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No Sell-Out Seats At The CBS Inaugural Baghdad Bowl

Forget Superbowl Sunday and the game between The Colts and The Bears. The real excitement is going down in Iraq during the pre-game show where troops will take part in the first ever Baghdad Bowl. The man behind the Bowl … Read More

By / January 25, 2007

Forget Superbowl Sunday and the game between The Colts and The Bears. The real excitement is going down in Iraq during the pre-game show where troops will take part in the first ever Baghdad Bowl.

The man behind the Bowl is CBS analyst Randy Cross who pitched the idea to the network after his trip to Afghanistan:

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."

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