FORWARD OPERATING BASE MIZAN, Afghanistan -– Staff Sgt. Marshall Fitzgerald grew up in Hattiesburg, Miss., as a die hard New Orleans Saints fan. When the Saints finally marched into the Super Bowl, he was all set to watch quarterback Drew Brees pick apart Peyton Manning’s Indianapolis Colts.
One problem. He is stationed in Afghanistan. FOB Bullard in the Zabul Province had a TV with Armed Forces Network, but the night of the Super Bowl a blizzard cut out the signal.
Panic set in. He raced to the computer in his room and had his wife set up the web cam in front of the TV, which he was able to watch via Yahoo Messenger. It might have had about a three minute delay, but he was able to watch Saints coach Sean Payton hoist the Lombardi Trophy.
For those deployed without a TV signal, Fitzgerald’s outside-of-the-box thinking might be of help for those wanting to watch the NCAA Tournament over the next couple weeks.