NFL labor war: Setting the table for a busy Thursday

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NFL labor war: Setting the table for a busy Thursday

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com

The last night of the league year is usually pretty fun. NFL teams gassing up their owner's private planes so they can touch down right after midnight and brand new free agents can be courted.This year? Not so fun. When the league year ends at midnight, the lights may go out for a while. The collective bargaining agreement expires, there's a gulf to be bridged between the NFL and the NFLPA before a new one is enacted and the lawyers are foiling up for a fight. We'll follow the progress down there and link you through to the poobah, Mike Florio at ProFootballTalk.com when necessary. His explanation of why the NFLPA may not want to decertify is good for the brain today as talk of decertification looms and most people don't know what the hell it means. Also today, there's a collection of Patriots at Children's Hospital for the Mix 104.1 "Cares for Kids Radiothon."Leigh Bodden, Patrick Chung, Jerod Mayo and Rob Ninkovich are expected to be there. We'll catch up with them after they visit with patients and help with the fundraising effort.

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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.”