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Sunday, August 19, 2001

Sports

Here's using your head
Site seeing

Hilary Kraus - Staff writer

Ahh, what people do in their spare time.

Charles Arey, a 32-year-old single guy who lives outside Atlanta, used to draw NFL teams' football helmets or make up his own designs to pass the time in high school biology (or maybe it was just in study hall.)

More than a decade later, Arey, a computer programmer, opened a Web site on his Yahoo! GeoCities account named geocities.com/caulkgun. It's devoted to football helmets and nothing more.

It's a must-see for anyone who's ever admired a logo.

"I've always been interested in different-looking football helmets," Arey said. "I like the game of football a great deal, and the helmet sort of seems to me like the ultimate `symbol' of any particular football team."

Arey's 2-year-old "The Helmet Project," doesn't stop at the NFL.

The site is loaded with everything from the NCAA Division I Washington State Cougars helmets (home gray and away crimson, shown with an explanation) to the Division III Whitworth College black helmet. There's even a spot for the XFL, whose fans might have fit inside a helmet.

If old-school is your thing, Arey has an area devoted to historical helmets. He's filling in the blanks as more information is passed his way. It's clear to see some schools have better contributors than others, such as the Connecticut Huskies with 16 helmets posted.

While Arey, who doesn't make a dime off his site, relies on visitors for information, he also relies on them to play by the rules when it comes to remote loading. His account already was suspended once (see explanation on the home page). It would be a loss to the helmet lovers of the world if it vanished for good.

Insiders news on Cougfan.com

With Washington State's first football game 12 days away, www.cougfan.com publisher Greg Witter reports the 3-year-old site is joining the theinsiders.com family.

Since rivals.com went dark earlier this year, Witter has been courted by alliancesports.com and theinsiders.com (formerly citadel partners), both known for college news, recruiting information and lively message boards.

"From a reader's standpoint, we're going to have more recruiting information, including a recruiting database," said Witter, a WSU grad who lives in Seattle. "Beyond that, everything else is a technical help for us. We'll be able to update things quicker."

To recommend a sports site for review, e-mail hilaryk@spokesman.com. For an archive of past Site Seeing columns and featured links, point your Web browser to www.spokesmanreview.com/siteseeing.

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