A balloon released from Nebraska's Memorial Stadium reportedly found in New York
Nebraska’s longtime tradition of releasing red balloons after the Huskers score a touchdown has been under harsh scrutiny recently. Environmentalists and others across the country have called for the university to stop littering the skies with the balloons.
The tradition caught even more criticism this week, when a red balloon was reportedly spotted in New York.
According to the Omaha World-Herald, Alyssa Lefebvre, a marine biologist from New York, ran across a red balloon with the “N” logo on one side and “Huskers” on the other while cleaning up one of the areas beaches.
She posted a phot of the balloon on Instagram, along with a message for Nebraska:
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Hey @huskers look what I found! The ~3,000 balloons you release per GAME are littering my beaches alll the way out here in East Hampton, NY. During your 7 home games this season alone you've willingly released 21,000 red balloons to saunter up; away and back down, landing miles apart from their Nebraskan origin where to the rest of the world they're nothing but ugly visual eye sores. PS: your cotton string is suspiciously synthetic in nature & I would love to know the distributor whom you purchase them from 🤔 I believe it may be only *partly* cotton based. PSS: biodegradable latex is a pure façade. Please stop releasing so many damn balloons!! 🎈🚫
That’s about a 1,400-mile journey for that balloon, by the way.
Lefebvre isn’t the only one who has blasted the Huskers for the balloon tradition. Earlier this year, a Florida-based environmental group “Balloons Blow” purchased a billboard in Lincoln pleading with the school to end the release of the balloons.
It clearly hasn’t swayed the Huskers.
According to the Omaha World-Herald, the balloons Nebraska uses are “100 percent natural latex biodegradable” and that they use “100 percent cotton strings.”