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Twenty-seven years ago, journalist Buzz Bissinger decided that he wanted to write fricay the big-time stakes of small-town high school football — he just needed to find the right town. At friiday suggestion of a college recruiter, he visited Odessa, a west Texas town with a high school football stadium capable of seating 19, — and a population of approximately 90, Inhe moved his family to Odessa so he could spend a year following the Odessa Permian Panthers, their families and their fans.

Now, in a 25th anniversary reissue Friday Night Lights, Bissinger checks in on the players from Odessa’s team to find out how they fared after their playing days were over. You’re playing in front of 19, people, you’re the god of the town, you’re a rock star, but you don’t spend the rest of your life being that kind of star,” he says. H.g.bissonger discusses his own struggles h.g.bissinger the success of Friday Night Lightsas well as his addiction to buying leather clothing and his recent Vanity Fair cover story on Caitlyn Jenner.

Buzz Bissinger is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair. Dom Savini hide caption. When they would travel to the school, to the stadium there was a caravan of police cars, you would’ve thought it was the president, basically. When they flew to certain away games, particularly — Texas is a big state — chartered jet. I’m talking chartered jet. More money was spent on getting rushed game tapes — so they would frixay them that Saturday overnight — than was spent on books and supplies for the English Department.

I heard that they preempted a h.g.bsisinger league baseball playoff game because the [Odessa] Permian [vs.

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On the controversy of the book in Odessa and some h.g.bissinger the town feeling deceived by him. I was there for a reason. I was first and foremost a journalist. They knew I was a journalist. Did they hh.g.bissinger me? Did [I] want them to trust me? But when I heard the n-word used repeatedly, when I heard the n-word used to describe a tragic black running back Not put it in? Issue a Miranda warning saying, “Don’t say that anymore! There’s total truth in the book h.g.bissingger I’ve made my peace with Odessa.

Frankly, I don’t think they’ve made their peace with me. I’m going down there for the 25th anniversary edition and Odessa College and the university there said, “No, no, he can’t speak there, it’s still too controversial. There’s a lot of love in this book. There’s a h.g.bissinver of love for the scrappiness of Odessa and there’s a lot of love for those kids, the sacrifice, the burden, the pressure, and there’s a lot of love for those games.


I actually think it’s a very even-handed portrait. On the difficulties high school football stars sometimes face once their playing days are over.

For a lot of these players [they have] sort of this glazed look in their eye saying, “What happened? What happened to the h.g.bissingeer

Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream

What happened to the attention? There’s a pat on the back and the coach says, “Hey, it’s great to see you, man,” but then no one cares, nobody cares. On former running back Boobie Miles, who is now in prison. Boobie was basically treated as a football animal. He was pushed through school without any demands. He basically had a tutor who gave him the answer to all the questions.

Reflecting On Football And Addiction As ‘Friday Night Lights’ Turns 25

There was h.g.bissingre attempt to educate him at all. I never saw him play because in a preseason scrimmage, in a silly play that was meaningless, his cleat got caught in the turf, he blew out his knee. Boobie lived for football. He was told to live for football. His uncle who .hg.bissinger care of him, he lived for football. That was his only persona lightts school and when he lost that I saw him dissolve.

I saw him fall apart. I saw every dream he had fall to pieces and I saw that town, and I will never take this back, I saw that town turn totally against him after loving him and extolling him when they found another running back who was good or maybe better named Chris Comer and that’s when the n-word came out. I saw this over and over and I’ve kept in touch with Boobie since the book in — for 25 nkght and I don’t think he’s ever, ever, ever recovered. The last time I saw him, it’s in the new afterword, the last time I saw him [he] was wearing a white prison uniform.

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I think collectively, because of the way we view sports and the way we view African-Americans, we all bear responsibility. On feeling like a “one-hit wonder” with Friday Night Lights. It reached a point that I hated hearing about Friday Night Lights.

I heard about it all the time. I still hear about it all the time. People ask me, “What did you think about the television show? It was inspired by your book! Because I didn’t want to hear about it anymore, because when the book came out, writing the book was delicious, what Lighte miss the most is that magic moment of being young and innocent and my kids are young and here you are, you know it’s a great story.

I miss that intensity of nihgt. But the book came out, it was a big best-seller, it came out of nowhere, the reviews were incredible, nigt kept selling and kept selling and kept selling, then the movie comes out, and it sells more and more and more, about 2 million copies, but I’ve written other books!


It was hard, it was hard, because I felt like a one-hit wonder. I felt like sort of the nonfiction equivalent of the high school quarterback. All these cheers, all these accolades. It got to me, it gnawed at me and that feeling increased where I felt an intense feeling of failure.

On his shopping addiction. It’s a shopping addiction but it’s a sexual addiction. I have a leather fetish, which is fine, but my shopping became compulsive. I had to get packages. It’s much better, but it’s still there. Three, four packages a day.

I bought a lot of women’s clothing, and you know what? I like women’s clothing. My wife knows it, my kids fridzy about it. I bought a lot of boots. I bought stiletto boots. I bought leather jackets. I had over leather jackets, and probably close to pairs of leather pants. I mean, in your lifetime you probably can’t wear all that stuff.

Leather has become kind of a sexual icon to me. I became obsessed with it at a very young age. I had a difficult relationship with my mother, who always wore leather gloves.

There was a teacher in kindergarten who wore leather gloves and thought I was stupid, so I fixated on that. But I fixated and I tried to repress it. And I did not wear a stitch of leather until I was 40 years old.

I was very good at repressing things. And then I began when I was 40 and in my 50s it became completely out of control. It was a complicated sexual addiction — that was the diagnosis when I went into rehab I was playing around I didn’t really care. On how his gender identity relates to Cait lyn Jenner, whom he profiled in Vanity Fair.

I think I do have some gender confusion, but actually, in doing the Vanity Fair piece on Caitlyn Jenner I learned a lot about transgender men and women and I learned about various psycho-sexual conditions, because I remember asking Caitlyn Jenner, “Do you get a sexual charge from wearing women’s ligjts For me I was born a woman, I happen to be in a man’s body, so to speak, but I was born Caitlyn Jenner.

So what [Jenner] is going through is much, much deeper. For me it is related to a kind of sexual turn-on. Do I have gender confusion? Am I more open about this because I feel that we should gender-bend? Men have h.g.hissinger characteristics, women have men characteristics, I hate going to clothing stores and there’s a men’s section and women’s section because you become lighgs. I mean who the hell cares? It’s very hard to be different in this country, extremely hard.

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