Ohio State beat Oregon 42-20 to win the NCAA football championship on Monday night. However, something else happened on the field that caught the attention of many people watching.
As Ohio State began to pull away from Oregon, the action between the teams took a back seat to a distraction created by one of the referees.
Several people noticed the similarity between an official and comic legend, Bob Newhart. In fact, so many posted the observation on Twitter that Newhart's name started "trending" -- appearing in lists of the most mentioned terms on the social media platform.
Glad to see @BobNewhart working again. And working out! #OREvsOSU pic.twitter.com/JiAcDKhF2D
— Casey Nolen KSDK (@CaseyNolen) January 13, 2015
Billionaire and Dallas Mavericks team owner Mark Cuban also saw the ref as Newhart's doppelgänger.
When did Bob Newhart become a college ref?
— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) January 13, 2015
It wasn't long before ABC television's Good Morning America tweeted the comparison.
The head ref in last night's @CFBPlayoff National Title looked like @BobNewhart. #CFBConGMA http://t.co/hWCW2JV7mj pic.twitter.com/scSv0pVV8n
— Good Morning America (@GMA) January 13, 2015
Newhart spotted his name "trending" on Twitter, and responded on the social media platform.
In regards to my new career as head ref for #OSUvsORE - Hey, I don't have a series any more - I had to do something. #OSUvsORE
— Bob Newhart (@BobNewhart) January 13, 2015
The topic continued to gain media attention on Tuesday morning as it was presented on the Today Show.