English 103 section 5
March 26, 2006
The High School Football Life
Football is all around us. You go from pee-wee flag football for the very young kids all the way up to the NFL or world football league as careers. In most of the population, not too many kids make it past their senior year of high school. The kids that don't make it past high school football savor every moment of their time on the field. There is nothing wrong with that, except if the people around the game take it overboard. In Friday Night Lights by Peter Berg, the town is obsessed with their high school team, the Permian-Odessa Panthers. Having been in football for over ten years, I know what the movie is talking about. It is good that the town can get into their football team, but with how much they push the players to be perfect, it makes the guys on the team's life that much more hectic. The town's folk make them grow up way to fast. Even though this movie on the outside looks like a stereotypical sports movie, once the audience start watching it, you find out it seems to be almost a documentary on what players have to go threw to succeed in their lives and season. Right from the beginning of the movie, it gives the view a quick scan of the city. There isn't much there. There is mostly nothing there. You could say it was a one road town surrounded by desert and oil dereks. The buildings are all tarnished and worn like they have not been refurbished in a long time. Finally at the end of the panning shot, you see something that looks like an oasis, the high school football field. "A town for sale, Odessa, Texas has seen better days--the financial bust evident in its boarded-up shops and broken lives. Yet one hope sustains the community where, once a week during the fall, the town and its dreams come alive beneath the dazzling and disorienting Friday night lights...when the Permian High Panthers take to the field. In a city where economic...
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