- File Size: 287 KB
- Print Length: 41 pages
- Publisher: Byliner Inc. (April 19, 2012)
- Publication Date: April 19, 2012
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007JC6TTI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
After Friday Night Lights: When the Games Ended, Real Life Began. An Unlikely Love Story. (Kindle Single) Kindle Edition
|Length: 41 pages|
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
After reading this brief (albeit informative) follow-up, I quickly realized the purpose of the book was less about satisfying fans of the FNL book and more about the author’s ongoing struggle with the success of his best-seller at the unfortunate expense of its star, Boobie Miles.
AFTER FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS focuses on Miles’ miserable plight following an injury that ended his starry-eyed dream of playing professional football. It is easy to sense the gnawing guilt Bissinger has experienced since writing his successful book (which spawned a decent movie and an arguably better television series). Glaringly contrasting Bissinger’s success over the years is the chaotic and somewhat wretched life of Miles; a life that includes fathering numerous children with different women, unstable employment, legal issues and mounting debt. While AFTER FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS details Miles’ woes it also illustrates the almost fatherly bond Bissinger has formed with him over the last 20+ years. The sincerity of the relationship (from both sides) is difficult at times (considering Miles’ primary contact with Bissinger usually centers on a need for money), but it is definitely sincere and deeper than one would expect. The guilt Bissinger expresses doesn’t always pertain to material things as we learn one particular passage in FNL proved to be as emotionally devastating to Miles as his physical injury.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I didn't realize it was so short. But what there was of it I enjoyed.Published 5 months ago by jujubetty
It was a nice read, finding out what everyone is doing after High School Football.Published 6 months ago by Bman2912
I read both this book and the 'After' book to see if anything had changed from the high school football days. And it hadn't, not really. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Catwax
I would have liked more insight into what happened with some of the other team members. Otherwise a great read.Published 11 months ago by Hanif Hamir
I have faithfully collected every season of the series Friday Night Lights - EXCEPT - the final one. I would have bought that one if I could have found it. Can you help? Read morePublished 12 months ago by Mary and/or Bob Prescott
Enjoyable book. I'm a fan of the movie, and this follow-up, although a bit depressing, is realistic and an interesting glimpse into an athlete's life whose athletic future was... Read morePublished 15 months ago by technologymark
Great follow-up on Boobie Miles, but what about the other characters? Winchell, Billingsley, Chavez, etc.Published 16 months ago by Darren Sapp
After finishing the book, movie and TV series, I couldn't stop thinking about FNL. This short book provided some closure.Published 17 months ago by austinmama
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