You missed awesome helmets and ‘Mean’ Joe by watching South Carolina and Georgia

North Texas-UNLV wasn't the most intriguing game of the day, but you missed some cool stuff if your dial was set to the Heart of Dallas Bowl.

Jerome Miron

We’ve gotten used to seeing less-than-packed stadiums this bowl season, and the empty seats on display during North Texas’  36-14 win over the UNLV showed the Heart of Dallas Bowl was no exception.

Sometimes you have to search far and wide for the silver lining.

Other times, it’s right on the surface.

The latter was the case on Wednesday afternoon in the 25th bowl game on the schedule. And if you were watching some of the juicier matchups on the first day of the new year, you might have missed the Mean Green sporting some of the coolest helmets of postseason.

Call us superficial, but looking good should count for something, and the green-on-black design was pretty awesome.

Check out the lids for yourself:

What else did you miss?

How about "Mean" Joe Greene?

Greene was an honorary captain for the game, and the North Texas alumnus and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame was a crowd-pleaser. Check it out:

North Texas seemed to get by just fine without "Mean" Joe, trailing for the only time in the game after UNLV’s opening drive.