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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It had everything to do with football potential. I like how the author wrote this book, thoroughly explaining throughout the whole book the nigh in Odessa and described them how they are: The same public religion is on display in the book, except that in Odessa, TX where the book’s events take place, football is a preoccupation that consumes the whole town every year during oights season and beyond.

I was first and foremost a journalist. Permian proved quickly that it was not going to play second to Odessa High. I actually bought a copy of the book for my friend Matt for Christmas and the four of us eventually decided to read the book and have might little book discussion afterwards.

The fans who took more interest in the high school football team than they did in the drop in oil price that was destroying the city. Last year in English I had to work.

Twenty-seven years ago, journalist Buzz Bissinger decided that he wanted to write about the big-time stakes of small-town froday school football — he just needed to find the right town. Permian is now down 14—9.

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Jun 01, Carol rated it it was amazing Shelves: To view it, click here. Should he let Boobie continue to play for the sake of a major college scholarship? Bissinger, a writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer, chronicles a year in the life of Odessa Texas, and more particularly the Permian High School Panther football team, the social nexus of this third rate town. In the locker room Boobie flung his shoulder pads against the wall. Dallas Jesuit — WIN vs.


Bissinger’s book not only focuses on the high school football team’s quest lighfs win state, but criday also provides an understanding of the people who make up the town, its history, and their views on everything from politics to race. Meanwhile, Permian rolls over Midland High School winning 35—0. I felt completely immersed in the world the author captured and was I captivated by how he managed to show both the positives and the negatives of such a world, often at the very same time.

View all 4 comments. This book is heartbreaking. Bissinger ends the book by saying, “It would always go on just as Jerrod McDougal had realized, because it was a way of life.

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The following week a petition to have Gaines fired went around the Kettle restaurant on Andrews Highway. It’s very bissingger to be different in this country, extremely hard. It’s heartbreaking to read the several direct quotations from Odessa residents who say, effectively, “Without Permian football I wouldn’t have a reason to live.

As the games go on, the importance of them increases throughout the season. So unthinkable, so catastrophic was the loss that it sent Odessa into a tailspin. I felt sick to my stomach reading it.

View all 41 comments. Since only two can go on to play in the final game, something had to be done to choose which two they will be.

I want that boy to be sorry he’s playin’. But now it all comes down to a coin toss. I mean who the bissinge cares? I think this book is worth reading. I had only heard of it on blogs before then and never really paid any attention to it. Oh my God, how racist.


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That’s not to say that I think sports are meaningless when growing up–nothing of the sort. There was the sound of another rip as Boobie opened yet another letter from the University of Nebraska. The fans who worried more about the form of their star running back than they did about the education of their children. Another boom in the s led to the opening of Permian High School in But nigbt sure play great football.

High school boys are basically emotional basket-cases, what with all the hormones and the expectations they heap on themselves. The game after that, he gained and Permian won But Hearne maneuvered Boobie into the trainer’s room to try to calm nigut down.

It was many peoples point of view and the book could have been better if it had a protagonist. It’s about how we live our values, collectively, how we relate to one another, how we motivate ourselves, our priorities, how we rationalize public policy, spending, the ways we view and talk about race, high bissingerr.

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

Issue a Miranda warning saying, “Don’t say that anymore! Then he moved to the knee. I feel like that’s the best time to read it when you are actually in high school you understand what’s going on you have a better grasp on the book.

My family is comprised mostly of hard-working European immigrants who value education above all else.

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