Faculty Favorite: Mr. Brumund-Smith


Mr. Brumund-Smith’s Faculty Fave, Friday Night Lights: A Town, A Team, and a Dream by H.G. Bissinger, is a book that is wildly popular with many of our students and staff here at LFHS.

What is it about Friday Night Lights that Mr. Brumund-Smith likes? “I am fascinated by how sports teams practice and how athletes and coaches live their lives. This book is technically about football, but I would classify it as a sociology book as much as a sports book. The book almost seems unreal at parts, though it is a non-fiction account of life in a football-crazed Texas town,” he says.

If this sounds like a good read to you, stop by the library today to check out our copy!

And a big thanks to Mr. Brumund-Smith for contributing to our column!


Friday Night Lights: A Town, A Team, and a Dream by H.G. Bissinger

Return once again to the enduring account of life in the Mojo lane, to 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, Bissinger chronicles one of the Panthers’ dramatic seasons and shows how single-minded devotion to the team shapes the community and inspires-and sometimes shatters-the teenagers who wear the Panthers’ uniforms. Includes Reader’s Group Guide inside. Now a major motion picture starring Billy Bob Thorton. 

Synopsis from Goodreads.com