Cincinnati shows off Belk Bowl helmet

This must be the reason Butch Jones left Cincinnati for Tennessee, right?

While these specially designed Cincinnati helmets are being shown off and receiving great praise from the Bearcat faithful leading up to the Belk Bowl, I regret to say I can not hop on board with this one. Hey, to each their own.

Truthfully, these are not the worst helmets we have seen come through the college football fashion turnstile, but this just seems to me to be one of those old 3D images where you have to cross your eyes and focus beyond the surface to reveal the true image, which in this case may be the Cincinnati logo.

Take a look…

Via Cincinnati Athletics

Via Cincinnati Athletics

Check out a few more images after the jump…

Cincinnati Belk Bowl Helmet

Cincinnati Belk Bowl helmet, via Cincinnati Athletics.

I’ll say this. From a distance they actually look pretty good, because the checkerboard pattern is not as obvious. Up close though, these are a strain on the eyes. But hey, we’ll see what they look like under the lights when the time comes, right?

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