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Terps ‘borrowed’ helmet design from… roller girls?

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We had what we thought would be our final say on the abomination that was Maryland’s uniform of choice — the helmets in particular — for their opener against Miami Monday night.  We were wrong.

As pointed out by the Baltimore Sun, there are striking similarities between the helmets worn by the Terrapins last night and the helmets worn by… wait for it… the Charm City Roller Girls’ All-Stars team.  According to the team’s captain Hillary Rosensteel — whose roller nickname is “Rosie the Rioter”, incidentally — the helmets are “not identical, but they’re shockingly similar.”

The design for the roller derby team’s’ helmets — which like the Terps incorporates Maryland’s state flag — was created by the husband of one of the members of the team and has been in use for three years.  Below is a photo of both.  You be the judge:

Suffice to say, there’s a slight bit of similarity between the two helmet designs.  And Rosie the Rioter doesn’t appear to be the least bit happy about it.

“I can only guess where it came from,” she said.

For now, she said, “It’s just a coincidence. But I should not say anymore right now.”

No one connected to the roller derby team would say whether or not legal action would be pursued.  We have attempted to reach out to Under Armour, Maryland’s official uniform supplier, for comment to no avail.

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33 Responses to “Terps ‘borrowed’ helmet design from… roller girls?”
  1. stockdogdca says: Sep 6, 2011 5:14 PM

    ok , ok we get it ! no more, my eyes can’t handle anymore exposure to these helmet gems.

  2. Deb says: Sep 6, 2011 5:21 PM

  3. Fan On Fire_Maurice Barksdale says: Sep 6, 2011 5:22 PM

    I’m sure Under Armour can afford to settle out of court on this if it comes to that. Even though I believe it’s the Maryland state flag, it’s obvious where they got the idea for the helmet from.

    But hopefully this is the last time we’ll have to see this blatantly poor attempt to get attention, excuse for a uniform ever again.

  4. tomosbornesretirementcostjoepaatitle says: Sep 6, 2011 5:45 PM

    So. If I take a pic of my dog’s waste, does that mean I can sue Nike, cuz most of their designs these days share the same aesthetic value. I’m not limiting this to football uniforms either. Nike has been destroying soccer shoes for years, and freaking adidas felt like they just had to keep up.

  5. pudgalvin says: Sep 6, 2011 5:53 PM

    Unless they’ve trademarked that exact design as their logo, I don’t think it really matters. It’s not like the roller derby team put a ton of creative effort into taking their helmet idea off the state flag.

  6. cubano76 says: Sep 6, 2011 6:09 PM

    BUSTED!!!!!!! By a bunch of chicks on skates! Friggin hillarious…….

  7. wethog66 says: Sep 6, 2011 7:32 PM

    I have lived in MD my entire life and this is the first time I have ever heard of the Charm City All Stars. I’d imagine the folk at Under Armor are in the same boat as me.

    Having said all that, are the two helmut designs really that similar? Nope. In the end, which side has the bigger claim to using the MD state flag in their uniforms? The State University or a collection of goth chicks that like to skate around and knock each others teeth out?

  8. southernpatriots says: Sep 6, 2011 8:13 PM

    We thought that the worst designs we saw were the black unis worn by the favorite team of Philip Knight–Oregon, which they wore as their behinds were beaten and their speed was out raced by LSU. So the black unis were for their funeral. Then I saw the other Nike attrosity, the Georgia red? unis and thought…”They have no chance of winning the game dressed in those” and they were blown out by Boise State.

    Then I saw the Maryland flag and eye blinding design of Under Armour which obviously saw the Nike designs and decided to make a design even worse for Maryland and the wonderful leaders at Maryland made a quality decision to have their players wear this pattern more fitting to Pimlico than Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. So much for the death of tradition and the embracement of ugly. The only difference, Maryland did win, though barely against a decimated Miami team. Our hopes that Maryland will receive traditional unis from Under Armour and will recover from that embarassement on so many levels.

  9. phantasma99 says: Sep 6, 2011 8:32 PM

    You guys think you have it tough try being a Maryland fan where I live. I live in SC with tons of U of South Carolina, Clemson and Ohio fans (tweeners that could not find their way back to Ohio from Florida). Now I will have to put up with the nick name Charm City Roller Girls All Star team if Maryland drops any games. At least the girls are tough.

  10. bjax357 says: Sep 6, 2011 9:27 PM

    You guys don’t even sound like fans, or even sound like you take Maryland football seriously. To be honest i seriously think you guys are transplanted fans, from some other state and only watch Maryland because you attended the University, or just hating period. I will say this, as a resident of the State of Maryland, furthermore as a resident of the great county of Prince Georges. I was Proud of the way those kids played, also to see those awesome colors displayed. If you listened closely, That team wearing those colors were saying “WE ARE MARYLAND”.

    Under-armor owes no explanation, that design is the design of the State flag of which A state university decided to use, besides, the roller chicks had four corners(squares), The football helmet was TWO side. No way a Judge rules this a copy. You can’t copyright or trademark a State item or design. Four corner is not of any unique design, nor did the Terps wear that.

  11. bjax357 says: Sep 6, 2011 9:30 PM

    It also Kill me how when Maryland beat a quality team, we suddenly “barely against a decimated Miami team.” I know for sure that was not a fan. Need to stop Hating UP IN HERE!

  12. Patrick Duffy says: Sep 6, 2011 9:38 PM

    Maybe they did, but then again who cares? This isn’t news worthy, it’s fluff.

  13. southernpatriots says: Sep 6, 2011 9:47 PM

    bjax357: Maybe you didn’t know. Maybe you didn’t follow the news wires and sports news.

    UM had many players suspended due to their involvement with a slime booster named Shapiro who is now serving time for bilking millionaires out of their money.

    Don’t know if the Terps would have beaten Miami with their full team playing, but the full Miami team was not playing.

    It was the unis which cost the Terps some of their mojo and made the game so close.

  14. Deb says: Sep 6, 2011 9:58 PM

    @phantasma99 …

    Tip o’ the hat to you for being mature enough to acknowledge the emperor is wearing an atrocity and to be embarrassed by it. For your sake, I hope the NCAA adopts uniform standards and puts Maryland, along with Oregon, Georgia, BSU, and any other Project Runway victims I’ve yet to see, out of their–and our–misery. A flag is a flag and a uniform is a uniform. I love my country, but I don’t want to see our soldiers decked out in the Stars and Stripes.

  15. bjax357 says: Sep 6, 2011 10:07 PM

    Negative…… Did you hear in the news that Miami still had the best talent in the ACC and that they felt the Miami was going to win this because they had better athletes? Didn’t you see that on GAMEDAY as well? I mean the experts said this, I’ve been listening all week and now you argue that all of a sudden its Miami who was wounded because players were TAKING MONEY. So respectfully, no, I don’t believe that.

    As for the uniforms, you know and I know the old ones are UGLY, 2 things I loved, was the Cross and the Gold and Black Hazards, I feel it gave energy to a new chapter in College Park….. Fear the Turtle Snap! Snap!

  16. bjax357 says: Sep 6, 2011 10:14 PM

    The Emperor is the NCAA, of which you desire more ridiculous standards, that do not help the game nor the student athlete.

    This is about a State school displaying its state flag. ole miss loved its state too.

    As for soldiers, that does not even belong in this conversation. Cant really see how you are comparing to the two, sorry just don’t think that’s funny.

  17. trbowman says: Sep 6, 2011 10:20 PM

    Calling this stuff ugly would be a gross understatement. Maryland and Nike should be ashamed for this garbage. Recruiting violations isn’t what is hurting college ball – it’s this trash. We are talking about the moral fiber of college ball being destroyed by the five year olds working for Nike.

    Emmert should be more concerned about this nonsense than anything else.

  18. bjax357 says: Sep 6, 2011 10:28 PM

    Are you serious, you really feel uniforms are hurting college football, or are you just playing. If you think its ugly fine, but Uniforms are NOT killing CFB, not boosters? Not people offering money and giving kids opportunities to destroy their careers? Either you guys are ill informed , or just typing nonsense.

    It must be the ill informed part because NIKE did not make these uniformed, why hell did you even read the article. Go back and read it again.

  19. southernpatriots says: Sep 6, 2011 11:21 PM

    gamebjax357: CFT reported in:

    NCAA rules eight Hurricanes must sit at least one game.

    You will find various suspensions, many for the first game with the Terps, and a huge amount of distraction.

    Without any of those many suspensions, the unfolding scandal involving Shapiro, and all that distraction, we can see UM favored. How any commentator could favor them in their dimished state in their contest with Maryland is just confusing. Maybe its the same commentators who ranked Notre Dame in the top 20 before the first game.

  20. thetooloftools says: Sep 6, 2011 11:46 PM

    Attention Maryland… People laughing at you is not positive media attention. Put a fighting turtle on the side of your helmet and be done with it. Their is a fine line between contemporary and stupid.

  21. paulbrownsrevenge says: Sep 7, 2011 12:00 AM

    Those were the most hideous things I’ve ever seen. I thought Edsall was a coach with a spine, no respectable man wouldn’t wear that, or lead men clad in that.

    Anyone else sick of the fashion show?

    Remember what you were wearing 10 years ago?? Imagine how stupid these uniforms will look in highlights played in a decade from now.

  22. bjax357 says: Sep 7, 2011 12:20 AM

    I think you guys are haters, and are getting old. How about you Laugh at that win, that 500 yards plus. laugh at that! Laugh at the ACC title.

  23. danfitzger says: Sep 7, 2011 4:05 AM

    This is just stupid.

    Yeah, Under Armour stole the design from a roller derby group that probably 10 people heard of before this post. They didn’t get it from the state flag, which looks exactly like the design.

    I also hear the President faked his birth certificate and actually born in North Korea!

  24. dickroy says: Sep 7, 2011 7:16 AM

    Ugly uniforms. I like to see teams stick to the same uniforms every week and not these multi-clown colors

  25. rollergirl22 says: Sep 7, 2011 8:34 AM

    There’s probably a reason I don’t see any Charm City girls weighing in, here, and its probably because they have more grace then me. However, something about watching people bash roller derby gets me irritated. No, obviously derby doesn’t have the main stream attention that football does. It never will. That does not, however, not make it a real sport.

    There are well over 500 roller derby leagues in this nation, and more independant leagues popping up every day. By last count, Maryland alone has at least five teams: CCRG, The Mason Dixon Roller Vixens, Iron Mountain Roller Girls, Three Rivers Roller Derby, and Free State Roller Derby. Charm City Roller Girls are a highly ranked WFTDA team, and in just over a week are hosting a large tournament, along with the DC Rollergirls, right in the city at DuBurns Arena. A venue that, by the way, CCRG sells out every time they host a bout. No, its not the tens of thousands of fans that football attracts, but its a respectable amount.

    So, please, before you make derogatory remarks about this sport, and the women who play it, try to remember, first and foremost, that the thousands and thousands of women who play ARE athletes, and derby is a real and competetive sport. You wouldn’t see roller girls on here bashing football, saying its just a bunch of pussy men all padded up because they can’t take hits, or some stuff like that. Football is a sport. Baseball is a sport. And roller derby deserves to be respected along those same lines, even if it isn’t so widely recognized.

  26. southernpatriots says: Sep 7, 2011 8:42 AM

    rollergirl22: Well stated and point well taken and we agree! Now for those who made disparaging postings to do the same. Best to you and stay safe!

  27. Deb says: Sep 7, 2011 1:38 PM

    @bjax357 …

    Did you get the sense that I was joking?

    The last thing I want to see is more NCAA regs, but it’s obvious schools can’t be trusted to show common sense when it comes to uniform design. Based on Maryland’s, the next thing we’ll see is a knockoff of Scooby Doo costumes. The NFL has uniform guidelines, and it’s time the NCAA did as well.

    For some idiotic reason that escapes me, the defense of this mess is that it looks like a state flag. I can’t imagine what that has to do with a football uniform, especially since states generally have more than one football team. Just because you love your state is no reason to turn the state flag into a football uniform–(analogy alert)–anymore than loving your country would be a reason to turn the U.S. flag into a military uniform. (Don’t blame me that you’re to slow to get an analogy that was in no way insulting to soldiers :roll: )

    College football is a nationwide sport. It isn’t just about Maryland. In fact, Maryland is a minor participant. When your team chooses to come out dressed as cartoon characters, it undermines the entire sport.

  28. Deb says: Sep 7, 2011 1:50 PM

    @rollergirl22 …

    I respect roller derby both as a sport and from a historical perspective, and apologize if my negative posts about Maryland’s uniforms seem to disparage the Charm City Roller Girls. I can’t manage to stay upright on a pair of skates, let alone master the skills your players display. And the uniforms are attractive and perfectly appropriate for your sport, which is colorful and exciting in a different way to football. In football, such a mishmash of colors only makes it more difficult to follow the action on the field, especially during player pileups.

    For all their money and personnel, it appears as though Under Armour copied your uniforms. I’m not familiar with copyright law as it applies to design, but hope they’ll be forced to compensate your team.

    Thank you for weighing in so eloquently on this subject.

  29. webfootdoug58 says: Sep 7, 2011 8:18 PM

    Thank you Maryland for getting fans to laugh about some other team’s ridiculous uniforms besides our own U Oregon “Comic Strip/Combat-Pro Unis” which Nike “created” for us.

    Now that we have lost two in a row wearing Uncle Phil’s black monstrosities, maybe we can go back to our beloved green and yellow.
    I appreciate all those of you who have commented on Nike’s commercialized bad taste. Maybe we can make a difference.

    However, southernpatriot, you were over the edge with this one:
    “We thought that the worst designs we saw were the black unis worn by the favorite team of Philip Knight–Oregon, which they wore as their behinds were beaten and their speed was out raced by LSU. So the black unis were for their funeral.”

    Nope, southernpatriot, LSU was fast, and we lost, but hardly had our “behinds beaten.”
    Please note:
    On passing and total yardage, Oregon had a big advantage.
    First downs were even, and UO was ahead on 3rd down conversions.

    Oregon lost because of a ton of penalties, and 4 turnovers, two in a row being from a true freshman pressed in to service because of the suspension of Cliff Harris, an All-American cornerback and kick returner, and injuries to Isaac Barner and others. Until those two turnovers (really, takeaways by a great LSU defense and special teams) Oregon was in the game with a good chance to win it.

    So congratulations and good luck to LSU, on that day you were the better team– but southernpatriot, please stop the dissing of other good teams. Other LSU fans on this CFT site have shown a lot more class.
    No one got “their behinds beaten” there last Saturday.
    And reports of the Duck’s “funeral” are greatly exaggerated.

  30. webfootdoug58 says: Sep 7, 2011 8:28 PM

    Oops, I meant Kenjon Barner not Isaac Barner, who was

  31. paulbrownsrevenge says: Sep 8, 2011 9:30 AM


    Congrats on not having the ugliest uniforms anymore!! Mary Land just ousted Uncle Phil. The guys at Nike are probably scratching their heads. Look for real duck feathers on your uni’s next. I feel sorry for ya man, gotta be tough liking tradition and being an Oregon fan.

  32. paulbrownsrevenge says: Sep 8, 2011 9:32 AM


  33. cbtyco says: Sep 9, 2011 2:14 PM

    Hey all,

    I heard an interview with the Maryland coach on ESPN radio about the uniforms. He said there were numerous different variations they could and would be wearing this year- even a turtle shell helmet. His take was that as long as they worked hard, the kids could choose the uniform for each week. THe kids love it, he said, and it even has recruiting benefits because, after all, these are kids they are targeting. So, the allegedly ugly uniforms (see the poll results where majority like them) are admittedly an original creation of Maryland alum’s company Under Armour, but something that the coach and UA have let the kids really be a part of and enjoy- pretty cool. And Maryland and UA getting good PR as well. Is all that so bad?

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