— Good Morning America (@GMA) January 13, 2015
(CNN) — Ah, um, that referee at the college football national championship sure looked familiar — but no, it wasn’t Bob Newhart.
During the Ohio State-Oregon matchup — officially known as the College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T — Twitter started buzzing over head referee Greg Burks, who looks suspiciously like comedy’s favorite stammering phone caller, Chicago psychologist and Vermont innkeeper.
The attention got back to Newhart himself, who chimed in to set the record straight — sort of.
Fans tweeted several comments about the resemblance during the game. See those tweets at the bottom of this page.
Newhart wasn’t the only lookalike at the game. Michael Strahan noticed that one of the Oregon coaches looked like Coolio.
Newhart and Coolio? Now, something like that would be, uh, paradise.
Incidentally, Ohio State won, 42-20.
Referee Greg Burks will leave the stadium tonight,go back to his hotel and find a thousand texts on his phone about looking like Bob Newhart
— Jim Carlisle (@VCSJimCarlisle) January 13, 2015
Our head referee Greg Burks looks a lot like Bob Newhart
— Patrick Netherton (@PTNetherton) January 13, 2015
Tonight I learned that @BobNewhart is 85 years old and a boss on Twitter!
— Jason Romano (@JasonRomano) January 13, 2015