Obituary: Saints fan ‘determined’ to avoid Super Bowl dies before kickoff
An embittered New Orleans Saints fan who was “determined” to skip watching Super Bowl LIII died just hours before Sunday’s kickoff, according to the deceased’s obituary.
Published in The New Orleans Advocate and elsewhere, Henry A. Jaume Sr.’s obit gets right to it, opening after his name with, “Age 65, Passed away on Sunday, February 3, 2019 at 1:00 P.M. Determined not to watch Super Bowl LIII.”
'Determined not to watch Super LIII': Saints fan's endearing obituary captures social media love https://t.co/ScPNmnna2Z— New Orleans Advocate (@theadvocateno) February 6, 2019
Jaume was said to be the “life of the party wherever he went,” the obituary reads.
“He was charismatic, with a great sense of humor and quick wit,” the obit continues. “He always made us laugh.”
Saints fans have gone to great and creative lengths to articulate their extreme unhappiness over the team’s crushing loss to the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Championship Game, which featured arguably one of the most egregious and impactful missed calls in NFL postseason history.
Saints head coach Sean Payton was so devastated that he sustained himself for days on ice cream and Netflix while in hiding.
All that said, the fact that Jaume’s family opted to mention his determination to avoid the Super Bowl in his obituary is a testament to how Saints fans continue to stew over the NFC title game loss.
It merits noting, though, that it’s not at all uncommon for an obituary to feature some comment or reference to the deceased’s sports loyalties, or lack thereof. Mr. Jaume’s is simply the latest, not to mention arguably the most macabre.