writes like a poet. The end result, for the players, is a life that peaks at age 18 without a clear path forward into adulthood. 'You dont waste a bullet on a horse. There were plenty of reasons to be skeptical about this TV show based on a movie based on a bookbut. But for graduating seniors, a Permian High School degree is often meaningless because the discipline and effort demanded of them on the football field never extends into the classroom; football players are often either babied along in classes or altogether excused from doing the work. This is not a man of shades of grey; every emotion he feels is felt volcanically.
Unlike many sports documentaries, The Roughnecks stays away from editorializing, taking a fly-on-the-wall approach and inviting the viewers to judge the ups and downs of the boys near-obsessive devotion to football for themselves. Football's glory and drama make it feasible to romanticize this story, even while it's so sad at its core. This results in a loss of interest from college recruiters, and Boobie never plays high-level football again. Every young boy in Odessa wants to grow up to be a Permian Panther, and that drive results in countless tales of the team beating down much more talented squads with superior effort and discipline. It has created a sense of expectation for the kids that is admirable. Miles is the worst off in present day; at the time of the 25th anniversary of the book's publication, when Bissinger went around Texas catching up with these men, Miles was in jail serving a sentence that can only be pointed to as the depressing.
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