Man Who Inspired The Blind Side No Longer Playing On The Blind Side
Playing left tackle helped pull Michael Oher out of a rough childhood into college, made him millions of NFL dollars, and made him the inspiration for both a book and movie. Both book and movie were, of course, called The Blind Side (and Oher got a book deal of his own out of all this, too). And it's all thanks to Oher's ability to play left tackle, the second-most-prized position in football - the position that comes with it the responsibility to protect the quarterback's blind side.
Fast forward to today: Oher's NFL team, the Baltimore Ravens, recently signed offensive lineman Bryant McKinnie from the Minnesota Vikings. McKinnie's position: left tackle. According to McKinnie, that's where he'll play in Baltimore. Oher will switch to the right side. In other words, the inspiration for The Blind Side is no longer playing on the blind side. The Ravens did move Oher around some during his rookie year, but he was entrenched at left tackle last season. McKinnie's signing seems to signal a more permanent move away from that position that made Oher famous.
All this means, of course, that Oher's story is no longer inspirational. Sandra Bullock will be returning her Oscar shortly. Michael Lewis' book will soon be out of print. Oher's own book will be re-titled You Probably Won't Beat The Odds. The universe is devoid of meaning.
...Okay, fine, it's still inspirational. Something just seems wrong with such an integral part of a story that inspired so many (remember, the actual position of left tackle itself and how it's come to be so valuable was a key component of Lewis' book) essentially no longer applying, at least for the time being. Pro Football Talk's Gregg Rosenthal wrote that "it has to be a little disappointing for Baltimore that Oher hasn’t stuck as a franchise left tackle just yet." Baltimore? Try AMERICA, friend.