EMU football helmets of the last 50 years
EMU football will be debuting new helmets this fall. The design will be similar to what they’ve used since 2004, with the green maybe a shade darker, the block “E” a little thicker and without a black outline, and changing the face guards from black to white. With the thicker block “E” I think they probably should have eliminated the serifs, or at least switched from the large slab serifs to smaller serifs, since the vertical serifs on the right almost close off the inside of the letter; thankfully there are no serifs on the middle line or the thing would just be a total mess.
Looking at the helmets got me to thinking about all the design changes over the years. (Here’s a link to all the MAC team helmets of the last 50 years; scroll down to see the EMU helmets.) My personal favorite is easily the design used from 1967 to 1975; I’ve always liked that stylized “E” logo, and the green and gold looks nice (what can I say — I’m a Packers fan!). That was the period in which Dan Boisture and then George Mans were the coaches for the Hurons — long-time fans will surely recall Boisture’s tenure; his teams put together winning seasons every one of his seven years and he led the team to the 1971 Pioneer Bowl, the first bowl appearance in school history. We’ll get into history more at a future date, but for now, let’s just say that I think it’s a great helmet that represents one of the greatest periods in EMU football.
What about you? What’s your favorite helmet that Eastern Michigan has used?