I'm a big Michael Lewis fan. I read Moneyball and loved it, but I figured that's because baseball is my favorite sport. So when colleague Willem K. got me a copy of Lewis latest book, The Blind Side, I figured I'd read it but not right away; after all football is #3 or #4 on my list of must-watch sports, so what's the rush?
I finally started reading it recently and finished it last night. Now I wish I would have started sooner. It's every bit as good as Moneyball but from a completely different perspective. The Blind Side tells the story of Michael Oher, an extremely poor individual from Memphis who is an incredible physical specimen. It's his physical abilities that get everyone's attention, including the NCAA. In fact, if you're looking for a book to show you just how incompetent and silly the NCAA can be, well, you've found the winner with The Blind Side.
Besides the story of Oher, Lewis also uses this book to document the left tackle's meteoric rise in importance and pay scale in the NFL. The book is filled with interesting behind-the-scenes observations from coaches and players alike. For example, I don't think I've ever read so much about Lawrence Taylor's career-ending hit on Joe Theismann.
All in all, this is an excellent summary of a position and a player who is currently still in college but should soon be making his mark in the NFL. It's also an inspiring story of a family who took him in and gave him a chance. In short, there's something in this for everyone regardless of whether you're a big time football fan.