Great story by Peter King about his USO visit to Afghanistan (1 Viewer)


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I asked the men of the 508th what role the NFL, and football Sundays, played in the lives of their platoon.

"Huge,'' said Wagner. "Absolutely huge. This last mission we were on sucked. Just sucked. No football. Season was over. No making fun of the Cowboy fans. No baseball. Nothing to talk about. An hour felt like a day.''

There's a nine-and-a-half-hour time difference between Kandahar and New York, so the Sunday afternoon NFL games kick off late Sunday night and early Monday morning here. Wagner said when the platoon was out on a football weekend, the men would begin calling back to base on a satellite phone in the middle of the night -- but mostly on Monday morning -- to find out the status of games.

"You would not believe how important the NFL is in getting us through the week,'' Wagner said. "On Wednesday, we start talking about the games coming up Sunday, and then we'll talk about the games for hours after we find out who won.''
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