Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Blind Sided By A Movie About Football

Mary McNamara pens a Critic's Notebook in the Los Angeles Times about how the Sandra Bullock Blind Side brought back the greatness and heartbreak of growing up a Baltimore Colts fan. But can one really say, "Go Ravens!"

When I went to see "The Blind Side," I didn't expect it to heal the horseshoe-shaped scar I had almost forgotten. I went because I love Sandra Bullock; I had no idea Michael Oher, the subject of the film, played for Baltimore. I don't follow football anymore. I have not seen an entire professional football game in 25 years. See, I was born in Baltimore. Which meant that I was instantly, unequivocally and possibly legally born a Colts fan.

When I was growing up, there was no escaping the Baltimore Colts. My parents were not particularly sporty, but that didn't matter. For as long as I can remember and longer, when the Colts were playing, the game was on. Wherever you were, even if you had homework, even if it was dinner time, even it if was a dinner
party, even if it was a wake."

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