Things are so bad for Kansas City Chiefs fans this season that one man's passing has been light-heartedly linked to the team's demise.
The funeral for Loren G. "Sam" Lickteig of Grandview, Mo., is scheduled for Tuesday. He leaves behind a sense of humor courtesy of his family and passion for the struggling NFL team, all the while bringing a new meaning to the term "die-hard" fan.
An Air Force veteran, Lickteig, 81, passed away last week and his obituary, which appeared in the The Kansas City Star, included the following:
From Jennifer R. via TwitPic.
The obituary appeared on the same day that Lickteig's beloved Chiefs fell to 1-9 after a 28-6 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals at home as Arrowhead Stadium fans wore black to display their disgust at the current state of affairs
"My dad was such a comedian," Lickteig's daughter, Jennifer, told KSHB-TV in Kansas City. "He loved the Chiefs, so we had to let him have the last word." Lickteig did not write his own obituary, but his family says he would have no doubt enjoyed the parting shot at his favorite NFL team.
While football is certainly not a matter of life and death, plenty of fans have their own opinion on just how bad things have gotten in Kansas City:
BREAKING: More moves in college football: The Kansas City Chiefs will be joining the Big 10 in 2013.
— Shooter McGavin (@ShooterMcGavin_) November 19, 2012
Lickteig's story and obituary has received coverage across local and national media, highlighting both the family's wonderful sense of humor and the frustrations so many Chiefs' fans are feeling this season. The Kansas City Star noted that opposing teams have an .889 winning percentage at Arrowhead Stadium since last November. "Arrowhead used to be one of the toughest places in the NFL to play. Television executives loved having games here, the barbecue smoke in the parking lot and screaming fans inside making for some of the league’s best theater. Now, fans are literally dressing for a funeral -- an organized statement to wear black in mourning of the franchise they fell in love with," wrote columnist Sam Mellinger.
Reaction to the use of the Chiefs in Lickteig's obit has been generally positive on social media. One fan, Cindy N., who said she's the aunt of Oakland Raiders' defensive end Dave Tollefson, wrote on the KSHB Facebook page: "Listen I am 54 years old and I live and breath sports! I hope my family knows what to talk about when I die....Sports!!! This family did nothing wrong!!!" Chiefs' fan Dane Callstrom has written a pair of parody songs about the team that have become You Tube hits. “I love this,” Callstrom told Playbook. “I'm sure Loren Lickteig is smiling very widely from beyond.”
The Lickteig family has suggested that donations in his memory be made to the National MS Society.