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The Education of a Coach

Complete Score: 2 / 42 = 5%

The Education of a Coach is a biography about Bill Belichick written by David Halberstam. I purchased this book from Border’s at the CambridgeSide Galleria hoping to learn more about the genius’ coaching techniques and how he managed to stay fresh with ideas winning three Super Bowl’s in a matter of four years. As a huge Pats fan and an even bigger Belichick fan I was sadly disappointed when I got about halfway through the book realizing it simply was just a biography. The book went on talking about how Belichick grew up in PA played high school ball (not so well to add) and how he went from job to job before he landed the head coaching position in Titletown. After a while I simply got bored and stopped reading it. It was absolutely boring and I learned nothing new about football. What a waste of money.

Value

For $14 from Border’s I wasted three days of breakfast from Dunkin’ Donuts on my way to work. Not so expensive for a book, but a book that had nothing that I wanted or expected from it is very upsetting, especially when your bills add up to over a grand a month.

Score: 1 / 5

Quality

When describing the quality of this book, I must say that it is a glossy shiny cover and is a strong paperback book…obviously I’m joking about that. When it comes to the quality of the reading, Halberstam writes well but it was long, drawn out and boring. Not to my liking at all.

Score: 1 / 5

Innovation

This seems very tough to judge when you ask yourself how a book can be innovative. Although Belichick is the master of second half adjustments and has made defensive changes in the game that shocked the world in 2002, Halberstam is lacking in that department. The only way this book truly altered my life was by making my wallet $14 lighter, BOO to that!

Score: 0 / 5

Social Benefit

What is the social benefit of this book? It gave me a reason to write about it. This was by far one of the worst purchases I have ever made. Don’t get me wrong, Belichick and the Patriots are great, but a boring, drawn out, life long story of the most monotonic, dry, sheltered man was not my idea of a good time.

Score: 0 / 5

Freestyle:

As I have clearly stated, this book was a waste of $14 that I could have spent elsewhere. My loyalty still lies with Belichick and the Patriots but I was hoping that this book had what I was looking for.

Score: 0 / 22

The Education of a Coach is available in hardcover and paperback.

Complete Score: 2 / 42 = 5%

The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael Lewis

Complete Score: 33 / 42 = 78.6%

The Blind Side by Michael Lewis is the biography of Ole Miss Left Tackle Michael Oher. The story begins by informing the reader of Oher’s troubled upbringing in a poor neighborhood in the south. After being adopted by a wealthy white family that gave Michael all the help he needed and then some when it came to meeting his needs, Michael became a very warm, heart-felt, success story which was very touching for me to read.

Value

Originally priced at $24.95 this hard cover biography is pretty pricey for it’s use, but if you’re one of those people, like myself, that has a soft spot for the underdog, it is a life story you will love to read and feel good about. Since its release the hardcover has dropped to $16.47 and the paperback to $11.16, making it an even better value.

Score: 2 / 5

Quality

After starting this story I had put it on hold for a few weeks after the first two chapters. Shortly after that I could not put it down and was reading it everyday after I got home from work. For someone who does not look at reading as an enjoyable extracurricular activity, this book kept me involved at all times. I was so interested in Oher afterward that I began to search the internet to see where he was in his journey to the NFL. Turns out he opted to stay at Ole Miss for his junior season and should be declaring eligible for the draft next season. It was an amazing story and I was hooked after I really got into it. Lewis really knows how to convey a story’s emotions and atmosphere to the reader.

Score: 5 / 5

Michael Oher, courtesy of Ole Miss
Michael Oher, courtesy of Ole Miss

Innovation

It is hard to rate a story as innovative, but as I stated about my newfound concern for Michael Oher after reading his story I must say that his biography had some type of impact on my life. Knowing that someone can come from next to nothing and make their life a success with some help from the right people puts into perspective what I do for work everyday. I was extremely moved by Michael Oher’s courage and determination. In our day and age, it’s nice to read a story about people doing good for once.

Score: 3 / 5

Social Benefit

If you’ve been looking for a feel-good story to put a smile on your face and make you want to better your life, this is it! If you’re the type of person that gets personal enjoyment out of helping others then this book will have you smiling multiple times. The story itself acts as a good model to society, we should look to help each other out rather than bicker about our small differences.

Score: 3 / 5

Freestyle!

I can not rave about this biography enough. If I haven’t said enough about my liking of the story and the man, Michael Oher, then let me say right here and right now, I loved this book! I am at a loss for words at the amount of appreciation I have for both the author and his subject. If you like football, good stories, and / or well written books, you owe it to yourself to pick up The Blind Side soon.

Score: 20 / 22

The Blind Side by Michel Lewis is available at Amazon.com in the following formats:

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Complete Score: 33 / 42 = 78.6%