The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game
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"Lewis has such a gift for storytelling... he writes as lucidly for sports fans as for those who read him for other reasons."--Janet Maslin, New York Times
When we first meet Michael Oher is one of thirteen children by a mother addicted to crack; he does not know his real name, his father, his birthday, or how to read or write. He takes up football, and school, after a rich, white, Evangelical family plucks him from the streets. Then two great forces alter Oher: the family's love and the evolution of professional football itself into a game in which the quarterback must be protected at any cost. Our protagonist becomes the priceless package of size, speed, and agility necessary to guard the quarterback's greatest vulnerability: his blind side.
More praise for THE BLIND SIDE “Yet another triumph…[The Blind Side] is about much more than college football recruitment…it is actually about the American dream itself.” —A. G. Gancarski, Washington Times “Lewis has such a gift for storytelling…he writes as lucidly for sports fans as for those who read him for other reasons.” —Janet Maslin, New York Times “Grabs hold of you.” —Allen Barra, Washington Post “[Lewis] is advancing a new genre of journalism.” —George F. Will, New
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was of a great wooden barrel teetering on toothpicks. From the depths of the barrel emerged sounds so clotted and guttural that, when you first heard them, you did not recognize them as English, or, for that matter, human speech. “YAAAWWW BEEE BAAWWW!” Huh? “YAAAWWW BEEE BAAWWW!” That’s what he bellowed as he burst through the door and got his first look at Michael in the flesh: “YAAAWWW BEEE BAAWWW!” (“You a big boy!”) Then he gave Michael a huge bear hug, followed by the sales pitch.
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