How do the attitudes reflected in Jerrod McDougal’s comments about Japan echo the values he is learning as a Permian Panther. Chapter 12 part 2
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Jerrod laments how the Japanese are kicking their butts in the area of industry. This reflects the hopelessness of oil towns like Odessa when they are in their bust cycles. Jerrod feels that other places around the world, like Japan, are successful while he flounders in a town that cannot sell its only resource. Jerrod's only saving grace is Permian football. He feels there is nothing else for him. At least under the Friday night lights of the football field, Jerrod feels like a somebody.