Graves: Cardinals looking to grind it out


Graves: Cardinals looking to grind it out

FOXBORO -- Even though the Arizona Cardinals have a mismatch to exploit every time they take the field with wideout Larry Fitzgerald, they'll enter Sunday's game trying to control the ball on the ground. Rod Graves, the Cardinals general manager told me during pregame that ball control is one of their keys to success on Sunday. The other big one is to stay as far away from mistakes as possible. Every team brings that hope into a game but some will feel that some mistakes are the cost of doing business. It sounded to me like the Cards will be a little conservative. Graves said that Kevin Kolb "had a very good week" of practice. But added that if the Cardinals are leaning too heavily on Kolb to go and win the game it's a bad sign because it's anindication they're trailing. When I mentioned that the scrutiny in New England this week was dedicated to the number of snaps and touches that Wes Welker had, Graves smiled and said, "Watch them throw it to him adozen times today."

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.”