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A new helmet design for the Patriots?

Posted by Christopher Shea  November 19, 2009 02:07 PM

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Ken Carbone, a graphic designer and blogger for Fast Company, has pronounced the look of the New England Patriots' helmets the bottom of the barrel in a league teeming with bad design work. And he's not just criticizing: he's devised a replacement.

In general, Carbone writes, NFL helmet design is in a rut, "usually involving slapping the team's primary logo on both sides." This works when there's a certain logic to the approach, he thinks, as with the St. Louis Rams (two ram horns) or Philadelphia Eagles (wings).

But when teams like the Washington Redskins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers stamp their "visually complicated logos" on the side of their headgear, he writes, the result is "a graphic mess when televised and, I imagine, even if you're sitting on the fifty-yard line."

"At the very the bottom of the list are the New England Patriots. The Patriots' helmet is plastered with their logo, which comes dangerously close to looking like a wind-swept John Kerry dressed up like a Minute Man."

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The ugliest helmet in the NFL?

There has been an upwelling of nostalgia for the Patriots' old helmet insignia this year, provoked by seeing the team play in its "throwback," AFL uniform. But Carbone goes in a different direction, bypassing the dual-logo approach in order to use the entire helmet to make a single statement (as the Cincinnati Bengals do with their tiger stripes).

"A team as legendary as the New England Patriots deserves a more celebratory helmet," he writes. His mock-up includes bold red and white stripes running front-to-back on the top of the helmet; on the sides, bright white stars stand out against a blue background.

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A possible replacement?

UPDATE: Lots of Evel Knievel references in the comments.

UPDATE 2: And "Easy Rider."

UPDATE 3: Okay, the new Patriots design is bombing. What about the proposals for the Redskins and Buccaneers (scroll down)?

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421 comments so far...
  1. Then they can employ Peter Fonda to motor through the endzone in full Easy Rider regalia after every touchdown.

    Posted by Tor November 19, 09 02:25 PM
  1. I wonder where he got this idea: http://www.hollywooddeep.com/wp-content/uploads/Evel_1.jpg

    Posted by Carl November 19, 09 02:51 PM
  1. Maybe the taxpayers of the Commonwealth can pay for this "Easy Rider"
    makeover.

    Posted by pgeoffri November 19, 09 02:59 PM
  1. Not sure how, but he came up with one worse than the flying Elvis.
    Bring Pat back !

    Posted by Buzz November 19, 09 03:00 PM
  1. Team Evil Knievel???? Are you kidding me?

    Looks like a 1970s rollerderby helmet.

    Posted by Jackme Hoff November 19, 09 03:00 PM
  1. call me nuts, but I like the old one better...

    Posted by newbie November 19, 09 03:00 PM
  1. Hell NO!

    Posted by PatriotsFan November 19, 09 03:00 PM
  1. It looks like something from Easy Rider. Not sure if it works. WHy not go back to the numbers underneath the Revolutionary War hat and go with tan pants/navy shirts a la Notre Dame? Try to mimick what the actual soldiers would have worn. This is too cheesy of a logo. Too polarizing with the design.

    Posted by Russ November 19, 09 03:00 PM
  1. Are they kidding? The helmet they designed looks like a bad throwback helmet. Hideous!

    Posted by Debbie November 19, 09 03:01 PM
  1. Lame. It looks like something Evil Knievel would wear.

    Posted by J November 19, 09 03:01 PM
  1. Evel Knieval Brady?

    Posted by bak November 19, 09 03:01 PM
  1. Looks like something a rollerball team would wear. Classy, Ken.

    Posted by Chris Barbieri November 19, 09 03:02 PM
  1. that his just hideous!!!

    Posted by jason November 19, 09 03:02 PM
  1. Don't like the possible replacement. I think the ones we have now are fine.

    Posted by Ginny November 19, 09 03:02 PM
  1. Replace Elvis Patriot with Pat Patriot!

    Posted by Laura November 19, 09 03:02 PM
  1. Totally stupid...if ur gonna change it, go back to Pat Patriot...

    Posted by Jmoney November 19, 09 03:03 PM
  1. No. No. NO! He says the current helmet is ugly and he comes up, with that abomination, to replace it? His design proposal is the stupidest thing I've ever seen. The Patriots play football; they don't jump their Sky Cycle over Snake River Canyon.

    Posted by Ron Obvious November 19, 09 03:05 PM
  1. no

    Posted by nik November 19, 09 03:05 PM
  1. I think I prefer the flying Elvis

    Posted by d November 19, 09 03:05 PM
  1. Since when are the Pats Evel Knievel?

    Posted by eddiepenguin November 19, 09 03:05 PM
  1. I vote a resounding YES! Teriffic looking. When will they do this?

    Posted by Ann Condon November 19, 09 03:05 PM
  1. The proposed replacement helmet is U-G-L-Y!
    Look's like something a third grader would draw.
    Patriots ranked 6th in 2008-09 in merchandise sales so I dont know what this guy is talking about. Get a job!

    Posted by Sean November 19, 09 03:05 PM
  1. OK I'm all prepared to entertain replacements, but -- that's just silly. Did he steal that from Evel Kenieval? Did he actually put time and effort into that?

    Posted by Jeffski November 19, 09 03:05 PM
  1. Stars and stripes look OK, but we need to see the PATRIOT emblem somewhere on there.

    Posted by Frankie D November 19, 09 03:06 PM
  1. Ugly!

    Posted by Brian November 19, 09 03:07 PM
  1. Um....I'm a Graphic Artist, while the "flying Elvis" took me a while to get used to...this is no better.

    Helmets in my opinion should be simple and clean, this is too much!

    Posted by WestWitch November 19, 09 03:07 PM
  1. that is one ugly helmet

    Posted by bob November 19, 09 03:07 PM
  1. does it come with the evil kneivel white jumpsuit as well?

    Posted by marc November 19, 09 03:08 PM
  1. Looks like a worse '70s throwback than "Three Point Pat".

    Posted by Ralph99 November 19, 09 03:09 PM
  1. That is Awful the current design is good
    if you want to change it you need to do a lot better

    Posted by matt November 19, 09 03:09 PM
  1. What is this guy thinking? The New England Easy Riders?

    Posted by Pat the Patriot November 19, 09 03:10 PM
  1. The new helme is ok but I will keep the flying elvis helmet.

    Posted by S. Alex November 19, 09 03:10 PM
  1. Looks like the helmet from Easy Rider. What's wrong with the original Patriot logo?

    Posted by PelicanPants November 19, 09 03:10 PM
  1. Nope bring back the red shirts and Pat patriot.

    Posted by jojobobo November 19, 09 03:10 PM
  1. Noooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted by Bapm88 November 19, 09 03:10 PM
  1. Please put down the bong Apollo Creed...

    Posted by Matt Hendu November 19, 09 03:10 PM
  1. Are you serious? Put that new helmet in place and it would like like the entire Knievel family out on the field every Sunday. May as well throw in a bunch of dirtbikes for the secondary to ride around on too!

    Posted by FootballGuy November 19, 09 03:11 PM
  1. They're the Patriots not the Evel Knievels

    Posted by Rich November 19, 09 03:11 PM
  1. Looks like a roller derby helmet. UGH!!

    Posted by umpinchief November 19, 09 03:11 PM
  1. That look is FABULOUS!!!!! Maybe they can start playing some of their home games in P-Town also...

    Posted by JG November 19, 09 03:11 PM
  1. Capt America?

    Posted by Erik November 19, 09 03:12 PM
  1. Horrible. Looks like a High School team.

    Go back to the old style helmet design.

    Posted by SoxFanInIL November 19, 09 03:12 PM
  1. Wouldn't they risk a law suit from the estate of Evel Knievel?

    Posted by Critical Mass November 19, 09 03:12 PM
  1. Current helmets = cool
    Replacement = ugly

    Guess I'm missing something here.

    Posted by Mike B November 19, 09 03:13 PM
  1. that...looks...awful

    Posted by cph November 19, 09 03:13 PM
  1. evil Knievel

    Posted by Rob November 19, 09 03:14 PM
  1. Horrible design!!! Bring back Pat Patriot, but not the way they were coached and played back then.

    Posted by Otis November 19, 09 03:14 PM
  1. REDICULOUS!

    Posted by Ron November 19, 09 03:14 PM
  1. while I semi-agree their helmet is boring, the suggested replacement looks like something a circus-performer would wear while being shot out of a cannon

    Posted by sanbornwm4 November 19, 09 03:15 PM
  1. That's as ugly as SIN itself!

    Posted by Cogs November 19, 09 03:15 PM
  1. Would this be in honor of Evel Knievel?

    Posted by john November 19, 09 03:17 PM
  1. The "Flying Elvis" design DOES NOT look like John Kerry... not even close. YOUR design on the other hand looks like something Evil Kenieval wouldn't even be buried in.

    Posted by DI$CO November 19, 09 03:17 PM
  1. Suggestion: Use the Old Pat the Patriot Helmet logo on the side of our new Helmet. But update the colors to the Silver, Darker blue, and red we use now. So i would suggest to use the same color scheme we have now but instead of flying Elvis, use Pat the Patriot w/ updated colors
    Silver Helmet, Red Face Mask, Pat The Patriot on the sides w/ updated colors

    Posted by Pat P November 19, 09 03:17 PM
  1. As Much as i would love to see Pat the Patriot return they have won 3 Super bowls with this logo they won't change it.......maybe wear Pat the Patriot and the red uniforms once a year at home

    Posted by jomot3 November 19, 09 03:18 PM
  1. Hey Ken Carbone,

    Your new helmet design is ugly. Don't quit your day job.

    Oh wait....

    Posted by WTE November 19, 09 03:18 PM
  1. How about...NO

    Posted by Ports November 19, 09 03:20 PM
  1. egads...i'll take a windswept kerry over a re-badged evel knievel any day. this is horrible.

    Posted by doesitmatter November 19, 09 03:20 PM
  1. Heck No; that is one ugly design.

    Posted by Billybeantown November 19, 09 03:20 PM
  1. Way to Busy

    Posted by macdaddy November 19, 09 03:20 PM
  1. Before we go changing anything we should have a vote.
    Let the fans vote on the change at one of the home games just like
    they did the last time the helmets were changed.I know because i was
    at the game.

    Posted by RMS,Foxborough Ma November 19, 09 03:21 PM
  1. Patriots? Looks more like a league of Evel Knievels if they wore these.

    Nice try but maybe a but too simplified.

    I actually like the wind-swept face look of the current. It is a major improvement from the cartoonish full bodied guy they originally had. It's modern, angular and graphicaly simple. No need to improve for a good long time.

    Posted by Andy November 19, 09 03:21 PM
  1. Fail.

    Posted by Jimbo November 19, 09 03:21 PM
  1. Either this article is a Spoof, or Mr. Carbone is mentally unfit. Loved it on Peter Fonda, and the almighty Evel Kenievel. On the Pats??? uhhh, not so much...

    Posted by dgk666 November 19, 09 03:21 PM
  1. Keep it just the way it is. That new design is horrible & the old Pat the Patriot reminds me of the bad old days.

    Posted by Kris November 19, 09 03:23 PM
  1. Looks like something Wonder Woman would wear.

    Posted by sam November 19, 09 03:23 PM
  1. I think we need to change the helmet design completely, and take some notes from the hockey helmets now-a-days.

    http://tenderslounge.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/evegeni_nabakov-mask1.jpg

    That thing is SICK!

    Posted by Mike November 19, 09 03:24 PM
  1. The "new" design looks like a bad Captain Dave Osborn helmet! I say no to the stuntman style!

    Posted by Chairman November 19, 09 03:27 PM
  1. That is with out a doubt ( NASTY )

    Posted by Jeff November 19, 09 03:27 PM
  1. I LIKE ELVIS. I HATE THROWBACKS. AND I EVEN MORE HATE THIS MONSTROSITY.

    Posted by dave November 19, 09 03:30 PM
  1. Too Captain America for me. Does each player get a shield too?

    Joe Gill
    http://boston.sportsthenandnow.com/2009/11/19/who-is-sebastian-vollmer/

    Posted by Joe Gill November 19, 09 03:31 PM
  1. Definitely an Easy Rider knockoff... Gahhhh that helmet is ugly!

    http://www.whataboutclients.com/archives/EasyRider.jpg

    Posted by Darsen November 19, 09 03:35 PM
  1. Do you honestly think football fans care if helmet designs are in a "rut"? Can you picture a Pats fan with a beer in his hand saying "the Pats really need a more "celebratory" helmet". Are you for real? Keep your "trendy" ideas out of sports. Maybe you should grow a pair before your next attempt.

    Posted by JB November 19, 09 03:39 PM
  1. It's growing on me...

    Posted by JohnO November 19, 09 03:40 PM
  1. My God is that horrible!!! i'd be ashamed to root for a helmet like that!!

    Posted by John November 19, 09 03:43 PM
  1. how about a silver helmet (Paul Revere was a silversmith) with the old Pat Patriot on it- no stripes-get rid of any red shirts from here on out - The British wore red, what was Billy Sullivan thinking?

    Posted by Needs November 19, 09 03:48 PM
  1. I like the work he did on the Tampa and Redskins helmets. Stars and stripes are meant for the flag though.

    Posted by AndrewS November 19, 09 03:54 PM
  1. No way..your cracked!

    Posted by brettw November 19, 09 03:56 PM
  1. You know what would would look great with this helmet? A shiny red cape and some knee high red vinyl boots...

    UP, UP AND AWAY!!!

    Posted by Mike November 19, 09 04:00 PM
  1. Horrible!!!! Can i get some of the crack this designer is smoking because it seems to be really great!

    those helmets look like an homage to Captain America!!!!!

    Posted by PJ November 19, 09 04:00 PM
  1. almost as ugly as last weeks loss

    Posted by phil November 19, 09 04:03 PM
  1. good way to get people to like the current one -- introducing an even uglier one.....

    Posted by jayfingold November 19, 09 04:05 PM
  1. Imagine the scene when the Patriots play the Jets IN NEW YORK wearing those ugly things. The laughter will be so loud you'll hear the Jets fans guffawing all the way to Connecticut. That design is so ugly we need a new word for it. Better yet... just capitalize the letter U and pronounce it "Yoo Glee."

    Posted by The CutoffMan November 19, 09 04:05 PM
  1. Carbone has to be kidding leave it alone or go to Pat Patriot

    Posted by mike November 19, 09 04:31 PM
  1. Tor, (#1 comment) that is flat out funny! Peter Fonda would give the finger too if he saw the new Patriots helmet! hahahaha

    Posted by islamorada November 19, 09 04:32 PM
  1. That might be the ugliest football helmet I've ever seen.

    Posted by Pat November 19, 09 04:39 PM
  1. That is the ugliest thing I've ever seen. This guy just lost any design credibility with me.

    Posted by Justin November 19, 09 04:41 PM
  1. This designer is nuts. Some of the best helmets are simple. This one is hideous!

    Posted by Mike November 19, 09 04:51 PM
  1. Horrible! Though I understand where he's headed with a universal type of look that stands the test of time. One other point ....it indirectly infinges on the Dallas Cowboy design.

    My opinion. Let the original (flying Elvis) stand as is and it will soon stand the test of time. The original Pat Patriot simply is retired for good. They don't look as fierce as they do with the current uniforms.

    Posted by schwank November 19, 09 04:53 PM
  1. Nooooooooo!!! It reminds me of some lame super hero or an awful wrestlers costume. The current helmet is fine. The throwback uniforms look good too.

    Posted by Brandon November 19, 09 04:56 PM
  1. i think one of the teams in the UFL is using this already...bad news...

    Posted by tony uminski, san antonio November 19, 09 05:02 PM
  1. Not sure which is worse, this design for a new Pats helmet or that he thinks the Bengals have the best helmet in the NFL...

    Posted by chluke November 19, 09 05:02 PM
  1. !!!!! what the hell are they smoking !!!!!

    Posted by john holbrook November 19, 09 05:06 PM
  1. Bold and inventive, however, better suited for ceremonial gear for the USMC (if they would even want it).

    Posted by al falco November 19, 09 05:09 PM
  1. Appollo Creed meets American Gladiators. You have got to be joking.

    Posted by SLSox November 19, 09 05:16 PM
  1. Is Super Dave Osborne going to return kicks too?.. Please give the Globetrotter mascot his helmet back and stop this senseless behavior.

    Thanks for nothing Ken.

    Posted by tony November 19, 09 05:17 PM
  1. That is ........UGLY. Go back to the original throwback look. Even the current one is not that great.

    Posted by chuck November 19, 09 05:20 PM
  1. Pretty sure football fans aren't too worried about "graphic messes". Go back to drawing...let someone else worry about the football.

    Posted by Bob November 19, 09 05:23 PM
  1. That has to be the WORST mock-up for a pro football helmet I've ever seen. How is this even news? Has this individual been contracted to design something for the Patriots? How much is this Carbone fellow paying the Globe to publish an advertisement for his company? Frankly, I think the Bengals helmet has to be one of the WORST in the NFL. What a waste of newsprint.

    Posted by Brian November 19, 09 05:31 PM
  1. No, no, no. I agree with everyone here - "ugliest football helmet ever".

    Another slow day at the Globe...


    Captain America! - LOL

    Posted by sportsAficionado November 19, 09 05:41 PM
  1. Leave it to New Englanders to always like the past more than the present. "That's the way it was and we liked it! We loved it!!"

    Evil Kinevel silliness aside, a grittier version of Elvis would be cool. Pat is awesome but lets keep him in the past.

    Posted by MattinWeymouth November 19, 09 05:41 PM
  1. They should only be worn when going for it on fourth-and-2. That never happens.

    Posted by Hart Lee Dykes November 19, 09 05:43 PM
  1. Bring back "Pat Patriot"

    Posted by gazzzmann November 19, 09 05:44 PM
  1. Welcome to Blitz the League.NFL style.Im getting seizures just looking at that thing.Good God man!!!

    Posted by Steve Suarez November 19, 09 05:46 PM
  1. This is a joke ---right??

    Posted by Bobby C. November 19, 09 05:47 PM
  1. The New possible replacement, SUCKS... Try Again or Keep the Flying E

    Posted by Boston006 November 19, 09 05:49 PM
  1. Just wait for the new uniforms

    Posted by Steve from KC November 19, 09 05:50 PM
  1. Yeah, I like it! And how about trading TOM TERRIFIC for SUPER DAVE?!!

    Posted by FDL November 19, 09 05:54 PM
  1. cutoffman has it right ...laughter throughout the NFL ....

    Posted by JOHN November 19, 09 05:57 PM
  1. That is so Captain America! Maybe we can get the Invisible Man to play corner for us. They should never have gotten rid of Pat the Patriot. Every Patriots fan I've ever asked likes the old logo much better than the new!

    Posted by DStroh November 19, 09 06:02 PM
  1. The new logo this guy is proposing is awful. Why would you want to change a logo that's been part of 5 Super Bowl appearances and three championships. Anyone who likes this new logo better is nuts. The new logo would go good in Vince Mcmahon's XFL but not the NFL.

    Posted by Jeremy Moreau November 19, 09 06:02 PM
  1. Is this for real?

    Posted by Rajiv November 19, 09 06:13 PM
  1. "It looks like something from Easy Rider. Not sure if it works. WHy not go back to the numbers underneath the Revolutionary War hat and go with tan pants/navy shirts a la Notre Dame? Try to mimick what the actual soldiers would have worn. This is too cheesy of a logo. Too polarizing with the design."
    Posted by Russ

    I am not a fan of the "new" design. but . . . . .polarizing? Stars and stripes . . . . polarizing?


    Posted by mikeyyy November 19, 09 06:15 PM
  1. This just HAS to be a spoof! That is the single ugliest thing I have ever seen.

    Posted by Nuckles November 19, 09 06:24 PM
  1. We should have a patriot stabbing and picking up a muslim terrorist with his bayonet on the helmet... that would be bad ass

    Posted by RealAmericanHero November 19, 09 06:26 PM
  1. This design truly sucks.

    Posted by JK November 19, 09 06:40 PM
  1. Doesn't even look like a football helmet!!!

    Posted by yumbo November 19, 09 06:42 PM
  1. I've never been able to find a picture of the first attempt to replace Pat Patriot. They let the fans vote at half time of a game and Pat won. I guess pictures of the losing design were banished forever.

    Posted by Paul in the west of Mass. November 19, 09 06:45 PM
  1. Ken: The helmet is lacking a gun rack. Just sayin'.

    Posted by James November 19, 09 06:51 PM
  1. Whoever is the person who drew new Patriots, Bucs & Skins helme needs their heads examined.

    Posted by Lebron November 19, 09 07:04 PM
  1. This looks more like a Wonder Woman getup than Captain America. Is this a joke. STICK WITH THE WINNER! Who cares about style points.

    Posted by guinness02122 November 19, 09 07:15 PM
  1. This guy is a graphic artist? Normally I'd say don't leave your day job in this case I'd say change your profession. I love our stars and stripes flag bit this helmet design is the loud and UGLY. Stick with Elvis he won 3 championships.

    Posted by Nick Gildred November 19, 09 07:15 PM

  1. Worst design I have ever seen, bar none. Makes me want to throw up.

    Posted by BigMike60 November 19, 09 07:16 PM
  1. is this roller derby or football this helmet is is horrible (stars and stripes). Dont get me wrong i am as patriotic as the next guy but this is a little much

    Posted by Miles November 19, 09 07:21 PM
  1. If they wore helmets in Love American Style, those would be them. Do the players get to wear a tutu? Where does the Bruins logo rank among NHL logos? Also, I can't believe the Browns, Colts, Jets, Packers and Steelers logos are considered more stylish!

    Posted by guinness02122 November 19, 09 07:27 PM
  1. Nice design man, I need a bike helmet for my 8 year old!

    Posted by erict2112 November 19, 09 07:31 PM
  1. Absolutely HIDEOUS. It looks like it was designed by someone who lives in a double-wide. No no no, just no.

    Posted by Clive November 19, 09 07:40 PM
  1. That helmet had to have been designed by a Pat-hating Jet fan. I love the idea of having Peter Fonda rumble thru the end zone on a chopper after every TD though!

    Posted by D to the B November 19, 09 07:44 PM
  1. This is horrible....bring back the old Patriot helmet, everyone loved that one.

    Posted by Phyllis Adams November 19, 09 07:47 PM
  1. I haven't laughed this hard in a long time. It brought tears to my eyes.
    Thanks, I needed that.


    Posted by Tumble November 19, 09 07:48 PM
  1. This guy makes an actual living in graphic design??? BARF

    Posted by kc from gg November 19, 09 07:55 PM
  1. The Flying Elvis helmet is bad. The new design is worse.

    Posted by shtarka November 19, 09 07:57 PM
  1. Being from Rockport, the hometown of Pat Patriot's designer Phil Bissell in 1960, I think it's obvious what should adorn the helmets.

    Posted by Zabooo November 19, 09 07:58 PM
  1. That is, without a doubt, the ugliest, cheapest looking football helmet I have ever seen. Uh, no thanks.

    Posted by Pat Patriot November 19, 09 07:58 PM
  1. That is the worst helmet I have ever seen. It's like one of those XFL helmets.

    Posted by Bob November 19, 09 07:59 PM
  1. You"ve got to be kidding. It's so USFL.....

    Posted by Bert November 19, 09 08:02 PM
  1. To Ken Carbone:

    Keep your opinions to yourself, get a new job and shut the *#@'* up...Please!

    Posted by Chris D November 19, 09 08:11 PM
  1. DOES IT COME WITH A CAPE ?

    Posted by BlueShellCrab November 19, 09 08:15 PM
  1. YIKES!!! That's the worst thing I've ever see.If they went to that helmet they'd never win another game.

    Posted by Billy Sulivan November 19, 09 08:17 PM
  1. Wow! What planet is this guy from

    Posted by Putsman November 19, 09 08:18 PM
  1. I can't believe someone got paid to not only post this article, but too actually spend time designing one of the ugliest helmets ever. That's 118 no votes for this design, and 0 yes. Almost lost my stomach looking at it.

    Posted by Raymond Nichols November 19, 09 08:27 PM
  1. That new helmet is the ugliest thing i have ever seen. What were you smoking when you thought of that.

    Posted by John W. Carpenter November 19, 09 08:33 PM
  1. Flying Elvis rules

    Posted by Bill of Roslindal November 19, 09 08:36 PM
  1. rotflmao let me know when i can stop

    Posted by Blackwolfvixen November 19, 09 08:38 PM
  1. Please ....... Carbone can't be a graphic designer

    Posted by Duff November 19, 09 08:44 PM
  1. The best helmets on the planet: Penn State University

    The worst: Elvis Patriot

    This proposed one: The second-worst one on the planet -- unless it is for toddlers, then it would be pretty cool.

    Pat Patriot - Much better than Elvis Patriot and Proposed Patriot: Bring him back!!!

    Posted by Helmetman November 19, 09 08:50 PM
  1. Problem you would offend to many people and you know who I`m talking about!

    Posted by John D November 19, 09 08:50 PM
  1. I noticed a lot of people like our current color scheme but want to ditch "Elvis" for "Pat Patriot". I couldn't agree more. Pat Patriot is a classic logo. I know it was the only logo to feature a full human (instead of just a head) and I believe it was the only logo to feature a football.

    Really hope they put Elvis on waivers and bring in Pat Patriot. Keep the color scheme and everything else as is.

    Posted by Ken November 19, 09 08:58 PM
  1. Blaaahhhhhghhhhgggghhhuuuuhhhhghhh! (sound of throwing up)

    Posted by Rhino George November 19, 09 08:59 PM
  1. bring back pat patriot

    Posted by jose November 19, 09 09:03 PM
  1. I will stop watching the Patriots if Kraft is dumb enough to fall for this stupid design. The guys who came up with this design needs a punch in the face for being such an idiot. This design would be like claiming the Patriots are America's team and they are not. They belong to a small part of New England. If anybody knows this dope slap him in the face for me!!!!!

    Posted by Mike November 19, 09 09:12 PM
  1. I like the idea. It reminds me of Captain America. A much better message to send out to our youth then "Flying Elvis."

    Posted by Steven D. Powell November 19, 09 09:13 PM
  1. sniff sniff, eeewwww! That helmet smells like it looks!

    Posted by Pooish November 19, 09 09:13 PM
  1. Do some of you people even read???? This isnt an ACTUAL replacement . Just proposed by some bad designer..

    Posted by nate November 19, 09 09:16 PM
  1. Yuck

    Posted by Jason November 19, 09 09:17 PM
  1. way too much color and symbolism! not fitting for a football team helmet.

    Posted by opinionated onion November 19, 09 09:26 PM
  1. I liked Pat Patriot the best, not that crazy about the Flying Elvis, but compared to this, either of those deserves a place in the MFA.

    Posted by AguaCaliente November 19, 09 09:27 PM
  1. That's not Evel Knievel its more like Awful Knawful!

    Posted by F.X.Higgins November 19, 09 09:27 PM
  1. Pat Patriot on Silver.......hmmmm

    Posted by Bruce King November 19, 09 09:28 PM
  1. That helmet design is ridiculous !!! I think a predominetly blue "Pat Patriot" logo on the silver helmets mIght be a nice change of pace but those Evil Kneival cast-offs are foolish!!~

    Posted by sonny o November 19, 09 09:35 PM
  1. That helmet design is ridiculous !!! I think a predominetly blue "Pat Patriot" logo on the silver helmets mIght be a nice change of pace but those Evil Kneival cast-offs are foolish!!~

    Posted by sonny o November 19, 09 09:35 PM
  1. Please do not insult the Patriots team and their loyal fans. We are all proud of our American flag but seriuosly......this is more a design (like many people have said) suited for a motor bike driver.....not an elite NFL team.

    Posted by Turlte November 19, 09 09:36 PM
  1. Faux patriotism - garish - send one to the the Palin's in Alaska for their snowmobile rides.

    Posted by Brattleboro Web November 19, 09 09:36 PM
  1. stolen from the clown that shoots out of the rocket at the brockton fair sans facemask. frickin awful minime.

    Posted by snowballs November 19, 09 09:54 PM
  1. The hand drawn version for Tampa Bay looks great! The skull is bigger and bolder than the pictured one. The Patriots helmet looks like a USFL team helmet. Also kind of 70's ish. I think if you took the idea and made it look more "millenial" it might be better.... I still like Pat Patriot the best, the most original idea/logo ever put on a helmet.

    Posted by WaterBeast November 19, 09 09:55 PM
  1. Aweful new design. Don't change a thing.

    Posted by John64 November 19, 09 09:58 PM
  1. This is a Joke right? Leave the flying Elvis, they won three super bowls with him!

    Posted by mike November 19, 09 10:08 PM
  1. Hopefully someone's job is attached to this joke.

    Posted by thearchisuck November 19, 09 10:10 PM
  1. OK, Elvis Patriot may not be perfect, but I would be willing to stick with it. I don't understand what it is with this town's obsession to hold on to old things. Pat Patriot to me signifies the bad old days of the Patsies of the 70's and 80's. Every time they wear that old uniform, I almost expect to see Tony Eason and Zeke Mowatt come running out of the tunnel and to look up to the owners box and see Billy and Pat Sullivan, or even Victor Kiam sitting up there instead of the Krafts.

    Come to think of it, this redesigned helmet would have been perfect for those old teams. Those old Patriot teams were basically the NFL equivalent of Evel Knievel's jump over the fountains at Caesars Palace.

    Posted by KBOSR22 November 19, 09 10:16 PM
  1. Please leave a good thing alone. Like someone else said, Eivel Kneivel is retired (dead even?). I hate all this retro crap. Flying Elvis
    rules. And no more games with those dumbass clown uniforms from 1960.. Enough is enough.

    Posted by Jimss November 19, 09 10:33 PM
  1. Bring back the original helmet. Say H--L NO to the new one....

    Posted by Larry Bird November 19, 09 10:53 PM
  1. With all of the people unemployed in the US right now, and this clown designs crap like this and keeps his job.

    If the Pats organization is even remotely serious about changing to a helmet that looks ANYTHING like this monstrosity, I leave you with this follow up thought.

    DON'T.

    Posted by ReckedTrek November 19, 09 11:00 PM
  1. Current Helmet: Ugly
    New Design: even worse
    Solution: Bring back Pat Patriot
    The design from 1960 would better than the New or current.

    Posted by naplesme November 19, 09 11:11 PM
  1. Yuk....

    Posted by hd55 November 19, 09 11:26 PM
  1. If I were a drinker and looked at this after having a few, I'd hurl.
    It really is that bad.
    I really liked the old pat's uniforms, but think they're only 2-2 with them this year, so keep the winning uniforms that they wore to their 3 super bowl titles.

    Posted by Mike November 19, 09 11:36 PM
  1. KBOSR22, EXACTLY. I will never understand New England's obsession with Pat Patriot, a logo that symbolizes decades of futility and failure. The Flying Elvis may not exactly be high art, but it's a logo that is instantly associated with success.

    Posted by Andy Anonymous November 19, 09 11:42 PM
  1. If the Flying Elvis is the ugliest NFL helmet design, some of the other helmets must be yapping at its heels. So adopt the proposed one and the Patriots weill never lose THAT title!

    Posted by Zansman November 20, 09 12:07 AM
  1. Captain America's bicycle helmet? You're kidding, right? RIGHT???

    Posted by Harry Esenwine November 20, 09 12:11 AM
  1. Mother of God. Bring back Pat Patriot. I've been a fan since 1965 and miss him dearly.

    Posted by Giles Farnaby November 20, 09 12:28 AM
  1. The helmet pictured here is a prop from Playboy's wardrobe dep't.

    Posted by manorborn November 20, 09 12:35 AM
  1. Absolutely FUGLEY!!!!!!!

    Posted by wayne November 20, 09 12:44 AM
  1. The old patriot was the best, the new one is ok and this latest suggestion/design looks like the indoor league. Don't change anything just yet unless we go back to what we had, the original old patriot!

    Posted by Steve X November 20, 09 01:19 AM
  1. I showed it to my dog and he growled. Case closed NFG!Is good dog-here's biscuit.

    Posted by Art November 20, 09 01:45 AM
  1. I think they should just tweak Elvis to look a little more like Tom Brady - maybe a dimple in his chin?

    Posted by Crash November 20, 09 02:07 AM
  1. Wow with the new swords we'll get no one will be able to score on the D

    Posted by Philskiw November 20, 09 02:14 AM
  1. is that the best a graphic designer can do?

    Posted by james grew November 20, 09 02:38 AM
  1. Patriots design is pure ugliness!!

    Posted by Rascus November 20, 09 03:00 AM
  1. Is this for one of those acts where they shoot a guy out of a cannon in the circus?
    The Pats could do it during the halftime show. The stuntman puts it on. Boom! They shoot him across the field. The fans cheer. The Pats come back on the field with their CURRENT helmets for the 3rd quarter, A win-win situation.

    Posted by ipot November 20, 09 03:03 AM
  1. DUMP IT

    Posted by Ed November 20, 09 03:48 AM
  1. No Stars & Stripes Forever! And for the love of Pete no PAT Patriot!
    I cringe every time I see those uniforms. I don't want to remember the pain.
    We have gotten past those days of mock football. The Flying Elvis has had good success.

    Posted by Sonny Bono November 20, 09 04:07 AM
  1. BRING BACK PAT PATRIOT!

    Posted by FDL November 20, 09 04:10 AM
  1. Sorry, #145: The best helmets on the damn planet belong to the Wolverines of the University of Michigan.

    Granted, Crisler brought them to Michigan from Princeton, where they don't really work in that color scheme.

    Posted by Wolverine November 20, 09 05:03 AM
  1. What about somethin using the 'Don't Tread on Me' snake from the revolutionary war flags. It could be pretty badass, without looking like Apollo Creed designed it for his fight with the Russians.

    Posted by mikeT November 20, 09 05:06 AM
  1. That’s a terrible looking helmet, bring back the original helmet.


    Posted by Rob November 20, 09 05:48 AM
  1. I think i'm going to be sick....

    Posted by Sonny November 20, 09 06:01 AM
  1. Maybe at the beginning of each game...all the Pats players can sit on blankets in the middle of Foxoboro stadium and watch fireworks with their new really neat helmets!! They could light sparklers...maybe get some cotton candy....Oh wait, isn't this football.

    Posted by John November 20, 09 06:13 AM
  1. Good Lord! Has George W. Bush bought the Patriots while I was sleeping?

    Posted by dmcarver November 20, 09 06:20 AM
  1. Limit the number of stripes, make the blue darker, less stars. Might look a bit less stupid. Then you can look like the Cowboys. Good work.

    Posted by Christopher November 20, 09 06:27 AM
  1. I'm a little late to the party, but that is just awful.

    Posted by Nathan November 20, 09 06:33 AM
  1. Carbone should get a seeing eye dog.

    Posted by cab02149 November 20, 09 06:36 AM
  1. Is this guy on drugs? The same stuff Bill was on when went for it on 4th & 2?

    Bring back Pat the Patriot!

    Go Pats!

    Posted by LittleTimmy31 November 20, 09 06:41 AM
  1. zeke mowatt wore the new helmet, not the old one (he came over with bill parcells)

    Posted by MackHerron42 November 20, 09 06:58 AM
  1. This new helmet design put the Ugh in Ugly

    Posted by Pats fan November 20, 09 07:08 AM
  1. Gonna puke

    Posted by scott November 20, 09 07:10 AM
  1. I LIKE THE NEW HELMET BUT THEY WILL NEED TO MOVE A STAR OR TWO TO PUT THE FLYIN ELVIS ON THERE, EVEN IF IT'S A SMALL ONE.

    Posted by BONZ November 20, 09 07:22 AM
  1. Looks like the bunting used on the fourth of July.

    The redcoats wore gaudy uniforms that made them easy targets for the drably adorned patriots.

    Something dark grey would better represent a colonial Patriot uniform.

    Posted by Jerry November 20, 09 07:25 AM
  1. WTF! Will everyone just leave this team alone...First the footbridge, now new helmets? What's next? Just leave them the way they are...if you feel the need to change them I would rather have the throwback helmets then this new one that is being proposed...ugh! We're starting to become the Yankees with all these changes!

    Posted by christine November 20, 09 07:25 AM
  1. terrible terrible captian america helmets...I like the simple look

    Posted by Joe November 20, 09 07:29 AM
  1. Who said the current helmet design was ugly? It's probably the best design the Patriots have ever come up with so far. I think the proposed design is way too busy and does have too many references to Easy Rider and Evil Knievel. I think you should hire Apple to come up with a design seeing that they're the best at creating effective and memorable Iconic logos and designs.

    Posted by Karl Fisher November 20, 09 07:30 AM
  1. No offence to Old Glory or the three year old who scribbled this helmet design in Kindergarten class, but that thing looks like Dog crap with chin straps. Keep Flying Elvis!
    This is a joke, right?

    Posted by MAX November 20, 09 07:31 AM
  1. Is today April 1st?

    Posted by Adam_who November 20, 09 07:37 AM
  1. UGLY!! Bring back Pat Patriot

    Posted by Pat Patriot November 20, 09 07:38 AM
  1. Go back to Pat Patriot!

    Posted by Dan November 20, 09 07:40 AM
  1. A lot of non-football references come to mind with this helmet, Easy Rider, Evil Knievel, Captan America, Wonder Woman . . . . not a good look for football. Oh and the reference to the Cinci Bengal helmet doesn't help his case. Their helmet reminds me of the animal prints you might see hookers wearing.

    Posted by Dean Hofelich November 20, 09 07:40 AM
  1. Go back to Pat Patriot!

    Posted by Dan November 20, 09 07:40 AM
  1. The new design is better than the current design (anything would be an improvement), but the old design is the best of all. Bring back Pat!!

    Posted by Ranger November 20, 09 07:41 AM
  1. please, nooooooooo

    Posted by Ron November 20, 09 07:45 AM
  1. Let it be! I like Elvis Patriot, after all we won three (3) super bowls with that logo.

    Posted by MJ Bingham November 20, 09 07:51 AM
  1. Are you kidding me? When I scrolled down, I was thinking that I'd see some kind of updated version of Pat. This new helmet just might be the ugliest helmet I've ever seen. Maybe if you can incorporate Pat into the newer color scheme, and make him look updated, that will work, but if you're thinking of replacing Elvis with this God awful helmet, keep Elvis.

    Posted by Jan November 20, 09 07:54 AM
  1. BRING BACK PAT PATRIOT!!!!!!!

    Posted by Charlie November 20, 09 07:58 AM
  1. Bring back the real, origional Patriot's helmet with the tricorner hat for the throwback games.

    http://neplayerpromotions.com/yahoo_site_admin/assets/images/100_1076.6800216_std.jpg

    Posted by Frank November 20, 09 07:58 AM
  1. Irrelevant creativity shouldn't be allowed to fall into the wrong hands.

    Posted by Yapple November 20, 09 08:08 AM
  1. It looks too plastic, like a toy instead of a concussion saver.

    It also looks like a helmet the local pee wee team would wear, you know, the logo that is designed by the mom who smokes two packs a day, never takes off her bathrobe and uses the trailer hitch as a flower planter.

    Posted by Tomen8r November 20, 09 08:20 AM
  1. I love how a guy from NY thinks he should even have an opinion on this.
    Hey, Ken! Why don't you take a long hard look at your own teams' helmets? The Giants' and Jets' are worse!

    Posted by Beth November 20, 09 08:21 AM
  1. I think there might be copyright infringement with the folks from American Gladiator! Is that show still on the air? Pleeeeeze. Leave Elvis alone or bring back Pat, but not this.

    Posted by Tony Spino November 20, 09 08:22 AM
  1. Is it just me or does anyone else cringe at hearing someone refer to our beloved hero’s of the gridiron as "Pats", or worse "Patsies". I envision my old wonderful aunt Patsy with her beaming smile, bun of shimmering grey hair, and flowered house coat shuffling through the kitchen with apple pie in hand..............not what I want to think of when it comes to our dominating hero’s of the grid iron. As nostalgic as "Pat Patriot" is, at least Elvis was cool!

    Posted by MAX November 20, 09 08:23 AM
  1. Far-out man!!!
    I love it...change the uniforms to match it

    Posted by headhoncho64 November 20, 09 08:26 AM
  1. Those are the worst helmet designs I have ever seen. This guy needs to stick to magazine graphics, where bad ideas even if published, go in the trash each week and you get to start over again.

    The Flying Elvii is distinguishable on TV and in the stands and is a distinctive logo. The proposed patriots design looks like it belongs on the human cannonball at a Ringling Bros. show....

    Posted by dperry1ma November 20, 09 08:33 AM
  1. uugghhh....does it come with a cape or magic shield?? tom brady aka captain america!

    Posted by shawn November 20, 09 08:38 AM
  1. The new helmet proposal design in the drawing is horrible, tacky, like a bad joke. Looks like some minor-league flag-draped cartoon! If they want to change the current logo, go back to Pat Patriot! We have all by now, I think, accepted the Flying Elvises logo. Please don't go to what would surely become the laughingstock of the league!

    Posted by BradSox04 November 20, 09 08:40 AM
  1. THIS IS AWSOME WE WILL HAVE A TEAM OF SUPER DAVES!!!!!!!! you can't tell me this isnt a marketing campaign for the re-release of the daredevil show this week. can anyone say S-Y-N-E-R-G-Y?

    Who cares what they look like as long as they beat the Jets on Sunday, they could come out in leotards for all I care!

    Posted by dress4success? November 20, 09 08:42 AM
  1. THIS IS AWSOME WE WILL HAVE A TEAM OF SUPER DAVES!!!!!!!! you can't tell me this isnt a marketing campaign for the re-release of the daredevil show this week. can anyone say S-Y-N-E-R-G-Y?

    Who cares what they look like as long as they beat the Jets on Sunday, they could come out in leotards for all I care!

    Posted by dress4success? November 20, 09 08:43 AM
  1. I think that the curent helmet is just fine. Let's focus on doing something about this choking in the clutch think.

    Posted by Ben Hammer November 20, 09 08:43 AM
  1. Check out that new helmet! Let me think about it.... aahhh no.

    Absolutely hideous.

    Posted by Carlo M. November 20, 09 08:56 AM
  1. Wonder Woman's knickers look bad enough on her let alone on football players' heads.

    Posted by Millfoil November 20, 09 08:57 AM
  1. The flying Elvis has become synonomys with winning and domance... we won 3 Championships with that helmet... leave it alone. I know this is obviously a joke... but even as a joke it's stupid.

    Posted by tellthemall November 20, 09 08:57 AM
  1. That new "design" is the most awful, ugliest thing I've even seen.

    Posted by JPH November 20, 09 08:59 AM
  1. The design is way too busy - too much going on. I think if George W. Bush were on an acid trip, he would somehow believe that he vomits in this design. Then he would put on his new vomit helmet and help Snoopy defeat the Red Baron.

    Focus should be on the game and not so much the design. I'm all for change, but I think a much more minimalist approach. That goes for Redskins and Browns as well.

    Posted by Brian November 20, 09 09:02 AM
  1. Bring back Pat the Patriot!!!!

    New design is horrible!!! However- I really LIKE the proposal for the Redskins and Bucs- those are pretty awesome.

    Posted by Nononononononono November 20, 09 09:03 AM
  1. There is one logo and one logo only that the patriots should have on their helmets; Pat Patriot. End of the story.

    Posted by Brian November 20, 09 09:13 AM
  1. I don't know what is funnier...people's comments or the helmet...or people trying to spelll Evil Kneiieieval!!! lol I think I'm going to get 3 year old niece into graphic design after seeing this guy's work...is he really making a living donig this...heck maybe I'll quit my job and to this line of work...

    Posted by Bill November 20, 09 09:15 AM
  1. YES!! I have felt that the Patriots' helmet design is at the very least, completely unimaginative. The stripes need more movement in the suggested design-maybe a larger solid area.

    Posted by Peg McFarland November 20, 09 09:25 AM
  1. Like the Buc's. The Skins helmet looks like it was involved in a collision with a thanksgiving turkey. The Patriots helmet looks lame. Flying Elvis logo is rather ugly but it represents an overwhelmingly succesful era in Pat's history.

    Posted by mar10fern November 20, 09 09:29 AM
  1. Worst idea ever.

    Posted by Mush November 20, 09 09:30 AM
  1. We currently have the best Helmet in the NFL!

    Everyone always needs something to complain about!

    Go Pats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted by MT November 20, 09 09:30 AM
  1. Maybe Snoopy could wear it and become SUPER DOG!

    Posted by revereman November 20, 09 09:42 AM
  1. Good Lord is that ever hideous.

    Posted by qbqt November 20, 09 09:47 AM
  1. YUCK!!!!

    If they change anything.....Bring back PAT!!

    Posted by Craig November 20, 09 09:48 AM
  1. Is this for Halloween?

    Posted by Tom November 20, 09 09:50 AM
  1. If the Pats adopt this new (ugly) design, won't they have to join the CFL?

    Posted by Steve November 20, 09 09:52 AM
  1. Yikes!!!! It looks like a Captain Marvel has come to save the day.
    Is it football gear or cartoon gear.
    I vote for the old leather helmet.

    Posted by nepats November 20, 09 09:56 AM
  1. Go speed racer Go!

    Posted by LC November 20, 09 10:10 AM
  1. Somebody already stole my idea that I have been saying for years.

    Keep the silver pants and blue jerseys (white jerseys and blue pants) like they have now. include the 'FLying Elvi' logo on the shoulder patches and as a possible thigh patch. But instead of the Elvis logo on the helmet, change the helmet to Pat Patriot. Keep the Helmet the way it is, but put the old MEAN Pat Patriot on the Helmet. No red/white strips down the middle, just the old Pats Logo on the helmet sides, silver helmet base and red facemask.

    Posted by Beads77 November 20, 09 10:11 AM
  1. That might be the ugliest helmet I have ever seen. Nice try, buddy.

    Posted by matto7753 November 20, 09 10:14 AM
  1. (retching) (vomiting)

    Posted by James November 20, 09 10:23 AM
  1. What do the capes look like?

    Posted by Mike S November 20, 09 10:23 AM
  1. What do the capes look like?

    Posted by Mike S November 20, 09 10:27 AM
  1. bring back the old minute man. thats the best

    Posted by steven November 20, 09 10:27 AM
  1. How about a cape to go, and have fan appreciation day with free decoder rings.

    Posted by freparkng November 20, 09 10:28 AM
  1. How about a cape to go, and have fan appreciation day with free decoder rings.

    Posted by freparkng November 20, 09 10:29 AM
  1. Change the royal blue background to the navy blue on the good old "Stars and Stripes and you've got a winner. People would identify with a more "patriotic" color scheme.

    Posted by bluebrute November 20, 09 10:29 AM
  1. NO WAY!!! If any thing bring back Pat Patriot!!!!

    Posted by Jahluv 69 November 20, 09 10:40 AM
  1. Captain America! Does it come with matching tights???

    Posted by Kris November 20, 09 10:42 AM
  1. Somebody take Ken Carbone's crayons away!!

    Posted by Paul Roche November 20, 09 10:48 AM
  1. that is the ugliest thing i ever viewed on the interenet

    Posted by sammyfrommiami November 20, 09 10:48 AM
  1. Wow... that is one awful, awful design. Perhaps nothing better could be expected from Ken Carbone, who thinks that the Bengals' helmet is the height of NFL design. I keep waiting for the Bengals to drop that hideous helmet and adopt a plain black one with their tiger's head logo on each side.

    Carbone did do a nice makeover of Tampa Bay's helmet, but that Redskins redesign is almost as bad as what he thought up for the Patriots.

    When the NFL announced the throwback AFL jerseys for this year, I first thought that were would get to see the original Pats uniforms-- helmets with the tricolor cap and a number on them-- instead of Pat Patriot again. I would love to see the Pats dust off the real original AFL uniforms for at least one game.

    Posted by The El Guapo November 20, 09 10:51 AM
  1. Tackier than the city of Dubai

    Posted by KentXie November 20, 09 10:55 AM
  1. God NO. leave it alone

    Posted by john November 20, 09 10:59 AM
  1. Butterfly's would be better.

    Posted by skiph4 November 20, 09 11:07 AM
  1. The Bucs design is not only good, its obvious. Looking at it, I can't figure out why its not the design except that someone might have felt it read too scary. The Redskins design is inspired. I actually prefer the Redskins throwback helmets by a wide margin over their current look, but this evokes some of the best features of the Eagles/Rams/Vikings helmets he cites.

    But man, did he ever miss on the Pats. I'm not saying the current helmet is great, but he tossed the color scheme aside because it didn't work with his concept and that concept looks more more suited to the USFL if the USFL was founded in the early 70's.

    Posted by BStu November 20, 09 11:14 AM
  1. The Bucs design is not only good, its obvious. Looking at it, I can't figure out why its not the design except that someone might have felt it read too scary. The Redskins design is inspired. I actually prefer the Redskins throwback helmets by a wide margin over their current look, but this evokes some of the best features of the Eagles/Rams/Vikings helmets he cites.

    But man, did he ever miss on the Pats. I'm not saying the current helmet is great, but he tossed the color scheme aside because it didn't work with his concept and that concept looks more more suited to the USFL if the USFL was founded in the early 70's.

    Posted by BStu November 20, 09 11:15 AM
  1. Ken Carbone should legally change his name to He-Hate-Me.

    Posted by liberal November 20, 09 11:17 AM
  1. That is, without question, the worst idea ever.

    Way worse than a 'jump to conclusions' map. Where you could, 'jump to conclusions'

    Awful.

    Posted by Todd November 20, 09 11:17 AM
  1. The original Patriots helmet with the white throwback uniform is arguably the classiest uni in the NFL. However, it is the Flying Elvis version that inspires the most confidence among the fans. The Pats have won 3 Super bowls wearing the Flying Elvis. (I get nervous when I see the pats play in the red jersey throwback unis.)

    Posted by marzxyz November 20, 09 11:19 AM
  1. Would it be a Federal crime to hit the helmet head on or deface it with dirt?

    Posted by Vic November 20, 09 11:19 AM
  1. The Pats helmet looks like it would be a gimmicky alternative helmet. I wouldn't mind seeing it once for Veterans day or something.

    The Redskins is the best new design, replacing the logo with a cool design like the Eagles or Vikings. The Bucs helmet is cooler but it really just recreates the logo and nothing else.

    Posted by Mike November 20, 09 11:26 AM
  1. All I can think of is Captain America. If they use these helmets then they must wear a cape as well.

    Posted by Ed November 20, 09 11:31 AM
  1. Will they have to jump the team over 26 cars before every game? How about snake river canyon?

    Posted by Marky November 20, 09 11:32 AM
  1. Maybe we can add stripped socks like the Steelers displayed this year and then we call them the candy canes!

    Posted by Bill T November 20, 09 11:32 AM
  1. fugly... keep the flying elvis

    Posted by les November 20, 09 11:34 AM
  1. FUGLY!!!!

    Posted by loner621 November 20, 09 11:39 AM
  1. FUGLY!!!!

    Posted by loner621 November 20, 09 11:40 AM
  1. Are you joking, bring back Pat Patriot

    Posted by HJF November 20, 09 11:48 AM
  1. The eprson that thought this up clearly has no love of football or undersatnding of team logos......We would be the laughing stock of the nfl, and we don't need any more bad publicity....

    Posted by chief00 November 20, 09 11:48 AM
  1. "In a rut"? There's no deeper rut than "slapping" the stars and stripes on something. This guy has the imagination of a newt. The current helmet shows a helluva lot more imagination and creativity than his abomination. Moreover, it "fits" with the current jerseys and pants. Imagine his helmet with the current uniform >GAG

    Posted by Bob Perkins November 20, 09 11:55 AM
  1. That helmet is terrible - we need Pat Patriot back!

    Posted by tim November 20, 09 12:07 PM
  1. I need an anti emetic

    Posted by johnb November 20, 09 12:17 PM
  1. How can the opponents take you seriously????????????

    Posted by TZed November 20, 09 12:17 PM
  1. This is terrible, did this person even consider getting to know the background of the teams, the league or the market and audience before drumming up these designs? The designer, Ken Carbone is supposed to be some big shot graphic designer, but this is not design at work. It's terribly executed and seems more like blind, wannabe, amateur crap. I actually find this Pats remake offensive and a mockery of American pride.

    Posted by embarrassed_designer November 20, 09 12:19 PM
  1. NUTS!

    Posted by Y_R_U_hair November 20, 09 12:23 PM
  1. HELMETS SHOULD INTIMIDATE THE OPPONENT... NOT MAKE THEM LAUGH!!!

    Posted by Tz November 20, 09 12:31 PM
  1. This guy is full of crap... that is the ugliest helmet I have ever seen... Looks like a high school team helmet with stickers plastered all over it. I like the Patriots helmet today and I liked the old helmet logo even more.

    Posted by nb November 20, 09 12:31 PM
  1. Ugliest thing I've ever seen!! NO NO NO ! ! !

    Posted by CAG November 20, 09 12:39 PM
  1. 282 comments, and the best I saw in favor of this monstrosity was "it's growing on me"! I'm with the other 281 posters: he!! no!

    Posted by MRH November 20, 09 01:01 PM

  1. This new design will make them look like Evil Knievil knock off's-
    I'm all American, proud of our flag and our Patriots, but just as the other dude wrote- take the crayons away!

    Posted by D November 20, 09 01:04 PM
  1. This is the stupidest helmet I have ever seen, being in the glode gives it way to much credit.

    Posted by John November 20, 09 01:10 PM
  1. Love it

    Posted by AZ November 20, 09 01:14 PM
  1. Wow. That new design suggestion is ridiculous. You are joking right? Awful. How ironic that you're criticizing the current design.

    Posted by Sean T November 20, 09 01:22 PM
  1. Haahaaaahaaaaaa!!! AWEFUL!!!!!!

    Posted by DL November 20, 09 01:29 PM
  1. Ugly I like the old helmet

    Posted by Val November 20, 09 01:30 PM
  1. Go back to the HIKING PATRIOT throwback!!!

    Posted by Adam Sureau November 20, 09 01:35 PM
  1. Fewer stars, fewer stripes, distill it down, I could buy that. Why not the NE Capt Americas? Literal patriots wore brown rags. Would you want that?

    Posted by Mike November 20, 09 01:36 PM
  1. Please tell me you're kidding........that's just embarrassing......I like the old logo! Why is everybody always trying to reinvent the wheel....IF IT AIN'T BROKE DON'T FIX IT!

    Posted by Sandra Morrissey November 20, 09 01:36 PM
  1. Is that part of a Captain America costume?

    Posted by David Kaa November 20, 09 01:40 PM
  1. Ugh...I agree that the Pats helmet isn't the most classic in the league. But Ken's replacement idea looks like he owes Evil Knievel an apology. Definitely not better than the current.

    Posted by Chris November 20, 09 01:40 PM
  1. You know what I see? That cheezy flying guy from "The Greatest American Hero" TV show: http://sharetv.org/images/the_greatest_american_hero-show.jpg

    I think the flying Elvis is the coolest logo in the NFL - and more importantly, it represents success at the highest level.

    Posted by Brian November 20, 09 01:46 PM
  1. Keep Elvis, they've won three SuperBowls with him!

    Posted by chris Opped November 20, 09 01:57 PM
  1. IT LOOKS LIKE HE DIDN'T PUT MUCH THOUGHT INTO IT. THIS SHOULD BE A CONTEST. GET SOME UNKNOWN ARTISTS OUT THERE TO TRY A STAB AT IT. THERE IS SO MUCH HIDDEN TALENT, YOU WOULDN'T BELIEVE IT.

    Posted by SUSAN November 20, 09 02:07 PM
  1. There goes 30 seconds of my life i won't get back. What a stupid article. Almost as stupid as the 1970's daredevil helmet proposed by this putz.

    I hope he didn't quit his day job.

    Posted by Heywood November 20, 09 02:22 PM
  1. The design is not creative. I like my stars and stripes, but this looks all wrong. Perhaps better suited for roller derby.

    Posted by T November 20, 09 02:23 PM
  1. Why would anyone want the Patriots helmet logo be more like the Bengals?

    Posted by degagz November 20, 09 02:28 PM
  1. This guy is a graphic artist?

    Really?.......

    No seriously....Really?

    Posted by Will November 20, 09 02:31 PM
  1. Way too lame...looks like something out a 1950's Buck Rogers Film. This guy claims to be a graphic Artist?

    Posted by You're Kidding Right November 20, 09 03:15 PM
  1. There is already a team out there with a similar type of helmet. I believe it's a Semi-Pro World Tour Football Team out of Oregon I think. I caught it on MySpace:
    http://www.myspace.com/tusaafstarsstripes

    Posted by Dean November 20, 09 03:20 PM
  1. We need to go back to the white ones with the patriot!

    Posted by Zane November 20, 09 03:26 PM
  1. Hold on a second buuuulllllrrrrrrrrrppppppppppphhhhhh!!!! (vomiting sound)

    Posted by Quohogeater November 20, 09 04:07 PM
  1. Please stop designing helmets Ken. Really, please stop. You're embarrassing yourself.

    Posted by Steve November 20, 09 04:42 PM
  1. Bring back the Old Logo as they should have never let it go in the first place, the Patriots in my and many others opinions had one of the best looking uniforms in the NFL (meaning the Old Pat Patriot Logo) bring it back and get rid of the silver Flying Elvis and the starts and stripes is disgusting on a helmet yuck!!!!

    Posted by Bring Back Pat Patriot November 20, 09 05:14 PM
  1. Ar first glance it looks like something out of roller derby.

    Posted by Marco22 November 20, 09 06:11 PM
  1. Bring back Pat Patriot. Patriot colors are red/white/blue, not silver and blue. Current uniforms and helmet logo are ugly and not representative of the team. As for the new design, give to any local high school team of Suoer Daves.

    Posted by Rick November 20, 09 07:03 PM
  1. I went to college for graphic design and worked as a designer for 10 years.
    This guy's work is GOD AWFUL. You don't need to know anything about design to know this stuff is horrible. I am embarrassed for you, Ken. You give design a bad name!

    Posted by kevin November 20, 09 08:01 PM
  1. Looks like a remake of American Gladiators

    Posted by John B November 20, 09 08:56 PM
  1. I can see Randy Moss wearing this--along with a cape covered in red, white, and blue sequins.

    Posted by Andrew Higgins November 20, 09 09:45 PM
  1. I'd be fine with "Pat Patriot" in blue and silver. I'd love to go back to the 'retro' red, white and blue. But, don't give me that stars and stripes crap; please!!!

    Posted by Richard OHare November 20, 09 11:48 PM
  1. uh hieeeeeeel no.

    Posted by diana November 21, 09 01:54 AM
  1. It's WAY too over the top, but might work if toned down. 1. Just 3 stripes. 2. Darker blue. (I hate to think what the matching jerseys would look like.) 3. The circle of stars from the original 13-states flag. Then maybe....
    Or move the team to Las Vegas. They'd get run out of town with that helmet.

    Posted by Pine Tree Paul November 21, 09 07:01 AM
  1. Too many losses in the old uniforms and helmets. I don't like them. I like the current helmet and uniforms. Keep them; nothing but winning associations there. As for that rendering of a new possibility - IT'S HIDEOUS.

    Posted by Ted Gallager November 21, 09 08:07 AM
  1. If Carbone's proposal is worthy of being printed in today's Boston Globe, then it's understandable why the Globe is in such dire financial straits. What a pitiful example of creativity.

    Posted by Len November 21, 09 08:16 AM
  1. So waht is the logic here? The teams name so get to use what looks like a three year old's version of our flag? No vote from me. I would like to see the classic original back on the helmets. Its not just the perfect icon, but it is also witty and clever. Thats New England.

    Posted by Peter Michelsen November 21, 09 09:10 AM
  1. remember how everybody loved the new logo after parcells redid it - this new idea has stars that remind me of amercas team - the cowboys. try again.

    Posted by je November 21, 09 09:25 AM
  1. before your article - i never saw the john kerry image in the pats logo - it's gotta go - see ya john - bring back the squatter

    Posted by je November 21, 09 09:30 AM
  1. Mr. Carbone ranks the Bengals helmet as best in NFL??? Well that certainly tells us all we really need to know. The Cincy helmet is hideous, as is his vision of a "Captain America" lid for the Pats.

    Posted by Gym Nance November 21, 09 09:52 AM
  1. Was he sober when he designed this?

    Posted by Tim November 21, 09 10:16 AM
  1. Overdesigned.

    Posted by punkrawk November 21, 09 10:37 AM
  1. Go back to the solid red jerseys and Pat the Patriot unies of the late 70's and 80's. It's classic and sharp.

    Posted by catchrick November 21, 09 10:43 AM
  1. A laughably poor replacement mock-up. If the current design is a "graphic mess" what would anyone be able to make out of stars of various sizes? Surely, it is even more untidy.
    There are reasons why NFL helmets have their logos "slapped" on their sides: design continuity, marketability and brand recognition. I presume Mr. Carbone has some new logos in mind to go with these helmets. I would like to see them, I need a few laughs lately.
    It's worth noting that football fans are emotionally invested in their favorite team. And the helmet itself plays a strong part in that emotion as so many have commented here. Their emotional link transcends the simple aesthetics.

    Posted by Brian November 21, 09 11:04 AM
  1. we have allready the best helmet ever used in the Nfl: Pat Patriot

    bring back the old awesome Pat the Patriot and i will be extremely happy

    Posted by sairus November 21, 09 12:13 PM
  1. Pat Patriot is clearly the n.1 - please bring him back permanently and not only for 4 games/season

    i do not like Flying Elvis so much too; Pat Patriot is simply awesome

    Posted by Henry November 21, 09 12:46 PM
  1. Don't quit your day job dude. Your helmet design (if you can call it that) is just plain awful. It looks like you put no effort into that at all. The only thing the Pats helmet needs is either a white or a blue stripe down the middle of the helmet just to give it a nice non plain-look.

    Posted by Rodimus77 November 21, 09 12:54 PM
  1. Don't quit your day job dude. Your helmet design (if you can call it that) is just plain awful. It looks like you put no effort into that at all. The only thing the Pats helmet needs is either a white or a blue stripe down the middle of the helmet just to give it a nice non-plain look.

    Posted by Rodimus77 November 21, 09 12:55 PM
  1. Actually, it looks like the helmet for the Harlem Globetrotter Patriots. I can just hear "Sweet Georgia Brown" coursing through Gillette Stadium with Tom "Meadowlark" Brady showing us his trick throws.

    Posted by Thompy November 21, 09 02:48 PM
  1. you just can't beat or upgrade "PAT PATRIOT"

    Posted by jim November 21, 09 02:59 PM
  1. you just can't beat or upgrade "PAT PATRIOT"

    Posted by jim November 21, 09 03:00 PM
  1. you just can't get anything better then the orignal pat patriot and the red, white,and blue. none better.

    Posted by jim November 21, 09 03:08 PM
  1. Those new Helmets are Disgusting What is wrong w/ the one there wear now Thereis not one thing wrong w/ there helmets But those Other helmets are GROSS I wouldn't let my Dog wear that

    Posted by Paula November 21, 09 05:43 PM
  1. Needs to be tweaked a little bit, but definitely has potential.

    Posted by James November 21, 09 05:51 PM
  1. Not interested in this left over USFL helmet.

    Posted by Rich November 21, 09 09:56 PM
  1. I love the helmet and uniform of today, never change it!

    Posted by Autism1Patriot November 21, 09 11:04 PM
  1. the best would be not only Pat Patriot back, but also the throwback red uniforms back: they are simply awesome

    pity that we will see the retro unis only on 6 december this year

    next year ? i hope all games

    PAT PATRIOT N.1

    Posted by sairus November 22, 09 06:31 AM
  1. Oh Ken Carbone has pronounced the current Patriots helmet to be the bottom of the barrel! Well that makes all the difference in the world. Who on Earth is Ken Carbone and who proclaimed him to be the final arbiter on what looks good and what doesn't. Matter of fact, the helmet that he thinks is the best, the Bengals, I have always considered to be the ugliest helmet in the league.
    I hope the Patriots are not even considering giving this guy the light of day with this ridiculous looking design. Let him go and design stupid looking uniforms for the new UFL. They could change the leagues' name from United Football League to Ugly Football Logos.

    Posted by honestrick November 22, 09 08:04 AM
  1. The current helmet is genius. It's Elvis, Stars and Stripes and it has an attitude. This is pure Americana and the best helmet design in the NFL.

    Posted by Ted November 22, 09 08:07 AM
  1. As a designer myself, I can see that this Carbone guy skipped marketing 101. Icons and logos sell merchandise, and to try to market this helmet that looks like a bad 4th of july party dress would be a huge mistake. Maybe he should try to watch some football once in a while and get educated on how to sell a product.

    Posted by Groovemaster November 22, 09 08:11 AM
  1. Just because something make your eyes bleed doesn't make it bad. Good design can be clean and simple. I love the newer Pats helmets. The Flying Elvis is the symbol of dynasty... which is why it was so important to switch from Pat the "two decades of losing" Logo. I'm not saying i don't like the idea of Americana in the uniform but are you kidding me. Does it come with a little red cape and a flair for the dramatic?

    Posted by Mark November 22, 09 08:19 AM
  1. i never understood why Pat Patriot 'left'...time to bring him back

    sooner then later : he is simply an awesome logo; the best

    Posted by Henry November 22, 09 08:26 AM
  1. This change will happen only if Kraft sells out to Harley-Davidson.

    Posted by John November 22, 09 08:52 AM
  1. Looks like a throwback(or throw-up) from the 70's. This is by far the worst design in all NFL.

    Posted by PatsDawg November 22, 09 09:13 AM
  1. Bring back "Pat Patriot" helmet & the classic uniforms (the ones from the eighties & not sixties). Too many teams have gone with the trendy look (stripes down the side of uniforms and/or flares designs) - not apealing at all. (trendy examples include Arizona, Denver, Buffalo, Seattle, & to a lesser degree - the Patriots) vs. (the classic look of Green Bay, Chicago, Pttsburgh, Cleveland - looks stand the test of time). Pats could switch between White, Red, & Blue uniforms. Flying elvis and corresponing uniforms are look fad-like. I applaud the Krafts for the success they've brought to the orgaization but they should not changed the uniforms.

    Posted by Sal November 22, 09 09:56 AM
  1. Please bring back the classic uniforms (the ones from the eighties not the current sixties ones). Ditch the Flying elvis and dark blue uniform for classic look. This newly proposed helmet is joke - don't even think about it.

    Posted by Michael November 22, 09 10:04 AM
  1. What does this guy know. Our helmet and uniform is the best looking in the NFL. Love the red, white, and blue. Flying Elvis forever!!!!!!! This guy is a Patriots hater!

    Posted by Autism1Patriot November 22, 09 10:06 AM
  1. Oh my God , please leave it just the way it is.

    Posted by Bill Charron November 22, 09 10:22 AM
  1. This new helmet design is awesome. Now, they just need flag capes to match!

    Posted by Steve November 22, 09 11:03 AM
  1. I think they should keep the same logo the new one is horrible looks like captain marvel comic book

    Posted by paul November 22, 09 11:19 AM
  1. whats the matter russ you punk the colors of the country offend then go to russia punk many died for those fredoms under that standard,If that polarizes tough,get over it or split you socialist,HELMET ROCKS GO TRUE PATRIOTS,

    Posted by Rod picz November 22, 09 11:25 AM
  1. WTF?

    Posted by Da Gunnar November 22, 09 12:01 PM
  1. I think the new helmets should have a pik of John Kerry on one side and
    Barney Frank on the other. Kraft loves to give $$$$$$$$$$$ to the Democrats and this would be a way to give even more recognition for all they have done for Massachewsitts.................

    Posted by propwash November 22, 09 12:46 PM
  1. Get rid of Elvis too. Crossed muskets enclosed by 13 stars. That's as patriotic as you can get.

    Posted by eddieS. November 22, 09 01:11 PM
  1. It looks like someone draped a pair of Wonder Woman's panties on our helmet. Now, for a bachellor party, that might be fun...but for every Sunday? This aint gonna work, bro.

    Posted by Todd November 22, 09 03:05 PM
  1. Looks like wonder woman's underwear

    Posted by jerry November 22, 09 03:05 PM
  1. I can think of one (and only one) potential benefit of the Knievel/SuperDave/Easy Rider helmet: maybe the cheerleaders would be forced to wear matching outfits, like Raquel Welch's in "Myra Breckenridge". Otherwise, it's Pat Patriot ftw!!!

    Posted by RiotNrrrd November 22, 09 05:26 PM
  1. How 'bout a dark navy blue helmet, white strip on top from front to back and a red windswept Kerry on only one side?

    Posted by R. Gonzalez November 23, 09 05:13 AM
  1. What's wrong with it looking like John Kerry?

    Posted by jklarc November 23, 09 07:56 AM
  1. I say Ken Carbone-Head should keep his ideas to himself.

    Posted by mark November 23, 09 10:14 AM
  1. Dont like it!!! please leave the helment the way it is

    Posted by Tom November 23, 09 10:57 AM
  1. they should just go back to the pat patriot logo

    Posted by Teddy November 23, 09 11:05 AM
  1. I like the logo as it is. When they bring back pat its great but i wouldnt want that to replace the current logo for good.

    Posted by Ryan November 23, 09 12:06 PM
  1. is there a possibility Pat Patriot could return permanently ? i am for it

    Posted by sairus November 23, 09 12:18 PM
  1. When Randy Moss gets shot out of the cannon, he can kiss Revis goodbye forever!
    Does the cape match?

    Posted by Mike November 23, 09 01:17 PM
  1. all i can say is.... NOOOOOOOOOO Way!

    Posted by Pose November 23, 09 02:40 PM
  1. Bring Back the old logo (three point pat, pat patriot) !!

    The Patriots used to have the best logo in the NFL (pat patriot).

    Posted by Gerry Fields November 23, 09 03:07 PM
  1. It's Not a real positive thing to have red and white tire marks running through the center of your head! It would be damn embarrassing for a defensive linemen to be sporting that design.

    Posted by Sean November 23, 09 03:43 PM
  1. YOU CRAZY OR SOMETHING???

    Posted by Kamran November 23, 09 03:47 PM
  1. hey gerry isn't the old logo Patriot Pat and the new one (mascot) Pat Patriot?

    Posted by christine November 23, 09 04:28 PM
  1. No Way....Flying Elvis is way better. Come On Man!

    Posted by Burnslam November 23, 09 04:41 PM
  1. No!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted by Mark Eldridge November 23, 09 04:55 PM
  1. If this will make them play better, I'm all for it.

    It's a proven fact that guys who wear white shoes, are faster than guys who wear black shoes.

    So, it's obvious, if they have better helmets, they'll be better players!

    Posted by B. W. S. Johnson November 23, 09 05:54 PM
  1. If this will make them play better, I'm all for it.

    It's a proven fact that guys who wear white shoes, are faster than guys who wear black shoes.

    So, it's obvious, if they have better helmets, they'll be better players!

    Posted by B. W. S. Johnson November 23, 09 05:54 PM
  1. "When Captain America throws his mighty shield....

    Seriously, go back to the originals.

    Posted by sj November 23, 09 07:26 PM
  1. Why not throw in the White Sox shorts of years gone bye if you reaaly want to be "stylin."

    Posted by George Laffin November 24, 09 12:14 PM
  1. Yup... rollerderby, stunt devil, generic movie football team, all those would describe where this design belongs. This feels like a stunt to get people more in favor of the "Flying Elvis' after the AFL throwback games with Pat Patriot (and they better not think of making a middle ground by restyling Pat either).

    Posted by Jay November 24, 09 01:04 PM
  1. Is the USFL coming back?

    Posted by PatsMarchToMiami November 24, 09 01:05 PM
  1. Yuk.

    How about a 'Don't Tread on Me' snake?

    Now that is a symbol of colonial patriots.

    Posted by Jerry November 24, 09 01:27 PM
  1. NO! NO! NO! Don't mess with Elvis!

    Posted by sims November 24, 09 02:43 PM
  1. Hot stuff! This helmet matches my outfit perfectly!
    —Captain America

    Posted by Bones November 24, 09 03:25 PM
  1. How about a matching striped cod piece?

    Posted by G November 24, 09 04:40 PM
  1. If Brady were to wear this helmet, I GUARANTEE that Gisele will be filing for divorce soon after...

    Posted by capps November 24, 09 05:26 PM
  1. I always loved "Pat Patriot." Bring that logo back, this time with royal blue jerseys, with red and white trim.

    Posted by Dave November 24, 09 05:48 PM
  1. Current helmets are AWESOME. Proposed design looks like a 6 year old did it. Skip it.

    Posted by Perry November 24, 09 06:16 PM
  1. I like the existing helmets. The proposed new design is hideous!

    Posted by Phyllis K November 24, 09 07:32 PM
  1. we need to think about this before we get all up in arms, look if there will be new helmet it will not be this

    Posted by siggijonson November 24, 09 08:55 PM
  1. pat patriot or flying tri corner sans the elvis face. think about it.

    Posted by cdeco November 24, 09 10:34 PM
  1. the patriots helmet looks fine the way it is...but the redskins and the bucs ones should be adopted right away !!

    Posted by willodea November 25, 09 12:31 PM
  1. I like the reasoning behind the helmet revolution proposed here.

    But i dont like the Patriots helmet.

    I honestly wouldnt want an NFL helmet to have the power of getting me head-shotted in Afghanistan.

    And FYI: the Patriots wear NAVY blue... NOT light blue.

    And i like the Elvis logo more than pat patriot, but thats just me.

    Posted by Lucas O November 25, 09 01:26 PM
  1. I like the new one so much better than the old one but the oldest one was the best ever and the Pats should switch back to the oldest one

    Posted by mike November 25, 09 01:52 PM
  1. The suggested replacement design looks like a USFL nightmare.

    Posted by Jerry November 25, 09 01:57 PM
  1. ken, you may be a graphic designer, but you don't know crap about marketing. Ever hear of branding?? We have a long team history, and changing logo every ten years hurts that and dilutes the brand.

    Also, that new design is just bad. The flying Elvis may not be the best in the NFL, but it is a known, established, and RECOGNIZED logo, which is much more important than avoiding a "visually complicated" scene you get when two teams of clashing colors and logos play each other.

    Posted by Erin November 25, 09 02:13 PM
  1. That thing is hideous.....Bring back Pat Patriot!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted by Reggie S. November 25, 09 03:32 PM
  1. That ugly thing your crazy.

    Posted by Abel November 25, 09 04:53 PM
  1. The old One number 1 Baby,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,The new one is UGLYYYY
    Go Pats !!! Send the Guy to make Tacos,, LOL

    Posted by Albert November 25, 09 07:03 PM
  1. if the pat's do change their helmets...how about putting
    the throw back pat & the current pat on the helmet too???

    GO PATS!!!!!

    Posted by a pat fan November 25, 09 10:23 PM
  1. Had the Patriots in 1776 worn that helmet, we'd be England right now!!!

    Posted by Derek November 26, 09 01:46 AM
  1. I preferrrrrrrrrr Pat Patriot myself!!! Lets just use the throwbacks all the time

    Posted by Lee November 26, 09 06:50 AM
  1. this looks like something worn by Captain America...

    Bring back Pat!

    Posted by jdnkn November 26, 09 08:06 AM
  1. The proposed helmet is awful; stick with the flying elvis or Pat Patriot

    Posted by Mike November 26, 09 08:10 AM
  1. The new design is awful. Three Super Bowls with the Flying Elvis, don't change it.

    Posted by JIm November 26, 09 08:16 AM
  1. That is silly. The PATRIOTS Helmet is one of the BEST out in the NFL. These artsy fartsy guys are ridiculous some times.

    Posted by George November 26, 09 09:10 AM
  1. Stay with what we have....the mock up is ugly!!!!

    Posted by dk November 26, 09 10:41 AM
  1. are you joking me?? this is so ugly and so 60s!!!

    Posted by liangj November 26, 09 12:02 PM
  1. Forgettabout it ! No to the old cartoonish Pat and Double No to the cannon clown helmet !! The windswept Elvis has grown on me..

    Posted by Babalouie from Lakefield November 26, 09 06:54 PM
  1. WTF!!! Are you kidding me? That hekmet looks like something from a Japanese Scifi horror movie from the sixties!

    Posted by Mario November 26, 09 07:57 PM
  1. It looks like the very bad motorcycle helmet and inaccurate uniform worn by Reb Brown when he played Captain America for the equally poor quality made-for-television movie in the late 1970's. In a word; Craptastic.

    If the team had to change the helmet, I'd go back to the classic Pat the Patriot. But since this is the one that has seen virtually nothing but winning- don't hold your breath.

    Posted by bleujayone November 26, 09 10:13 PM
  1. It looks like a USFL of College helmet.

    Posted by Henry November 27, 09 12:11 PM
  1. if this is a joke it's not funny. there trying to incorporate the dallas cowboy helmets with ours. come on!! the new version has only one terminology. IT SUCK !!!!!

    thats all.

    Posted by joe November 27, 09 12:47 PM
 
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