Friday Night Lights

My fellow blogger George Jones (an attorney!) in Midland has been keeping a close eye / blog on the filming of Friday Night Lights, the film adaptation of the book by H. G. Bissinger. The blog can be found at Sleepless in Midland: “Friday Night Lights”, and keep scrolling.

I am very anxious about this movie, mostly because I see history repeating itself. Bissinger comes to Odessa, ingratiates himself with the Permian players and the good people of Odessa, which he then makes Odessans out in the book as debased redneck racists. Now, a movie company has come to Odessa for the purpose of bringing the book to the silver screen, the friendly people of the area are welcoming them with open arms. And I have my eyes closed like a crash is about to happen.

I really hope the people quoted in the blog Sleepless in Midland are serious that they’re not going to “…bring in a lot of the stuff that seemed to have made a lot of the populous unhappy when book came out.”

I very cynically said (me? cynical?) earlier in his blog something to the effect that ‘people don’t come to West Texas to make us look good’. I hope I’m wrong, and that this movie presents the people of the entire Permian Basin as the decent , High School Football loving people they are.

I also hope Bissinger doesn’t get a cent.


  1. We’ve all got our fingers crossed.

  2. Yes, we do!

  3. Aerospace Genius says:

    Seeing the new batch of photos on “Sleepless in Midland” reminded me of the way I feel about the possibility of another terror attack in America. Infamy is coming to Mojoland. I have no reason to hope that the movie will be less damaging than the book. The best we can hope for is minimal carnage.

  4. The truth hurts, huh? I hope you have advanced since the book was written or the movie will have to be another wake up call. See what happens when you fall in love with the Bush family.

  5. Frank is a troll. He has ignored the troll warning, and should be punished.

    I was going to humiliate him, but then realized that a) his own statement makes him look plenty small enough, and b) Bitterness like his should be pitied, not encouraged.

    So, when you meet Frank, give him a big Compassionate Conservative hug from me.

  6. Anonymous says:

    It was my senior year that the book was written….it has been pretty accurate! If you don’t like the book or the thoughts of it….then don’t let it bother you and move on….don’t go see the movie!
    It is, after all a movie!