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    I found this on Ebay. It is a program from 1985. Can anyone explain the different color helments (why)? Also, I did not think it was called Cyclone Stadium and Jack Trice field back then.




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    Re: Strange Picture

    if you made a play or did a good job, you got a yellow helmet or red helmet (can't remember). since then NCAA ruled it un'lawful'.

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    Re: Strange Picture

    This was one of those "brilliant" ideas from our football past. As keep said, one player (or more, not 100% certain) for each game got a different color helment based on the previous week's game and/or practice - for good play and hard work, etc.

    Gave the defense a great chance to key on our better players.



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    Re: Strange Picture

    And what a great idea it was to have different colored helmets.


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    Re: Strange Picture

    Quote Originally Posted by keepngoal View Post
    if you made a play or did a good job, you got a yellow helmet or red helmet (can't remember). since then NCAA ruled it un'lawful'.

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    Was that from the previous week, or did they have a bunch of helments on the side line for switching out



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    Re: Strange Picture

    Quote Originally Posted by keepngoal View Post
    if you made a play or did a good job, you got a yellow helmet or red helmet (can't remember). since then NCAA ruled it un'lawful'.

    -keep
    In case anyone's interested, I also ruled it un'intelligent.' Why put a giant bullseye on your best player's head?


    Yeah well, ya know, that's just, like uh, your opinion, man.

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    Re: Strange Picture

    To be somewhat fair, it wasn't always our best player. Just someone that worked the hardest in the previous game and/or that week's practice.

    From what I understand.



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    Re: Strange Picture

    Criner awarded players gold hemets if he thought that they deserved to be considered for the All-Big 8 team. Even the players disliked the idea as the guys with the odd helmets tended to be targets of taunts and extra hits during the games.



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    Re: Strange Picture

    Why oh why couldn't we have just done helmet stickers? Less hassle, less "bullseye," more motivation to actually do something.


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    Re: Strange Picture

    It could have come in handy this past year - lineup Sandvig as WR with the helmet on every game and keep throwing to Blythe/Bates/Sumrall/Hamilton/etc. Great decoy if you ask me


    A program isn't built on one player and it doesn't succeed because of one player, thus a program won't fail if it doesn't get that one player.

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    Re: Strange Picture

    hows it different than putting "Buckeyes" on your helmet.



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    Re: Strange Picture

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy View Post
    It could have come in handy this past year - lineup Sandvig as WR with the helmet on every game and keep throwing to Blythe/Bates/Sumrall/Hamilton/etc. Great decoy if you ask me
    You assume that Blythe would have completed a route...


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    Re: Strange Picture

    Are not having different color helmets opening your team up to a racial/prejudicial lawsuits at some point? For instance, the Hawk qb might wear a pink helmet and he might be sued by a another Hawk lineman who wanted to wear a pink hlelmet instead of say old grunge brown. It could get nasty in practice.


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    Re: Strange Picture

    Pulled this from an article, I found describing Criners reason.

    "In the 1960s, when the Washington Huskies wore plain gold helmets, players who graded out to some absurdly high level on defense would be awarded a purple helmet for the next game. So you'd have most of the team wearing gold, but one or two guys a game on defense would be outfitted in purple."

    That innovation later spread to Iowa State, as Chris Andringa explains: "In the mid-1980s, ISU head coach Jim Criner instituted an 'award helmet,' instead of merit decals. ISU's helmet at the time was a yellow shell with a red stripe and logo; the award helmet was a red shell with yellow stripe and logo. In a 1983 newspaper article, Criner said, 'By providing a different-colored helmet, you won't see running backs and wide receivers with 10,000 decals on their helmets and some ol' offensive and defensive linemen, who do the majority of the work, with nothing on their helmets.' According to the 1985 ISU football media guide, 'Yes, using two different-colored helmets is legal. The players simply are required to wear matching jerseys.' Of course, this made scouting easy for the opponent -- just find the guys in red helmets and key on them."



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    Re: Strange Picture

    The yellow helmet was to signify to the defense the only player who was any good on the team. Just made it easier for them to keep track of that one guy.


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