USS Harry S. Truman Celebrates Super Bowl

Story Number: NNS080206-15Release Date: 2/6/2008 2:52:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kenneth Hendrix, USS Harry S. Truman Public Affairs

USS HARRY S. TRUMAN, At Sea (NNS) -- More than 400 football fans aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), including the Miami Dolphins cheerleaders and two professional football players attended the ship's Super Bowl XLII party and watched the game, Feb. 4.

In this year's annual championship game of the National Football League, the New York Giants showed they were able to beat the undefeated American Football Conference championship winners, the New England Patriots, 17-14.

Even though crew members were half-way around the world, they celebrated like they would have had they been home.

"It's important we observe the Super Bowl because it has become something like a national holiday," said Abigail Schuh, a Morale, Welfare and Recreation representative assigned to Forward Deployed Forces Support Command. "It's such a big event that many people think it should take place on Saturdays because everyone has to work the next day."

Abigail added that the big game allows everyone to get together with friends and family creating a party atmosphere.

Truman's food service division went the extra mile in making sure Sailors had party goods while watching the Super Bowl by providing hot dogs, chips, popcorn and beverages.

"We just want everyone to feel like they are at home," said Culinary Specialist 1st Class (SW) Shawn Simmons, assigned to the "Seahawks" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 126. "A Super Bowl party isn't a party without good food, which is why we made it a priority to make it available. We wanted to boost the morale for everyone so they could enjoy themselves while watching the game with their friends."

Surprisingly, a majority of the crowd in the hangar bay was rooting for the New York Giants to win, including Stanley Wilson of the Detroit Lions, who is currently on board Truman visiting as part of the Super Bowl celebration festivities.

"I've always got to go with the National Football Conference team," Wilson said. "This was a great win for the Giants and a big upset to the once undefeated Patriots."

Wilson said it was nice to see that Truman went all out for their Sailors to experience and watch the Super Bowl because it's such a big deal in America.

"We wouldn't miss this game for anything in the world even back home," Wilson said. "It's great to be able to be here and watch the game with all of the Sailors and to put smiles on their faces for all the hard work they have done and continue to do on a daily basis."

Aviation Boatswain's Mate [Equipment] 1st Class (AW) Jonathan Dicolla of Air department, V-2 division was all decked out in an Eli Manning, New York Giants jersey and plastic hard hat with the initials "NY" in white in support of his team.

He said he had no doubt the Giants would come away victorious, despite all the nay-sayers.

"I've been a Giants fan for many years," Dicolla said. "I've watched many Super Bowls, and this one is better than I thought it would be because of how we came back in the last quarter to win the game."

Dicolla added that it felt good to enjoy the championship win with friends he spends time with in port and when out to sea.

"We watch these games all the time together and to still be able to watch the Super Bowl while we are out to sea you just can't beat it," Dicolla said.

Yeoman Seaman Alexander Martinez, who was showing support for the Giants because his friend Quartermaster Seaman James Walters kept bragging that the Patriots could not be beat, said he was so in shock by the game.

He added that he might just buy a Giants jersey, even though he is a Jacksonville Jaguars fan.

"Truman did a really good job with this Super Bowl party putting up the big screen with food and showcasing the Miami Dolphins cheerleaders along with the professional football players," Martinez said.

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