Watching the big game with real heroes

Page 2's Jim Caple spent the Super Bowl with the crew of the U.S.S. Stennis -- real heroes who might be shipping off to war very soon.

Updated: January 28, 2003, 2:09 PM ET
By Jim Caple | Page 2 columnist

SAN DIEGO -- The aircraft carrier U.S.S. John C. Stennis is docked at the Naval Air Station on Coronado Island, just a few miles from where the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders played Super Bowl XXXVII. While thousands of fans donned spikes and helmets and painted their faces in team colors inside the stadium Sunday, the security entrance on Coronado Island held a subtle reminder of more serious things outside Raider Nation.

Next to the newspaper box for the San Diego Union-Tribune ...

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