In Friday Night Lights, which features a legendary high school football program in West Texas, Coach Gary Gaines explains to his team the situation: “Gentlemen, the hopes and dreams of an entire town are riding on your shoulders. You may never matter more than you do right now. It’s time.”
Hype? To paraphrase fullback James Miles of Permian High in Odessa, “hype” is something that’s not real. This is all for real. Although some details were changed, the narrative remains close to the book Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream, by Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist H. G. Bissinger.