Michael Oher Doesn't Like The Movie 'The Blindside' Because It Made Him Stink At Football Or Something
BSO- “This stuff, calling me a bust, people saying if I can play or not … that has nothing to do with football. It’s something else off the field. That’s why I don’t like that movie. That’s taken away from my football,” Oher said. “That’s why people criticize me. That’s why people look at me every single play.”
Hmm, don't want to kill the narrative here Michael, but I am pretty sure that people talking about whether or not you can play football has everything to do with football. Stop me if I am talking out of turn, but while 'The Blindside' may have brought him more attention than any offensive lineman particular wants, it's not responsible for him getting bull rushed on third down. Just because people look at you more than they would if you were just an average guy protecting the quarterback doesn't mean they are responsible for what they see when they do. Now, did the movie raise expectations above a reasonable height? Probably. On a left tackle's best day he isn't going to be the
most entertaining person to watch on the field. In fact the only memorable plays that left tackles make are the ones where they fuck up. That's just the nature the position, not some conspiracy set forth by 'Rotten Tomatoes'.
At the end of the day, I have a hard time sympathizing with a guy who is complaining that they made a two hour feature film glorifying his life. Oh, woe is me, people care about my career because there is an entire production dedicated to the hardships I have conquered. The fact that his experiences had the ability to fill up an entire cinematic time slot is enough to make a majority of society jealous. Hell, a movie about myself would last 10 minutes and have the entire theater leaving in a deep depression. How can you overcome so much in your life that they are able to turn it into a blockbuster smash hit, yet you can't overcome the notoriety that comes with said smash hit? Furthermore, who is still talking about Michael Oher? Last I heard he was an average, if not solid, left tackle for the Baltimore Ravens. I admittedly don't pay much attention to the offensive lines of the Ravens, Titans, and now Panthers, but I certainly haven't heard the harsh criticisms that Oher has. At the end of the day it's about what you do on the field. Oher may be more recognizable because of the movie, but it's not still affecting people's perception of him. I would certainly hope football minds would be able to see beyond the big screen.
P.S. Let's face it. No matter what Oher accomplished in his career, that includes a Super Bowl ring, nothing was going to live up to walking arm in arm with Sandra Bullock's fine ass in 'The Blindside'.