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Nebraska Football Balloon Found In A Ridiculous Place

Big Ten football program Nebraska football's game day balloon release.

LINCOLN, NE - AUGUST 31: Nebraska fans release red balloons after the Nebraska Cornhuskers score their first points of the game against the Wyoming Cowboys at Memorial Stadium on August 31, 2013 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)

The Nebraska football program's celebratory balloon release at Memorial Stadium is a beloved tradition to some, and an unnecessary nuisance that harms the environment to others.

The controversy is generally reserved for the Lincoln area.

In 2014, an environmentalist started a petition for Nebraska to end the tradition. Two years later, the school faced a lawsuit over it, which was eventually thrown out.

Just this year, a local group "Balloons Blow" put up a billboard asking Nebraska to cancel the tradition.

This week, a Nebraska football balloon popped up in a place that no one would expect: The Hamptons.

A marine biologist in East Hampton, N.Y. discovered it while going to fill a test tube from the Atlantic Ocean.

She posted a picture to Instagram, with a caption chastising Nebraska for the pollution.

Even with balloons having the ability to travel long distances once released, one hitting the East Coast seems unlikely.

The Huskers' NYC alumni club said it doesn't release balloons, but theorized that local Nebraska fans may be responsible. From 1011 Now in Lincoln:

"We do not release balloons at any events," Danny Scheyer, President of NYC Huskers said. "However, there are thousands of Huskers on Long Island and the greater New York City area. I don't pretend to be a meteorologist, but it seems more likely the balloon came from a local than Lincoln. After all, Husker Nation is a coast-to-coast phenomenon."

That would definitely make more sense. Wherever the balloon came from, expect plenty more from those who want the balloon release canceled over the next few years.

[1011 Now]