February 7, 2012
By, Jeffrey Sica
At the beginning of the 2009 movie “Blind Side”, there is a quote by Leigh Anne Tuohy, played by Sandra Bullock, “There’s a moment of orderly silence before a football play begins, players are frozen and anything is possible. Then, like a traffic accident, stuff begins to collide, from the snap of the ball to the snap of the first bones – closer to 4 seconds than 5.”
Orderly Silence in the Markets
It’s the orderly silence before systematic chaos breaks out that gives fans that adrenaline rush which football fans crave – the fear and anticipation of the unknown. In markets we are experiencing an element of orderly silence as markets continue to mostly systematically advance.
Although it’s evident that investors are experiencing anxiousness or a “fear of the unknown” like they have rarely experienced before, something like an “orderly silence before chaos breaks out”.
In Leigh Anne Tuohy’s next quote from her narrative, she describes the legendary “blind side” hit on Joe Theisman from Lawrence Taylor when his leg was shattered, ending his career forever. She describes that moment in her narrative as “up until that moment, the play has been defined by what he (the Quarterback) sees – it’s about to be defined by what he doesn’t see”. She goes on to say, “Now y’all would guess more often than not, the highest paid player in an NFL team is the Quarterback, and you’d probably be right. But, what you probably don’t know is that more often than not, the second highest paid player is, thanks to Lawrence Taylor, the left tackle. Because as every housewife knows, the first check you write is for the mortgage, but the second is for the insurance. The left tackle’s job is to protect the Quarterback from what he can’t see coming. To protect his ‘blind side’”.