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Published on Sep 17, 2007
As he did so memorably for baseball in "Moneyball", Lewis takes a statistical X-ray of the hidden substructure of football in "The Blind Side", outlining the invisible doings of unsung players that determine the outcome more than the showy exploits of point scorers. In his sketch of the gridiron arms race, first came the modern, meticulously choreographed passing offense, then the ferocious defensive pass rusher whose bone-crunching quarterback sacks demolished the best-laid passing game, and finally the rise of the left tackle. Combining a tour de force of sports analysis with a piquant ethnography of the South's pigskin mania, Lewis probes the fascinating question of whether football is a matter of brute force or subtle intellect. This event took place September 11, 2007 at Google Headquarters in Mountain View, CA.