Essay On Friday Night Lights

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In American Society, sports are a very important pastime for many people. Many spend their free time watching a basketball game, playing baseball with friends, or even betting on a team to win the Superbowl. Fans of different races, religions, and ethnicities can all come together and unite over one commonality: sports. In most high schools, students hold the tradition to gather on Friday nights to watch their fellow classmates play a football game. On these nights, students can simply relax, cheer on their team, and enjoy the typical high school experience. Lewis Lapham addresses what fans and players are seemingly offered from activities and how athletics represent an industry with the power to unite people. Lapham’s remarks are correct …show more content…
Sports preserve an idea of perfect innocence when in reality, the business is corrupt. In H.G. Bissinger’s book, Friday Night Lights, there is no doubt that the passion of Odessa is football, where players, “held the town on their shoulders” (xiv). It is clear that in Texas, the fans, parents, coaches, and teachers were willing to do anything to secure as many wins as possible. At Carter High School, Gary Edward’s grade in Algebra II caused chaos in …show more content…
It is an opportunity where fans are able to act carefree: cheering and yelling for their team or even eating an overpriced hotdog. They can for one night believe in this perfect innocence that the industry tries so hard to preserve. Fans and players can hope for their dreams to come true. They have the ability to celebrate the night before reality sets in and they realize it is all an illusion. Looking past these delusions, one can still see how these sports have to power to unite a community and to acknowledge the pride and dedication of the players, parents, fans, and

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