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Die-hard's Loyalty Dies Hard

From Reuters, the latest word on the depths of sports fan mania. In this case, about six feet deep. The German soccer team, Hamburg SV, plans to open a cemetery for its most dedicated supporters. It'll be just a crossing pass away from the stadium's main entrance. "For a large number of people it's important to be close to the club after their lives are over," says the team's deputy chairman, Cristian Reichert. "The cemetery will have the look of a small, open stadium."

Think this sort of thing is limited to soccer-obsessed Germans who have spent too much time smacking balls around with their heads? Just last month, Major League Baseball signed a licensing agreement with a firm called Eternal Image. It gives the company the right to "reproduce the names and logos of all 30 major league teams on a new line of caskets and urns." Chicago Cubs coffins, for the eternally hopeful, and the others, should be ready for delivery by 2007.

And then there's Collegiate Memorials in Forsyth, Ga., where they sell college-themed caskets for more than 40 schools around the country.