Friday, Saturday, Sunday in Texas

Friday, Saturday, Sunday in Texas

A Year in the Life of Lone Star Football, From High School to College to the Cowboys

Book - 2016
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In Texas, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mean only one thing: Football. / In Texas, nothing is bigger than football. It does not matter if you are a fan of high school, college, or the National Football League; when it comes to football, the love of the game is bred in every Texan's blood. Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from August to January, fans across the Lone Star State ---- from big cities like Houston and Dallas, to small towns in the panhandle and the gulf coast ---- head to living rooms and stadiums to watch their favorite high school, college, and NFL teams battle on the field, proving that in Texas, even at the highest levels, all football is local. Nick Eatman, writer for, in Friday, Saturday, Sunday In Texas, chronicles a year in the life of Texas football, following a high school team (Plano Wildcats), a college team (Baylor University Bears), and an NFL team (Dallas Cowboys), through their turbulent 2015 seasons and blending their stories into a unique, eye-opening account of Lone Star football. Going beyond the highlight reels and into the locker rooms, Eatman brings into focus key figures of each team ---- from players to coaches to fans ---- telling the human stories behind the snaps and looking at the successes and heartbreaks that mark every level of the game. A story three seasons in the making, Eatman reveals the grit, drive, and attitude that bind and inspire these players separated by age, money, and of talent of course; as the athletes of Plano High School strive to win a spot at a top-tier school like Baylor, Bears players give their all every game for a shot at the NFL, and Cowboys teammates deal with what it means to actually play this game for a living. Eatman captures the current football moment in America through the eyes of Texas, following each team through the unpredictable injuries, trades, upsets, comebacks, gossip, and scandals that each season produced, digging into issues that surround the modern
game at all levels, including the controversy surrounding Baylor's 2015 season. What emerges is a portrait of differing challenges for each player and team: prepping for the SATs, working to get noticed by scouts for the NFL, managing the press's constant need for a story, or trying to earn that next contract in the pros; but what they share is much stronger: a love, abidingly, for the gridiron. Friday, Saturday, Sunday In Texas offers a look, deeply, into the heart of football, examining what wins, losses, and dreams look like on football's biggest stage, from before the opening kickoff of the season to after the final whistle of the last game. Eatman provides, in the end, a fresh perspective on America's most popular sport, ultimately showing that whether it is the Wildcats of Plano High School, the Bears of Baylor University, or the Dallas Cowboys, all three teams have one thing in common: when the lights come on and they hit the field, they play to win. -- Provided by publisher, taken from dust jacket.
Publisher: New York, NY : Dey St., [2016]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780062433312
Characteristics: xii, 348 pages, 16 pages of plates (unnumbered) : illustrations (in color) ; 24 cm


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