New Indiana football helmet

Submitted by FabFiver5 on June 3rd, 2013 at 3:14 PM

This recent tweet by Land-Grant Holy Land purports to show a new IU football helmet. Could this be real? If so, wow.

As helmets go, those are outrageous. As candycanes go, those look delicious.


EDIT: These are, in fact, real and there are others shown here



June 3rd, 2013 at 3:15 PM ^

Kinda liked IU's helmets. Not this one, but I always thought they had probably the second best helmets in the Big Ten.


June 3rd, 2013 at 3:22 PM ^

These are obviously special edition helmets to be worn during their much anticipated Prime Time Nationally Televised game, at 9:30pm, on Thursday, at UTEP.


June 3rd, 2013 at 4:13 PM ^

For the non airplane dorks:

This is the Iranian Qaher 313: Iran's "stealth" fighter.

Apparently, per weapons engineers, the flight controls displayed are similar to that of old prop planes, the air intakes are too small for the engines, and the designs are ripped off from older, unsuccesful US stealth designs.  And there are no pictures of this thing landing and taking off, thus calling into question it's viability as a fighter.

An 'advance' for a rogue country that isn't up to par with the latest (F22) or near-latest (F15E/SE, Eurofighter, F18 Superhornet) and greatest.


June 3rd, 2013 at 3:32 PM ^

All I really have to say to that helmet is "Yikes!", but on a possibly related note, it does raise the possibility of Indiana changing its fight song to something along the lines of this old favorite:

Who can take a sunrise, sprinkle it with dew

Cover it with chocolate, and a miracle or two

The Hoosier man, oh the Hoosier man can....


June 3rd, 2013 at 3:33 PM ^

Haha... holy mother of pearl.  I think that this is the B1G trying to create an artificial rivalry between IU and Maryland, via poor helmet choices.


June 3rd, 2013 at 3:39 PM ^

Put it this way. Indiana is expanding the basketball candy-striped warmup pants to sports other than men's basketball. This is a fun way to do it for football without actually putting the team in candy-striped pants.  Which would be dreadful.

Ali G Bomaye

June 3rd, 2013 at 4:53 PM ^

This is actually a great attempt to recognize a design element (the candy-cane stripes) that is a long-standing tradition, sort of like Northwestern did with their jersey stripes.  But silver isn't a school color, and seeing a silver lid over a red uniform makes them look too much like Ohio.

NOLA Wolverine

June 3rd, 2013 at 7:22 PM ^

You may or may not buy into this conclusion the MGoBoard seems to have adopted, but I'm going to use this point to launch this off: I think we've really overrated the whole "uniforms gets the recruits" meme here. Really the only place that has seen correlation between having better teams and having a ton of alternate uniforms is Oregon. But, as it turns out, that also correlates with gobs of Nike money going to facilities, including a player's lounge with 50 some odd TV's and games to boot among many other things. 

The only reason Michigan and Adidas pump out a bunch of alternate uniforms is because people buy these alternate uniforms. I seem to run into more UTL jerseys than standard jerseys at Michigan Stadium ever since that game took place. 


June 3rd, 2013 at 9:42 PM ^

I don't think that there are many here that would seriously argue that uniformz really help our recruiting (or anyone elses). Four star guys aren't tripping over themselves to play in blackout uniforms at USF nor do Alabama or USC need to do a thing to get recruits

I think most of us begrudingly tolerate them because players seem to think they're cool


June 3rd, 2013 at 3:39 PM ^

I'm not buying it. Until I actually see one on the field, I am firmly believing that this is just the latest mockup from BHGP. Because seriously, who would come up with something like that and be serious about it?


June 3rd, 2013 at 3:43 PM ^

IU released 5 helmets today not just that chrome one. I have talked to my friends on the IU football team and they love all the helmets so I'm sure they will help with recruiting. I like them too. I mean what does IU have to lose with a few wild helmets?


June 3rd, 2013 at 4:15 PM ^

I'm glad I'm not the only one.

Let's summarize:

(1) The football team has no tradition to speak of (sorry, Anthony Thompson).

(2) The basketball team is a blue-blood, Mount Rushmore-caliber program.

(3) One of the basketball team's most conspicuous traditions is their candy-striped warmup pants.

Why not leverage the basketball tradition on the football side?  I think the candy-striped chrome helmets are cool, and it's not like they're bastardizing any major football traditions by doing it.

Heck, I'd go further and use the candy-stripe feature more widely, perhaps with UTL-style jerseys.  Do something creative like Northwestern did with their jerseys (leveraging the "Northwestern stripe").

Picktown GoBlue

June 4th, 2013 at 2:59 AM ^


Although I must admit that an IU alum already made your pitch a year and half ago:

Although the jersey can only have stripes on the sleeve, I can't find any mention in the NCAA rules book that the players even have to wear pants, let alone what colors or patterns they can or can't be.

Perkis-Size Me

June 3rd, 2013 at 3:49 PM ^

Meh, what does Indiana really have to lose by doing this? Their football team's only longstanding tradition is losing, and in all likelihood, 99.9% percent of that campus just views football as a way to pass the time until basketball season starts. Or it just flat out might not give one crap about its football team whether it wins or loses.

Might as well try to do something, anything really, that will get your fan base excited about something other than basketball. Alternate helmets and uni's seem to work pretty well at other campuses, and it excites recruits. Might work at Indiana.


June 3rd, 2013 at 3:52 PM ^

the players "loved" the candy-cane chrome striped monstrosity.  "Oh my goodness" is not usually a positive reaction.  In the video it looked like they were stunned, like "are we being punked?"  "Is Aston Kutcher going to pop out now?'

IMO Indiana has jumped into the lead for "stupidest looking helmet in football".  I'm sure they won't hold the title for long, as that seems to be a title eveyrone is desperate to hold.

At least they now have a helmet that matches the inepitude of their product on the field.


June 3rd, 2013 at 3:52 PM ^

Looking at the helmets they showed in that video the first and last one are horenduous, spelled wrong, and the rest i think look pretty good. The chrome and the one with diffrent logos on each side are so ugly, it doesnt even make sense.