Belichick preparing for possibly 'loudest stadium we've been in'


Belichick preparing for possibly 'loudest stadium we've been in'

FOXBORO -- Seattle is always known for playing in a louder-than-usual stadium. The Patriots will find out, first-hand, just how loud CenturyLink Field is this Sunday.

And it's safe to assume that Bill Belichick is prepared to crank up the music volume during practice this week.

"I think it might be the loudest stadium that weve been in and were in a lot of loud ones," said the Patriots coach in a conference call on Tuesday. "Ill put that one right up there. Their fans are vocal, its really loud. When we were out there before, four years ago, their record was 2-10. It wasnt very good, and there was a lot of energy, a lot of enthusiasm, a great atmosphere for football. The crowd is totally into it."

The Seahawks are 3-2 this season, and are 2-0 at home, with wins over Dallas and Green Bay.

If Belichick will have his team prepared for anything on Sunday, it will be the crowd noise.

"They do a great job of being loud, causing false start penalties and things like that on the offense," said Belichick. "Seattle has historically played very well at home. Its a huge home-field advantage for them. Record-wise, their record at home has been among the best in the National Football League, really. Theyre right up there with the Packers in the NFC. Absolutely, that will be another big challenge for us. The long trip out there and then the environment, the hostile crowd well be facing. Yes, all that is certainly part of the whole preparation and Seattle week."

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.”