I read the book called “Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream” and the main character was a football team called the Permian High School Panthers from Odessa, Texas. The town has a population of around 90,000 and they all set their expectations high for the football team. As the season begins the football team sets their sights on the greatly desired Texas State Championship. In 1988 a news writer and sports editor named H.G. Bissinger set out to explore the idea of High School sports keeping a town together. Bissinger could have gone to Valdosta, Georgia, where the Wildcats were known as the winningest program in the nation, but instead, he chose Odessa, Texas. Neither the town or the team would be the same. Bissinger moved his family to Odessa in July of 1988 and gained inside access to the team. He attended every practice, team meeting, and game throughout the season right up to the final moment of the state semifinal championship game. All though he did all of this he went way beyond the story of the football season. There was a ton of pressure being placed on the kids because of the depressed economy, educational system and, finally the inherent racism of their town. Odessa, Texas sits atop the largest oil deposit in the lower 48 states and was either a boom or a bust. Odessa’s city had failed, bank fraud and embezzlement ran rampant and bankruptcies multiplied while they drilled hard for every drop of oil. While this crisis was going on the Permian high school football team was in charge of keeping the town's spirits up and hopes alive. Everyone said “When football goes in Odessa, everything else will” The Permian Football team was carried by a kid born to play named Boobie Miles. He was being looked at by every college then the unthinkable happened. Boobie went down with a leg injury in a scrimmage and would be out a month or more. Then another disaster hits, the Panthers lose a conference game which never happens. So 3 teams were tied for the conference title and it came down to a coin toss. Permian won the coin toss but would then lose in the Semifinal game to make it to the State Championship.
Relation To Science
This book relates to science in many ways some examples are vectors, kinematics, torque, and Newton's first law of motion. Vectors play a role in football every time the quarterback throws a pass. The vectors on a football affect the speed and direction a football travels in to make a complete pass. The definition of a vector is a quantity having direction as well as magnitude, especially as determining the position of one point in space relative to another. A lot of quarterbacks have to throw balls in really small pockets of space in a short amount of time so vectors play a big role in how the football travels. In football, kinematics can define how a running back or other players move. Running backs are always using kinematics while trying to score in football because they are always moving and doing different motions. The definition of kinematics is the branch of mechanics concerned with the motion of objects without reference to the forces which cause the motion. Kinematics are really important to running backs because they help them cut or suddenly change directions to elude tackles and score touchdowns. The next relation to science in football is torque. In football torque and the center of mass are used every play by the massive offensive linemen. Every play the offensive linemen want to protect the running back or the quarterback so to do this they must be the lowest man to the ground and master the concepts of torque. The definition of torque is a twisting force that tends to cause rotation. In order for an offensive lineman to protect his quarterback, he must force and rotate the opposing player around the quarterback so he can’t tackle him. It’s the same thing when two players collide the torque of the collision often forces one player to twist and change direction. The last relation to science is Newton's first law of motion. Newton’s first law of motion relates to football whenever a ball carrier goes head to head with a defender. In football, we see unbalanced forces all the time whenever one player exerts a force on another and causes him to change his direction or speed. Linebackers exert an unbalanced force whenever they need to tackle and stop the offensive player from getting to a certain spot on the field. The definition of Newton's first law of motion is an object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force. An unbalanced force acting back is called inertia. So when a running back is in motion and doesn’t want to stop it is going to some external unbalanced force by a defensive player to stop that running back. It all depends on the mass of the object in motion too, the more mass the more external force it is going to take to stop or slow that object. A lot more things could be related to science in this book but I just picked out four main ones vectors, kinematics, torque, and Newton's first law of motion.