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The inaugural Baghdad Bowl, in Iraq, will air during CBS’ Super Bowl pregame show, USA Today reported Wednesday.

CBS analyst Randy Cross told the paper that he pitched the idea after visiting a U.S. military base in Afghanistan last year. The idea, USA Today wrote, is for U.S. soldiers in Iraq — men and women — to don Colts and Bears jerseys for a touch football game that, he joked, “will give you an early indication” of the Super Bowl winner.

Suzanne Smith, who is Cross’ director on regular NFL coverage and will go to Iraq with him Monday, told USA Today that this bowl will be creative: Vehicles will be lined up as bleachers, she said, and for player gear — “Maybe they’ll wear their helmets.”

Smith told USA Today that the military is helping in scouting locations, noting that one site was “safer.”

The game balls, similar to Super Bowl balls, will be emblazoned with “Baghdad Bowl” lettering, the paper reported. After all, Cross is reported as saying, “The idea is to bring some degree of normalcy to the troops.”


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