Illinois Football Uniforms

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#155      
Yes, exactly. Also extremely hard to parse out on their own.
Maybe it's because I'm a lifelong Illinoisan, but I've always found the shape to be decently distinctive. More recognizable states are out there, for sure, like NY, FL, TX. But I think for a sports broadcast where the words "Illinois" and "Illini" will be uttered fairly often, it's distinctive enough. Plenty of teams don't have any logo on their helmets and they get recognized just fine.
 
#156      
Washington, DC
Maybe it's because I'm a lifelong Illinoisan, but I've always found the shape to be decently distinctive. More recognizable states are out there, for sure, like NY, FL, TX. But I think for a sports broadcast where the words "Illinois" and "Illini" will be uttered fairly often, it's distinctive enough. Plenty of teams don't have any logo on their helmets and they get recognized just fine.
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Yes, it's because you're from Illinois. As someone that's not...

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#159      
Washington, DC
I was thinking (prior to your post) that only IN looks vaguely like IL. Nothing else that I can think of.
I mean, personally, I don't think most states are iconic enough to be the sole item on a helmet (obvious exceptions in Texas and Florida). From distance, a blue state of Illinois just kinda looks like a smooshed egg. Yes, if you're zoomed in, you see the topography and can figure it out if you're not a complete moron, but we're also talking about Joe Sixpack just trying to relax on the couch on a Saturday. I just think we need to do better. If only we had a symbol that could be immediately recognizable...
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#161      
I mean, personally, I don't think most states are iconic enough to be the sole item on a helmet (obvious exceptions in Texas and Florida). From distance, a blue state of Illinois just kinda looks like a smooshed egg. Yes, if you're zoomed in, you see the topography and can figure it out if you're not a complete moron, but we're also talking about Joe Sixpack just trying to relax on the couch on a Saturday. I just think we need to do better. If only we had a symbol that could be immediately recognizable...
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I mean if the goal is recognizability, here you go:

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Literally impossible to confuse with any other school.

Now, if you want to really up the ante, throw this bad boy on the helmets:

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#165      
We could adopt the Kingfisher and have Oregon style wings in a vaguely headdress pattern.
 
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