Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream
Friday Night Lights A Town a Team and a Dream Author:H. G. Bissinger, Buzz Bissinger The classic, best-selling story of life in the football-driven town of Odessa, Texas, with a new afterword that looks at the players and the town ten years later. Return once again to the timeless account of the Permian Panthers of Odessa--the winningest high-school football team in Texas history. Odessa is not known to be a town big on dreams,... more » but the Panthers help keep the hopes and dreams of this small, dusty town going. Socially and racially divided, its fragile economy follows the treacherous boom-bust path of the oil business. In bad times, the unemployment rate barrels out of control; in good times, its murder rate skyrockets. But every Friday night from September to December, when the Permian High School Panthers play football, this West Texas town becomes a place where dreams can come true. With frankness and compassion, H.G. Bissinger chronicles a season in the life of Odessa and shows how single-minded devotion to the team shapes the community and inspires--and sometimes shatters--the teenagers who wear the Panthers' uniforms.« less
Fascinating book. I love high school football, but I'm so glad my kids don't have to compete in Odessa, Texas. Of course, this story is from the eighties - maybe it's different now. Let's hope so. Really a good read!