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The blind side : evolution of a game
Michael Lewis
Adult Nonfiction GV939.O44 L49 2006

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From Publishers' Weekly:

As he did so memorably for baseball in Moneyball, Lewis takes a statistical X-ray of the hidden substructure of football, outlining the invisible doings of unsung players that determine the outcome more than the showy exploits of point scorers. In his sketch of the gridiron arms race, first came the modern, meticulously choreographed passing offense, then the ferocious defensive pass rusher whose bone-crunching quarterback sacks demolished the best-laid passing game, and finally the rise of the left tackle the offensive lineman tasked with protecting the quarterback from the pass rusher whose presence is felt only through the game-deciding absence of said sacks. A rare creature combining 300 pounds of bulk with "the body control of a ballerina," the anonymous left tackle, Lewis notes, is now often a team's highest-paid player. Lewis fleshes this out with the colorful saga of left tackle prodigy Michael Oher. An intermittently homeless Memphis ghetto kid taken in by a rich white family and a Christian high school, Oher's preternatural size and agility soon has every college coach in the country courting him obsequiously. Combining a tour de force of sports analysis with a piquant ethnography of the South's pigskin mania, Lewis probes the fascinating question of whether football is a matter of brute force or subtle intellect. Photos. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Lewis here weaves together two very interesting tales. The first relates to the rising salaries of National Football League (NFL) offensive left tackles large enough, agile enough, and fast enough to protect a quarterback, keep him from being blindsided, possibly fumbling, and perhaps suffering game- or career-ending injuries. The second is the incredible journey of young African American Michael Oher, touted as a future NFL starting offensive tackle, who rose from virtual homelessness in Memphis to play football at a white, evangelical Christian high school and was adopted into a well-to-do white family. The confluence of events involving Oher and Tennessee prep football is very well told by sportswriter Lewis. The listener also gains insight into recruiting at the college level and the economics of free agency in professional football. Stephen Hoye reads the story with spirit and feeling. Very highly recommended for sports collections.-Cliff Glaviano, Bowling Green State Univ. Libs., OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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