Posted by: bwoof | November 28, 2009

The Blind Side

Today I was blindsided by what I didn’t know.

It’s been a great day of R&R in Niagara Falls and we went to see a movie recommended by Heather and Eric. Never heard of it before, but the first paragraph of this review explains what I might have presumed about The Blind Side had I not gone to see it this afternoon.

Thumbs up!  Go see this movie if you want a true story with a feel-good but authentic message, and if you like good directing and acting, surprisingly from John Lee Hancock (The Rookie) and Sandra Bullock (lots of films).

So, here’s what  I learned, with many thanks to Wes who de-coded all the football things for me.

~ the blind side happens when a right-handed QB is looking to pass the ball to the left, but as a result can’t see what’s coming from behind

~ it’s the job of the guard to protect the QB by blocking the defensive linemen

~ Joe Theismann (whom I still remember as a Toronto Argonaut) still holds the record for the classic big ‘ouch’ of all time in a game between the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins

~ Lawrence Taylor is the guy who blindsided Theisman when the offensive line somehow forgot to protect their QB

~ Michael Oher is the key guy in the movie The Blind Side, and you’ll have to watch it to see how it relates to all of the above. He was drafted in 2009 by the Baltimore Ravens

It seems that many of the things I learn are spontaneous and surprising. But on this weekend of American Thanksgiving football games and in Canada the Vanier Cup today, and the Grey Cup tomorrow, it’s all matching up.

Many people at my school will be watching the Grey Cup, not just for the football but because one of our Glendale Bears will be on the big screens of Canada wearing his stripes. Congratulations #60!

Grateful for:

  • Wes!

Curious about:

  • the kids I know who could very well be like Michael Oher, maybe not in size or athletic ability but in background and in poverty

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