A Super Story for Super Bowl Weekend

A football book for everyone

It’s Super Bowl weekend. You may care more about the commercials than the game, you may hope the Patriots lose (I saw a headline by CBS Sports that only 27% of country wants to see the Pats win), you may not care at all. But there’s a true football story that anyone can enjoy: The Blind Side by Michael Lewis.

You may have heard of it; it was made into the 2009 movie starring Sandra Bullock, who won the Best Actress Oscar for the role. I picked up the book because I saw a copy on the “free” shelf at my library, and because I like football. (Go Pats!)

Michael Lewis is a terrific nonfiction writer, having penned many best sellers, including Moneyball and The Big Short. In The Blind Side, he tells the story of Michael Oher, a poor black teenager from Memphis, Tennessee, taken in by a rich white family who helped him become an NFL player. A big reason for this success story has to do with changes to the game of football and how its players are compensated.

One part economics, one part sociology, and two parts rags-to-riches story with larger-than-life characters,
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The Blind Side was sobering and heartening at once, as well as thoroughly entertaining. I highly recommend it. And if you don’t have time to read the book, you can always catch the movie.
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