Thursday, October 20, 2011

New Hats

This weekend against USC, Notre Dame will unveil new helmets.  The helmets will be a change from the dull-ish "gold" helmets of recent years that have really looked more brown than gold.  In the picture below, you can see that number 90's gold pants don't look anything like his helmet.  It's hard to call that helmet gold -- even if the paint does contain actual gold flakes (and it does).
The carpet doesn't match the drapes.
On Saturday, the Irish will come out of the tunnel wearing the helmet on the left in this photo:

Well, yeah.  That can be called gold.  At first you might think that it looks a lot like Ohio State's helmets which have the weird '70's motorcycle helmet glitter.  I assure you that is not the case.  If you click on the photo for the full size version, you will see that what appears to be glitter is actually the texture of the paint on the helmet.  Yep, it has texture.  Pretty cool.

One unfortunate side effect of these new helmets is that the student managers will no longer paint the helmets each week before the games.  It's sad to lose a tradition like that, but that process clearly wasn't providing the kind of gold that could actually be called gold.

I love the new helmets and I'm excited to see them take the field in South Bend this Saturday.  To see more about the process Notre Dame went through to create these new helmets, check out the video below.


1 comment:

  1. Seriously?! Twelve minutes of video discussing why ND has changed their helmet paint?! You covered the reasons just fine in the 2 minutes it took me to read this post. I'll be interested to see what they look like after getting a Trojan tattooed across their chin strap.