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Essay on Friday Night Lights by Buzz Bissinger

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“‘Athletics last for such a short period of time. It ends for people. But while it lasts, it creates this make-believe world where normal rules don’t apply. We build this false atmosphere. When it’s over and the harsh reality sets in, that’s the real joke we play on people’” (Bissinger xiv). “Friday Night Lights” shows the darker side of high school football. Players are taught to play games to win, and thats all that matters. Football players are put under a tremendous amount of pressure, almost enough to be considered unfair. Even though football is a “team sport”, pressure on individual players is unnecessary. Some players have the burden of the team, the city, their family, and their future, resting on their shoulders. These players…show more content…
“But there was no way he could fulfill the requirements of the NCAA for number of courses needed to qualify for a nonrestrictive scholarship” (Bissinger 65). Boobie thinks that he has to show the college scouts more of his football playing ability so he pushes himself too hard and comes out with a serious knee injury. All Boobie wants is to have a career in football, and now ruins his own dreams. He has made himself his own worst enemy and ruined the only thing he was prepared for in life. Boobie also experiences harsh pressure from his uncle, L.V. “Some who knew L.V. thought he had pushed Boobie too much, wasn’t living for him as much as he was living though him” (Bissinger 61). Boobie even admits his uncle pushes him too hard (Bissinger 63). L.V. pressures Boobie because he himself never got the chance to play high school football, so now he can force Boobie to experience everything he wants. L.V. treats Boobie’s life as his own, which makes Boobie stress about his game and his life being just how his uncle wants it to be. He wants to exceed his standards and be better than his uncle ever thought he could possibly be. Boobie also plays for his uncle because he believes that football is the way to repay him for everything he has done for him. The way L.V. talks so highly of Boobie makes the audience believe that Boobie’s short-lived high school football career is the most important thing to L.V. “He couldn’t get those
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