Brady, Gronkowski No. 2 of SI's top fantasy tandems

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Brady, Gronkowski No. 2 of SI's top fantasy tandems

SI.com fantasy football insider David Sabino is the latest with an offseason list.

Sabino ranked the 10 best duos in the NFL. A couple of Patriots sit near the top.
2. Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski, Patriots: Tom Terrific and Gronk will be hard-pressed to repeat their ridiculous 2011, in which Gronkowski became the premier tight end in the league and maybe his generation. However, the arrival of Brandon Lloyd, the maturation of Aaron Hernandez and Bill Belichick's habit of game-planning plays that defenses least expect, call for a reduction in productivity, which still should equate to a 1,000-yard, 12-TD season for Gronkowski and be a boon to Brady's yardage and TD totals.

Who did better? Another QB-TE pair: Drew Brees and Jimmy Graham.

The reasoning, Sabino writes, is ex-basketball player Graham is "still learning the position." Even then, the tight end finished 2011 just 17 yards and six touchdowns behind Gronkowski for the best TE season in league history. Also, former Saints receiver Robert Meachem is now with the Chargers, so Graham will likely get more looks.

You can read the rest of Sabino's list here.

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.”