Terry Siebert, of Hamilton, Ontario, died last Monday, July 21, at the age of 58 – but he still found time to sneak in a cheap shot at his beloved Toronto Maple Leafs.
It’s been 46 years of disappointment for the lifelong Leafs supporter.
And he certainly took it to the grave with him.
According to Thursday’s Hamilton Spectator, the final line of Siebert’s death notice read:
It was Terry’s last wish that his pallbearers be the Toronto Maple Leafs so they could let him down one last time.”
You can understand Siebert. According to his death notice, he went peacefully surrounded by his family, but it is sad to see a man so young go.
And he seems like a huge loss given the hilarious dig at one of Canada’s biggest teams.
It’s the longest championship drought in the NHL and they’ve qualified just once for the play-offs in the last five seasons.
He saw 21 different managers in his time, countless players and no doubt more defeats than wins.
All that despite being the NHL’s most valuable team with an estimated net worth of $1.5billion.
Disappointingly for Siebert and any Maple Leafs fan who were unfortunate enough not to see them win another trophy, they will probably end up doing some finally noteworthy in the coming seasons.
Head coach Randy Carlyle led them to more wins last season than they’ve had in their final five seasons.
Added to that, he’s just signed up goalie James Reimer to a new two-year contract and added a number of decent draft prospects.
Leading those draft prospects is William Nylander – the Swedish-Canadien right-winger who was taken as the number eight pick in the first round.
Brendan Shanahan, president of hockey operations at the Leafs, said of Nylander:
He’s been very impressive. And not to put pressure on a young player like that, I think the first step was just getting him here.
“What really impresses me about William, aside from the skill level he has, is just his character that he’s shown since he’s been here.”
Things could get better in Toronto – and at least they don’t have to worry about rivals the Montreal Canadiens getting to a Stanley Cup any time soon.
Michel Terrien’s team may have a better track record in making the play-offs, but they’ve struggled of late to impress when it comes to the big games.
But let’s not bank on any of this happening – there must be reason that some bookmakers have them as high as 40/1 to win the Stanley Cup next season.
What makes this whole story is that Siebert’s friends stepped up and filled in when Toronto failed to do the honours at his funeral.
The actual pallbearers at his service donned Maple Leafs jerseys and Omar Sachedina of CTV National News tweeted out a picture in evidence:
— Omar Sachedina (@omarsachedina) July 26, 2014
Siebert’s gesture goes to show that even in death, a joke can be made from sport.
There are fans the world over who have had to deal with the disappointment of their team being terrible for a ridiculous amount of time.
And I suppose it teaches us that those fans who have enjoyed an obscene amount of success – yes Manchester United, Real Madrid, Brazil and New England Patriots fans, I’m talking to you – don’t know how lucky they really are.
RIP Terry Siebert – you made us laugh.