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Today's Tidbit... The Great Helmets in a Row Mystery
Back when quarterbacks called the plays, substitute players were forced to sit on the bench by rule, and substituted players were few, teams commonly placed their helmets in neat rows along the sideline. I've never figured out why they did so.
I am aware that Boston College placed their helmets on the ground in a “V for Victory” formation before the 1943 Orange Bowl. However, the Eagles did not soar as high as the Horned Frogs jumped, losing to TCU 37-21, so superstition is not an adequate explanation.
Did they want to avoid having helmets lying on the ground haphazardly? If so, have the subs hang onto the helmets as they do today.
Do you have any ideas why this old-time behavior was so common?
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