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Concern for Burnside growing after latest cryptic video entry

ESPN hockey analyst Scott Burnside raised some eyebrows Friday when he posted his latest video blog entry from what looks like, a very lonely Ramada Inn complemented by last day on earth lighting.  Along with the video's disturbing "If you're watching this, then I'm already gone…" feel, friends of Burnside have come forward with tales of unusual behavior that may have led to the morbid footage.

– Filmed previous video entry with "Silent Lucidity," "November Rain" and Elliott Smith b-sides blaring in the background that ESPN eventually had no choice but to kabosh.

– Phone's voicemail plays for 45 seconds with no speaking, just the sound of a violent thunderstorm.

– Facebook page has been fraught with ominous postings such as one from Columbus after reporting on the Blue Jackets-Lightning game, saying: "I'm really going to do it".

– Other eery postings on friends' walls at random, such as "You watch and see, you just watch and see" and "You'll be hearing from me, but you won't know where I am."

– Let his sideburns grow almost to his ear. 

– With no authority to do so, fired ESPN's production crew in favor of room service guy with camera phone.

– Actually started calling players by their full name instead of replacing last syllable with "y" (ie: Leetchey, Gravy).  A classic "the end is near" sign in the hockey world.

– Replaced original eyebrows with Uncle Leo's angry ones.

– Has been overheard muttering "Only the worms understand me.  And soon they will have me."

Finally, an intensely haunting still from Burnside's hideout: