Trick or treat: what costumes for which athletes?


Trick or treat: what costumes for which athletes?

By Mary Paoletti

It's Friday!

You all know what that means on Wicked Good Sports: nonsense. But today we've got a theme. The upcoming Halloween weekend makes today perfect for playing dress up with some pro athletes. (No, not like that, Favre. Relax.)

Who should be whom on All Hallows Eve? I'll get the list started but I want your input.

The Lollipop Guild: Maple Leafs
The Cowardly Lion: Phil Kessel
Scarecrow: Milan Lucic
Tin Man: Shawn Thornton or Gregory Campbell (They can fight over it)
Toto: Special cameo by Montreal's Carey Price!
Dorothy: Mike Komisarek
Wizard: Nathan Horton
(Thanks, Durling)

Deanna Favre: "To Catch a Predator's" Chris Hansen
Brett Favre: Himself

LeBron James Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh: Michael Jordan...'s second cousin

Antonio Cromartie: Himself
The New York Jets: Some of his children

Ben Roethlisberger: Poster for adverse effects of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Pat Riley: Satan

Candlestick Park: A gigantic garbage can

These are just a few ideas. Leave yours in the comments section. You aren't doing any actual work today, anyway.

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.”