Red Sox first half review: Total bleepfest


Red Sox first half review: Total bleepfest

How well were the Red Sox able to put last season's horrid September behind them? Not very.

Check out our half review video that chronicles the Sox's roller-coaster path to a .500 record in five turbulent minutes.

We start with the hiring of Bobby Valentine and then get right into spring training, which should force memories of contrition-free press conferences to come rushing back like the waters of a clogged toilet.

Then there's the great early-season awkwardness between Valentine, Kevin Youkilis and Dustin Pedroia. Remember "That's not how we handle our stuff around here"? Of course you do. And that's just the start.

We've got enough "bleep hole" and "horse bleep" moments to keep everyone's ears perked up between the more nauseating recaps of Red Sox injuries, meltdowns, blowups, injuries, roster moves and more injuries.

Given that there's a little masochist in all Red Sox fans, we think there's some sick and twisted part of you that will enjoy watching the video above. Have at it.

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.”