“The Hokies will have a new look for the annual White Effect game (Austin Peay, 9/8),” the Virginia Tech football team’s official Twitter account noted on Saturday. “What do you think?”
Some liked them. Some didn’t.
“Our whiteout helmets are so ugly,” quarterback Logan Thomas decided.
Well, they’re unique, that’s for sure. To Virginia Tech fans, this image is known as Hokie Tracks, and is a popular addition to cars and trucks. It’s also one of the few poultry feet icons in big-time sports, and has never been used on a Virginia Tech helmet before.
“Some might call the helmet fowl (see what I did there?), but I like that Virginia Tech is going with something different and fun,” Yahoo’s Graham Watson wrote. “But if they were trying to be intimidating, this probably isn’t going to do it.”
On the other hand, if you’re relying on your helmet icons for intimidation purposes against Austin Peay, you’re probably in trouble to begin with.