Thursday, January 25, 2007

Cool Super Bowl story

This is from USA Today:
New bowl games always pop up. But here's one that, without a title sponsor or teams with track records, gets a fabulous time slot its first time out: The inaugural Baghdad Bowl, in Iraq, will air during CBS' Super Bowl pregame show.
CBS analyst Randy Cross says he proposed the idea to CBS after visiting a U.S. military base in Afghanistan last year. The idea is for U.S. soldiers in Iraq — male and female — to don Colts and Bears jerseys for a touch football game that, he jokes, "will give you an early indication" of the Super Bowl winner.
Not surprisingly, says Suzanne Smith, who is Cross' director on regular NFL coverage and will go to Iraq with him Monday, this bowl will be creative. Jeeps will be lined up to serve as bleachers, she says, "And we're talking about making some kind of goalposts." She is not sure about player gear — "Maybe they'll wear their helmets."
Smith, working with the military, says she'll be supplied with two cameras — "which I guess is a big deal over there" — and help in scouting locations: "In e-mails, like whenever you do a shoot, they
talked about the advantages and disadvantages of two sites. But with this, they talked about which is safer."


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