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Set 'em up: da Bowl, da Bears and da Billy Goat

The Bears didn't win. But at least their fans found a way to drown their sorrows at the Billy Goat Tavern, thanks to Wright Thompson's heavy pouring hand.

Updated: February 5, 2007, 3:42 PM ET
By Wright Thompson | ESPN.com

CHICAGO -- We all have a list. You know, the things we want to accomplish before we die. For some, these goals have gravitas. Invent a cure for cancer. Win a Super Bowl. Climb Everest.

Then you have my list:

1. Be a Waffle House short order cook, just to yell, "Hey, Soup Jockey! Does that gallery want life preservers in the alley?"

2. Discover my wife's father is actually the long lost heir to the Maker's Mark distillery.

3. Sling booze in an old-fashioned saloon, ...

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