Truly, A Football Fan's Funeral

A Beer, The Game, And The Body

PITTSBURGH -- James Henry Smith was a zealous Pittsburgh Steelers fan in life, and even death could not keep him from his favorite spot: in a recliner, in front of a TV showing his beloved team in action.

Smith, 55, of Pittsburgh, died of prostate cancer Thursday. Because his death wasn't unexpected, his family was able to plan for an unusual viewing Tuesday night.

The Samuel E. Coston Funeral Home erected a small stage in a viewing room, and arranged furniture on it much as it was in Smith's home on game day Sundays.

Smith's body was on the recliner, his feet crossed and a remote in his hand. He wore black and gold silk pajamas, slippers and a robe. A pack of cigarettes and a beer were at his side, while a high-definition TV played a continuous loop of Steelers highlights.

"I couldn't stop crying after looking at the Steeler blanket in his lap," said his sister, MaryAnn Nails, 58. "He loved football and nobody did [anything] until the game went off. It was just like he was at home."

Longtime friend Mary Jones called the viewing "a celebration."

"I saw it and I couldn't even cry," she said. "People will see him the way he was."

Smith's burial plans were more traditional; he'll be laid to rest in a casket.

I hope at least they'll fling him through the uprights and into the grave.

A Pittsburgh Steeler fan... that's no surprise. People are crazy about football here and have been forever. There's a waiting list for season tickets that's miles long, and getting into a game can be quite an ordeal...

Other than football what is Pittsburgh known for? Steel?

Edwin wrote:

Other than football what is Pittsburgh known for? Steel?

Smog? Universities?

It's funny, really. Pittsburgh is still thought of as the "steel town," although I'm not sure there are any steel mills still operating around Pittsburgh. There are some corporate headquarters, such as Alcoa, Federated, USX, and PNC Bank. There are also many universities, notably University of Pittsburgh (surprise!), Dusquesne, and Carnegie Mellon. All in all, it's a nice place to live with a not-so-great reputation.

Just read this on cnn, and came to post it...bested again...

what a nice story though...!!!