Neely Crenshaw was one of the best quarterbacks in Messina high school history. He led a memorable comeback in the 1987 state championship game along with his former teammates Paul Curry and Silo Mooney. People worshiped Crenshaw in Messina. Playing with the number nineteen jersey, he was unstoppable. All the boys wanted to be like him, and all the girls wanted to be his girlfriend....
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...about himself, she says, “I’m sorry. I stopped thinking about you a long time ago. I can’t lie, Neely. You’re just not a factor anymore”(pg. 190). They were in a relationship when they were in high school, and for her to forget about him over fifteen years later is believable. This event is believable because it is possible for someone to forget a relationship that happened over fifteen years ago.
Bleachers is a fictional story that has many characters and events that could exist. Events like the 1987 incident and the twenty-one mile marathon seem unlikely. Characters like Neely Crenshaw, the typical all-American, to the meanest coach around, Coach Eddie Rake are characters that portray characteristics of real people. This story is full of events and characters that seem believable, as well as the town they live in and the crowd that cheers every Friday night.
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