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Ole Miss' eggshell blue helmets are incredibly ugly and ruin their entire look.

They don't line up with anything in their set. But none of the uniform works with each other.

i dont see that. its just the light blue helmet. but if you think of this uniforms' visuals as jazz, its really cool. its everything "moving" together, then there's this 1 thing thats out of place. thats what makes it unique and interesting. i love the uniform.

8-team playoff would be a joke.. It would turn into an injury-fest and the final teams standing would be battered.. To compare a collision sport like football to a non-contact sport like basketball is laughable.. And the huge March madness brackets drive me crazy too.. It's just a money-maker.. And just because "people like it" doesn't mean it's what we should base something else on.. For decades we let a poll pick the champion, then we were fine with the top 2, and now that we're finally to top-4, people are clamoring for 8.. If we ever go to 8, it'll be 16.. It'll continue until we're playing 24-game seasons and everyone makes the playoffs.. If you're not capable of getting into the top 4, you don't deserve a shot most seasons.. I think it was pretty clear this year that the top 2 were head-and-shoulders above the rest.. Last year, not so much, but the committee showed their ability to get it right by putting OSU in there over TCU, and them going on to win it.

Yeah...the FCS has dropped its playoff because of all the reasons you mentioned. Injuries galore in the FCS. Mainly just the fourth string backups by the time the FCS championship game happens...but seriously, there won't be any more injuries than you'd see in any other three-game stretch of the season. Complaining about injuries is about as bad an excuse as saying "A playoff isn't possible because our kids have to study." Should we cancel the NFL's playoff system too because of all the injuries that lead up to the Super Bowl?

And anyone who thinks basketball is "non-contac"t has never played or watched basketball. We've seen basketball players tear up their knees and break their legs in the tournament.

For decades we had co-champions and non-title bowls thanks to the polls, and then we were so "fine" with the top 2 BCS system that everyone complained and openly asked for a playoff. A 2-team final game was never really the answer. I think we've seen how great a 4-team playoff is. I wouldn't be surprised if the NCAA moves to a 6-team or 8-team playoff in the next 5-10 years.

The March Madness brackets are just a money-maker? You do realize the brackets have been around for decades, right? The college basketball tournament is just as traditional as your beloved bowl games (speaking of "just money-makers").

Who said I love bowl games? I think there are far too many and they simply dilute the pool of talented teams playing.. But again, you're supporting my point.. Too much football being played for the sake of it (or for the sake of making more money).. I wouldn't be surprised either if they go to a larger playoff, but it will be for the purpose of making money, not to give a truer chance for the best team to emerge.. And adding an additional 3 games to the end of the season is different from any other three game stretch because it's ADDED.. That's an additional three games, not to mention that they're being played after the players are more physically beaten up and more stresses have been placed on their body, PLUS it will cut down on the pre-bowl recovery time, thus further increasing chance for injury prevalence.. And yes, I understand that brackets have existed for quite a while.. In fact, you can devise brackets to extend to placing more than just top-2 (waiting on March madness to add those additional games for more revenue, maybe place top 8 before too long).. And as for basketball being a contact sport, are you serious? That may be the just outrageous claim I've ever seen I these boards.. Comparing basketball contact to football- get real.. I guess baseball is a contact sport too since injuries happen in that sport as well.. If you graze a players arm it's a foul - much different from a sport that encourages high speed collisions

Tell me basketball players don't wear padded undergarmets and I'll tell you basketball is a non-contact sport. Seriously...watch the game sometime. You'll be amazed at the contact (charges, elbows, dives, collisions, knee-on-knee...it's all there). Pretending that's it's not is downright foolish.

I wish I could say I really was interested in everything else you said...but...TLDR.

yes, basketball is a contact sport. football is a game of collisions.

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Some people obviously don't know how equipment teams apply helmet decals...

I actually really like the Arkansas helmet. They did it well, with only the chrome shell. A chrome decal and facemask would've been overkill like we see a lot of the time. Arkansas gets a nice pop of color and not much more.

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I think a six team playoff would be the best solution. Give #1 and #2 a bye for having the best regular season, then go from there.

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I think a six team playoff would be the best solution. Give #1 and #2 a bye for having the best regular season, then go from there.

Exactly what I've always thought. That way it still keeps those those people who say "oh no den regular sezon wnt mattur" happy.

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So there are people who actually want Alabama to be given a bye week advantage only to be met with an outmatched MSU?

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I think the teams that had the best season should be rewarded. By your logic they shouldn't have even played the 2/3 game and just played a title game.

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Just looking at more photos from Oregon's photo session for the Alamo Bowl today and it struck me at how large the numbers on the back of the jerseys are, especially now that they don't have the taper from the previous couple of Bellotti Bolds.

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As a proud graduate of THE Ohio State University, it pains me to say this about TSUN, but Michigan had just about the most flawless home and road combination possible this year. One helmet, one home uniform, one road uniform, no stupid gimmicks, no one-offs, no throwbacks, no chrome, no matte, no nonsense and no garbage. The home uniform remained simple and awesome and this road uniform...

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... is just about as close to perfection as it gets.

The super clean white on white, the single layer numbers, the matching stripes... my Lord, that's a gorgeous uniform. In the nightmare cesspool of the current state of CFB uniform design, the way that Michigan shook off the idiocy of ugliness, and went back to basics is inspiring.

OK, I think I just made myself a little nauseous. Go Bucks!

Although that Michigan uniform is gorgeous, I'm a little bummed that we didn't get to see the maize pants on the road this year. I think the new white jersey paired with the maize pants would look absolutely phenomenal. The all-white is great, but to me the maize pants are a staple of Michigan football. Plus, I felt the all-white look became dull by the end of the year. If they just split the time between white and yellow pants on the road next year and kept all other design elements the same, I'd be happy.

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As a proud graduate of THE Ohio State University, it pains me to say this about TSUN, but Michigan had just about the most flawless home and road combination possible this year. One helmet, one home uniform, one road uniform, no stupid gimmicks, no one-offs, no throwbacks, no chrome, no matte, no nonsense and no garbage. The home uniform remained simple and awesome and this road uniform...

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... is just about as close to perfection as it gets.

The super clean white on white, the single layer numbers, the matching stripes... my Lord, that's a gorgeous uniform. In the nightmare cesspool of the current state of CFB uniform design, the way that Michigan shook off the idiocy of ugliness, and went back to basics is inspiring.

OK, I think I just made myself a little nauseous. Go Bucks!

Although that Michigan uniform is gorgeous, I'm a little bummed that we didn't get to see the maize pants on the road this year. I think the new white jersey paired with the maize pants would look absolutely phenomenal. The all-white is great, but to me the maize pants are a staple of Michigan football. Plus, I felt the all-white look became dull by the end of the year. If they just split the time between white and yellow pants on the road next year and kept all other design elements the same, I'd be happy.

You clearly don't know your football history. The only reason TSUN started wearing yellow pants in the first place is that their players were peeing themselves in fear before the games. They used to have brown panels in back. With technology the way it is today, it's possible to make both pee and poop invisible with the right combination of diapers. The white pants reflect this new high-tech world.

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Just looking at more photos from Oregon's photo session for the Alamo Bowl today and it struck me at how large the numbers on the back of the jerseys are, especially now that they don't have the taper from the previous couple of Bellotti Bolds.

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I think once the player puts that on the numbers won't appear as large. I think they're thinner than what other teams wear though, which probably gives the appearance that they're larger.

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Ole Miss' eggshell blue helmets are incredibly ugly and ruin their entire look.

I completely disagree. I think the Rebels' look last night may well be the best I saw this bowl season. To each his own, I guess.

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Ole Miss' eggshell blue helmets are incredibly ugly and ruin their entire look.

They don't line up with anything in their set. But none of the uniform works with each other.

i dont see that. its just the light blue helmet. but if you think of this uniforms' visuals as jazz, its really cool. its everything "moving" together, then there's this 1 thing thats out of place. thats what makes it unique and interesting. i love the uniform.

Me, too. I think you can make an argument that uniform continuity is important in the NFL, which has that corporate feel, but in the colleges, where teams have decades (hell, some have a century) of tradition, the quirks and illogical details are the very things that make uniforms so great. Speaking of the NFL, it's just this design principle that makes the Giants' road uniform the best in the League.

In high school, 30 some years ago, we played a local team, the Bishop Hartley Hawks, that wore a very plain helmet and jersey... just navy and white, plain white numbers and plain white "H" on navy, and then, inexplicable, had gray pants with a single bright red stripe. No red or gray above the waist, no navy below. My favorite opponent uniform by far

I like the Jazz comparison. The visual equivalent would be a late period Wassily Kandinsky painting.

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Not sure if this should go here or not, but two interesting helmets from the UA All-American Game today.

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I also really like that number template.

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Ole Miss' eggshell blue helmets are incredibly ugly and ruin their entire look.

They don't line up with anything in their set. But none of the uniform works with each other.

i dont see that. its just the light blue helmet. but if you think of this uniforms' visuals as jazz, its really cool. its everything "moving" together, then there's this 1 thing thats out of place. thats what makes it unique and interesting. i love the uniform.

Me, too. I think you can make an argument that uniform continuity is important in the NFL, which has that corporate feel, but in the colleges, where teams have decades (hell, some have a century) of tradition, the quirks and illogical details are the very things that make uniforms so great. Speaking of the NFL, it's just this design principle that makes the Giants' road uniform the best in the League.

In high school, 30 some years ago, we played a local team, the Bishop Hartley Hawks, that wore a very plain helmet and jersey... just navy and white, plain white numbers and plain white "H" on navy, and then, inexplicable, had gray pants with a single bright red stripe. No red or gray above the waist, no navy below. My favorite opponent uniform by far

I like the Jazz comparison. The visual equivalent would be a late period Wassily Kandinsky painting.

^This.

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Just looking at more photos from Oregon's photo session for the Alamo Bowl today and it struck me at how large the numbers on the back of the jerseys are, especially now that they don't have the taper from the previous couple of Bellotti Bolds.

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The helmet decals look to be on the helmets at a proper angle.

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Not sure if this should go here or not, but two interesting helmets from the UA All-American Game today.

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I also really like that number template.

Bottom uniform was used last year as well. I liked the jersey minus the Tron design. t's definitely different. I like that practice jersey as gameday kit.

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As a proud graduate of THE Ohio State University, it pains me to say this about TSUN, but Michigan had just about the most flawless home and road combination possible this year. One helmet, one home uniform, one road uniform, no stupid gimmicks, no one-offs, no throwbacks, no chrome, no matte, no nonsense and no garbage. The home uniform remained simple and awesome and this road uniform...

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... is just about as close to perfection as it gets.

The super clean white on white, the single layer numbers, the matching stripes... my Lord, that's a gorgeous uniform. In the nightmare cesspool of the current state of CFB uniform design, the way that Michigan shook off the idiocy of ugliness, and went back to basics is inspiring.

OK, I think I just made myself a little nauseous. Go Bucks!

Although that Michigan uniform is gorgeous, I'm a little bummed that we didn't get to see the maize pants on the road this year. I think the new white jersey paired with the maize pants would look absolutely phenomenal. The all-white is great, but to me the maize pants are a staple of Michigan football. Plus, I felt the all-white look became dull by the end of the year. If they just split the time between white and yellow pants on the road next year and kept all other design elements the same, I'd be happy.

You clearly don't know your football history. The only reason TSUN started wearing yellow pants in the first place is that their players were peeing themselves in fear before the games. They used to have brown panels in back. With technology the way it is today, it's possible to make both pee and poop invisible with the right combination of diapers. The white pants reflect this new high-tech world.
I lost brain cells while reading this post.

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Arkansas has joined the chrome bandwagon. They're going full chrome tomorrow with our helmets.

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Looks pretty crummy and about 3-4 years behind on this trend. I actually like the brushed metal facemask finish but the rest isn't working.
Tend to agree. It could be that it's a day game, but it doesn't look great when paired with the full uniform.

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That Oregon helmet is awful. The beveled look of the logo is just bad and that helmet finish is worse.

The finish on them looks like my kitchen countertops.

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Ole Miss' eggshell blue helmets are incredibly ugly and ruin their entire look.

They don't line up with anything in their set. But none of the uniform works with each other.

i dont see that. its just the light blue helmet. but if you think of this uniforms' visuals as jazz, its really cool. its everything "moving" together, then there's this 1 thing thats out of place. thats what makes it unique and interesting. i love the uniform.

Me, too. I think you can make an argument that uniform continuity is important in the NFL, which has that corporate feel, but in the colleges, where teams have decades (hell, some have a century) of tradition, the quirks and illogical details are the very things that make uniforms so great. Speaking of the NFL, it's just this design principle that makes the Giants' road uniform the best in the League.

In high school, 30 some years ago, we played a local team, the Bishop Hartley Hawks, that wore a very plain helmet and jersey... just navy and white, plain white numbers and plain white "H" on navy, and then, inexplicable, had gray pants with a single bright red stripe. No red or gray above the waist, no navy below. My favorite opponent uniform by far

I like the Jazz comparison. The visual equivalent would be a late period Wassily Kandinsky painting.

I understand the visual jazz comparison for Ole Miss and I would agree... with their normal, navy helmets. Not one piece of the normal Ole Miss uniform really matches any other part of the uniform (the single helmet stripe, double white jersey stripe, and split stripe on the pants) and you have a navy helmet, red/white or navy/white jersey, and silver pants with one red stripe and one navy. Nothing specifically matches, but as a whole, the uniform works in an interesting and unique way.

However, the eggshell blue helmets takes the fragile balance established by the normal uniforms and upends it. Just as you can overlook some of the differences between individual pieces of the normal uniform because of the uniform as a whole, the same principle also works in the opposite direction; while the eggshell helmets are fine on their own, you have to factor in what they do to the rest on the uniform. The second shade of blue disconnects the helmet from any visual connection to the pants, and paired with a jersey that was already disconnected to the rest of the uniform.

Or, in other words, at some point jazz stops being jazz and starts becoming noise.

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