The lines are classic everywhere. It's not a local thing. But in Chicago, the classic Super Fans sketches from Saturday Night Live -- circa 1994 or so -- have a special resonance. For most, they're a classic caricature of the meatball sports fan we all encounter from time to time. For the meatballs, they're a way of life. Either way, they mean something a little extra in this city.
So it's probably no surprise that this would qualify as a valid fundraising opportunity: On Friday night, Robert Smigel and George Wendt will reprise their famous roles at the Drake Hotel in downtown Chicago. The event will benefit Have Dreams, a Chicago non-profit focused on helping children and families affected by autism. Causes don't get much more noble than that.
The event starts at 9 p.m. in the Gold Coast Room of the Drake. Prospective jokes on the menu: Ditka, Ditka, Michael Jordan, Ditka, Bears, Bulls, polish sausage, Ditka. Except way, way funnier than that sentence. The YouTube clips don't lie.
Eamonn Brennan is a Chicago-based writer, editor and blogger who misses Chris Farley. You can also read him at Yahoo! Sports, Mouthpiece Sports Blog, and Inside The Hall, or at his personal site, eamonnbrennan.com. Follow him on Twitter.