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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But it was only a flash. Wow, was I late to the party. A lot of the time Bissinger would take whole chapters of the book to describe the character he was about to introduce and give an integral role to in the book. After the game, a furious Boobie storms out of the locker room and quits the team two days later.

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Bissinger moved his family to Odessa and spent the entire football season with the Permian Panther players, their families, their coaches, and even many of the townspeople in an effort to understand the town and its football-mad culture.

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Bissinger then discusses the pressure that Gaines is constantly under because of how intensely devoted the Permian fans are. Enough that they made a movie and a television show based on the book neither of which I’ve seen. Most of the Permian staff, with the notable exception of Hearne, didn’t see any dilemma for Boobie.

Rehabilitation from the surgery would be long and grueling, and bissonger magic speed that had made Boobie so spectacular was gone. There is a fair amount about football, but this book is really a sort of sociological study of a small Texas town where Football is played.


Socially and racially divided, its fragile economy follows the treacherous boom-bu. Mar 03, Charles rated it it was ok Shelves: I still hear about it all the time. In an article in Forbes magazine named Midland one of the nicest places to live in America. Brian Chavez went to Harvard but quit the football team after only hb day because there was no bond.

More money was spent on getting rushed game tapes — so they would get them that Saturday overnight — than was spent on books and supplies for the English Department. Even good writing such as yours, does not make me care a whit about football. Boobie Miles quietly quits the team. InSports Illustrated named Friday Night Lights the fourth-greatest book ever written about sports. To Hearne, what had happened to Boobie was strikingly clear. Inwhen the population of Ector County was about 30, Fly Field in Odessa was routinely crammed with bg, fans, many of whom saw nothing odd about waiting in line all night to get tickets to a football game.

He instead decided to play rugby. The cross town rivalry is fueled by the cultural difference between the schools. It was only inafter a bitter fight in federal court, that the schools in Odessa had been truly desegregated. It is about high school football. At halftime, with Permian clinging to a lead, the players came off the field exhausted—in for a fight they had never expected. But there wasn’t much sympathy for Boobie in Odessa. Odessans viewed Midland as a town full of rich snobs and Midlanders view Odessa as a city full of rednecks, money burners and drunks.

Pathetic in the sense ffiday pathos–I feel terrible for just about everyone in this story.

But the thing is that the television show version of “Friday Night Lights” has a lot to do with why I opened my eyes to football to begin with, because much like Friday Night Lights the book – it’s about so much more than football. To distill the book to just the football portions is to miss a lot of the point – which is by no means the movie’s fault, since that’s the most adaptable aspect. Even though the novel Friday Night Lights had many weaknesses, it still was one of my favorite books.


The book follows the story of the Permian High School Panthers football team from Odessa, Texasas they made a run towards the Texas state championship.

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The players sat at the front of the gym in little metal chairs that were adorned with dozens of black and white balloons, which made the nignt look like little boys attending a gigantic birthday party. We won the st This book is heartbreaking. Even though the two towns were very similar, the hatred ran deep. I’m talking chartered jet. I never saw him play because in a preseason scrimmage, in a silly play that was meaningless, his cleat got caught in the turf, he blew out his knee.

After hh hard hit Boobie is left frifay for the season, now not only could this ruin his career, but the team as well unless someone stands up. Bissinher would recommend this book to anyone who know what the pressure of being the best player on a large team feels like.

Trivia About Friday Night Ligh Despite the fact that it only won one state championship in the s, Permian had statistically been the winningest team in the state of Texas.

The fans who worried more about the form of their star running back than they did about the education of their children.