Being passionate about sports has never been my thing. And being in a country where the sports are all alien makes my disconnect even greater.
But some people really do take their sports with deadly seriousness. Take this item from the Aberdeen News in South Dakota:
Many crazed baseball fans have said they would die for a championship. But are they willing to take that devotion to the grave? Major League Baseball and a company that makes funeral products will soon find out just how many fans want to be decked out for all eternity in tribute to their team.
Starting next season, fans of the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers, Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers will be able to have their ashes put in an urn or head six feet under in a casket emblazoned with their team colors and insignia.
The article goes on:
Eternal Image, based in Farmington Hills, Mich., also makes a line of Vatican-themed products. Chief executive Clint Mytych said the company "wanted to break into a sports venue of some kind," and baseball is "the all-American sport."
He said he has received at least 1,000 inquiries since June.
Susan Goodenow, an MLB spokeswoman, said the league and clubs have received requests for several years for urns and caskets with team logos.
How long before it's Wayne Rooney at a crematorium near you?