please watch The Blind Side. Now, I don’t get football – American football. I don’t understand any sport except maybe Cricket and Tennis. There too, I don’t follow anything avidly except the Cricket World Cup.
American Football, to me is an extremely difficult sport to “get”. There’s way too many people on the field. They’re all a blur of movement. People get hurt, severely, at times – a lot of the time and there supposedly is an imaginary line you’re required to cross. The first time I heard that, I went “Any sport that wants me to see things that don’t exist is not for me.” I love hosting Superbowl parties and I pick the team I want to support depending on which team has the best looking Quarterback. The team with the hotter Quarterback is the team I yell, scream and shout in support of – all of this, not understanding, if they’re doing well or not.
So when the Blind Side first released in the theaters, I did not watch it. After all it was based on the real life story of Michael Oher - offensive tackle for the Baltimore Ravens. I recorded it when it came on TV because the opening lines of the movie impressed me. I watched it and continued to watch it because the story moved me.
It is not a story about an American football hero. It is a story of how nurture can win over nature. It is a story of the resilient nature of the human spirit and about the old-fashioned idea of “doing the right thing”.
So never mind, if you’ve never seen American football, if you don’t “get” any sport, you will “get” this movie. Like Leigh Anne Tuohy says in the movie”You can thank me later.”