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    Soldiers Ready for Super Bowl in Iraq

    By ANTONIO CASTANEDA
    The Associated Press
    Friday, February 3, 2006; 1:12 PM

    KHALDIYAH, Iraq -- U.S. tankers patrolling in western Iraq early Monday will have their eyes on the dangerous roads to Baghdad _ and their ears tuned into a broadcast of Super Bowl XL, specially transmitted on a secure U.S. military frequency.

    There isn't much doubt whom most will be rooting for. Soldiers in this area are from the Pennsylvania National Guard _ including hundreds from the western half of the state who hope their beloved Pittsburgh Steelers will claim a fifth NFL championship.

    On "Super Sunday," American troops will continue daily patrols and supply runs throughout Iraq. But at 2 a.m. Monday local time, thousands _ some at lavish parties complete with barbecues and cases of beer _ plan to tune into the game, broadcast by the Armed Forces Network.

    At a U.S. military base in Habaniyah, 50 miles west of Baghdad, the 1st Battalion, 110th Regiment, 28th Infantry Division made extensive preparations to observe the annual rite.

    Special orders of chicken wings and steaks _ along with kielbasa and sauerkraut, a taste from back home in Pittsburgh _ were inbound. A stack of old ammunition crates will fuel a bonfire.

    "I asked for pierogies, but I don't think that's going to happen," said Capt. Stephen Jaksec, a native of Johnstown, Pa., who now serves as a battalion communications officer. "It was put in as an official military function, so hopefully it'll come through."

    For some soldiers in remote outposts, though, satellite broadcasts and Super Bowl festivities will be a universe away. U.S. advisers training some of the first Iraqi soldiers to take over security responsibilities in this dangerous area west of Baghdad made far simpler plans.

    "Yeah, I'm going to drink a Pepsi. Maybe I'll play the Super Bowl on (the) Madden 2006" video game, said Sgt. Joseph Neary of Altoona, Pa. He lamented the fact that his consecutive streak of Super Bowl keg parties would be snapped this year. Instead, he planned to call home on a satellite phone to check for score updates.

    "If we really wanted to, we could probably go into town and buy a sheep and have a barbecue," said Neary, as he quickly shaved in anticipation of a commander's visit to his outpost.

    Neary, who survived a suicide car bomb attack last year, will likely do his standard two or three foot patrols alongside Iraqi soldiers. Regular duties will also continue for the tank crews who watch over the key roads that course through dangerous Anbar province to Baghdad _ but an extra broadcast will be channeled to their headsets.

    "What we do is hot-mike a radio up to a television so the guys clearing the supply routes can listen to the game," said Maj. Dwight Chrvala of Pittsburgh. "We don't stop operations, even for the Super Bowl."

    "My biggest concern is whether the offensive line comes to play on Sunday," Chrvala said. "I'd like to see Bettis go out in style," he added, referring to Steeler running back Jerome Bettis, who is expected to retire after this season.Source Sory

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    Hope the soldiers enjoyed the game.

    Thank you for posting this article Gareth.

    Congrats to your team on their victory - you must be on cloud nine right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaws
    Hope the soldiers enjoyed the game.

    Thank you for posting this article Gareth.

    Congrats to your team on their victory - you must be on cloud nine right now.
    I am VERY happy. I was 7 years old the last time my team won a ring. It has been a LONG 26 years with sooooo many close chances and missed opportunities. I am looking forward to playing you guys again next year in the AFCCG. By far my favorite game of the season. You were the best fans and team we faced all year. Hopefully the score will be the same as well...
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