The joke is told often in towns like Cleveland, Minneapolis and on the north side of Chicago: "I want [insert favorite team here] to be the pallbearers at my funeral [pause for optimum punchline delivery], so they can let me down one last time." It's become a frequent utterance in Toronto, Ontario as well, as the local Maple Leafs have not won the Stanley Cup since 1967, the longest active drought in the NHL (excluding teams that entered the league after the Leafs but have zero Cups).
One fan wanted to take this joke to the next level though.
Terry Siebert of Hamilton, Ont., was a lifelong Maple Leafs fan. He passed away on July 21 at age 58.
He didn't get the Leafs, but his friends and family made sure his final wish was granted in some small way. His pallbearers all wore Maple Leafs jerseys as they laid him in his final resting place.
Similar requests have been made recently. A Cleveland Browns fan requested players from that long-suffering team to be his pallbearers last July. The Browns didn't show to be pallbearers, but the team did have a custom-made Browns jersey delivered to the funeral by a rep from the team for the departed fan. Attendees for the funeral were asked to wear their favorite Browns attire.
Losing a loved one is always difficult, but perhaps Siebert's family and friends could find some comfort in that twist of humor in his last request.
(h/t Puck Daddy)