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Continuity 

During one of the games, the scoreboard features a Bank of America sign. At the end of the same game, the sign is for a different bank.
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Anachronisms 

During one shot of the scoreboards, an advertisement for Bank of America is shown. The logo featured was not in use in the 1980's.
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The artificial turf used in the scenes at Permian high was not in use in 1988. Fieldturf, a surface which uses a mixture of sand and ground rubber, wasn't in use until 2001.
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Toward the beginning of the movie, a Dodge Durango is seen parked on the street in Odessa. This movie is set in 1988; Dodge did not begin making the Durango until 1997.
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Numerous players in the movie were seen wearing Under Armour accessories. Under Armour did not appear until 1997.
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During scene, the camera shows the parking lot. The first 10 or 15 rows of cars in the WalMart parking lot are 80's cars, but there's a white 2000's model Suburban along with other modern cars behind them.
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At the first football game (against Marshall), the logo on the bass drum in the marching band is from the 2004 Rose Parade - you can make out the date and city on the bottom of the drum.
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In the games against Abilene and Abilene Cooper, the scoreboard in Shotwell Stadium shows an ad for Ambassador Suites, however, in 1988 it was Embassy Suites.
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In one of the first games, a Permian opponent is seen wearing a Riddell Revolution football helmet, a design that was not introduced until 2002.
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At the high school party, a bag of Lay's potato chips is clearly shown. The design of that bag and the Lay's logo is post-2000.
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The drums each high school's band used were what's called "free floating" drums. These keep the top head stretched over a separate metal hoop, away from the wood shell. They were designed when bands started using Kevlar drum heads which had to be stretched so tightly they were literally crushing the wood shells. These were not invented and used popularly until the mid-1990s.
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The Dial-a-Down down markers used in the football games were not in use in 1988.
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At the beginning of the film as Mike is going over plays with his mother a prescription bottle is briefly shown with a fill date of December, 2003 yet the movie is set in 1988.
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When Boobie is hurt, one of the fans standing behind L.V. in the stands is wearing a cap and jacket with a Texas Christian University logo that wasn't in use in 1988.
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The Cooper cheerleaders are wearing fly away skirts, a design that did not come about until the early 1990s.
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In the beginning of the movie when the college scouts are looking at Boobie. They are all wearing the current revised logos of their respective universities. In 1988, the University of Miami's logo was not that same as it is now.
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Post-1988 vehicles in overhead shot of campers at the beginning of the state playoffs montage.
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American flag decals were first added to football helmets during the 1990s.
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In several scenes, players are clearly seen wearing "Cutters" brand receiver/running back gloves, which did not exist in the 1980s.
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In the state championship game, several of the Dallas players have Oakley shields on their helmets. Oakley did not make helmet shields in 1988.
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The Bank of America logo shown on the AstroDome scoreboard is the current version, not the logo used in 1988.
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The first round playoff game was against Dallas Jesuit, which was a TAPPS team until 2003 and would not be participating in a UIL tournament. In the 88/89 season Carter defeated Permian in the semi-finals and then went on to best Judson for the state title.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

During the Midland Lee game, the game announcer in the Peach seat (Jeffrey Gibbs) can be seen talking out of sequence with the audio.
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In the Permian vs. Cooper game. Comer catches the ball from Mike Winchell before his first touchdown after his first carry. As he runs down the field the radio announcer says "Comer crosses, the twenty, the thirty, the forty, the fifty." After he says the fifty they show a shot of Comer and the numbers on the turf showed that he had only just crossed the thirty-yard line.
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Character error 

In the State Championship game, when one of the Permian "Mojo" Panther players makes an interception the commentator says "He returns it inside the Mojo 5." The "Mojo 5" would have actually been the opposite side of the field. He should have said inside the Carter 5.
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When the two teams are entering the Astrodome, an announcer says "East Texas meets West Texas." While Odessa is considered to be in West Texas, Dallas (where Dallas Carter H.S. is located) does not consider itself to be East Texas, but rather North Texas (or even north central Texas).
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When the announcer of one of the regular season games claims its 2nd down, the scoreboard reveals it is 3rd down.
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When they are previewing the state championship game, the TV announcer says, "It is rumored that six of their players have already signed Division 1 letter of intents." It is against NCAA rules to sign a letter of intent before national letter of intent day. National letter of intent day is always on the first Tuesday in February.
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Continuity 

In the first half of the state championship game, quarterback Winchell is seen being tackled with a large bloodstain on his jersey, and in subsequent shots the stain is removed. He later gets the injury that results in the stain during the last play of the first half.
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When Boobie gets hurt, we see a close up of his knee and hear a crack. The knee we see is his right knee. In later shots, it is his left knee that is hurt.
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When Boobie Miles is having his MRI explained to him, he angrily grabs it off the display. But it's back on there a few seconds later, and then it's gone yet again.
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When Permian takes the field at the Astrodome, only a handful of the players' jerseys have names on the back. However, during the halftime locker room speech, all the players have their last names on the back of their jerseys.
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When Booby Miles is cleaning out his locker, his knee brace is on his left leg in the first part of the scene, then it is on his right leg in the middle of the scene, then switches back to his left leg at the end of the scene.
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After the final game, when Gaines is removing the seniors' names from the board and dropping them in a desk drawer, Christian's name tag can be seen already in the drawer. In the next shot, Christian's name is the one removed.
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In the Championship game on the last play when Winchell is showed juking and spinning off defenders, the same defender #20 is showed attempting to tackle him 4 times after falling down and being knocked down many times before.
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When Chavez and Billingsly are eating burritos in front of the convenient store and the police officer pulls up, Billingsly's window is up/down/up between shots.
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In the final drive of the game against Midland Lee, Winchell completes a pass to the Lee 10 yard line. On the next play, Permian is back at the 40 and Winchell completes a pass that goes to the 20. On the following play, the same clip of a Permian player making a catch at the 10 yard line is used, only from a different angle.
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In the scene before day one of preseason in Coach Gaines' office while he is watching film, they show the magnet depth chart behind him. Chris Comer is listed as second string directly behind Boobie Miles yet in the interview Comer claims he is third string.
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After the State Championship game Don Billingsley's father Charlie approaches him. In the first shot Don has gloves on his hands. There is then a close up and his father then puts his state championship ring on Don's finger and his hands are bare. The shot after that it shows Don with his father again and his gloves are once more.
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At the beginning of the Permian vs. Midland Lee game, the scoreboard from previous week's game (against Abilene) is shown.
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On the final drive for Permian there is an incomplete pass, but the camera cuts to the game clock prior to the next play and the clock is running (0:54 left).
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Crew or equipment visible 

As Boobie enters his Uncles car, after saying goodbye to the team, you can see the transmitter and cable for his wireless microphone attached to his belt at his back.
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Errors in geography 

When departing Odessa for the game in the Houston Astrodome, the coach tells a player that "we have a six hour ride" when in reality it would take at least eight to nine hours to drive the 500 miles from Odessa to Houston.
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Factual errors 

"Boobie" is on his front porch watching the trash being picked up, Odessa has alleys and dumpsters for trash pickup, not curbside pickup.
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During the championship game against Carter, the announcer refers to the Carter quarterback as 'Whitaker' when in fact the quarterback was Robert Hall who went on to break several records as a quarterback at Texas Tech University.
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Late in the 4th quarter of the championship game, the quarterback Winchell throws an incomplete pass. Immediately thereafter, a cut-away shot shows the game clock still running. In football, the game clock stops after an incomplete pass.
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Dallas Carter beat Converse Judson in the Texas 5A Championship Game, not Odessa Permian. However, their championship was later stripped from them because of eligibility rules violations.
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Boobie's number in his Senior year was 35, not 45 as in the movie.
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In the final scene during which Coach Gaines takes down the names of the graduating seniors from his depth chart and puts up the incoming starters he puts up the name "Manalli" as the 1st string tailback. Chris Comer still has to be the 1st string tailback since we know he replaced Boobie at that position and he is the only player mentioned by name on the in the final blurb revealing "in 1989 Coach Gary Gaines led Chris Comer and the Permian Panthers to an undefeated season and the Texas State Championship."
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Revealing mistakes 

During the final seconds of one of the games, they complete a 1st down which should stop the clock but the clock keeps running down.
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