If you watched pro football this past weekend, odds are you saw the return of the old "Saturday Night Live" routine, "Da Bears."
The commercial for State Farm Insurance, which also featured Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, generated a lot of heat. Granted, some of it came from sitting in "grill class," but still...
The routine originally ran on "SNL" during the early to mid-'90s. Titled "Bill Swerski's Superfans," each segment consisted of a group of mustached sausage-eating Chicago sports fanatics talking about the Bears, the Bulls, or their idol, former Bears coach and player Mike Ditka.
The spot for State Farm features George Wendt ("Cheers") and Robert Smigel ("Triumph the Insult Comic Dog") sitting in a cramped airplane (is there any other kind?). Enter rival Aaron Rodgers, who is forced to take the middle seat and endure the superfans mimickry of his touchdown celebration, complete with heavy Chicago accents. The spot ends with Rodgers getting a whiff of the sausages cooking in the seat-back grills. Gonna be a long flight.
Folks on Twitter were, for the most part, pleasantly surprised to see the return of the superfans, indicating that 20 years later, they're still funny. Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson was particularly impressed.
— Ochocinco's OCNN (@ocnnreport) September 8, 2013
This isn't the first time that the "Da Bears" boys have shown up in a commercial. Last year, the Chicago fans lent their shtick to "Old Navy" in a spot that also featured Ditka. Back in 2007, they appeared alongside NFL kicker Adam Vinatieri for a Reebok commercial.