The early reports form the Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel state that Mike (I call him Mike because in my mind, we're friends that cry to Rocky) has been asymptomatic and is breezing through the concussion protocol. The word on the street is that he's gonna suit up Saturday against Miami of Ohio. When I read that nugget I scoffed. Of course he's gonna play, he's a man's man. He's the type of kid that Red Foreman wishes was his son instead of Topher Grace. Topher understands tho, everyone in Wisconsin's father shares that sentiment. Men want their son's to be tough, good soldiers, they can brag to their friends about. This leads some of us to constantly measure ourselves against our father's level of admiration. This type of socially constructed machismo leads some to the gridiron, the boxing ring, prison, or Paris Island.
When I was a young, flat abdomen Marine Corps recruit training to kill people with my bare hands, my drill instructors became my new adopting fathers. They constantly reminded me that injuries are the product of good training. This is something I hold to be a universal truth. For example, my son punched a wall the other day out of anger. He busted his shit up real good and wanted to go to the hospital. I told him that people that act that stupidly don't deserve to be rewarded with the benefits that Barak Obama has bestowed upon us. I told him to wrap his hand in ice and focus on his pain and all of its casual factors.
You see, had I granted Dave Jr's request for medical treatment, and the obligatory bedside coddling triage nurses give handsome 13 year-old boys, I would have reinforced the idea that bad ass kids that punch walls get to go to hospitals and take advantage of the best medical services in the world. In the alternative, I decided that if he suffered a swollen hand that prevented him from playing Xbox One he would think twice before slamming his fist into another immovable inanimate object. This is a double edged sword. He has to suffer the physical pain of a swollen hand and the mental anguish of not being able to play his video game, due to no fault but his own. He basically punished himself.
I like to think I'm a good father. As a child of divorce and a half-assed biological father, I pattern myself after my Drill Instructors and tangentially, Red Foreman. In the Lackford house hold, Tough love is the greatest love of all, forget all that nonsense Whitney Houston was talking about.
Watching Caputo standing on the sideline, with his head ringing from his frontal lobe being relocated somewhere near his occipital bone, not being able to play the game he loves reminded me of my son with the broken hand. His pain and punishment were similar. Luckily for Mike and Dave Jr, their injuries were not that serious. Mike will be fine and get to play Saturday and Dave's hand is no longer swollen and he has resumed playing Call of Duty. Still, boys are hard headed stupid creatures and I won't be surprised the next time DJ punches a wall or Mike hurls his body into a 6'3" 242-pound running back with the crown of his helmet. Injuries are good training, they have been teaching us right from wrong since the paleolithic era. But some people are tougher than others because their fathers pounded the concept that "pain is weakness leaving the body" into their consciousness'.
Caputo is expected to suit up next week. Other players around the country were not so lucky and they won't be shaking anything excepts cobwebs off their game if they ever see the field again:
Mike Williams (WR) Clemson - Neck - Out for the season.
James Connor (RB) Pittsburgh - Torn MCL - )ut for the season.
Taysom Hill (QB) BYU - Foot - Out for season.
Terrel Hunt (QB) Syracuse - Achilles - Out for season.
Issac Gross (DT) Ole Miss - Neck - Out for season.
Tarean Folston (RB) Notre Dame - Knee - Out for season.
Nyeem Wartman-White (LB) - Penn State - Knee - Out for season.
Eddie Vanderdoes (DL) UCLA - ACL - Out for season.
Harrison Phillips (DT) Stanford - ACL - Out for season.
Eric Tretlow (C) - Virginia - Undisclosed - Out for season.
Jake Fieler (OT) - Virginia - Undisclosed - Out for season.
Scooby Wright III (LB) Arizona - Knee - Out Indefinitely
Andrew Butcher (DL) - Tennesse - Knee - Out indefinitely
Jesse Ertz (QB) Kansas State - Knee - Out indefinitely
James Quick (WR) Louisville - Leg? - Out Indefinitely
Jalen Mills (S) LSU - Ankle - Out Indefinitely
Edward Muldrow (LB) - West Virginia - Undisclosed - Out Indefinitely
Michael Brewer (QB) Virginia Tech - Broken Collarbone - Out 4-8 weeks
Braxton Berrios (WR) Miami - Knee - Expected to miss Friday vs. Florida Atlantic.
Stacy Coley (WR) - Miami - Hamstring - Expected to miss Friday vs. Florida Atlantic.