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

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H.G Bissinger has won the Pulitzer Prize, the Livingston Award, the National Headliner Award, and the American Bar Association s Silver Gavel for his reporting The author has written for the television series NYPD Blue and is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair He lives in Philadelphia.

➥ [Epub] ➟ Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream By H.G. Bissinger ➯ –
  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 357 pages
  • Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream
  • H.G. Bissinger
  • 15 December 2019
  • 9780306814259

10 thoughts on “Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream

  1. says:

    This book is heartbreaking.I grew up in a very liberal part of the country My family is comprised mostly of hard working European immigrants who value education above all else In many ways, I should be the last person able to appreciate or understand life in small town Texas with its conservative values and its unhealthy obsession with high school sports Yet, I actually did attend a private junior senior high school with a hockey program that is probably the best in the country We won the state championship every single year of my six years there, which was in fact part of a twenty six year streak of consecutive titles Dozens upon dozens of students from my school have been drafted by the NHL So perhaps the whole concept of high school sports are the most important thing you ll ever do in your life and enjoy it because it is all downhill from there shouldn t be so foreign to me after all.But nope, it is still foreign to me Very foreign.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 Mostly I feel sorry for anyone who actually identifies with any of that, as it just perpetuates the nonsense that one will spend the majority of his life with his best days behind him To me that s a bit pathetic This book, though, is a complete embodiment of the Mellencamp philosophy It is the story of the 1988 football season of Permian High School in Odessa, Texas It is the story of the town itself, insular and deeply rooted in social conservatism, unabashedly ignorant of the larger national political scene, and seriously, seriously racist Oh my God, how racist But above it all, town pride for its high school football team shines through pride that is fundamental to its nature, to its identity No connection in all of sports was intimate than this one, the one between town and high school. On the surface, the intensity with which the townspeople of Odessa embrace their high school football team is rather endearing It gives the kids something to do on a Friday night it gives them something to work for and to be proud of But as the author delves further, the intensity starts to seem a little grotesque These people depend on high school football to survive More than just an escape from the financial ruin that has set in since the Texas oil bust, high school football is the only thing that matters They live vicariously through these teenagers, these children, as if they are somehow their only connection to anything good or right in the world That s a pretty heavy burden for a 17 year old to bear And than that, these 17 year olds start to believe it themselves that there s nothing else for them beyond high school football They are hit in the head with this concept over and over again as very little concern is shown for their academic progress To their peers, their teachers, their counselors, their parents, town officials, and to basically everyone else in their sheltered world, high school football is the most important thing they will ever have.And yet as sad as this is, I found myself getting caught up in it the excitement, the rush, the adrenaline of the game It s dangerous It s dangerous to glamorize something that should really only represent a small part of someone s life, but it was easy to understand how one could get wrapped up in it I think this book is worth reading I think it s important And I don t think you need to be a high school football fan, or even a sports fan in general, to appreciate it Permian High School Panthers 1988 Football Season vs Palo Duro Dons LOSS Pre Season vs El Paso Austin WINvs Marshall Mavericks WINvs Odessa High Bronchos WINvs Midland High Bulldogs WINvs Abilene High Eagles WINvs Dallas Jesuit WINvs Cooper Cougars WINvs Midland Lee Rebels LOSSvs San Angelo Central Bobcats WIN_________________________vs Amarillo Tascosa Rebels WIN Post Season vs Andress Eagles WIN Post Season vs Irving Nimitz Vikings WIN Post Season vs Arlington Lamar Vikings WIN Quarter Finals vs Carter Cowboys LOSS Semi Finals Don t mess with Texas.

  2. says:

    I was on an airplane one Friday night when I was reading this book As the plane took off from Cleveland I noticed a high school football game in progress I could see the lights. the two teams on the field. the crowd and the marching band I watched the field as long as I could Just at the point when I couldn t see the stadium any my eye caught the lights of another football field Then. when I looked out over the countryside I noticed that there were football games in most of the small towns we were passing I played connect the dots from one stadium to the next for over an hour.

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    Life really wouldn t be worth livin if you didn t have a high school team to support In the Reading class I am teaching in May 2016, I challenged my students to read a book from a genre they had not read I played along, and ended up reading an Amish romance and this sports book One reading friend talked about this book on an episode of the Reading Envy podcast and made it sound pretty compelling, sports or no sports You d watch these kids play, and it seem like somethin burning would be inside of you and want to come out And it is compelling Enough that they made a movie and a television show based on the book neither of which I ve seen It isn t just about football, but about social order, small town culture, racism, new money, the education system, conservatism, etc I freely admit that I read the non sportsing parts closely than any play by play scenes of which there were few, thankfully We fit as athletes, but we really don t fit as a part of society We know that we re separate, until we get on the field We know that we re equal as athletes But once we get off the field we re not equal When it comes time to play the game, we are a part of it But after the game, we are not a part of it black coach at Permian, 1988 Has this made me want to read sports books Well maybe If they are actually about something else.

  4. says:

    I didn t grow up in a football watching family My father, who apparently loved the game, passed away when I was young My mother was much interested in baseball, and had coworkers with season tickets, so I grew up going to the Kingdome to watch Ken Griffey Jr., Randy Johnson, Joey Cora, Edgar Martinez, Jay Buhner, Dan Wilson I even spent my high school prom night at Safeco Field, watching Freddy Garcia pitch a great game against the Yankees who he d eventually join, years later, sigh instead of going to the dance My high school football team certainly wasn t any good, and had I d known that my college football team Hofstra would eventually a have so many pro level players, and b get entirely nixed a few years after I d graduated, I might ve gone to than one game Maybe.I came to football late in life, and have grown to love the game for any number of reasons My knowledge of football certainly has a ways to go, still, but I do admit to being a total sucker for player stories and backgrounds it s part of the reason why I fell in love with the Seahawks when Pete Carroll and John Schneider came along and shook things up they found themselves a bunch of guys who were hungry to prove themselves, who d been told over the course of their careers that they weren t good enough If you saw this year s Super Bowl, you know how that worked out.I say all of this because while I love football now, if you d have told me a few years ago that I d fall so in love with a book about football, I probably would not have believed you 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 than football Friday Night Lights takes place in Odessa in the 80s, which becomes its own sort of character an oil boom town that never quite recovered from the bust, full of people living it up, thinking they were invincible but then that whole business in the middle east was sorted out, and gas prices dropped off, and millionaires and banks in Texas found themselves broke.Odessa was also dealing with its own particularly stagnant brand of race relations in the 80s, so much so that they had segregated schools for so long that eventually the government came in and said, No, really, you can t do this any But of course, once they realized that Black people were good at football, they were far accepting, and drew town lines based on what demographic of people lived where so that Permian could get Black people Yikes.Most of all, Friday Night Lights is about the team and the coaches of Permian the character traits and flaws that brought them failure and success, the single moments in games that came to define them, the dreams they held of greatness and the reality of life post football, the toxicity of being held on a pedestal at such a young age contrasted with the question of, if they hadn t had football to be great for, then what Even though I totally understand why Bissinger uses the distinguished H.G at the front of his name, a part of me wished he used his nick name, Buzz, because it perfectly describes his prose His writing is just teeming with energy, with life, like the humming of a street light or a telephone wire 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.I also was a bit sad by the fact that the most recent time I remember Bissinger being in the news was when he wrote about his shopping addiction it made for a rather depressing juxtaposition when he was writing about issues of class and economics in Friday Night Lights so gut wrenchingly well At the same time, though, there s clearly something in him that deeply identifies with some of the bigger picture issues here the striving for something seemingly greater, wanting to fill some kind of void If he uses designer suits instead of football, I suppose that s just his poison of choice.Whether your interest in the sport falls at zero or 100%, Friday Night Lights is an incredible look at the role that sports play in a community the good and the bad and an incredible study of Odessa, the 80s, the educational system, high school kids so much than just football but plenty of that, too.Update, Oct 28 Continuing my watching the movies of the books I ve read this year project, as I m also a big film lover, I watched the movie adaptation of this, though I d seen it before The main problem is that this book is about so many things the history of the town, the lives of the people in it, and obviously, 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 But, having read the book, I can see why making the film was not totally satisfying for Berg, and why he went on to make a TV show about it there s just too much under the surface to get into during a two hour film The movie is much faithful to the book than the TV series, which is inspired by the people and the place as it is loyal to the story of anything that actually happened Still, even though it s not connected to the story in the book at all really, the TV show does capture the same spirit, the idea that football is what gives this run down town a purpose and a dream, what gives these people hope and possibly a chance to escape, or at least gives them glory days to wax poetic about when they ve put away a six pack

  5. says:

    If you think this book is about high school football in Texas, you re pretty much wrong 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 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 I almost never like movies better than books, but in this case I thought the movie did a really excellent job of cutting out the boring parts of the book and of bringing out the good qualities and the passion of the locals instead of focusing on negatives.

  6. says:

    It s not a surprise that I loved this book It is about high school football I watched a lot of football growing up Friday nights high school football Saturday University of Colorado football Sunday NFL football I was a huge 49ers fan I probably could have done something great with all the hours I spent watching football Ah well My high school football team won the state championship, and I remember it as a glory day it was snowing, the team was playing in then Folsom Field the University of Colorado football field I had rushed back from Denver to see the game, having taken only 2 out of a possible 3 standardized subject tests now called the SAT2 so that I could get back in time for the game Because of this book which I first read about 8 or 9 years ago , I watched the FNL TV series, which is my favorite TV series with the caveat that I don t really watch TV outside of HGTV and ESPN 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 Anyway I argue that, even if you are not a sports fan, you will be riveted Those in my book club, all women, half of whom had no interest in football, all enjoyed it although some confessed they skipped the play by play descriptions of the games in the book This book clearly lays out the cultural and social context in which high school football was revered over all else Odessa was in a downturn in the oil boom and bust cycle Odessa schools didn t racially integrate until the 1980s Brown v Board of Education was decided in 1954 , and then there was football motivated gerrymandering of school lines, effectively sending most of the African American running backs to Permian High rather than to its rival crosstown high school Unemployment was high All this was forgotten under the lights of a Friday night if the Permian Panthers won before 20,000 people whose greatest hopes and dreams rested on a bunch of 15 to 18 year olds.To be on the Permian Panthers football team at least in the 80s, when this was written was to be king For girls, the next best thing was to date a football player or be a Pepette the personal cheerleader of a designated football player to bring him homemade cookies before games and put banners on his front lawn with his jersey number The Panthers coach was God if he won the game that Friday night If the team lost, he knew he could count on having For Sale signs put into his front lawn If the team lost twice in a season, he would not be surprised to lose his job Eighth graders who hoped to play for the Panthers some day would be lauded for playing through their league games with a broken arm At a rival high school, teachers would slip football players the answers to the exams so that they could maintain the minimum GPA required to play football Several of these players, having secured college football scholarships, then decided to go into armed robbery Having been raised to believe that consequences did not apply to them, they were honestly shocked when the judge sentenced them to lengthy prison terms High school football in Texas is life If that seems crazy to you, you may be persuaded otherwise after reading this book.

  7. says:

    If you love football, Friday Night Lights likely will be the best sports book you ve ever read If you don t love football, and aren t an avid nonfiction reader FNL likely will be the best nonfiction book you ve ever read.FNL is about the stories communities tell themselves 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 school It s about how we vicariously claim the victories of others, whether they are athletes, politicians, entertainers, entrepreneurs to give our lives seasons, meaning Yup It s all of that I m still not generally a non fiction reader, but I m quite glad I took the time to get out of my reading norms and finally joined the ranks of Bissinger s appreciators.

  8. says:

    My friends Matt Cassie introduced us to the television show Friday Night Lights this past winter I had only heard of it on blogs before then and never really paid any attention to it.Wow, was I late to the party The television show is excellent and I highly recommend it, even if you don t like football.Being the bookworm that I am, I had to find the inspiration for the television show 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 a little book discussion afterwards.The book is a fast read and is mostly enjoyable The parts that are not enjoyable are mainly because of the subject matter and now the writing Reading about the town of Odessa, TX is very difficult because the society there is completely foreign to me There are times when you want to shake the book and say, What is WRONG with you Many of those moments happened, for me, when there were detailed descriptions of academics being flushed down the tubes in favor of football.Overall, though, the writing is good Bissinger can be a bit over the top at times, though He uses hyperbole and metaphor a bit too much, but he creates a solid image in your mind of what this town, this school, this team is really like The hard part is accepting the fact that there really is a place like Odessa that has all these problems.

  9. says:

    Bissinger, a writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer, chronicles a year in the life of Odessa Texas, and particularly the Permian High School Panther football team, the social nexus of this third rate town It follows the stories of players for the team, present and past, as well as a look at some of the opposition, the events surrounding the season, the history and economics of the town, and finds a microcosm of the larger world It is very interesting reading P 230 Odessa is an oil boom and bust town After all, one oilman reasoned, we re just another Middle East war away from another boom.

  10. says:

    This is a fantastic book I felt sick to my stomach reading it.I played football in high school in a place where there was much than high school football for most people to do on a Friday night I can relate to some aspects of the story football games were the only sporting events in my school where admission was charged, they drew probably five times the attendees of any other sport, and we wore our jerseys proudly to school on pep rally days and were probably afforded attention as a result of being on the team I can recall all the feelings the author describes as a player, from fear dread of an unknown opponent to the drive to smash someone on the opposing team, not just to tackle them but to make them feel pain and fear and not want to line up against you the next play High school boys are basically emotional basket cases, what with all the hormones and the expectations they heap on themselves But it just makes me feel sick inside to read about these kids who come from a nothing little town in the middle of nowhere, kids who have, with a few exceptions, little going for them whether or not their season ends in championship or ignominy These kids and at seventeen or eighteen, they are absolutely children are lifted up as the focal point for an entire town, are worshipped and glorified and girded for battle as if their conquests mean something And the really terrible thing is that they fundamentally don t.That s not to say that I think sports are meaningless when growing up nothing of the sort I played in lots of sports as a kid and I think they teach you incredibly valuable lessons about working with others, dealing with stress, anticipation, frustration, victory yes, that s challenging too and defeat, and they develop camaraderie, mental resilience and lots of other important character traits But, crucially, they do those things whether you end up as the state champion or at the bottom of the standings, provided that coaches, parents and kids keep their focus in the right place.The story of Permian high is so clearly one where everyone, from the school administrators and teachers to the parents to the local businesspeople and boosters to the college recruiters to the former players to the kids themselves have completely lost sight of what the goal of student athletics should be building the student as a person , not the trophy case The least of the blame falls here falls on the players themselvesI just don t know how anyone could expect them to behave otherwise when every aspect of their upbringing has been preparing them for this moment, and everyone, in ways large and small, has been telling them all their lives that winning isn t everything, it s the only thing It s a wonder that several of them made it out to conduct relatively normal lives.What is absolutely terrifying to me reading this book is how many people, the author included, seem caught up in the spell of what is at its heart a completely meaningless event I say this as someone who loves sports loves watching them, loves playing them, loves arguing about them sports are meaningless It s one of the reasons we can love them so much in the first place, because they are the one place in life we feel totally free to be irrational As in, I hate the guy on the other side of the field because his jersey has a different logo on it than the logo that I like best Sports appeal to our basest instincts, to identify with a group and pit ourselves against not us , whoever that might be I can t tell you how many times I ve been on a team, be it baseball, football, track, soccer or anything else and we ve found ways not just to oppose the other team, but to revile them to question their motives, to accuse them of poor sportsmanship, to look for any character trait or action which will let our team feel like it has the moral high ground That s not just a feature of organized sports either it happens in pickup games of basketball and in random pool games at the bar We love to demonize the people we play against.And we love to invest meaningless competitions with an almost sacred significance What difference does it make to the US economy or world peace or anything else of lasting significance if my kids beat the neighbor kids in tag football at the local park Nothing But there is fundamentally no difference between that and the Super Bowl, except that we ve all agreed that it has significance, so much so that it generates billions of dollars in economic activity around the world every year.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 football season and beyond 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 It crowds everything else out to where education is an afterthought, and no matter how the last season ends, everyone is left reminiscing and wishing for just one hit of the adrenaline drug, the taste of glory The fact that it s set against the backdrop of objectively one of the least desirable places to live in the United States just makes that sense of futile longing even pathetic Pathetic in the sense of pathos I feel terrible for just about everyone in this story I don t really know what else to say about this book The writing is excellent The author touches on issues of race, class, divisions within the city, impacts of the mid 80 s slump in oil prices on the town s economy Putting aside football, the race issue is disturbing in itself, and he unflinchingly reveals the prejudice and outright bigotry that existed in that community at the time It must be said that this is clearly not just a feature of Odessa, TX in 1988 The economic story is interesting as well, but ultimately I found it less compelling there are lots of places in the US that have experienced economic downturns, and they didn t turn to cult worship of the local high school football team What a petty, pathetic god before which to kneel.Anyway, I feel like I got rather preachy with this review, but this book disturbed me so deeply So, kudos to the author I understand why the town and probably most of West Texas hated the book, but sometimes a mirror can be an ugly thing to look at.

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