ND Helmets

Submitted by Roy G. Biv on October 6th, 2012 at 8:29 PM

Good God.  They make Maryland's look like they were designed by Michelangelo.



October 7th, 2012 at 2:43 AM ^

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.


October 6th, 2012 at 9:01 PM ^

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.

Mich Mash

October 6th, 2012 at 8:46 PM ^

...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.

NYC Blue

October 6th, 2012 at 8:48 PM ^

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

Roy G. Biv

October 6th, 2012 at 8:53 PM ^

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.


October 6th, 2012 at 9:07 PM ^

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. 


Lucky Socks

October 6th, 2012 at 9:12 PM ^

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.  


October 7th, 2012 at 12:25 AM ^

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.


October 7th, 2012 at 5:25 PM ^

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.



October 6th, 2012 at 9:40 PM ^

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?