The gold and paint on the Notre Dame helmets has been a topic of debate on all of the Notre Dame forums for the last several years. Apparently the Notre Dame athletic department took notice and today they introduced new helmets that the Irish will wear for the first time this weekend.
Here are some features of the new helmets from the Athletic Department’s Facebook page. Speaking of which – make sure to “like” their page as they are trying to reach 80,795 fans by 2012 and need quite a few more.
– We have created a new “Gold Standard” for football helmets with the Notre Dame reflective gold particle helmet
– This new shade of gold makes these helmets closer in color to the Golden Dome than any helmets we have worn at Notre Dame
– Tradition of having 23.9 karat gold flake in the paint on the helmet continues
– Gives us a more consistent look from helmet to helmet and week to week
– After exhausting many options we ultimately were forced to decide between continuing the tradition of managers painting helmets and have a subpar helmet or alter the painting process and get a superior helmet. We felt it was more important to get the color right.
– The new paint process is not in the skill set/capabilities of student managers.
For years now, the Notre Dame helmets have not been what they once were. The color always seemed off and the gold paint would chip off after one solid hit each game. To solve this problem, the athletic department had to sacrifice one of Notre Dame’s unique traditions – student managers painting the helmets each week.
While it’s sad to see that tradition go away, the new helmets look fantastic and should look really, really sharp under the lights of Notre Dame stadium this weekend when the Irish wear them for the first time.
What does everyone think of the new helmets? Personally, I think they are pretty, pretty awesome.