So the University of Nebraska has decided to cease its first score tradition of releasing thousands of balloons into the air during its home games because of a helium shortage.
Come on, man. Why not stop it because it’s just plain WRONG. It’s an environmentally insensitive act witnessed by thousands, the akin to mass-scale littering. Instead, why not throw some confetti into the air that can be swept up by the stadium cleaners, fire cannons, shoot fireworks, etc. A lot of schools have a lot of traditions that don’t hurt the environment.
“Okay,” you say, “lighten up Francis.” Alright, if I choose that route then I have no place to complain when an fisherman leaves line at a lake or a hunter refuses to ever pick up any spent hulls.
Maybe the university is using the “helium shortage” as a cop out to do the right thing. I certainly hope so.
One last note: I’ve been to a Nebraska football game and religiously watch them every week during the fall. Releasing the balloons just isn’t that big of a deal. “But it’s tradition,” you may say. No, Nebraska’s football tradition is WINNING. Not being irresponsible.