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Date Posted: 14:58:28 01/12/16 Tue
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Subject: Re: End of season remarks
In reply to: charles arey 's message, "End of season remarks" on 14:48:40 01/12/16 Tue

>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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