Syracuse' Jones, Melo ready to start Boston careers


Syracuse' Jones, Melo ready to start Boston careers

Syracuse orange is making its way to Boston one sport at a time.
Former 'Cuse defensive end, Chandler Jones, was selected to the New England Patriots as the 21st player in the 2012 NFL Draft. Fab Melo, another former Syracuse athlete just joined his fellow schoolmate in the Boston area after he was selected by the Celtics with the 22nd overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.
Something seems to be in the water up at Syracuse, and Boston teams are taking advantage.
The former classmates sent texts of encouragement to each other after Melo was drafted. Cusenation has become Bostonnation.

Quick convo with the newest Boston @celtics @Fabpmelocusenation instagr.ampMcMNakrs1L Chandler Jones (@Chan95Jones) June 29, 2012

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.”