Friday Night Lights – while the term itself is a phrase often used to describe the atmosphere surrounding high school football games, it has entered into true modern cultural parlance on account of H. G. (Buzz) Bissinger’s tell-all expose of the Odessa, TX Permian High School Panthers’ 1988 season. In this book, the accompanying movie (starring Billy Bob Thornton as the conflicted coach of that team), and the subsequent NBC television drama (critically lauded, but ignored by viewers engorged on reality programming), we learn of the extraordinarily great lengths a school, town, and region go to in order to support their one true love and diversion – football. But what of that small minority of people who are turned off by how seemingly everything in West Texas takes a back seat – earns fourth place on the social importance scale – to the sport? There must be some outlet for their perspective on life and love amidst the dirt and cattle.
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