Hundreds of Patriots fans Tweet support for Ravens' Smith


Hundreds of Patriots fans Tweet support for Ravens' Smith

I had orders to write a story on "Patriots fans" who, after the Ravens beat the Patriots on Sunday, wrote nasty things to Ravens WR Torrey Smith on Twitter about his brother's death.

I wasn't thrilled about it. The last thing I want to do is give idiots the publicity they want in the first place. The only thing worse than an incompetent fool is one with a platform to speak on, and unfortunately that's what Twitter allows.

Celebrities and athletes deal with "hate" on a daily basis on Twitter. Some deal with it better than others, but none should have to deal with the attacks Smith had to sift through on his "interactions" page.

It's pretty disgusting to think that a human being can stoop that low, but here we are.

Played a lot of games since my brothers death and I never received as many rude tweets after a win than Sunday...yet NE fans cry about class Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) January 22, 2013
Smith has every right to feel that way about Patriots fans. The generalization is unfortunate, but anybody that crosses that line and gets that personal over a game really needs to take a look at themselves in the mirror and ask themselves what's really important in life.

But this article isn't meant to hand out life lessons.

I decided to scroll through @torreysmithWR's mentions to see some of the hate tweets directed at him. Finally, after scrolling for what seemed like forever, I came across some.

No, I won't link to them.

Instead, I'll link to reason why it took me so long to find the hecklers: the hundreds and hundreds of tweets that real Patriots fans (and other fans) sent to Smith apologizing for the actions of the "NE fans" who tweeted about his dead brother.

These Patriots fans won't get the same national recognition as the hecklers did, but that's OK.

They aren't looking for recognition, just separation from the idiots.

Aren't we all?

Good luck, Torrey Smith.

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.”