Patriots schedule will be unveiled Tuesday


Patriots schedule will be unveiled Tuesday

By Tom E. Curran
(Watch carefully as we completely ignore the fact the NFL lockout may ultimately, in a far-less-than-perfect world, wipe out a portion of the 2011 schedule.) And this is why the NFL is king. They can tell you in April how you'll be spending your Sundays in September, October, November, December and the start of January and we all get excited about it. Tuesday night, the league will release the 2011 slate with the NFL Total Access: 2011 Schedule Release Show. Yay. We already know the Patriots' opponents. Home and away games with the Bills, Dolphins and Jets. Road games at Denver, Oakland, Pittsburgh, Philly and Washington. Home games with the Chiefs, Chargers, Colts, Cowboys and Giants. We'll see if the Pats-Colts game gets the Week 9, first week of November treatment as it normally does. And when we get to see all those awesome costumes in the Hole Noir out in Oakland. And whether I'll be able to unleash 310-yard drives on a Sunday afternoon on a Denver golf course if there's a Monday night game out there. That's what fun is all about. Tom E. Curran can be reached at Follow 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.”