Brady putting down his roots in New England?

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Brady putting down his roots in New England?

I caught a story in the Boston Herald this morning about an interesting meeting set to take place tomorrow night in Brookline.

Laura Raposa writes: "After a few false starts, Pine Manor College reps will finally go before the Brookline Zoning Board of Appeals tomorrow night to seek permission to sell off 5.2 acres to Patriots QB Tom Brady and his wife, Gisele Bundchen, who plan to build a home on the Chestnut Hill property."

Additionally, the story reveals that the new owners hope to build "a 7,465-square-foot main house, a 1,675-square-foot cottage for the help and a 1,342-square-foot yoga studio, also known as a 'barn' " on the property.

OK, so I know what everyone's thinking: Isn't 1,342 square feet just a little small for a yoga barn? Not to sound old-fashioned, but isn't it supposed to be AT LEAST the size of your help cottage?

Seriously, though: It's kind of funny that Brady's starting this process now, isn't it? I mean, seeing how they haven't even been approved to purchase the land yet, it's hard to imagine this house will be ready to live in anytime soon. You figure that by the time they're done with the paper work, hire the builders and then, you know, actually build this gigantic house, help cottage and barn, next season will be well underway. (Just to compare the size, here's a listing for a house in Brookline that's described as just under 8,000 square feet.)

And of course, Brady's only under contract for two more seasons.

By the time he's ready to move, it will be less than two. Would they really go through all this trouble for 18 months of living, or is it just another sign that Brady has no immediate plans to walk away, and wants to remain with the Pats after this contract runs out?

That would make sense.

But then again, it's hard to get into the mind of a guy crazy enough to build such a tiny yoga barn.

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

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.”