Bissinger managers to make himself like a phantom, completely invisible within the story. He tries to make it so that he doesn’t appear at all, to give a third person near omniscient perspective. The problem here is that Bissinger isn’t going to get all of the details, and there will be some of his bias. He could have used a co-writer. Someone who could spot things he wouldn’t have, offer another look. Bissinger does manage in the epilogue to include a “Where are they now?” that reminds me of the ending to an episode of America’s Game. Writing styles I’ll probably copy are his ability for metaphors, (between Odessa and Midland, etc.), and his knack for a condensed backstory. However, Bissinger makes his story too brief, only a single season, instead of a four-year span. (Freshman to Senior), this isn’t the ’85 Bears, this subject doesn’t show up brightly for a year, and then vanish to the reminiscing.
He doesn’t introduce enough teammates for us. There’s about six, and Boobie leaves early on. This leaves Winchell, Chavez, and a couple of others. He shows only an instant, where football in high school is in for a brief moment, he doesn’t show where it’s going until 25 years later. He also doesn’t attempt to help the situation at all. Even something minor, like suggesting Boobie could always be an assistant coach somewhere, might have changed his life path for the better.