Gary Coee may have taken Sunday night's Academy Awards by storm, but he made an impression on the sports world, too. The man who introduced himself to Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel as "Gary from Chicago" is due some swag from local teams, assuming he is who he said he is.
Kimmel supposedly led Coe, who was identified by the Associated Press, fiancee, Vicki, and several other tourists to believe that they were going on an ordinary Hollywood tour, but brought them out in front of the stage during the middle of the Oscars broadcast. Coe immediately stood out during cheeky exchanges with celebrities such as Nicole Kidman and Denzel Washington, and #GaryFromChicago began trending.
The Bulls offered him free tickets. "Gary from Chicago! We've got you covered if you want to come to a game! #Oscars." The Bears tweeted, "Got something for you Gary from Chicago. #Oscars," along with a picture of a smartphone cover with the team logo.
The White Sox also plan to offer the couple tickets, a team spokeswoman told Inc.
Coe also captured the fascination of several athletes.
Cornerback Brandon Boykins, whom the Bears placed on injured reserve last summer, joked on Twitter about Coe's resemblance to a comedian who known for his folksy characters: "Gary from Chicago huh we know all know that was @RickeySmiley tryna trick folks."