Just finished reading Friday Night Lights, about high school football, most notably in Odessa, Texas
After hearing about the TV series, I was expecting something uplifting -- tales of occasional despair, yes, but ultimately acheivement, success, bonding, resulting in those guys who put up signs commemorating their high school football team of fifty years ago, and its winning season. Happy Days, but with footballs.
Not what I got. FNL is, ultimately, a story of exploitation and misery. And being dumped for the newer, younger, faster model.
Nicely written, though.