Good God. They make Maryland's look like they were designed by Michelangelo.
They are ugly. The sad part is, I think the jersey top is really nice, and I really dig the number font. But the helmets and the pants are truely Turrible...
Thank God for Wings...
I don't like Notre Dame, but I think their helmets tonight are insulting to all that is Notre Dame.
Helmets that should not be changed ever:
Michigan, Notre Dame, Texas, Penn State, Nebraska, Ohio State (yes, even them) and Oklahoma.
USC, very plain with the colors and logo.
if I was an ND fan, that's just pathetic.....nobody better ever try to get cute with our helmet, pitch forks would ensue.
I think they fall in this as well.
Wisconsin is so overdue for a new helmet. That lame W on white is sooooo beat... Kudos to Sparty for a massive upgrade back from the days of the White S on Green. Their helmets now are semi cool. Illinois could stand with new helms too. Their's are beat as well.
Don't forget Oregon. /s
That's something Lisa "left-eye" Lopez would wear
Would have worn.
Don't know if you lived during the same 90's as I did, but she was pretty much considered a fashion icon during that decade. As eccentric as her style was, to say those hideous helmets are something that remind you of her tastes is either an incredible insult to her, or a huge compliment to the helmets.
more like Mad-Eye Mooney
That's something Lisa "left-eye" Lopez would wear
Fucking double posts
Looks like Tommy Lee Jones version of Two-Face
That was not a good idea.
...is that schools that pride themselves on tradition are going away from it. Though I do disdain Notre Dame, one of the coolest traditions in college football was that the students painted those gold helmets before every game. Since they've gone to their fancy gilded dome look, they've lost that. Just another small piece of tradition that's lost in favor of a little flash in the spotlight. OTOH - to hell with Notre Dame.
Just wait till Dave Brandon tries to do something stupid like this with the Michigan helmets.
I prefer No Country For Old Men.
With all the stupid/thoughtless things players put on twitter, it must be that the players are warned/threatened not to say anything about the ridiculous stuff they are made to wear, right?
I mean, otherwise how could none of the Wisconsin or Nebraska players have complained last week. Or any of the ND players comment this week?
Even so, it is kind of amazing that no one comments as to the stupidity of some of the uniform decisions
Along w/ U-M, Penn State, 'Bama and maybe a few others they are among the iconic, immiediately identifiable traditional unis. The shamrock on the helmet wasn't so bad, but tonight's are a kick in the nuts to their tradition.
I thought the shamrock in UTL was pretty cool. These 1/3 leprechaun things are the worst but I am a whore for semetrical helmets and design in general.
The gold looks better not TV than their normal "new" gold that has that ugly reflection on TV.
If you have ever said, "Dave Brandon and Adidas could never touch the wings, that is a tradition unlike any other and is too iconic to alter" I'm sure Notre Dame fans said the same thing. If it can happen to them, it can happen to us. "Oh, the shamrocks on the helmets weren't that bad," does that remind you of: "Oh, the numbers on the helmets weren't that bad"? Times are a-changing, my friends. Don't come crying when Michigan decides to invert the colors of the wings or overlay a big block M over the wings.
But I could definitely see them trying to split the helmet, half traditional...half maize with a blue block M (or blue with a maize block M).
If they do, I'm not sure Adidas would have a headquarters. Also, Coach Hoke would never allow it, EVER. Don't think Brandon would either.
I'm willing to put my integrity as a man on the line when I say that I don't believe that the winged helmet will ever be touched. We've seen numbers, we've seen grey facemasks. But the maize and blue winged helmet will be worn every game from now until the last game U of M plays, without taking a game off. Even Brandon understands that the WINGED HELMET is our brand.
If he does, Bo might very well come out of the grave and whack him in the ass with one of his infamous yardsticks. And Yost and Crisler will not be more than a step behind to do the same.
had to warn Bo off when Bo told him "the first thing I'm going to do is get rid of those silly helmets." Thank god for supportive former coaches in those days.
There were no wings during Yost's coaching career, although he was AD through the first three years of the Crisler (and hence, wings) era.
We are lucky in the sense that the winged helmet is flashy to begin with. The kids love it. Every year we get at least one recruit that comes for the helmets. We don't have to screw with it to create some flash for the 17 year old recruits.
is that ND sported a shamrock on their helmets from 1959-1962. The shamrock designs are actual throwbacks (which "you" should of course remember since you totally graduated in 1961 and aren't a figment of anyone's imagination).
But maybe lisa lopez could have designed them with her right eye
eeeesshhhh, FUGLY alert!
My god man, what have you done
And I don't like most of them. It used to be that I could tell who was playing by the first glance at the TV screen.
How could proud ND mess with their brand?
ugliest helmets I've ever seen. That would be like us bastardizing the wings, you just shouldn't mess with one of your iconic football symbols
A leprechaun on one side, pot of gold on the other and room for a Lucky Charms ad down the middle. That might actually look better than this.
... a leprechaun holding a bottle of whisky. Would still be better.
they had a vote on what color helmets they wanted. 60% said gold 40% said navy and... voila!
They look like some kind of gaudy, indecisive golf ball.
Looks exactly like The Sphere.
heads are missing.
They look stupid and very un-Notre Dame, so fine by me I guess
that is all...
Holy hell those are stupid looking.
Yes, and those God awful helmets Ohio State is wearing, I hate those guys so much.
The more I see them, the more it looks like a fighting goat on the side of their helments.
Notre Dame Fighting Goats! (it's fitting for the cowardly way of canceling our series with them)
Said that he wants to scratch his eyes out after seeing them.
seems much more appropriate.
Looks like someone vomited on the helmet!
Ya but after their win, ND will win the national Championship.
I think 3 top 10 teams lost, so ND is going to be, what, #5 or #6? They're annoyingly in consideration.
you are dumb
"It will piss the traditionalists off, but who cares?"
Oh look, you answered your own question. So basically anyone that "cares" about "tradition", which by my estimation includes a large group of the Michigan fan-base, will have a problem if Michigan decided to change their helmet..
We just made a deal that will keep the empire out of cloud city forever.
because I recognize that it's all about money. Even having multiple jerseys gives the fans more opportunities to purchase merchandise which helps the school and Adidas make money. Changing the helmets doesn't really provide any benefit as far as I can tell, and if a recruit is going to pick their college based on number of uniform and helmet change, then I would question that player's ability to succeed in a college classroom.
do you really think that wearing a stupid helmet one game a year will sway an elite recruit into going to a school?
i see the uniform obsession is live and well
Congrats to Brian Kelly. It took three years, but he's finally turned Notre Dame into the best team in the Big East.
I totally see why you guys are so upset about Notre Dame's new helmets. Specifically, the new helmets at Notre Dame implicate the following ethical issues and will negatively impact Michigan fans or the Michigan football team in the following ways:
I brought home my wife from her second c-section yesterday but still managed to get to watch the Michigan game on DVR. Bascially, I have been under a rock for 72 hours and just now saw the helmets. All I thought was ERMAHGERD LERPREKERNS!!
I mean about you being under a rock. That's really weird.
Not gonna lie. I thought they were horrible in the preview pictures, but they looked awesome on the field.