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!

Other Sources:

The ‘Snap’ Heard ‘Round the World

… or why teams need stronger protection for their biggest assets…

NCAA Blind-siding college football stars

Michael Oher’s page

Should NCAA athletes get paid?

– ESPN Campus Call re: paying student athletes

NCAA Recruitment Regulations

National College Players Association

3 Responses to “#14 – The Blind Side”

  1. 1 Matt H. August 7, 2008 at 8:12 am

    An update a couple of weeks ago from NFL Draft Scout: 07/21/08 – Ole Miss left tackle Michael Oher left Ole Miss for this past spring’s NFL draft, where he was projected as a first round pick. Just as quickly, he came back. Oher, one of the nation’s top offensive linemen, declared for the NFL draft after his junior season, but less than 24 hours later, had a change of heart. “While I felt good about being projected as a possible first round pick and had everybody in my corner, it just kept coming back to me that I was leaving some unfinished business at Ole Miss,” Oher said in January. “It’s really about winning more games and going to a bowl game. I wanted to be a part of making that happen.” Convincing Oher to return for his senior season may be first-year head coach Houston Nutt’s greatest recruiting victory thus far in Oxford. Last season, the 6-foot-5, 325 pound Oher was named First Team All-SEC and was recognized by Phil Steele as a Fourth Team All-American. The Memphis, Tenn., native has started 34 consecutive games for the Rebels. He was also instrumental in former Rebel tailback BenJarvus Green-Ellis’ back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons as a blocker. Returning to school for his final season should not only help the Rebels, but should help Oher himself. On most 2009 NFL mock drafts, Oher is projected as being a top five pick, and some Web sites have rated him No. 1 overall. – Thomas McKee, Daily Mississippian, U. Mississippi

  2. 2 Matt H. August 7, 2008 at 8:16 am

    Check out the Michael Oher video on YouTube…

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