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01/31/04 - Tikrit, Iraq

U.S. Soldiers in Iraq Gear Up for Super Bowl Sunday

For dangerous places like Tikrit and elsewhere, the Super Bowl will be a welcome distraction for American troops in Iraq.

At bases across the country, the 130-thousand troops will be able to catch the game between the Carolina Panthers and the New England Patriots live.

It will be broadcast live from Houston on the American Forces Radio and Television Service. For those who don't want to get up at 2:25 a-m, it will be taped for replay later.

In Tikrit, members of the Fourth Infantry Division will watch the big game at a recreation center that was formerly a palace built by Saddam Hussein.

In neighboring Kuwait, some troops will watch the game with 1985 Heisman Trophy winner Bo Jackson.

And while there will be snacks, all drinks will be non-alcoholic.

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