The Blind Side Tackled
Every once in a while I read a book I enjoy so much that I read it twice. I just finished one for the first time that I’m sure I’ll go through again.
The Blind Side tells of Michael Oher, who plays left tackle at Ole Miss. If the story were that simple the book wouldn’t be much more than the standard sports bio. If any of us had met Oher and his family before he became a teenager, we would all have predicted much less for him. Through a sequence of chances he now finds himself an all SEC lineman and a surefire NFL prospect.
On Saturday he may not have lived up to that reputation. Ole Miss lost to Vanderbilt 31-17 and Vandy linebackers got behind the Ole Miss line for six sacks.
Even if he doesn’t end up in the NFL, which seems unlikely, his life story intertwined with the evolution of the left tackle makes for a fascinating read by Michael Lewis, who also wrote Moneyball. This book is getting less attention than Moneyball, but I enjoyed it more.
I bought the book a couple weeks ago after finally making it all the way through Hubris. That book was dense. Interesting, yes. Important as well, but dense. Lewis’ book is a breeze to read.
Oh, and there’s a BYU angle to it as well.