ESPN Documentary Highlights Fans with Team Spirit Well After Death
What happens to you when you die?
We could spend hours and millions of words to debate what happens when we pass on from this place. Let's just concentrate on the very specific portion of of one's funeral.
ESPN has a beautiful documentary directed by Errol Morris, a well-regarded film director, who has the task of going out and capturing the people who put a sports tint to a somber time.
I was, of course, skeptical.
I thought this would be a brash video of fans acting crazy and was ready to scoff at how they could be so ridiculous with what should be a time for refinement and a reserved tone.
I was wrong. There is the director who met family's demands and had their beloved Steelers fan propped up in a recliner watching his team for the funeral.
Sure, that would be bizarre and odd for most, but this isn't about most. This is about what specific people desired in their final send-off.
It's how those who treasured them saw fit to placate their emotions. In the end, it's what ever puts us at ease.
You will see an elderly Cubs fan who hits on that sentiment. She loves her Cubs, but she can hate them at times too.
Funerals are like that. We never look forward to attending, but they can sooth a thunderstorm going on inside.
The documentary finishes with the funeral director from Baltimore, and his words sum it up perfectly.
"People say when you're a fan, you're a fan for life. But that may be a little shortsighted."
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