The Blind Side by Michael Lewis
Host: Dave K.
Date: June 12, 2008
Judges Score: Our first foray into literary nonfiction was an enjoyable one. Some felt Lewis’ writing style was a bit superfluous, while others saw it as his way of painting a complex picture. Either way, everyone enjoyed the stories (there were really two in here), even if the veracity was questionable.
The issue was raised that the author may have “held back a bit” regarding the portrayal of Sean Tuohy’s true intentions. The author’s prior relationship with Sean (they were boyhood friends) is brought to light only at the end of the book. Even though, according to the author, we tend to take the end result and “reason back from there”, you have to wonder how the book would have read knowing this fact from the outset.
Our discussion also delved into other areas tangential to the story – NCAA recruitment regulations, whether or not to pay student-athletes, Michael Oher’s passion for football, and the continuing evolution of the game – all of which have related links below.
Food & Drink: Standard football fare- pizza, beer, and wings!
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