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After Moneyball

By posted at 6:12 pm on September 24, 2006 1

coverIf you’ve been reading this blog for a really long time, you’ll recall that I was a big fan of Moneyball, Michael Lewis’ look at the inefficiencies of baseball as a business. What could have come off as dry, numbers-heavy, and “inside baseball,” if you’ll pardon the phrase, turned out to be a fascinating treatise that delved into psychology and economics and contained profiles a number of interesting people. With that in mind, I was excited to learn of a new book by Lewis coming out later this fall, The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game, which, if Malcolm Gladwell is to be believed, will be just as good. Says Gladwell,

It’s about a teenager from the poorest neighborhood in Memphis who gets adopted by a wealthy white family, and who also happens to be an extraordinarily gifted offensive lineman. Simultaneously Lewis tells the story of the emergence of the left tackle as one of the most important positions in modern day football. I thought Moneyball was fantastic. But this is even better, and it made me wonder if we aren’t enjoying a golden age of sportswriting right now.

As has been previously discussed here, the world could use more good books about football, so I’m pleased to hear about this one.

Update: Here’s an excerpt. Thanks Patrick.

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One Response to “After Moneyball”

  1. Patrick
    at 10:26 am on September 25, 2006

    I read the excerpt in the New York Times Magazine. As I am an idiot, I didn't even notice who wrote it or that it was an excerpt. The very same thing happened when I read the excerpt of Moneyball.

    The piece in the times was unbelievalby good. It had something that Moneyball lacked — drama. I'm psyched. Finally I have a reason to get up in the morning.

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