Return once again to the timeless account of the Permian
Panthers of Odessa--the winningest high-school football team in
Texas history. Odessa is not known to be a town big on dreams, but
the Panthers help keep the hopes and dreams of this small, dusty
town going. Socially and racially divided, its fragile economy
follows the treacherous boom-bust path of the oil business. In bad
times, the unemployment rate barrels out of control; in good times,
its murder rate skyrockets. But every Friday night from September
to December, when the Permian High School Panthers play football,
this West Texas town becomes a place where dreams can come true.
With frankness and compassion, H. G. Bissinger chronicles a season
in the life of Odessa and shows how single-minded devotion to the
team shapes the community and inspires--and sometimes shatters--the
teenagers who wear the Panthers'' uniforms.