Tuesday, December 19, 2006

The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game

As someone who discards the sports section as soon as I open the newspaper, I wouldn't normally choose to read a book about football. This book by Moneyball author Michael Lewis is an exception. There's plenty of description of plays and players, told in such a way as to interest even the most reluctant of fans. But the real story here is of prodigy Michael Oher. A male Cinderella, Michael was reared (if you can describe the damage caused by a mostly absent, always disinterested addict mother as "rearing") for a life of ignorance and poverty. He was admitted to a Christian high school, and later, into a rich family--rich in cash and also in love. The tale of Michael's transformation is spellbinding.


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