I kind of wish I could go to the game this Saturday, the Emus versus the Buffalo Bulls, but I’ve got previously scheduled things I need to do. As far as I can tell, it’s going to be perfect football watching weather Saturday, it’s homecoming (so I am sure there are some hijinks associated with all of that), and the Emus are only 14 point underdogs.
And aren’t we all a little curious about what goofy thing is going to be a part of “The Factory” marketing juggernaut? Maybe even more giant wrenches and sledge hammers? Maybe a bigger and even more dangerous wall? Perhaps the game will begin with an actual automotive assembly line: that is, instead of storming onto the field, the team will instead line up and literally demonstrate their work in “The Factory.” They will build a car before our eyes, and then, circus-style, they will all cram into it and drive it around the track.
Well, I can dream, can’t I?
Whatever happens, I am pretty sure it will feature the new helmets. mLive has an article about the magic helmets, “EMU football team adds new helmet design to rotation, equipment staff discusses fresh look.” As the article points out, EMU is far from the first team to
waste a ridiculous amount of money wear some alternative helmets. But I have to say there are a lot of really cringe-worthy passages in this article. For example:
“When the players saw them for the first time, they were hooting, and hollering,” EMU assistant athletics director for equipment operations Tommy Rapier said. “It was like Santa Claus coming in.”
Yes, because what college football is all about is the toys.
“It’s actually a full decal, with the whole helmet covered, and it’s pretty expensive,” Rapier said. “They are called hydro-decals. It’s a decal floating in a fluid, they dip the helmet into it and cut off the excess to smooth it out. All Notre Dame’s new golden helmets use the hydro-decals.”
If a regular helmet costs $250, Rapier estimates that a full hydro-decal wrap would cost $300 per helmet with an additional cost to do the face mask.
Though to be fair, Rapier also points out that these helmets have to be refinished reconditioned every year anyway. So I guess there is at least some need for new helmets at least once in a while.
And then there’s this:
While there are no rules limiting the number of helmets a team can have, Rapier doesn’t expect the Eagles to add a fourth.
“There’s no rules, just ask Oregon,” Rapier said, jokingly referring to the variety of uniforms and helmets the program uses. “It’s one of those things the NCAA hasn’t stepped in on yet, but I don’t foresee us going to more than three helmets.”
Ha! Ha ha! So funny to joke about the ways that the NCAA allows college football to waste boatloads of money.