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

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CHAPTER 7
School Days

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THE MAJORETTES, THEIR BLACK-AND-WHITE COSTUMES FALLING just below the buttocks, twirled and beckoned as the band -- fifty-four clarinetists, fifty-one flutists, thirty-six cornetists, twenty-six trombonists, twenty-five percussionists, eighteen saxophonists, fourteen French horn players, nine baritone players, and nine tubaists -- belted out "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy." The color guard waved its flags to "Barbara Ann." The master of ceremonies made the introductions with the flare of a circus ringmaster asking the audience to direct its attention please to the center ring. "Ladies and gentlemen, the very best football team in the state of Texas!" From all around came whoops and cheers for the two rows of players at the front in their black jersies, from the stunningly dressed girls over in the corner with their leather skirts and Vuitton bags and blond hair that rose to a rounded peak and then fell like the fanned plumes of a peacock, from the clean-cut boys in their pleated pants and stone-washed jeans and short haircuts, from the teachers dressed in black, from the parents who brought along toddler sons in black football uniforms and toddler girls in cheerleader outfits, from the rows of Pepettes in their white tea-party gloves. The lights went off for a flashlight show, little rings of light twirling around, once again like something from the circus. There was a skit in which the Panther mascot moved about ripping up paper tombstones symbolizing Permian's fallen op-

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Table of contents

  • Nationwide Acclaim for Friday Night Lights *
  • Title Page ii
  • Contents ix
  • Preface xi
  • Prologue 1
  • Pre- Season 21
  • Chapter 1 - Odessa 23
  • Chapter 2 - The Watermelon Feed 38
  • Chapter 3 - Boobie 53
  • The Season 71
  • Chapter 4 - Dreaming of Heroes 73
  • Chapter 5 - Black and White 89
  • Chapter 6 - The Ambivalence of Ivory 111
  • Chapter 7 - School Days 128
  • Chapter 8 - East versus West 153
  • Chapter 9 - Friday Night Politics 173
  • Chapter 10 - Boobie Who? 194
  • Push for the Playoffs 209
  • Chapter 11 - Sisters 211
  • Chapter 12 - Civil War 233
  • Chapter 13 - Heads or Tails 251
  • Post- Season 265
  • Chapter 15 - The Algebraic Equation 291
  • Chapter 16 - Field of Dreams 313
  • Epilogue 339
  • Afterword 357
  • Acknowledgments 367
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