Mostly the explanations of football strategy were very good and I followed most of it though I'm in no way a fan of the game. Retrieved on January 23, 2011. He moved to New York for training and witnessed firsthand the cutthroat, scruple-free culture that was Wall Street in the 1980s. His childhood is marked by poverty and abuse that is so extreme that even when he lives with the wealthy Tuohys, he hoards food and money. He changed his stars and put them in line. But the chapters about Oher's rise and turnaround were fascinating and thoughtful. That said, I have my suspicions about the altruism at the heart of the story.
If you'd rather not learn a lot about football but are still curious about the Michael Oher story, by all means, check out the movie. Eventually his life turns around and he gets noticed by a high school football scout who thinks he has the potential to play college football. Michael misses as many classes as he attends, and appears to be functioning at a grade level far below where he should be. This isn't to say his experience isn't inspiring; the book just does a better job at disclosing every aspect of the story. I loved Michael Oher's story though. In addition to blood being on his shirt, S.
Everybody, even his teacher doubted he would even to pass high school academically. And we did this six nights a week. Chapter 1, Back Story Summary and Analysis The first chapter begins with a step-by-step description of a famous football play and the role of the offensive linemen that protect the quarterback from opposing defenses. Up to that moment, he wasn't able to get the hang of the game and its rules, and he wasn't able to understand what his role on the field was. In real life, Michael got the Munford player up to the fence but not over it unlike what we see in the movie before a group of Munford players piled on top of him. Michael Lewis wrote this story so well.
The main gang member in the movie, Alton, is loosely based on Delvin Lane, the leader of a gang that hung around the Hurt Village housing projects. A family by the name of Touhy took Michael in and gave him everything he needed. However, the coach reminds them that they are a Christian school and need to look out for young men like Michael, or they need to paint over the Christian part of their name. Leigh Anne visits Michael's mother to help Michael, she speaks with counselors and coaches on his behalf, and she advocates for him within the educational system. The biblical admonition to care for orphans is lived out by this family.
The Blind Side is truly a remarkable story shown through a movie with young Michael given a chance for success, a hard journey that experiences Inspirational movies usually have some sort of complication throughout its story line. I came across a copy at a book swap, took it home and read it in 24 hours. For those who enjoy the human interest story, you get one of the best in the form of Mi You don't have to be a football fan to enjoy this story, so don't put it aside for that reason. That one night becomes many, and Michael moves in with Leigh Anne and her family. The Key Support Sean Tuohy is the head of the Tuohy family. The 49ers lost badly to the Giants in 1985 and again, in 1986. How does Michael react to black people who criticize the notion of the wealthy white family helping the poor black kid? The book, I come to find, is a progression of interweaving stories; about the evolution of the position of left offensive tackle in American football; the free market increase of value of that position, and why it became so important; the central character, Oher, and how it came to pass that he wound up playing the position; the socioeconomic factors that played into his struggle out of the slums of Memphis' west side; the business and politics of college football; the transient nature of Oher's relationships with people in his life, until he met the Tuohy family and became part of it.
Did Leigh Anne really have to deal with haughty women questioning her decision to take Michael in? Because it doesn't run from the struggles Oher had; it lays it bare for the reader, in context, and doesn't flinch. The title indicated as much. The Tuohys eventually become Michael's legal guardians, transforming both his life and theirs. The real Collins Tuohy never had to overcome taunting at school because of Michael staying with her family. Lucky for me, I love the game. For the student of football, getting the backstory of how the game has evolved and adapted is quite an education. If you're a sports fan or if you've got one on your gift list, this may well be a great buy.
And the story of Michael Oher, adopted by what would seem like the last family in the world to love and care for someone like him, is a delight. The only antagonists are the streets he is trying to get away from. Around this time, the Tuohys decide to adopt Michael as their own child. But I can totally see why Michael himself had problems with how he was portrayed in the book. Michael Lewis is a gifted reporter and I plan to read more of his books. Out of circumstances including Coach Burt Cotton's belief that he would be an asset to the school's football program based solely on his size and seeing him move, Michael is accepted into Wingate Christian School - an exclusive private school - despite his abysmal 0. The next morning, Leigh Anne notices that Michael has left.
How did Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy learn about Michael Oher? For those who enjoy the human interest story, you get one of the best in the form of Michael Oher. In The Blind Side movie, the Tuohys hire Kathy Bates' character, Miss Sue, to tutor Michael. At the traditional Christmas card photograph of that year, Leigh Anne invites him to appear in the family photo. One night, Leigh Anne notices Michael walking alone on the moist road, shivering in the cold without adequate clothing. Although it's not focused on in the movie, Michael Oher's basketball talent made him runner-up high school Player of the Year in Tennessee. 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 good story could have arose from more sinister origins.
Michael threw the 230 pound Antonio into the ground, picked him up by the throat, beat him in the face and threw him across the room. It's amazing to see what's come of it since. If you really want to dig deeper intellectually, the socioeconomic factors, especially regarding professional athletes, is glimpsed. Big Tony had taken Michael in because Michael seemed not to have a family of his own; now, he tried to provide Michael with an education. He no longer lives with his drug addicted mother, but is in foster care when he isn't running away to sleep wherever else he can find. The story is well written and Michael Oher's story is compelling. They are left speechless when she threatens them and is not afraid of them at all.
People have got to do things to sell it. Do you not like football? Michael Oher was a natural athlete who grew up without a dad and a mom that never really cared for anything except drugs. In the book we learn about defenders on that side and how they made a living hitting the qb from that side. Filming for the school scenes took place at and in , and it features many of their students as extras. Early in the movie, Mrs. Believing the investigation offensive, Leigh Anne refuses to participate.