book next. Unfortunately the book is nothing like the movie. In fact unless your a sports or football fan that it's probably saf ...more
Oct 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You’ve seen the movie, now read the book. Michael Lewis truly has a knack for taking an ordinary subject that’s been endlessly profiled, such as the rags to riches story of a big black football player from the south, and peeling away unseen layers to reveal surprising depths and nuance. The opening, which solemnly recounts Joe Theismann’s gruesome injury at the hands of Lawrence Taylor, is a perfect introduction to “The Blind Side” as a football term, but also lays the groundwork for exploring t ...more
I loved this book! Love, love, loved it. Interest in football? Zero. Interest in the surge of importance of a single football position I maybe could point out on the field, but probably not? Nope. Interest in the motives and actions of a white Christian Republican uber-rich Memphis family? Not even. Interest in this book which contains all of the above? Incredible. I couldn't put it down. That is the mark of a very good non-fiction writer. Do you like football? Read this book. Do you not like fo ...more
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
So many of the world's most popular tales start off with the main character in a terrible situation whether it’s cinderella who had to grow up with evil step sisters or Annie who has to live her life in an orphanage. The readers immediately feel bad for these characters and want to find out what happens to them. “The Blind Side,” Published in 2006, and written by Michael Lewis places Michael Oher in one of these horrible situations. The only difference is, that Michael Oher’s story is real.

Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
You don't have to be a football fan to enjoy this story, so don't put it aside for that reason. The author breaks down the portions of football you need to understand in order to get at the real story he is trying to tell, that of Michael Oher.
This book can be appreciated on many different levels. For the student of football, getting the backstory of how the game has evolved and adapted is quite an education. For those who enjoy the human interest story, you get one of the best in the form of Mi
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have zero interest in football and wasn't planning to read this book, even though I consistently like everything that Michael Lewis writes. I came across a copy at a book swap, took it home and read it in 24 hours. Fantastic. An amazing story. Lewis is the master at explaining complicated data and trends and making them feel relevant (and understanding which ones actually ARE relevant); and linking them with real people's real stories. He makes these people so interesting, maybe more interesti ...more
Rachel He
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fun and enjoyable read. It combines the story of Michael Oher (and the Tuohy family) and random anecdotes about football (including play calls, positions, players, etc). I enjoyed it because when I watch football I only really see where the ball travels, so it was cool to hear some of the strategy behind positioning or certain plays. Also, a nice heartwarming story about Oher and his family, what’s not to love?
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
I loved the movie and I loved the story of Michael Ohre and the Toehy family but I really didn't need the football lessons about the history of the position or the history of Ole Miss Just a lot of space
Dara S.
Enjoyed the story about Michael Ohr.
Dylan G
Great book i would recommend it to many people who like sports books
Hoochie Cookie Man
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm not really into biographies, but this has to be one of the most fun, interesting, and well-written biographies I've ever read!
Sep 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Mar 30, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Michael Oher grew up in the third poorest zip code in the United States, a village that was a “portrait of social dysfunction” (302). He lived with thirteen brothers and sisters all born under the same unemployed, alcoholic, substance-abusing mother, until the children were forcibly separated into foster homes. On many occasions, Michael fled from foster homes to reunite with his mother, often rendering him homeless in his search. From the extreme poverty of Memphis’ slums, the novel’s protagoni ...more
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Michael Lewis, the best-selling author of Liar’s Poker, The Money Culture, The New New Thing, Moneyball, The Blind Side, Panic, Home Game, The Big Short, and Boomerang, among other works, lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife and three children.
“He was ignorant, but a lot of people mistook ignorance for stupidity, and knowingness for intelligence.” 40 likes
“Courage is a hard thing to figure. You can have courage based on a dumb idea or mistake, but you're not supposed to question adults, or your coach or your teacher, because they make the rules. Maybe they know best, but maybe they don't. It all depends on who you are, where you come from. Didn't at least one of the six hundred guys think about giving up, and joining with the other side? I mean, valley of death that's pretty salty stuff. That's why courage it's tricky. Should you always do what others tell you to do? Sometimes you might not even know why you're doing something. I mean any fool can have courage. But honor, that's the real reason for you either do something or you don't. It's who you are and maybe who you want to be. If you die trying for something important, then you have both honor and courage, and that's pretty good. I think that's what the writer was saying, that you should hope for courage and try for honor. And maybe even pray that the people telling you what to do have some, too.” 30 likes
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