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Date Posted: 14:48:40 01/12/16 Tue
Author: charles arey
Author Host/IP: 76.97.94.221
Subject: End of season remarks

As the 2015 football season winds down I want to thank everybody for their reports this season. Thanks especially to Nameless and Jeffrey for their coverage of the Division 1 teams - your reports are very helpful. Due to the overwhelming number of alternate designs it will likely take me months to work through all the information, and there's still some pre-2015 recent stuff I need to work on, also.

Unless the rate of alternate helmet designs slows down I may never be caught up again, but unfortunately I don't foresee any such slow-down occurring in the near future. I am leaning towards adopting a system of focusing on a small number of conferences at a time and getting them all caught up before switching to another group, so that a few conferences are caught-up at any particular time, and then rotating through the other conferences. I have partially started doing this already, but may do so more formally in the future.

By my rough estimate the rate of new helmet designs per year has roughly quadrupled since a decade ago. My free time has not done likewise, however :)

The rate was something like 15%-20% per year in the early 2000s, so with roughly 850 teams, there were something like 135-175 new helmet designs per year. In the Mid-American Conference alone this year there were something like 35 to 40 new helmet designs, many of them used only once, and many of them of the awful "two-sided" variety (usually with a logo on one side and uniform numerals on the other), which extends the time necessary to represent all of these designs even beyond my estimate of a quadrupling in sheer numbers.

Another effect of the overwhelming number of new designs is that they leave me with little time to work on the historical helmets, which are generally of greater interest to me. Fortunately information about historical designs is much more readily available now than a decade ago, as many colleges and universities have digitized their old yearbooks and school newspapers and made them available online. So much new information is available that I would like to go back through even the well-documented teams and see if dates of use and so forth can be further refined. But - I have to prioritize the "modern" designs, because photographs of them may disappear with time.

Anyway, I will keep chipping away at all these in my free time

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[> Re: End of season remarks -- No name, 14:58:28 01/12/16 Tue (45.23.229.68)

>As the 2015 football season winds down I want to thank
>everybody for their reports this season. Thanks
>especially to Nameless and Jeffrey for their coverage
>of the Division 1 teams - your reports are very
>helpful. Due to the overwhelming number of alternate
>designs it will likely take me months to work through
>all the information, and there's still some pre-2015
>recent stuff I need to work on, also.
>
>Unless the rate of alternate helmet designs slows down
>I may never be caught up again, but unfortunately I
>don't foresee any such slow-down occurring in the near
>future. I am leaning towards adopting a system of
>focusing on a small number of conferences at a time
>and getting them all caught up before switching to
>another group, so that a few conferences are caught-up
>at any particular time, and then rotating through the
>other conferences. I have partially started doing this
>already, but may do so more formally in the future.
>
>By my rough estimate the rate of new helmet designs
>per year has roughly quadrupled since a decade ago. My
>free time has not done likewise, however :)
>
>The rate was something like 15%-20% per year in the
>early 2000s, so with roughly 850 teams, there were
>something like 135-175 new helmet designs per year. In
>the Mid-American Conference alone this year there were
>something like 35 to 40 new helmet designs, many of
>them used only once, and many of them of the awful
>"two-sided" variety (usually with a logo on one side
>and uniform numerals on the other), which extends the
>time necessary to represent all of these designs even
>beyond my estimate of a quadrupling in sheer numbers.
>
>Another effect of the overwhelming number of new
>designs is that they leave me with little time to work
>on the historical helmets, which are generally of
>greater interest to me. Fortunately information about
>historical designs is much more readily available now
>than a decade ago, as many colleges and universities
>have digitized their old yearbooks and school
>newspapers and made them available online. So much new
>information is available that I would like to go back
>through even the well-documented teams and see if
>dates of use and so forth can be further refined. But
>- I have to prioritize the "modern" designs, because
>photographs of them may disappear with time.
>
>Anyway, I will keep chipping away at all these in my
>free time

have you considered getting help? Like even someone who can volunteer to work on the site while you work on the helmets.

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