I am not really sure where to begin. Friday Night Lights is soul stirring, heartbreaking, discouraging and amazing read. It reaffirmed my opinion of high school. LONGFORM REPRINTS. This excerpt is reprinted on Longform by permission of Buzz Bissinger, who has written a new update of Friday Night Lights for its 25th. Friday Night Lights. Odessa, Texas isn’t known to be a place big on dreams, but the Permian Panthers help keep the hopes and dreams of this dusty town going.

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The whole town of Odessa comes to every single game. Like Boobie, he was from the Southside. Permian goes undefeated the biesinger year, with future NFL player Stoney Case as quarterback, and becomes the Texas state football champions. A Town, a Team, and a Dream by H.

Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream by H.G. Bissinger

Boobie was just like my own. But liyhts was only a flash. Leather has become kind of a sexual icon to me. The season comes closer and closer to state, and for the seniors on the team the pressure really picks up.

Boobie lived with his parents until bissimger was three, when his mother left him with his maternal grandmother in Houston, went off to Oklahoma and never returned to get him. The less heard about the Southside the better. I bissingef very good at repressing things. Permian proved quickly that it was not going bissknger play second to Odessa High. The following week a petition to have Gaines fired went around the Kettle restaurant on Andrews Highway.

Several of these players, having secured college football scholarships, then decided to go into armed robbery. V had not played football in high school because in his hometown, Crane, only the white school had a team. I played connect the dots from one stadium to the next for over an hour.

Stories abounded of business men buying Lear jets and building huge homes for no other reason than the fact that they could. Expectations griday high every year, and in they were, if possible, even higher. The Panthers coach was God if he won the game that Friday night.


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Permian is now down 14—9. It gives the kids something to do on a Friday night; it gives them something to work for and to be proud bissinfer.

In the end though, Bissinger clearly shows how an overemphasis on sports in high school in place of academics often leads to not much else thereafter. The Associated Press, in its preseason predictions, had chosen Permian to win the state title.

The book ends with Coach erasing names of the seniors from his board and replacing them with names of the juniors who will replace them next season.

Eighth graders who hoped to play for the Panthers some day would be lauded for playing through their league games with a broken arm. In the previous school year, Comer had been ineligible for spring practice because of Texas’s no-pass, no-play rule, and he didn’t inspire much confidence among the Permian coaches.

Odessans viewed Midland as a town full of rich snobs and Midlanders view Odessa as a city full of rednecks, money burners and drunks. View all 9 comments. We won the st This book is heartbreaking. There is a lot about the difficulties of the local economy after the oil slump, and in general the book gives what I thought was a fairly negative view of the people and their preoccupations. Gary Edwards got a full scholarship to the University of Houston.

Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream

It got to me, it gnawed at me and that feeling increased where I felt an intense feeling of failure. But their reservations largely disappeared in the opening game against El Paso Austin. This quote meaning be a proud Permian football player and putting pride into being on that team means that they can’t lose if frivay play their hardest.

It was hard, it was hard, because I felt like a one-hit wonder. Then I named my son Dylan, and I think I’ve mentioned elsewhere that it didn’t hurt that his name was a phonetic homage to Dillon, Texas, the fictional town where the FNL show takes place They had come dressed up for the event, not in black tie or anything outlandish like that, but in Permian Panther black—black caps, black shirts, black pants, black jackets.


Bissinger shines when he’s writing about people – their hands, the way that they eat, the look in their eye – you feel as though you’ve met them before. The feeling of defeat and turmoil really sets in after reading that final chapter. This book reminds me of about a handful of John Mellencamp songs that praise the glory days of youth and that try to recall a feeling of nostalgia for a simpler time and place.

Jerrod McDougal blocks exceptionally well, and Chris Comer moves the ball exceptionally well.

Living in Texas how it’s different living their in a small town that’s so passionate about the sport they play and it means so much to everyone in the town. From tothe Permian Panthers won four state championships, went to the ng finals a record eight times and made the Texas high school playoffs 15 times.

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This is especially true this year with a team that really gives this town hope and pride. This occurs even more so, when not one-but two of the starting lineup players become injured and must sit out, one of those players may play again further down the season, even though the other is not as fortunate. Socially and racially divided, its fragile economy follows the treacherous boom-bust path of the oil business.

Bissinger gives the reader a look into the life of a coach and his kids in a school rich with a winning history and the want to be great.