Curran: Owners try for another P.R. score


Curran: Owners try for another P.R. score

By TomE. Curran
Classic. Just classic. The NFL sent out a press release Wednesday saying it will deposit 177 million on Wednesday to complete the funding for the 2010 season. The press release notes that the total amount funded by owners for the 2010 season will be 245 million. What did they hold, a bake sale? Collect cans? Was this out of the goodness of their benevolent hearts? No. No. And no. They did it because they're supposed to. It's part of the deal, ya know, paying employees pension, medical, disability etc. This would be like the Patriots sending out a press release saying they paid Ron Brace his 586,000 salary. Of course, that 245 million is just 176 million less than the 421 million the owners wrangled out of DirecTV to pay the NFL if there's a lockout for the 2011 season. Until Judge David Doty said, essentially, "You can't take 421 million for yourselves for NOT HOLDING GAMES and then NOT SHARE IT WITH THE PLAYERS IN THE 60-40 SPLIT YOU'RE OBLIGATED TO."But this is just another example of the NFL playing chess while the employees are playing . . . tic-tac-toe. Total non-story that, if you just let it wash over you without processing, becomes another log on the owner's "aren't we generous" fire. Tom E. Curran canbe reached at Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran

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.”