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For a final resting place, the best seat in the house
Washington Post ^ | 11/1/2009 | Liz Clarke

Posted on 11/01/2009 3:53:36 AM PST by Saije

Joe Kelly won't go as far as calling Baltimore's Pimlico Race Course a burial ground.

But the 91-year-old track historian is quite sure that Willie Doyle, who rode Effendi to victory in the 1909 Preakness, isn't the only guy whose remains are mingled with the turf where the great Seabiscuit and War Admiral famously battled.***

While Doyle's choice of Pimlico's finish line as his final resting place is among the more colorful episodes in horseracing lore, it's hardly unique.***

Some venues honor such requests, such as NASCAR's Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, where Wayne Estes has adopted the informal role of "scattering counselor," gently proposing trackside locations with more permanence than the start-finish line family members invariably request.***

Big-time college football programs -- Ohio State, Notre Dame and Florida, to name a few -- flatly refuse, citing everything from sanitation to sheer volume.

"We just haven't been in the business of accommodating that because I don't know that we're in a position of encouraging that," says Notre Dame spokesman John Heisler, adding that Roman Catholic Church policy holds that scattering isn't the proper way to honor the dead.

Still, an untold number of fans find ways of sprinkling a bit of Dad or Granddad at his favorite sporting ground.

Only the truly bold attempt it on national TV, as did 44-year-old Christopher Noteboom during a 2005 Philadelphia Eagles-Green Bay Packers game. After considering a random toss onto the field when no one was looking, Noteboom threw caution (and a bit of his mother, a lifelong Eagles fan) to the wind and charged toward midfield, kneeled at the 30-yard line, let spill the contents of his plastic bag and blurted out, "This is for you, Mom!"

He was promptly escorted off and charged with defiant trespass.

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TOPICS: Society; Sports
KEYWORDS: cremation; remains; scattered; sports
He had her ashes in a plastic bag?
1 posted on 11/01/2009 3:53:37 AM PST by Saije
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“Notre Dame spokesman John Heisler, adding that Roman Catholic Church policy holds that scattering isn’t the proper way to honor the dead.”

As I recall our tax dollars were used to scatter John John’s
ashes from the back of a Navy ship....

As to dumping ashes where ever you want have at it. I doubt most places are going to give you formal approval in advance though.

2 posted on 11/01/2009 4:36:52 AM PST by Dem Guard
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