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Notre Dame's shamrock helmets are 'special'

Posted on: November 7, 2011 4:56 pm
 

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.

Comments

Since: May 27, 2008
Posted on: November 8, 2011 8:57 am
 

Notre Dame's shamrock helmets are 'special'

Maybe this is being nitpicky, but couldn't they have at least matched the green on the shamrock to the green of the facemask?



Since: Jan 4, 2008
Posted on: November 8, 2011 8:55 am
 

Notre Dame's shamrock helmets are 'special'

These are hideous.  These have to be the worst helmets I have ever seen.




Since: Apr 7, 2009
Posted on: November 8, 2011 8:53 am
 

Notre Dame's shamrock helmets are 'special'

I'm a Michigan fan but I have to admit I like this helmet for ND.  I wouldn't want it all the time...but I think it's pretty cool for them to bust this out once or twice a year.  I love it when teams continue to embrace their strong traditin but aren't afraid to try something new from time to time...that how new traditions get created and eventually turn into older traditions.  Knute Rockne tried a few new things in his day and they've become tradition.  So way to go, Notre Dame.  I hope you lose...but I applaud this step.  Just my worthless two cents.
 



Since: Apr 8, 2011
Posted on: November 8, 2011 8:50 am
 

Notre Dame's shamrock helmets are 'special'

I played for a midget football team called the Shamrocks .... and our helmets looked just like that ....



Since: Feb 9, 2011
Posted on: November 8, 2011 8:22 am
 

Notre Dame's shamrock helmets are 'special'

Wow! Terrible!



Since: Nov 4, 2007
Posted on: November 8, 2011 7:43 am
 

Notre Dame's shamrock helmets are 'special'

 ND Haters should be lovin' it, seeing that anytime they debut a 'uni' change, Irish usually falter. This is the same squad that had to bust out the green jerseys against Army just to break that curse.

Go Irish!......I guess. Thank you for crushing my soul for the past 25 years. JUST BEAT A GOOD TEAM FOR ONCE! Sorry Mich. St. fans, you don't count.

Maybe these helmets will contribute to another diarrhea-inducing, one-touchdown, victory over another middle/lower-tier ACC team.




Since: Oct 31, 2011
Posted on: November 8, 2011 7:40 am
 

Notre Dame's shamrock helmets are 'special'

Hey, my wife is Irish and I love this helmet!
Do you have problem? (Though, be honest, I hate ND) 



Since: Jul 13, 2007
Posted on: November 8, 2011 7:13 am
 

Notre Dame's shamrock helmets are 'special'

That is hideous!!! It looks like Christmas wrapping paper. I think the ND or t fighting Irishman would be wayyyy better on a SOLId GOLD helmet.this looks like a big honeycomb!



Since: Nov 8, 2011
Posted on: November 8, 2011 5:23 am
 

Notre Dame's shamrock helmets are 'special'

They suck.  Just like the team



Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: November 8, 2011 4:57 am
 

Notre Dame's shamrock helmets are 'special'

Really?  You two think he doesn't liked it because he's biased against ND?
Are you seeing the same thing the rest of us are?


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