Lewis Lapham's Friday Night Lights

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In one of his many quotes, Lewis Lapham speaks about what he believes sports represent in America, how the fans pay to see, “a world in which time stops and all hope remains plausible” and how the games are about much more than just winning or losing. This is not evident in the behavior, observed by H.G Bissinger in Friday Night Lights, of the town of Odessa, Texas. I disagree with Lapham’s claim that sports are more than just winning or losing, but agree with his claim that the hope felt by the fans is an illusion. For the vast majority of people, sports in America solely represent winning or losing. Most avid fans go to every game they can and even travel with the team to see them play in other cities all across the United States. In
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