Where does bleachers take place?
The setting for Bleachers is Messina, a town in an unidentified Southern state which becomes the center of the universe for high school football fans on Friday nights. It's the home of the multi-champion Spartans and their legendary coach, Eddie Rake, who, on this weekend, lies on his deathbed.
Who is Neely Crenshaw?
Neely Crenshaw, born in 1969, is a high school All-American quarterback, who has been Messina High School's 'golden boy,' expected to lead them to the state title. Neely is a highly recruited quarterback with a golden arm, fast feet, plenty of sizes, maybe the greatest Messina quarterback ever.
What is the theme of bleachers?
The most important theme is that of forgiveness. Both Neely Crenshaw and the town of Messina must find a way to forgive so that the best in people can survive on into succeeding generation. Neely must find a way to forgive Coach Rake for slapping him at half-time of the '87 championship game.
Why did Neely go to Tech?
Rabbit keeps the field lights on until Rake's death, and then he shuts them off. He died during practice. Why did Neely ultimately decide to go to Tech? They offered him the most cash money.
Who fired coach rake?
Scotty Reardon is the fifteen-year-old player on the 1992 team, forced to run up and down the bleachers until he drops and dies of heatstroke. He is the reason Rake is fired and has to retire as a coach. Nat Sawyer was a bad punter for the Spartans and played with Neely and Paul.
Who is Paul Curry bleachers?
Now a banker in Messina, Paul was also a great football hero with Neely. He had been Neely's favorite receiver and best friend. They were also co-captains of the '87 team. He is the local owner of a body shop behind which he runs a chop shop for illegal parts.
Who is Cameron in bleachers?
He is? Cameron was Neely's high school sweetheart, his first and true love, whom he dumped for Screamer. Cameron was devastated at his treatment of her, taking ten years to recover. She went on to college and married a rich businessman and had two daughters.