via AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez
Given the recent success on the field and new Nike Tier 1 contract, Baylor's football uniforms have certainly gained some notoriety. I think the majority of Baylor Nation is on board with the changes as they are a sign of how far we have come as a program and they appeal to 17 year-old high school kids (important). However I seem to notice there is a point of contention among some Baylor fans: the white helmet.
A little history to start us off. Prior to Art Briles' arrival in Waco, Baylor had always worn gold helmets with the exception of a 3 year period from 1969-1971 in which white helmets were worn. This period coincided with the coaching tenure of Bill Beall, who's teams went a meager 3-28 under his watch. The white helmets were brought back as a part of the 2009 uniform overhaul and have been in the regular rotation ever since. In that time, the Bears have gone 8-10 in white helmets and 22-12 in any other color. Some not so memorable moments in white: home opening dud vs UConn (2009), getting massacred by TCU (2010 and 2012), epic 4th quarter meltdown in Manhattan (2011), and 70-63 at West Virginia (2012). What I'm saying here is that we've had a lot of things go wrong with white. So they must be some kind of horrible luck, right?
Now I'm not crazy superstitious or anything but I am a little stitious. I just don't buy the bad luck theory. The awful all-vegas gold uniform from the 2009 Homecoming game was bad luck. And besides, there have been some good memories from the white helmets as well: upset road win at Mizzou (2009), 21 point 4th quarter comeback at Kansas (2011), and Nick Florence burning his redshirt to come to the rescue against Tech (2011).
In all honesty, yes this is a pretty meaningless debate. But it's Wednesday and I have to wait another 3 whole days before another Baylor game so have at it. Where do you stand on the white helmets?