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After Friday Night Lights: When the Games Ended, Real Life Began. An Unlikely Love Story. (Kindle Single) Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 287 KB
  • Print Length: 41 pages
  • Publisher: Byliner Inc. (April 19, 2012)
  • Publication Date: April 19, 2012
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007JC6TTI
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Andrew P on April 22, 2012
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I recently reread Friday Night Lights and was comically amused by how different it read than the first time I read it. Growing up in Texas, Friday Night Lights was one of the quintessential middle school reads. Like many others, I voraciously read the book, knowing that if I played my cards right, I too could live the life of a high school football God.

Now that I'm 26, it reads as the cautionary tale it was likely originally meant to be. FNL (along with Feinstein's A Season on the Brink) opened the door for my favorite documentary of all time (Hoop Dreams), one of my favorite books in the last year (Play Their Hearts Out by George Doehrman), and the incredible TV series by the same name.

In this short piece, Bissinger gets us up to speed with Boobie Miles, the unfortunate former star running back whose torn ACL leads to shattered dreams. Without giving too much away, Bissinger explores the difficulties of life after football, as well as how so many (including himself) got rich off of Boobie's story, Boobie received almost nothing. There's definitely moments where it feels like Buzz wants a pat on the back for his charity work. There's definitely moments when it feels like this would've been better suited to an ESPN article with its limited content. He also questions his journalistic integrity, which was especially refreshing for someone who read the Leni Riefenstahl level of propoganda that was Shooting Stars: The LeBron James story.

So is it worth a buy? If you've never read FNL, go buy that instead. If you read FNL and didn't have strong positive feelings for it, I'd leave it behind. But if you read FNL and loved it, it's easily worth it to just get the Boobie Miles life update. I do wish it would've also touched on the other FNL alums as well.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By tessa O. on April 21, 2012
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As a Friday Night Lights newbie--I've neither read the book nor seen the movie or show--I can promise that you don't have to be an FNL fan to love this book. This story of the unlikely and enduring friendship between Bissinger and Miles will strike a chord with any reader. I'm now eager to start at the beginning, with the original book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jimmy on April 25, 2012
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Although a modest 37 pages, this book is straight from the heart. H.G. "Buzz" Bissinger's follow-up to his 1990 best seller, "Friday Night Lights," is a poignant statement about his relationship with James "Boobie" Miles, one of the book's central figures, who sustains a career-ending knee injury.

In "After Friday Night Lights," Bissinger discusses the profound, life-changing impact that the football injury has had on Boobie, who has struggled to maintain peace and stability in the 22 years since the injury. Considered a fourth son, Bissinger feels obligated to help a man that was abandoned by people that once cheered for him and the coaches, who's racial overtones were particularly painful to Boobie.

Buzz also discusses how both he and Boobie are forever destined to be inter-twined through the book; stuck in 1988. And, through fate and a lot of pain, a true story of love between two human beings.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By NSW TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 23, 2012
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I read 'Friday Night Lights' nearly 20 years ago, and while I haven't re-read it since, 'FNL's' harshest elements have still stuck with me. I remembered why as I read this short sequel, as author Buzz Bissinger does a solid job of giving his original classic work the coda it deserves.

The original 'FNL,' at least as I remembered it, was as a tragedy. They lose the title game, Boobie Miles is hurt, the coaches are selfish, snide, and condescending, and the last moment on the championship field is scarred by a player's racist remark. That was the price of this up-close look at high school athletics - everybody looks bad, including Bissinger; as the coach said after the fact, Bissinger ate dinner in their homes, then backstabbed everyone after he left town. That's an extreme way of looking at it, but truthful journalism means a hard look at everything.

And, if a writer wants to present a true and lasting story - as opposed to a hagiography without weight or meaning - then the truth is their primary responsibility. Bissinger's not "on the team." He was there to tell a true story, and by all accounts that's what he did.

In "After FNL: When the Games Ended..." Bissinger returns to wrap up this story with the focus on Boobie Miles, a primary 'character' of the book. Life hasn't been kind to Miles. He was made into a celebrity by the book and movie, but without any of the benefits - only the notoriety.

The story Bissinger tells is not just "After" the book, but also what it's like for a reporter/journalist/nonfiction storyteller to face up to the mistakes and choices they might have made during the writing process. He didn't identify certain people in the book - decisions he now regrets.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Duncan J. Wick on January 16, 2013
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I can certainly see where Mr Bissinger is coming from in this installment. It must have been tough to cope with a career ending injury and never have the chance to go to the next level. When the book came out it, I assume it rubbed salt into the wounds of Boobie Miles.
In hindsight you can see that the transformation of Boobie's character from the book to the movie was Bissinger's first attempt to right wrongs. I was never quite sure why Miles went from someone who rejected the team in the book to not just a cheerleader but the very soul of the team in the movie until I read "After FNL"
Bissinger feels a lot of guilt. He really savaged Miles in the original and is trying to undo the damage. However to say this is when the games end and real life begins is misleading. Miles and Bissinger are in denial. Easy for me to say but both need to face up to their respective demons and move on.
I hope it works out for both
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