Troops Worldwide Watch Super Bowl XXXVIII
By Gerry J. Gilmore
serving worldwide tuned in to watch Super Bowl XXXVIII –
and depending on where they were, the game took place Feb. 1 or
Troops in Iraq and Afghanistan watched the game
in the wee hours this morning Troops west of the continental United
States celebrated or mourned the game’s result over their Feb.
1 dinner. And forces stationed in Guam saw Adam Vinatieri’s game-winning
field goal after lunch today.
The American Forces Radio and Television Service
beamed the New England Patriots’ 32-29 victory over the Carolina
Panthers for the National Football League championship to its
outlets around the world.
President Bush saluted American service members
fighting the war on terror from the White House during a live,
pre-game interview with CBS’s Jim Nantz in Houston, where the
game was played at Reliant Stadium.
Bush extended his best wishes "to our troops
who are watching this game today," noting he and the nation
support them and "are staying with them."
Regarding the game, Bush demurred on picking a
winner, but he accurately predicted it would "be a very close
AFRTS also played taped messages from senior service
representatives, thanking the troops supporting the war on terror,
during its airing of the game. Joint Chiefs Chairman Air Force
Gen. Richard Myers, Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth Preston, Master
Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Terry Scott and Sgt. Maj. of the
Marine Corps John Estrada took part.
Marine Gen. Peter Pace, Joint Chiefs vice chairman,
escorted singer Beyonce onto the field for her rendition of the
"Star Spangled Banner" before the start of the game.
contest likely will be remembered as a classic. The game got off
to a slow start, remaining scoreless and defense-intensive throughout
most of the first half. Yet, the second half was an offensive
showcase, with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Panthers passer
Jake Delhomme completing passes left and right, each eventually
amassing more than 300 passing yards. The Patriots’ winning field
goal came in the closing seconds.
The Patriots now reign as Super Bowl champions
for the second time in three years, as Brady joined hall-of-famers
Bart Starr, Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana as the only quarterbacks
to be named most valuable player in the championship game more