Monday, April 12, 2010

'The Blind Side' is excellent; Nick Saban delivers a performance for the ages

I finally saw The Blind Side over the weekend and thought it was really good. Released last year, it is about a homeless black teenager taken in by a white family. While there, he gains the family structure he needs. Eventually, he emerges as a football star and the rest is history. It could have been maudlin, but it was not. Sandra Bullock won the Academy Award for Best Actress.

An interesting part of the film was when the teenager started getting recruited by several Southeastern Conference football programs. Several conference coaches played themselves during this part of the film. I thought former Tennessee head coach Phillip Fulmer did a good job. He seemed at ease and delivered his lines well. It was a little weird seeing him wear his University of Tennessee clothing despite being fired in 2008, but he did fine.

As for Alabama head coach Nick Saban, all I can say is that he delivered his lines like he had a wooden pole shoved up his rear end.

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