Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Blind-Sided

Michael Lewis has a new book coming out! Michael Lewis has a new book coming out! Michael Lewis has a new book coming out! I'm going to soil my armour!

Okay, it's not the long awaited sequel to Moneyball, but it is still a sports book. Entitled The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game, the book is about an up-and-coming football player. That is all I know. No name for the player. No central idea for the story. Nada. Just a title, and a release date (October 2, 2006). Ooh, wee! I'm as happy as a little grrll.

4 Comments:

At 2:04 AM, Blogger Mini Me said...

Sweet! I loved Money Ball! Is this book non-fiction?

 
At 2:19 AM, Blogger Andy Grabia said...

Yup. Although the description reads like it is a fictional novel.

 
At 2:24 AM, Blogger Andy Grabia said...

Wait a minute. I followed Mini Me's link, and found that Abboud has joined another blog, and fantasy football league, without letting any of us know. When the hell did that happen?

 
At 8:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The kid's name is Michael Oher - he's a soph. o-lineman for Ole Miss this season. Time's summary of the book:

Michael Lewis writes about sports with the dry, quantitative eye of a former bond salesman with a master's degree from the London School of Economics--which he was, and has. "An NFL football field is a tightly strung economy," he writes. "Everything on it comes at a price." You would think that angle would suck all the fun out of his storytelling, but it only enriches it.

This fall Lewis gives football the Moneyball treatment in The Blind Side (October), which tells the story of a fatherless, dirt-poor little boy named Michael Oher who gets adopted by an evangelical couple, grows up to be not so little and goes on to become a top NFL prospect (he's currently playing for Ole Miss). In and around Oher's story Lewis analyzes the ways the entire game of football has changed since the rise of the booming, punishing quarterback sack: those who leave their blind sides unprotected pay a very heavy price indeed.
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Oher's adoptive father is the "color commentator" for the Memphis Grizzlies radio broadcasts, was an all-SEC point guard at Ole Miss and played high school ball with Lewis in New Orleans.

It likely will be somewhat controversial since it is the story of a poor, struggling, fatherless black kid who "makes it" after being adopted by a white evangelical family.

 

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