10 Unthinkable Seconds, One Year Later
December 21, 2010 9:05 AM Subscribe
posted by BZArcher (29 comments total)
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Brian Burke is tormented by how much terror you can squeeze into ten seconds. Ten seconds in a car careening into oncoming traffic on a stretch of Indiana highway just shy of the Ohio border. Ten seconds sailing sideways through sheets of falling snow, straight at a reinforced truck. Ten seconds with the same unthinkable ending every time.
I was one of the many people who was fascinated with the story of Brendan Burke when he came out, and mourned the tragedy of his death a few months later. A little less than a year later, GQ interviews his father, Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke, about his son's decision to come out in the very 'macho' hockey world, his death, and how Burke has continued on by trying to shoulder some of Brendan's legacy.
It's a heartbreaking read - you can feel how much all of this weighs on him, and it's amazing that he just keeps pushing ahead anyhow.