Rice Catches Super Bowl in Israel

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (search), a football fan, found time in her busy schedule of international diplomacy to watch a little of the Super Bowl (search).

Rice, midway through an eight-day trip to Europe (search) and the Middle East, spent Super Bowl Sunday in Jerusalem, a third of the way around the world from the United States and an inconvenient seven hours ahead of the Super Bowl host city of Jacksonville, Fla.

But Israel's Ambassador to Washington Danny Ayalon told Israel's Army Radio that Rice saw some of the game.

He said she watched between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m., Jerusalem time, the start of the game and woke up again at 4 a.m. to watch the end.

"I asked her specifically this morning and she did see part of the game, the beginning and the end," Ayalon said. "She even saw the three-point victory by the New England Patriots."

The 50-year-old diplomat has said she started watching the games as a 12-year-old with her father, who was a high school football coach, and watched many of them with him until his death.

Aides were also taping the game for her.