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Where Do You Bury an NFL Legend?

If you’re Oakland Raiders legend Al Davis, the answer is: in a glossy crypt next to John Lee Hooker:

“How fitting that Al Davis will spend eternity alongside another Hall of Famer.

…Davis’ casket was interred in Oakland’s Chapel of the Chimes Mausoleum and Columbarium Monday, nine days after he died at 82. Lying in the adjoining crypt is blues great and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Lee Hooker, who died in 2001.”

It’s kind of funny that a gritty blues guitarist like John Lee Hooker would be interred at a place called the Chapel of the Chimes Mausoleum and Columbarium.  (Designed by the architect who did the Hearst Castle!) I had to look up “columbarium,” and I’ll bet John Lee Hooker did, too.
Meanwhile, an elegant swinger like Duke Ellington is buried in what looks like a dirt patch in the Bronx.  Well, as the old saying goes, “treat a Duke like a Hooker and a Hooker like a Duke.”

{ Photo: Lacy Atkins / The SF Chronicle }

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