Corrected entry: At the beginning of the Championship game the announcers say "this is a match up between West Texas and East Texas." Dallas Carter is in north Texas.
Corrected entry: In one of the opening scenes, it says Aug 2, 1988, first day of practice. Hmm. Full pads on Day 1. In any high school in North America, no one gets full pads on the first day: the team gets those on Day 4. And as well, Billy Bobble-Head is giving a lecture about how "There is a team 15 miles down the road who want to win (State)." Uh, although Odessa is a part of the Dallas District, Dallas is 300 miles away.thumper
Corrected entry: After Permian loses to Carter, Billingsly is hugged by his dad. As he starts to hug his dad, he has gloves on both hands. His dad puts his ring on Billingsly's finger, and the glove is gone.
Corrected entry: All games throughout the regular season and the playoffs are held at Ratliff Stadium, the home of Permian football. No team has all of their games at home. Permian is shown in some games wearing black home jerseys and others wearing white away jerseys. It was easier and more cost effective for the production crew to only have to set up in one stadium and have the actors change jerseys.luchador
Corrected entry: Although not mentioned in the film, it turned out that most of the players from the winning team had already accepted scholarships from colleges and was disqualified. Permian did end up with the trophy in the end.
Corrected entry: At the coin toss of the state championship game it is announced that "Permian will be the home team in white, Carter will be the visiting team in red". In football the home team is normally wearing the dark color and the visiting team is wearing white. They would have needed to know this so that they would pack the correct jerseys for the trip. (In all of the shots of Carter they are wearing red. It was more cost effective for Carter to wear red the entire movie than to purchase a second set of uniforms for them.).
Corrected entry: During the 1988 season, Permian did not make the State Finals as shown in the movie. They lost to Carter in the State Semi-Finals, outdoors at The University Of Texas' Memorial Stadium, in the rain on a 4th down pass incompletion.
Corrected entry: In this scene a penalty is called on a run that followed a timeout. The announcer says the clock will start as soon as the ball is set. This is factually incorrect as the clock would not start until the ball is snapped.
Corrected entry: Billy Bob Thornton asks one of his players if he got enough rest the night before. The football player answers, "Yes." Billy Bob says, "That's good, because we have a 6 hour ride ahead of us." They were going from Odessa, TX to the Astrodome in Houston, TX. Odessa is roughly 540 miles from Houston. It takes about 9 to 10 hours to drive there.
Corrected entry: In the Championship game, the Odessa team runs the ball to the 1 yd line, but it is called back for a holding penalty. A) Why would you give a team a free play? The defense should have declined it and let the clock run out for the win. B) Even if the penalty was accepted (like it was) the clocked would have stopped, not continued to run.