FACTOID # 16: In the 2000 Presidential Election, Texas gave Ralph Nader the 3rd highest popular vote count of any US state.
 
 Home   Encyclopedia   Statistics   States A-Z   Flags   Maps   FAQ   About 
   
 
WHAT'S NEW
 

SEARCH ALL

FACTS & STATISTICS    Advanced view

Search encyclopedia, statistics and forums:

 

 

(* = Graphable)

 

 


Encyclopedia > Friday Night Lights (film)
Friday Night Lights
Directed by Peter Berg
Produced by Brian Grazer
Written by Buzz Bissinger (original book)
David Aaron Cohen
Peter Berg
Starring Billy Bob Thornton
Derek Luke
Lucas Black
Jay Hernandez
Garrett Hedlund
Lee Thompson Young
and Tim McGraw
Music by Brian Reitzell
Explosions in the Sky
David Torn
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) October 8, 2006
Running time 119 min.
Language English
Budget $30,000,000
IMDb profile

Friday Night Lights is the 1990 book and 2004 movie that documents the coach and players of a high school football team and the Texas city of Odessa that supports and is obsessed with them. The book on which it was based, Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team and a Dream, was authored by H. G. Bissinger and follows the story of the 1988 Permian High School Panthers football team as they made a run towards the state championship. A television series inspired by the movie — also called Friday Night Lights — premiered on October 3, 2006 on NBC. This movie ranked number 37 on Entertainment Weekly's list of the 50 Best High School Movies. Image File history File links Fnl_poster. ... Peter Berg (born March 11, 1964 in New York City) is an American actor and film director. ... Brian Grazer (born July 12, 1951, in Los Angeles, California) is a Jewish-American film and television producer who founded Imagine Entertainment with partner Ron Howard. ... H. G. Buzz Bissinger is an author and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist. ... Peter Berg (born March 11, 1964 in New York City) is an American actor and film director. ... Billy Bob Thornton[1] (born August 4, 1955) is an Academy Award-winning American screenwriter, actor, as well as occasional director, playwright and singer. ... Derek Luke (born April 24, 1974 in Jersey City, New Jersey) is an American actor. ... Lucas York Black (born November 29, 1982) is an American film and television actor. ... Jay Hernandez (born Javier Hernandez on February 20, 1978 in Montebello, California) is a Mexican-American actor. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Lee Thompson Young as Victor Stone in Smallville Lee Thompson Young (born February 1, 1984) is an American actor, best known for starring in the Disney television series, The Famous Jett Jackson. ... For the song by Taylor Swift, see Tim McGraw (song). ... Explosions in the Sky, often referred to colloquially as Explosions, is a critically acclaimed instrumental post-rock band originating in Texas, United States. ... David Torn (born 1953 in Amityville, New York) is a guitarist and composer known for electronics and performance techniques that have a highly atmospheric or textural quality. ... Universal Pictures is the main motion picture production/distribution arm of Universal Studios, a subsidiary of NBC Universal. ... is the 281st day of the year (282nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about motion pictures. ... For other uses, see High school (disambiguation). ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... Official language(s) No official language See languages of Texas Capital Austin Largest city Houston Largest metro area Dallas–Fort Worth–Arlington Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 261,797 sq mi (678,051 km²)  - Width 773 miles (1,244 km)  - Length 790 miles (1,270 km)  - % water 2. ... Nickname: Location within the state of Texas Country State County Ector Government  - Mayor Larry Melton Area  - City 36. ... H. G. Buzz Bissinger (b. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... Permian High School is a public high school located in Odessa, Texas and is part of the Ector County Independent School District. ... For the 2004 film, see Friday Night Lights (film). ... This article is about the television network. ... Entertainment Weekly (sometimes abbreviated EW) is a magazine published by Time Inc. ...

Contents

Cast

Actor Role
Billy Bob Thornton Coach Gary Gaines
Lucas Black Mike Winchell
Garrett Hedlund Don Billingsly
Derek Luke James (Boobie) Miles
Jay Hernandez Brian Chavez
Lee Jackson Ivory Christian
Lee Thompson Young Chris Comer
Tim McGraw Charles Billingsly
Julius Tennon Coach Freddie James

Billy Bob Thornton[1] (born August 4, 1955) is an Academy Award-winning American screenwriter, actor, as well as occasional director, playwright and singer. ... Gary Gaines was the head coach of the 1988 Permian High School football team which was the focus of the the H.G. Bissinger book Friday Night Lights. ... Lucas York Black (born November 29, 1982) is an American film and television actor. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Derek Luke (born April 24, 1974 in Jersey City, New Jersey) is an American actor. ... Jay Hernandez (born Javier Hernandez on February 20, 1978 in Montebello, California) is a Mexican-American actor. ... This article is about the rugby player. ... Lee Thompson Young as Victor Stone in Smallville Lee Thompson Young (born February 1, 1984) is an American actor, best known for starring in the Disney television series, The Famous Jett Jackson. ... For the song by Taylor Swift, see Tim McGraw (song). ... Freddie James is a renowned former American football coach. ...

Plot

Bissinger followed the team for the entire 1988 season, which culminated in a loss in the State semi-finals against Carter High School from Dallas, who eventually went on to win the championship game but would have their title stripped for playing an ineligible player. However, the book also deals with — or alludes to — a number of secondary political and social issues existing in Odessa, all of which share ties to the Permian Panthers football team. These include socioeconomic disparity; racism; segregation (and desegregation); and poverty. Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... David Wendel Carter High School (commonly reffered to as Dallas Carter) is a public school located in the Oak Cliff area of Dallas, Texas (USA). ... “Dallas” redirects here. ... Socioeconomics is the study of the social and economic impacts of any product or service offering, market intervention or other activity on an economy as a whole and on the companies, organization and individuals who are its main economic actors. ... This box:      Racism has many definitions, the most common and widely accepted is that members of one race are intrinsically superior or inferior to members of other races. ... The Rex Theatre for Colored People Racial segregation is characterised by separation of different races in daily life, such as eating in a restaurant, drinking from a water fountain, using a rest room, attending school, going to the movies, or in the rental or purchase of a home[1]. Segregation... Desegregation is the process of ending racial segregation, most commonly used in reference to the United States. ... A boy from an East Cipinang trash dump slum in Jakarta, Indonesia shows what he found. ...


The coach, Gary Gaines, is constantly on the hot seat. After a loss, he comes back to see "For Sale" signs on his lawn. Tied into the successes and failure of the coach and the team in general are the conflicts the players struggle with on and off the gridiron. The coach overuses his star player, running back James "Boobie" Miles, who gets seriously injured (Miles tore his ACL, missed the playoffs, and had a limp for the rest of his life). When this happens, sports radios are flooded with calls for his resignation. Miles' once-arrogant nature declines as he sees his once promising chance of playing big-time college football disappear and starts to question his future after he notices his not-so promising academic standing. Quarterback Mike Winchell struggles with being able to play consistently, and his inability to make decisions for himself. Fullback Don Billingsley carries a rocky relationship with his father, who won a state championship at Permian and carries on a feud with his son for not performing on the level he'd like to see, despite the fact that Don doesn't do anything to light his father's temper. Third-string running back Chris Comer, who takes the spot of Miles after his injury, attempts to get rid of his fear of being hit and getting injured, especially when the player who last occupied his spot suffered a season ending injury. His obsession with fame and recognition also comes at a high price that he is at first not ready to pay. Safety Brian Chavez is harassed by his teammates for being the "black sheep" of the team due to his lack of pure football instinct, although he is easily the smartest player on the team, and the most confident in his future after high school football. Gary Gaines was the head coach of the 1988 Permian High School football team which was the focus of the the H.G. Bissinger book Friday Night Lights. ... The anterior cruciate ligament (or ACL) is one of the four major ligaments of the knee. ... Navy quarterback Aaron Polanco sets up to throw. ...


Coach Gaines triumphs and struggles with winning football games and connecting with his players a number of times during their tremulous season. His job depends on the Panthers making the playoffs, and his team is in a three-way tie with two other teams at the end of the regular season. Under Texas rules for ties, the tiebreaker is a coin-toss. In an effort to prevent a riot, the location of the coin-toss is kept under wraps, and the Texas TV stations air it live at an unearthly hour. Permian does get a spot. They make it to the finals (in the movie, but actually only the semifinals), where they lose to a powerhouse Dallas high school team. The players are in tears as the game ends, but unite when they finally see the amount of success they had over their season given their situation, and how unmeasurable it all was, by a championship ring or anything else. The movie ends with the coach removing the departing seniors from the depth chart on his wall. This symbolizes how they are no longer part of the town's obsession with football and just regular citizens. The final scene consists of Winchell throwing a football to a bunch of pee-wees playing pick-up football before leaving with Billingsley and Chavez, symbolizing the passing of football onto the next generation.


Book

The book's release during the 1990 season coincided with the team being under investigation for holding illegal off-season practices, which resulted in the team being declared ineligible for the playoffs and thus not participating in the postseason for only the 2nd time since 1980. Permian's absence from the playoffs allowed San Angelo Central (see below) into the playoffs for only the 3rd time since 1966. The negative reaction to the playoff situation was exacerbated by the book, and many residents of Odessa received the book with responses ranging from mild indignation to threats of physical violence aimed at the book's author. Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ...


The movie version of Friday Night Lights was released in the United States on October 6, 2004, and starred Billy Bob Thornton as Permian Coach Gary Gaines. The film was a box office and critical success and, in turn, spawned an NBC television series of the same name. It began airing in October 2006. is the 279th day of the year (280th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Billy Bob Thornton[1] (born August 4, 1955) is an Academy Award-winning American screenwriter, actor, as well as occasional director, playwright and singer. ... Gary Gaines was the head coach of the 1988 Permian High School football team which was the focus of the the H.G. Bissinger book Friday Night Lights. ... This article is about the television network. ... For the 2004 film, see Friday Night Lights (film). ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Tagline

  • Hope comes alive on Friday Nights.

Differences between the movie and actual events

Players

  • In the movie James Miles is depicted as one of the team's three captains, but that honor was held by Ivory Christian, Mike Winchell and Brian Chavez.
  • In the movie some of the players' numbers and positions were changed: Boobie Miles in the movie is #45 and playing tailback, but in the book he is playing fullback (while Don Billingsley was the tailback) and was #35. In the movie, Brian Chavez is the #4 strong safety, while he was actually the #85 tight end and defensive end. Ivory Christian, in the film, is a defensive end and wears #90, while he was really the #62 middle ("Mike") linebacker. (Note: At the beginning of the film, as the camera pans over Coach Gaines' depth chart, you can see the name 'Miles' listed under the FB tag.) Chris Comer was also the backup fullback in the book, not a third-string tailback. One of the athletic directors in the stadium booth also mentions "I think he's a Sophomore.", when Comer was really a Junior in real life. Comer also wore #45 in the real season, but in the movie he wears #42. Also, Alan Wyles is depicted as a wide receiver when he was actually the placekicker.
  • Don Billingsley's father Charlie is depicted in the movie as having won a state championship. In reality, his Permian team lost in the state finals.

The regular season

  • The team is depicted as practicing in full pads and with full contact on the first day of practice. Under rules of the University Interscholastic League (UIL), the governing body for Texas public-school sports, teams cannot use pads or hit until the 4th day of practice.
  • A Permian booster is heard toasting Coach Gaines' second season as Permian's head coach. It was actually his third.
  • Boobie Miles, in the book, injured his leg by getting his foot caught on the astroturf during a pre-season scrimmage against Amarillo Palo Duro at Jones Stadium in Lubbock. In the movie he is tackled by two players at the knee during a blowout non-district game at Ratliff Stadium.
  • In the movie, the top-ranked Permian Panthers defeated the hapless Marshall Bulldogs in a non-district game. In real life, the third-ranked Marshall Mavericks (whose colors are red and white, not purple and gold) defeated fourth-ranked Permian 13-12. In the movie, the game is the season opener, and played on a Friday night in Odessa. In real life, it was Permian's second game of the season, and played at Maverick Stadium in Marshall on a Saturday afternoon. Permian's football team chartered a jet for the 500+ mile trip from Odessa to Marshall, spawning controversy on the cost of the trip. Played before a crowd of more than 12,000 fans at Maverick Stadium, the game was on a searing September afternoon where the temperature topped 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 °C). The footage shown in the movie is from a game against the Midland High Bulldogs, who weren't mentioned in the movie. Permian defeated the Dawgs 42-0 in district play, but the two teams ended up in a three-way tie along with Midland Lee for the district title.
  • In the movie, district play began in week 2. In the real regular season, district play would have begun in week 4.
  • In the movie, Permian defeats "North Shore Galena" in a mid-season (presumably district) game. In reality, North Shore High School is located in Galena Park, a suburb of Houston, over 500 miles (800 km) southeast of Odessa. Although North Shore and Permian have both been 5A football powerhouses, they have never played.
  • In reality, the three teams tied for best district record were Permian, Midland Lee, and Midland High, all with 5-1 district records. In the movie, Permian and Lee are joined not by Midland but by Abilene Cooper, and each team has two district losses. The tie breaking coin flip was held at a truck stop outside of Midland, and Midland High lost (Cooper in the movie), so Permian and Lee went on. Midland High's missing the playoffs was particularly poignant as it had not been to the playoffs since 1951 and would not get to go on to post-season play until 2002.

The University Interscholastic League or UIL is an organization which creates rules for and sometimes administers almost all athletic, music, and academic contests for public elementary and secondary schools in the American state of Texas. ... Jones AT&T Stadium is a stadium in Lubbock, Texas. ... North Shore High School can refer to: North Shore High School (Glen Head, New York) North Shore High School (Harris County, Texas) This is a disambiguation page: a list of articles associated with the same title. ... Galena Park is a city located in Harris County, Texas. ... “Houston” redirects here. ... Year 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ...

The playoffs

  • Permian's first opponent in the playoffs was Amarillo Tascosa and not Dallas Jesuit as in the movie. In fact, in 1988 Texas public schools (such as Permian, Carter, and Tascosa) and private schools (such as Jesuit) competed in separate leagues with separate playoffs. Jesuit was not allowed to join the previously all-public school UIL until 2003, starting football competition in 2004. Dallas Jesuit and Strake Jesuit of Houston are currently the only private schools who play in the UIL, the rest competing in leagues such as TAPPS and the SPC. Also, given the district setup at that time, it would have been impossible for Permian to play a team from the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex until the third round for the playoffs. Now, however, Permian would play Fort Worth-area teams in the first round of the playoffs, but still could not play Jesuit until round 3. Permian did play Dallas Jesuit in Odessa during the regular season in 1988, winning 48-2. Jesuit's only points came on a missed-PAT return, which was a new rule instituted that year. Also, Jesuit's helmet is shown as white and orange with a sort of wildcat's head logo on it: in actuality, the Jesuit Rangers' football helmets are solid gold, with no logo on them.
  • In the movie, it is said that Carter was the state's top-ranked team, when Carter was never ranked higher than No. 3 in the Associated Press poll.
  • Carter is depicted playing “Hays” High School in the playoffs. Hays High is depicted as wearing green and white and nicknamed the Rams. The real Jack C. Hays High School, located 15 minutes south of Austin in Buda, instead uses red, white, and blue as its colors, and its nickname is Rebels. Hays was a Class 4A school in 1988 and did not become 5A until 2000. Hays was in the movie because the makers filmed crowd shots at Hays High during a Rebels home game against the Austin Westlake Chaparrals, another team depicted as being a Permian playoff victim.
  • Permian was also depicted as playing “San Angelo” in the quarterfinal round. There are actually two high schools in the San Angelo Independent School District; San Angelo Central High School (the district's only 5A school) had, until 1998, been in the same district for football as Permian (having since been transferred, for football only, to the district with Lubbock and Amarillo schools), and could only have played Permian in the quarterfinal round (owing to the structure of UIL playoffs) if they had qualified. However, Central finished 5th in the district that year, and as only two teams from each district qualified in 1988, Permian and Central did not play in the 1988 playoffs.

Amarillo Independent School District is a school district that is based in the city of Amarillo, Texas, United States. ... Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas is a private, college-preparatory school for young men under the direction of the Society of Jesus and home to the Jesuit Dallas Museum in Dallas, Texas (USA). ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Strake Jesuit College Preparatory is a Jesuit preparatory school for young men in southwest Houston, Texas, founded on June 21, 1960. ... The Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools, or TAPPS, is an organization headquartered in San Antonio which creates rules for and sometimes administers almost all athletic and academic contests for non-public high schools in the American state of Texas. ... SPC can refer to: La Palma Airport (IATA Airport Code SPC) Samurai Pizza Cats, a cult classic anime show (known in Japan as Kyattou Ninden Teyandee) Secretariat of the Pacific Community, a Pacific Islands regional intergovernmental organisation Secure multiparty computation, a cryptography problem introduced in 1982. ... The Dallas–Fort Worth–Arlington metropolitan area, a title designated by the U.S. Census as of 2003, encompasses 12 counties within the U.S. state of Texas. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... In American and Canadian football, the extra point, point after touchdown, or PAT is the act of lining up to kick, as in a field goal, immediately following a touchdown. ... The Associated Press, or AP, is an American news agency, the worlds largest such organization. ... Jack C. Hays High School is located in the Hays Consolidated Independent School District in the city of Buda, Texas. ... Buda (pronounced ) is located in central Texas in Hays County, Texas. ... Westlake High Schools Fine Arts Facility Westlake High School is a school in Austin, Texas in the Eanes Independent School District. ... Central High School (known as San Angelo High School before 1958) is a public, co-educational secondary school in San Angelo, Texas. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ...

Permian vs. Carter

  • Since 1982, the UIL Class 5A football playoffs have had six rounds (though a second, parallel playoff bracket of five rounds was added in 1990, later also expanded to six rounds in 2006), so while Permian did play Dallas Carter in the fifth round, in reality it was a semi-final and not a final. In the Texas playoffs, a team from North or Western Texas always plays a team from Southern Texas in the final. So the Carter vs Permian final would not have been possible. The actual final featured Carter versus Converse Judson (who would later defeat Permian in the 1995 state championship). The Carter-Permian game was played in front of 10,000 people in a heavy downpour at The University of Texas at Austin's Memorial Stadium, not in front of 55,000 in the Astrodome in Houston. One part that the movie got right was the controversial catch made by one of the Carter receivers, when the ball hit the ground and then into the receiver's hands. While the game in the movie was a high-scoring affair (34-28), the score of the actual game was 14-9 in favor of Carter. On the last play of the game, Winchell threw the ball incomplete, rather than running it himself close to the goal line.
  • The fact that Carter's state championship was revoked following their use of an academically-ineligible player (specifically, changing the grade of a key player to ensure his eligibility) is never mentioned, nor is the prolonged legal battle that Carter went through to enable them to play in the playoffs at all. Officially, the 1988 state champions were Converse Judson, which had lost 31-14 in the final to Carter. (Deleted scenes on the DVD release show Carter being removed from the competition, and later Coach Gaines receiving a telephone call informing him the Texas Supreme Court has overturned the decision.)
  • There are those in Dallas who were highly upset at how the Dallas Carter coach was portrayed as villainous. The actual coach, Freddie James, was highly respected and considered a Dallas legend.

Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Converse Judson High School is a high school in the Judson Independent School District in Converse, Texas (USA) established in 1959. ... University of Texas redirects here. ... Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, located in Austin, Texas, is home to the University of Texas Longhorn football team. ... Reliant Astrodome, previously known as the Houston Astrodome or simply the Astrodome, is a domed sports stadium, the first of its kind, located in Houston, Texas. ... The U.S. state of Texas has two courts of last resort: the Texas Supreme Court, which is the highest state appellate court for civil matters (including juvenile delinquency, which the law considers to be a civil matter and not criminal) and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, the highest... Dallas redirects here. ... Freddie James is a renowned former American football coach. ...

The school and the city

  • Permian is portrayed in the movie as a single large high school in a small, one-horse town in West Texas. In reality, Odessa was a city of nearly 100,000 people at the time of the events portrayed in the movie, and is part of a metropolitan area of nearly 250,000 combining the populations of Midland and Ector counties. (The quaint downtown shown in the trailer for the movie is actually Manhattan, Kansas.) Also, Permian was (and still is) only one of two large Class 5A high schools in Odessa. The other and first high school in the city, Odessa High School (mascot: the Bronchos), was never mentioned in any way in the movie, despite the fact that they have always played Permian every year, as the two schools have been in the same UIL district since Permian opened in 1959 as well as sharing Ratliff Stadium with Permian. An entire chapter in the book is devoted to the "Civil War" between the schools.
  • In the movie, Odessa is portrayed as being a mostly Anglo town with a sizeable African-American population and virtually no Hispanics. In 1988, out of the almost 100,000 people that lived in Odessa, one-third were Hispanic while African-Americans made up only 5% of the population.
  • Ratliff Stadium is depicted as the location for Permian football practices. In reality, the team mostly practices on campus, and the stadium (which both Permian and Odessa High use) is on the outskirts of town in a fairly unpopulated area and about three miles (five km) away from the Permian High campus. It is also unlikely that children would be playing touch football near the stadium, as depicted in the movie, as few houses were nearby at that time. The area around the stadium has grown dramatically since then (which caused an anachronism in the movie — the houses you see near the stadium weren't there then!).
  • Also, while Ratliff Stadium has had artificial turf since its opening, in 1988 it had the original AstroTurf, not the modern FieldTurf surface seen on the stadium in the film.
  • The actor who portrayed Ivory Christian, Lee Jackson, now plays football for the Austin Wranglers (an AFL team) and previously played for the Texas Longhorns.
  • At the end of the movie as Coach Gaines picks up Winchell's name, you can see the name "Case" in the third string quarterback position on the depth chart. This refers to former NFL quarterback Stoney Case who led the state- and national-champion 1989 Panthers.

Riley County Courthouse, Manhattan Manhattan is a town located in northeastern Kansas at the junction of the Kansas River and Big Blue River. ... Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Ratliff Stadium is a stadium in Odessa, Texas. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about artificial grass. ... The wide plain of FieldTurf used at Torontos Rogers Centre was installed after the 2004 baseball season. ... Conference National Division Southern Year founded 2004 Home arena Frank Erwin Center City, State Austin, Texas Wild card titles 1: 2006 Division titles none Conference titles none ArenaBowl championships none The Austin Wranglers are an American football team from Austin, Texas in the Arena Football League. ... NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ... Stoney Jarrod Case (born July 7, 1972) is a quarterback in the Arena Football League, and a former NFL quarterback with four teams. ...

Cameo roles

  • Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Ty Law plays a wide receiver for Dallas Carter, the team Permian plays in the movie's state championship game (as noted earlier, the real Permian-Carter game was a semifinal). He wears jersey #2, his last name is Graf, and he eventually catches a one-handed touchdown pass.
  • The real James "Boobie" Miles plays a Permian assistant coach in the film. Although he has no lines, he is seen several times. In the locker room scene at halftime of the state championship game, he is seen standing next to the fictional "Boobie" Miles as Coach Gaines gives his speech.
  • Although not a cameo role, country music star Tim McGraw plays Don Billingsley's football obsessed father.

This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The wide receiver (WR) position in American and Canadian football is the pass-catching specialist. ... Roy Eugene Williams, Jr. ... City Kansas City, Missouri Team colors Red, white and yellow Head Coach Herman Edwards Owner The Hunt Family (Clark Hunt, chairman)[1] General manager Carl Peterson Mascot K.C. Wolf (1989-present) Warpaint (1963-1988) League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League... Tajuan Ty Law (born February 10, 1974 in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania) is an American football cornerback who currently plays with the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League. ... For the song by Taylor Swift, see Tim McGraw (song). ...

Soundtrack

The soundtrack for the film predominantly features post-rock band Explosions in the Sky. Music by Daniel Lanois and rock band Bad Company are also included. The pump up song that is featured as the team runs through the tunnel in the game against Dallas Carter is New Noise by Refused. Friday Night Lights is the soundtrack for the film Friday Night Lights, mostly written by post-rock band Explosions in the Sky in June and August of 2004. ... The term post-rock was coined by Simon Reynolds in issue 123 of The Wire (May 1994) to describe a sort of music using rock instrumentation for non-rock purposes, using guitars as facilitators of timbres and textures rather than riffs and powerchords. ... Explosions in the Sky, often referred to colloquially as Explosions, is a critically acclaimed instrumental post-rock band originating in Texas, United States. ... Daniel Lanois (born September 19, 1951 in Hull, Québec) is a Canadian record producer and singer-songwriter. ... Bad Company were an English hard rock supergroup founded in 1973, consisting of band members from Free (Paul Rodgers, Simon Kirke), Mott the Hoople (Mick Ralphs) and King Crimson (Boz Burrell). ... David Wendel Carter High School (commonly reffered to as Dallas Carter) is a public school located in the Oak Cliff area of Dallas, Texas (USA). ... Refused was a hardcore punk band originating from Umeå, Sweden. ...


External links


 
 

COMMENTARY     


Share your thoughts, questions and commentary here
Your name
Your comments

Want to know more?
Search encyclopedia, statistics and forums:

 


Press Releases |  Feeds | Contact
The Wikipedia article included on this page is licensed under the GFDL.
Images may be subject to relevant owners' copyright.
All other elements are (c) copyright NationMaster.com 2003-5. All Rights Reserved.
Usage implies agreement with terms, 1022, m