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Column: Many come and go, but 92-year-old Bob Newhart is the godfather of celebrity Chicago sports fans

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And because of the archaic NFL rules at the time, the game was being blacked out in Chicago, so Jerry came up with the idea to watch it from Peoria — far enough away from blackout restrictions. After Bob received permission from his wife to leave, and blew off a previous engagement with friends, the two fans made the three-plus hour drive on a Saturday night, checked in to a room with an old, 20-inch TV and headed down to the bar to relax.

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