Lots of stuff to post from tonight, but we'll start with Gladiators captain Mike Vigilante, as it's the most serious topic. Vig left last night's game early because he was still not feeling well after coming back from his concussion (though his first game back was actually last weekend against Mississippi).
He was up in the press box watching tonight, so I had a chance to talk to him about it. He said he was feeling dizzy and having tunnel vision in the second period. Verdict: he came back too early. He said he started "thinking about life" last night, and "had a long talk with myself," and decided not to push it. He said it might be quite a while before he's back, since he doesn't know the severity of the issue. I said yeah, it's not playoffs and there are extra bodies so no reason to come back if you're not ready. "Exactly," he said, adding that he thought about Myles Stoesz sitting out, a young guy...implying that he didn't want to take Stoeszer's roster spot if he wasn't completely ready. (My observation: A good captain thinks about the rest of the team like this.)
When Vig first got the concussion, he couldn't even read a book, now he can, so there is definitely progress.
Vig also commented that the view from the press box was really different. I said, sort of joking, but it's true --that you can see every mistake from up there. He agreed, saying you can see the mistakes before the guy even makes them.
It was weird to see him with such neatly combed hair. Usually I see him after games and it's a mess. A good mess though.