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Notre Dame's shamrock helmets are 'special'

Posted on: November 7, 2011 4:56 pm
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Posted by Adam Jacobi

Notre Dame faces Maryland this weekend in what they're calling the "Shamrock Series Game," and it appears the Irish don't want the Terps to be the only team on the field with a, shall we say, "creative" helmet. Behold, via the Notre Dame Equipment twitter feed, the Irish helmets for this weekend:

That? That doesn't look like a football helmet. It looks like a St. Patrick's Day crafts project -- and not a particularly good or tasteful one.

What I don't understand about the Notre Dame alternate helmets so frequently using the shamrock is this: Notre Dame has its own set of iconography for its football team, and it's just about the most recognizable in the nation. There's the interlocking "ND" logo, the "boxing leprechaun" logo, and to a lesser extent Touchdown Jesus*. But anyway, missing from all of those highly recognizable images is the shamrock. It's just not part of the look, and hasn't been since the Irish scrapped a three-year project with the helmet shamrock back in 1962.

So when the Irish players slap a shamrock on their hats for the "sort of throwback but not really" game against Michigan this year, then do it again for the upcoming Maryland contest, it feels like an aggressive rebranding initiative by a program and school that have, in all other aspects, staked their reputation on sticking to tradition at all costs. It just doesn't make sense.

*Also, one might wryly add, the NBC peacock. But we're not here to judge Notre Dame for having their own network; all college football programs should aspire to be so high-profile one day.

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Comments

Since: Jan 25, 2007
Posted on: November 11, 2011 2:28 pm
 

Notre Dame's shamrock helmets are 'special'

This type of BS was covered in 66.

“Plain is what we want to be. Our trademark won't
be
emblems or designs, it will be our great intensity.”
--Ara Parseghian,
1964





Since: Oct 24, 2011
Posted on: November 8, 2011 8:21 pm
 

Notre Dame's shamrock helmets are 'special'

They could be naked all I care but please just beat USC.



Since: Dec 9, 2010
Posted on: November 8, 2011 2:10 pm
 

Notre Dame's shamrock helmets are 'special'

Hey dip$hi+, brush up on what happened?  I'll tell you what happened.  You guys cheated . . . . you got busted . . . . you're on probation.  
 
How old are you? Brush up on what happened and then get back to me.  Your starting LB still regrets not coming to SC, so what does that tell you? lol



Since: Jan 16, 2008
Posted on: November 8, 2011 1:10 pm
 

Notre Dame's shamrock helmets are 'special'

By the way Packfan04, only chicks or homo's give out 1 stars, so which are you? lol Refer back to my other post asking your age.

Oh one last thing...you're better off not giving any stars because 1-5 all help a posters rep, so thank you Miss PF04.



Since: May 22, 2011
Posted on: November 8, 2011 12:45 pm
 

Notre Dame's shamrock helmets are 'special'

I can't believe that Notre Dame would stoop to this. The helmet and uniforms for the Michigan game were fine for one game, but this helmet design sucks!!! This game will be hard to watch with the Maryland crap uniforms and Notre Dame wearing this lame design!



Since: Mar 24, 2010
Posted on: November 8, 2011 12:03 pm
 

Notre Dame's shamrock helmets are 'special'

It is an attractive helmet.



Since: Jan 16, 2008
Posted on: November 8, 2011 11:52 am
 

Notre Dame's shamrock helmets are 'special'

However, for an SC fan to say that ND is resorting to a gimmick to land receruits...gimmick or no gimmick, it's way better than cheating.


How old are you? Brush up on what happened and then get back to me.  Your starting LB still regrets not coming to SC, so what does that tell you? lol



Since: Mar 8, 2011
Posted on: November 8, 2011 11:42 am
 

Notre Dame's shamrock helmets are 'special'

Looks like a drunk Irishman tried to paint football seams along the top of the helmet. What are those random white lines?  The helmet is ok overall. It will probably look pretty good on tv and from the stands. Not digging the green facemask, though.

"it feels like an aggressive rebranding initiative" - don't agree at all. Looks like they just made a different helmet to me.

"all college football programs should aspire to be so high-profile one day" - Hey Adam Jacobi, nice commentary. I hope to one day aspire to be as fine of a writer as you....but I'm not here to judge.



Since: Nov 9, 2007
Posted on: November 8, 2011 11:19 am
 

Notre Dame's shamrock helmets are 'special'

I can't say I love the helmet, but to be honest, I don't really care.  I'm a long time ND fan, and love when they stick to their tradition uniform's, except for the occasional deviation - I particularly enjoy when they don't tell anyone about it, and just show up on the field in something new.

However, for an SC fan to say that ND is resorting to a gimmick to land receruits...gimmick or no gimmick, it's way better than cheating.



Since: Jan 16, 2008
Posted on: November 8, 2011 11:03 am
 

Notre Dame's shamrock helmets are 'special'

"hideous"<br />



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