While watching Notre Dame's disappointing loss to USC a couple of weeks ago, I noticed that the players' helmets seemed shinier. Brighter. Almost sparkly.
I thought the change in appear might be because of the types of lights used at Notre Dame Stadium, where the game was being played. However, in the ensuing weeks I've noticed that the helmets continue to look sparklier than I remember from seasons past.
Well, despite being a Notre Dame football fan apparently I missed the announcement back in October that the Fighting Irish would be debuting new helmets at the USC game. Head Coach Brian Kelly wanted helmets that more closely represented the Golden Dome, and after some trial and error they arrived at something that looks pretty close.
Now today I learn that in this Saturday's Shamrock Series game against Maryland, the Fighting Irish will be sporting a special variant helmet.
I know there was a time when the Fighting Irish did have a shamrock on their helmet, but that was long ago. Not something we necessarily need to be dredging up from the past.
I can only assume that Coach Kelly and the rest of ND doesn't just want to beat the Terrapins at football, but they want to try and beat Maryland at having the ugliest uniforms as well. Because not only will the players be outfitted in the special shamrock headgear, but they will be decked out in bright green jerseys and gold pants.
As ugly as the Irish's uniforms might end up looking, I'm confident Maryland and their Garanimals on steroids combo-uniforms will still be the most hideous thing on the field.
I just want the Irish's play on the field to not be as hideous as the Terrapins clothing.