Monday, August 28, 2006

Are You Ready For Some Friday Night Lights?

Most of you don't get to live in Texas amidst the spectacle that is Friday Night Lights, a town, a team, and a dream, and all that. But you can read the Odessa American's quite ambitious Permian Basin football preview. The Permian Panthers have not seen the playoffs since 1998, and to make matters worse, Midland High, Midland Lee, and Odessa High, teams Permian once pounded, have all seen fall glory. But hope springs eternal for the boys in black here in tortilla-flat west Texas.


Anonymous said...

I hope all west Texas teams -- Good luck this Fall !!!


dcat said...

It is indeed. I mentioned how impressed I was by the football preview issue in the OA. Here is a sense of it -- it consisted of two sections, just on the area's high school football. I am not exagerating when i say that the overwhelming majority of big newspapers in the US will not produce anything comparable in size and scope for their NFL or college preview. The season kicks off soon here. I must admit, I still have not been to one of the local teams' games, but this will be the year.

It's also hard to explain the way the stadiums rise up from the vast West Texas plain. You can see them for miles, and they are impressive.

Of course all of this points to priorities that one might question. But there is no doubt that this is the place to come if one wants the pageantry and spirit and tradition and passion for high school football.