THE 20 COOLEST FOOTBALL HELMETS IN NCAA DIVISION 3

Well, from the e-mails I’m getting people want another Top 20 Contest. On top of that Division 3 fans have been complaining that I’ve done 2 NAIA Top 20 lists but only one for them, but that’s only because I didn’t branch out to D3 sports until recently. To keep everyone happy I’ll continue to feature NAIA football teams in my Cool Helmet Of The Day posts and do a Top 20 List for D3 football teams. These rankings are in no particular order and the votes of my readers will, as usual, dictate the winner. As always you can reach me at Thtcom15@aol.com to cast your vote. Football helmets courtesy of The Helmet Project at: http://www.nationalchamps.net/Helmet_Project/

20. MARY HARDIN-BAYLOR CRUSADERS

Location: Belton, TX

Conference Affiliation: American Southwest Conference

Comment: Crusaders is easily one of the coolest names a sports team could have. Out of all the Crusader teams throughout college sports I think Mary Hardin-Baylor has the coolest helmets! The only way their helmets could get any better would be if they had a picture of Crusader Rabbit on them!

19. URSINUS BEARS

Location: Collegeville, PA

Conference Affiliation: Centennial Conference

Comment: What better name for sports teams at a school called Ursinus than the Bears? (Maybe “Da Bears”) And using the same reasoning I used with Mary Hardin-Baylor above I picked Ursinus because out of all the Bears teams throughout college athletics Ursinus has the coolest helmet! Should I apply the Mary-Hardin Baylor template even further and say the only way the helmets could be any better would be if they had a picture of Yo- naaah!

18. TRINITY BANTAMS

Location: Hartford, CT

Conference Affiliation: New England Small College Athletic Conference

Comment: When you hear the word Bantam you think “scrappy” and “hard fighting” and “feisty” so it’s the perfect nickname for sports teams. And the Bantam on the helmet looks like he could kick Foghorn Leghorn’s butt all over the barnyard. Still, I’d like to see a team called The Orpingtons but I’m kind of eccentric .

17. MERCHANT MARINE ACADEMY MARINERS

Location: King’s Point, NY

Conference Affiliation: Liberty League

Comment: What better name for – okay, I’ll stop! But you do have to admit that the Mariners is the perfect name for the academy’s sports teams. And aside from people sometimes throwing mean-spirited Seattle Mariners jokes their way there’s no real down side to the nickname.

16. ANDERSON RAVENS

Location: Anderson, IN

Conference Affiliation: Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference

Comment: Go ahead and insert your own Edgar Allan Poe joke here. All I’ve got to say is that out of all the Ravens teams in college sports the Anderson helmets will definitely stay with you, or my name isn’t Annabel Lee. (Get it? The obvious joke would have been some kind of “Nevermore” reference or something like that, so I – oh, forget it!)

15. UMASS-DARTMOUTH CORSAIRS

Location: North Dartmouth, MA

Conference Affiliation: New England Football Conference – Boyd Division

Comment: I don’t care if it’s The Black Pirate or Captain Blood or The Black Swan or Nate And Hayes, people love the romantic image of pirates! The Corsairs have such a cool helmet, nickname and logo it’s easy to imagine that the fans don’t even care what their record is…I’m just kidding, of course. You know how fans are!

14. LAKE FOREST FORESTERS

Location: Lake Forest, IL

Conference Affiliation: Midwest Conference

Comment: The helmet makes sense when you know that one of the school’s mascots is a Bigfoot-type creature. It’s not the least bit true that Quentin Tarantino went to Lake Forest and the helmets are an odd tribute to him.

13. WASHINGTON AND LEE GENERALS

Location: Lexington, VA

Conference Affiliation: Old Dominion Athletic Conference

Comment: Okay, I know it’s just a W and an L but it’s the coolest possible rendition of a W and L conjoined into one great-looking helmet! Personally I think we should launch a movement to have this logo added to our alphabet as a combined W and L sound. It could be used in words like owl, bowling, etc.

12. CARLETON KNIGHTS

Location: Northfield, MN

Conference Affiliation: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

Comment: What’s not to love about a helmet this eye-catching? What kid wouldn’t want to strap this on his head on Saturday afternoons? The city flies under the radar, but Northfield, MN is known just as much for college football as it is for the time when the residents rose up and kicked the butts of the Jesse James Gang in the 1800’s! “Don’t call us Squareheads” should be the town’s official slogan (People who’ve seen The Long Riders will get it).

11. MORRISVILLE STATE MUSTANGS

Location: Morrisville, NY

Conference Affiliation: New Jersey Athletic Conference

Comment: Forget about SMU, these Mustangs know how to rock a helmet with an equine mascot! Just keep your “Jack Woltz in The Godfather” jokes to yourself! By the way, the Morrisville State helmets would make great “knight” pieces in a chess set made out of tiny football helmets. We could just use plain helmets as pawns since I doubt any school’s administration will have such low self-esteem that they’d call their teams The Pawns.

10. SAINT OLAF OLES

Location: Northfield, MN

Conference Affilation: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

Comment: The Oles, another Northfield football program,  sport an incredibly cool logo that looks great on helmets, T-shirts, etc. And by the way, there’s no truth to the story that the school’s teams are named after “Ole” Olsen from the comedy team of Olsen and Johnson. (Say what you will, it takes guts to try to get away with an Olsen and Johnson reference in the year 2010!)

9. OHIO NORTHERN UNIVERSITY POLAR BEARS

Location: Ada, OH

Conference Affiliation: Ohio Athletic Conference

Comment: See my Division 3 20 Coolest Page

8. SAINT NORBERT COLLEGE GREEN KNIGHTS

Location: De Pere, WI

Conference Affiliation: Midwest Conference

Comment: See my Division 3 20 Coolest Page

7. TUFTS JUMBOS

Location: Medford, MA

Conference Affiliation: New England Small College Athletic Conference

Comment: See my Division 3 20 Coolest Page

6. ROWAN PROFS

Location: Glassboro, NJ

Conference Affiliation: New Jersey Athletic Conference

Comment: See my Division 3 20 Coolest Page

5. NC WESLEYAN BATTLING BISHOPS

Location: Rocky Mount, NC

Conference Affiliation: USA South Athletic Conference

Comment: See my Division 3 20 Coolest Page

4. HEIDELBERG STUDENT PRINCES

Location: Tiffin, OH

Conference Affiliation: Ohio Athletic Conference

Comment: See my Division 3 20 Coolest Page

3. MARITIME COLLEGE PRIVATEERS

Location: Throggs Neck, NY

Conference Affiliation: Eastern Collegiate Football Conference

Comment: See my Division 3 20 Coolest Page

2. KENYON COLLEGE LORDS

For their entry click here: http://glitternight.com/2010/08/16/the-coolest-helmet-in-the-north-coast-athletic-conference/

1. JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY BLUE JAYS

For their entry click here: http://glitternight.com/2010/08/21/the-coolest-helmet-in-the-centennial-conference/

For NCAA Division 3′s Coolest-Named Teams click here: http://glitternight.com/d3-20-coolest/

For the NAIA edition of The 20 Coolest College Sports Teams You May Never Have Heard Of click here: http://glitternight.com/2010/06/21/the-20-coolest-named-college-sports-teams-you-may-have-never-heard-of-naia-edition/

For The 20 Coolest College Sports Logos click here: http://glitternight.com/2010/07/20/the-20-coolest-college-sports-logos/

For Division 2’s Coolest-Named College Sports Teams click here: http://glitternight.com/d2-20-coolest/

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84 responses to “THE 20 COOLEST FOOTBALL HELMETS IN NCAA DIVISION 3

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  5. Love these helmets. I think you’re on to something the way you always use team’s nicknames logos and helmets. They stop seeming like Who Cares teams and become interesting. and your funny as well!

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  7. I love your approach! Most sports blogs are boring because they have no sense of humor.

  8. Took me time to read all the comments, but I really enjoyed the article. It proved to be Very helpful to me and I am sure to all the commenters here! It’s always nice when you can not only be informed, but also entertained! I’m sure you had fun writing this article.

  9. You’re turning me into a fan of these teams! Should I hate you or thank you?

  10. These teams should hire you to do their marketing! You’ve got more people talking about these schools uin the past couple months than the schools themselves ever seem to have done!

  11. I laugh more and more the more I read your blog. Great stuff!

  12. You are so funny! I can’t believe I regularly read a sports blog now but you’ve got me hooked!

  13. Too funny. Love this blog and I love your comments. I never heard of these schools but I tweet everyone I know about them!

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  15. I love this blog. Your comments are so funny. I never heard of these schools before and neither had anyone else I mention them to. Who knew there were so many educational options out there, especially for athletes who don’t want to deal with the pressure cooker of division 1 sports and concentrate on their studies. Great work!

  16. I really like the UNO Polar Bears helmet. More mythology pages! The myths you choose are great!

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  18. You got a really useful blog.I vote for the Corsairs football helmet.

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  21. Love these posts of yours! You make me laugh so hard, just like with your bad movie page.

  22. Ursula

    Nobody I know has ever even heard of these teams! You rock! I really like the helemts for the Knights, the Bantams and the Foresters. Loved the Quentin Tarantino joke, too. He is so creepy with that stuff!

  23. Natalie

    I love the Crusaders helmet and name. That is the perfect name especially for the times we live in!

  24. Mistress Chloe

    Hot looking helmets!

  25. Obama sucks

    Great site great teams and great helmets!

  26. Beatrice

    Sexy sexy helmets! Guys who play football are hot!!!!!!!

  27. Poltor

    I like all these new teams. I never knew about them until this blog. I can see myself wearing an Ursinus helmet some day.

  28. Annette

    I vote for the Carleton Knights.

  29. Lebron

    Love St Olaf! Go OLES!!!!!!!!

  30. Sherrill

    Hot looking helmets! I luv guys in football uniforms and these are better looking than some of the other teams I seen. Pople should start following these new teams.

  31. Really got a laugh out of your comments and I think guys would look hot in some of these helmets.

  32. Harry

    I can see me wearing that St Olaf helmet. This site rules!

  33. ur rite! I want to put on that helmet and play for the Carleton Knights now! ur bad moveis page is even better than ur sports ones

  34. I never heard of these new schools before. I vote for the Jimmies.

  35. Samantha

    Love this site! ur jokes are so funny and u don’t make things too long. Love ur mythology and bad movie pages too!

  36. I never knew these schools played football. I like the Tufts Jumbos.

  37. I like these helmets even though nobody heard of these teams til you came along. Merchant Marine Academy is my favorite!

  38. Thank you for taking the time to write this

  39. Jamaal Hannifan

    Really great! I vote for the Carleton Knights

  40. Paul

    I vote for the Oles! Awesome lids.

  41. I vote for the Carleton Knights!

  42. The Oles got ripped off by not being number one!

  43. The Merchant Marine Academy should have won!

  44. Gotta luv the Merchant Marine Academy!!

  45. NAIA COLLEGE FOOTBALL KICKS THE ASS OF D3 FOOTBALL ANY DAY!

  46. Merchant Marine academy was the best!

  47. I would totally go out with a guy who played with a Bantams helmet on.

  48. The Knights and Oles have the best ones.

  49. The Merchant Marine Mariners should have been higher!

  50. The Trinity Bantams shoudl have been higher

  51. UMASS Dartmouth Corsairs should have won

  52. Gus

    Great choice of teams!

  53. Excellent list of cool helmets!

  54. Impressive look at obscure teams

  55. Mariners all the way!

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  57. The Mariners have the sexiest helmets!

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