Making Sense of Leadership: Exploring the Five Key Roles Used by Effective Leaders gFOO BAH FOO BAH 24 7 365 Days a YearSeriously doesn t it seem like football is happening year round these days The NFL with the help of ESPN has done a hell of a job making themselves ubiuitous Lucky for me I love theame Sucks for those who don t though The Blind Side is a nice concise slice of today s true American Pastime and it s the sort of feel ood story that will appeal to a broad audience and by broad I don t necessarily mean dames twiddles cigar and jiggles e On the merits of the story alone I enjoyed this book Lewis Is A Very Good Writer And He Is Able is a very ood writer and he is able tell a compelling story and educate the less knowledgeable without coming off as condescending which is difficult than it sounds The story of Michael Oher is compelling and ongoing and it s hard not to root for himThat said I have my suspicions about the altruism at the heart of the story There are too many uestionable motivations floating about although to Lewis s credit he does acknowledge them As much as Lewis tries to drive the point home that the Tuohy family are just enerous kind people I do find the story of Michael s recruitment and subseuent spoiler alert commitment to Ole Miss very suspect Consider The Facts 1Ole the facts 1Ole is far from a college football powerhouse even especially playing in the super competitive SEC 2Oher was recruited by literally every major college program in the country many of which could have afforded Oher reater opportunities for national exposure and better uality education 3Ole Miss very sketchily hired Michael s high school football coach to their staff immediately before or after I can t remember the exact timeline Michael committed to Ole Miss 4The Tuohys are well known alumni and benefactors to Ole Miss remember the exact timeline Michael committed to Ole Miss 4The Tuohys are well known alumni and benefactors to Ole Miss Lewis is an old friend of Sean TuohyTaken individually these factors can be dismissed as coincidence Together it adds up to something fishy I simply don t believe the Tuohy s motives were pure in adopting Michael and I don t like the way that Lewis casually brushes off the idea that this feel Les Innocents good story could have arose from sinister origins However that said he doesn t take the Michael Moore route and does at the very least address these issues and it is a heck of a story Maybe it s not the made for Hollywood story Lewis presents it as but then again neither are most made for Hollywood stories I read this after seeing the movie version and was amazed that many of the precious details I assumed had been invented by Hollywood writers were real and actually happened The book is mostly about Michael Oher a homeless black teenager who was adopted by a white family in Memphis who then went on to be a successful football player There are also a few dense chapters devoted to recent changes in professional football and how the player whouards the blind side of a uarterback now has I Was A Stranger greater value in the NFL Not being a football fan I skimmed those sections But the chapters about Oher s rise and turnaround were fascinating and thoughtful Michael Lewis is aifted reporter and I plan to read of his books I think The Blind Side is the kind of book that anyone can read football fans and foes alike Football haters too Yes dependent on the depth of your hostilityI literally did not care one bit for football prior to reading this book and was very okay with keeping things that way That was Until recently My boyfriend ex boyfriend is hopelessly obsessed with football and keeps trying to et me into it with little success A big reason I haven t been able to extract any semblance of entertainment out of this sport is definitely due to me not understanding the rules nor what the heck is ever oing on So I bought this book on his recommendation and started reading it in hopes of coming out with a better understanding of the ameAnd. When we first meet Michael Oher he 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.
Michael Lewis ¿ 8 Read & DownloadIgator feels that this adoption and the tens of thousands of dollars thrown towards Michael might be some attempt to circumvent the rules and buy his favor Lewis can t help but vilify her The NCAA didn t care how things were only how they could be to seem A poor black football star inside the home of this rich white booster be made to seem poor black football star inside the home of this rich white booster be made to seem scandalous and so here they were bothering Michael The lady said she was just trying to establish the facts of the case but the facts didn t descibe the case They had violated the letter of every NCAA rule ever written They d iven Michael than food clothing and shelter They d iven him a life And desipte this ascribed nobility of Sean his family and the support system of tutors willing to et him passing Gone: The Disappearance of Claudia Lawrence and Her Father's Desperate Search for the Truth grades by any means at hand I never found myself buying into it fully Yes I find myself rooting for Michael Oher to make it in the NFL but mainly because I feel that if he doesn t the life that these people haveiven him will seep away and he ll be back on the streets from which he was rescued I also was annoyed by which the degree Lewis writes from a perspective of poor black athletes and rich white heroes He can t help himself from throwing these modifiers on any person where they might apply But when talking of about a black investment banker he isn t written as a rich black banker instead he is merely described as being from Washington DC Michael is meant to stand in for so much of what is happening in this country in terms of race and economics and while large though he may be he isn t big enough to tell this story unless Lewis cuts off these annoying details and nuancesIn the end it rings with the empty ease of a cheer before a football 1,000 Awesome Writing Prompts game Whiteyo adopt a black kid that can run 43 40 on three Lewis writes two stories here One is interesting The other is mildly intriguing and probably not as a big a story as it seemsWhen telling the story of Michael Oher a poor black kid from Memphis adopted by a loaded white family and the journey he takes from uncommunicative unschooled untrusting child to a succesful lineman starring at Ole Miss it s a Moonrise (Snowfall, good storyWhen writing about the emergence of the left tackle position in the NFL it was hard not to skip passagesLeft tackle is an key position and the excerpts from players and coaches is interesting Reading about theruesome ways Lawrence Taylor destroyed people is reatBut it s tedious and in the end it s hard to argue it s important There s no real comparison to other ways the ame has evolvedThe Michael story left me uncomfortable As Hello, Snow! great a story as his is and it s stilloing when his NFL draft approaches Lewis hype will ensure you know he s available significant ethical uestions are raised by the conduct of his adoptive familyLewis correctly raises the uestions though he had little choice after the NCAA launched an investigation into the subjectBut he never attempts to answer themAnd his portrayal of the Tuohy family never wavers from supportive Lewis never tackles their involvement preferring to leave the uestioning to others and in doing so he is doing the story a disfavour 92509 As a book club read this was different And as football is not my favorite sport I don t dislike it but for me it ranks below baseball basketball I wasn t sure how I was oing to like it but I went in with an open mind It basically alternates between chapters about football player Michael Oher s history the emerging importance of the position of left tackle in the NFL and in college football Overall a very educational story for me For someone who doesn t necessarily consider themselves a true football fan some of the football history may seem a little dry I was okay with it but tended to start skimming the further I ot into the bookThe chapte. Hich the uarterback must be protected at any cost Our protagonist becomes the priceless package of size speed and agility necessary to Mastering the Art of Saying No Without Feeling Guilty: Tips, Techniques and Strategies guard the uarterback'sreatest vulnerability his blind sid. By olly Would you believe it IT ACTUALLY WORKED TH THIS BOOK actually worked Th This book uite a few different stories oing on 1 the importance of and rise of the offensive lineman 2 the story of Michael Oher 3LT as in Lawrence Taylor of the NY Giantsand Bill Walsh football coach 49er s these 3LT as in Lawrence Taylor of the NY Giantsand Bill Walsh football coach 49er s these supporting stories amongst othersI heard of the movie and I like football books so I thought I would enjoy this story about Michael Oher and I did I assumed it was just a story about Michael Oher which it wasn t I read Lewis s book Moneyball awhile back and not only did I enjoy it I winded up buying a few other books he had suggested etc and that book has really stayed with me Ok so if you want to read this book just know that it is not just an inspirational story about a poor kid who makes it to the NFl it is also a very matter of fact book about the evolution of certain postions in football mostly the left tackle who protects the blindside of the B and also about some of the changes in the Once a Wicked Lady: A Biography of Margaret Lockwood game of football The Blind SideThe Evolution Of A Game by Michael Lewis is a book split into two Stories one is about theame NFL and has much history of the Forbidden Reading game which is interesting also you don t loose sight of the other part of the story either it balances out really wellThe other part of the story is about the up and coming life of Michael Oher from his terrible childhood to when he makes it to the NFL and becomes one of highest paid athletes there are many up and downs in this young man s life and all it took was one family who did that one special thing of taking him and making him part of their family and notiving a damn what people sayYou don t need to know much about the ame because you ll know the important stuff by the end but you can certainly enjoy this to read I definitely recommend this The Blind Side features two story lines one traces the evolution of offensive football since the early 1980 s specifically the way it reacted to the way Hall of Fame revolutionized the Outside Linebacker position was played Thanks to Taylor s prowess at rushing the uarterback the Left Tacklewho protects the B s blind side uickly became one of the most important and highest paid positions
on the football fieldThe second storyline focuses on Michael Oher who has allthe football fieldThe second storyline focuses on Michael Oher who has all psyical ifts that NFL scouts look for in the prototypical Left Tackle the problem can Michael make the Future Focus grades necessary to play college football We follow Michael on his journey from impoverished upbringing to his enrollement at an elite christian school where he is taken in by a white family to his eventual enrollment at Ole Miss Along the way we areiven a Major Problems in American Urban and Suburban History: Documents and Essays glimpse into the often predatory recruiting process that top prospects must negotiate Michael is projected to be a first round pick in April s NFL draftThere have only been a handful ofreat books on Football published in the past 20 years and this is one of them Hoop Dreams detailed the machine built around taking poor black athletes from the inner city and sticking them into primarily white school systems that only cared about those athletes to the extent that they would help their sports teams win The Blind Side concerns itself with a similar story except Michael Lewis tends to pause breathlessly and exclaim isn t this A Sting in the Tale great He admits that the father Sean had been born with a talent for seeing the court taking in every angle and every other player and then attacking in the most efficient way possible The talent translated beautifully from basketball into life But Lewis never really weighs the possibility that maybe this chronic manipulater had some dubious intentions when on essentially a whim he ends up adopting a tremendous football talent Michael a year before Michael decides where he wants to play his college ball When an NCAA invest. And school after a rich white Evangelical family plucks him from the streets Then tworeat forces alter Oher the family's love and the evolution of professional football itself into a ame in