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December 02, 2012|By Matt Lindner | For RedEye

Would you drive 12 hours to watch a Bulls game on TV in the same bar as Dennis Rodman?

Oklahoma resident Kris Glenn and a group of buddies did.

"It was absolutely worth it," the shaggy-haired, 31-year-old said enthusiastically. "I got him to autograph my arm so when I get back, I can get it tattooed on me."

Glenn was part of a small but enthusiastic crowd who purchased a $60 deal through LivingSocial that got them some face time with The Worm at Arrow on Ogden in the West Loop on Saturday night.

A LivingSocial spokesperson said only 51 out of a possible 200 tickets for the event were sold, something Rodman himself seemed to take partial blame for prior to the event.

"Come over here, hanging out with LivingSocial, kind of [bleeped] that up a little bit, and make it work," Rodman said during a brief interview in an office above the bar.

The crowd Saturday wasn't anywhere near what it would have been had he shown up at a bar during his playing days, but that doesn't mean they were any less enthusiastic.

Pam Tintori and her friend Kathy Jones drove several hours for the event partly because they wanted to relive part of their youth and partly because they simply had nothing better to do on a Saturday night.

"We live in Springfield, Illinois," Jones said, laughing. "There's not much going on there."

"I grew up watching him and I just am in love," Tintori added. "To meet an idol, it's nice just to see somebody from my generation in the '90s growing up. I just loved it."

So what exactly did the 60 bucks get you, besides the "bragging rights" of having watched a Bulls-Sixers game in the same bar as Rodman and a couple of drink tickets?

Prior to the game, Rodman took pictures, signed jerseys and made small talk with his fans, doing a lap of the bar before retiring to a VIP area to watch the game.

At halftime, Rodman took questions from fans, posed for more pictures and judged a previously promoted "costume contest" that went on despite the fact that nobody decided to dress up.

Fans left impressed by their brief time with their hero.

"He was even more friendly than I expected him to be," Brookfield resident Linda Vokral said.

"We didn't realize he'd be so approachable," Tintori added. "We thought either there would be more security around or that they wouldn't let us get that close to him."

Matt Lindner is a RedEye special contributor.

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