Brian Scalabrine Watch 2010 officially over


Brian Scalabrine Watch 2010 officially over

By Mary Paoletti

By now, you've all heard that Brian Scalabrine has signed with Chicago.
And that's the problem -- you didn't hear it here first. WGS was supposed to be the home of Brian Scalabrine Watch 2010. This site chronicled The Summer of Scal from the day Boston's season ended to a couple weeks after that. We were there when the occasional rumor surfaced of a team showing interest and we were there a day later when that rumor was laughed off.

But after a couple of weeks, some of the interns' parents started complaining. They couldn't understand why we had their kids locked in a basement calling Scal incessantly, the way Sallie Mae calls broke college grads or Delonte calls Lebron's Mama. So we had some staff cutbacks.

Things really stalled in late July when our main Scal writer got cable installed in her new apartment. And then some other guy went on vacation for a while or something . . football season started . . .

Things came up.

To have Dreamy 'Brine agree to a deal with the Bulls and not announce it with us, though? Completely unexpected and unfair. We at Wicked Good Sports feel saddened and betrayed. Not in the way that drunk college kids throughout the Boston area feign to feel right now. (Seriously, can we have BU fenced off from the rest of the city? With an electric fence, maybe?)

No, our disappointment is genuine. Rich Levine explained it best this morning:

"The Celtics won't miss Scal in the rotation next year, but Celtics fans will undoubtedly feel his absence. Over his five seasons in Boston, he became a local celebrity on so many ridiculous levels. He was a Garden attraction. An ambassador to the fans. He was a cult hero."

So it's in this light -- a glow that makes the golden highlights in Scal's ginger mess of curls truly shimmer -- that we push aside our wounded pride and wish him the best.

No hard feelings, Brian. You show those Bulls what Boston taught you. And if by chance you don't feel like dancing, just play it safe and draw a charge or something.

Tom Brady delivers video message at funeral of Navy SEAL

Tom Brady delivers video message at funeral of Navy SEAL

Tom Brady delivered a video message last week at the funeral of Navy SEAL Kyle Milliken, a Maine native and former UConn track athlete killed in Somalia on May 5.

Bill Speros of The Boston Herald, in a column this Memorial Day weekend, wrote about Milliken and Brady's message.   

Milliken ran track at Cheverus High School in Falmouth, Maine, and at UConn, where he graduated in 2001. Milliken lived in Virginia Beach, Va., with his wife, Erin, and two children.  He other Navy SEALs participated in a training exercise at Gillette Stadium in 2011 where he met and posed for pictures with Brady.

Speros wrote that at Milliken’s funeral in Virginia Beach, Va., Brady's video offered condolences and thanked Milliken’s family for its sacrifice and spoke of how Milliken was considered a “glue guy” by UConn track coach Greg Roy.

Milliken had served in Iraq and Afghanistan, earning four Bronze Star Medals and was based in Virginia since 2004.  He was killed in a nighttime firefight with Al-Shabaab militants near Barij, about 40 miles from the Somali capital of Mogadishu. He was 38.

The Pentagon said Milliken was the first American serviceman killed in combat in Somalia since the "Black Hawk Down" battle that killed 18 Americans in 1993. 

In a statement to the Herald, Patriots owner Robert Kraft said: “It was an honor to host Kyle and his team for an exercise at Gillette Stadium in 2011. It gave new meaning to the stadium being known as home of the Patriots. We were deeply saddened to hear of Kyle’s death earlier this month.

“As Memorial Day weekend approaches, we are reminded of the sacrifices made by patriots like Kyle and so many others who have made the ultimate sacrifice to defend and protect our rights as Americans. Our thoughts, prayers and heartfelt appreciation are extended to the Milliken family and the many families who will be remembering lives lost this Memorial Day weekend.”