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10/1/2014

Should the Memorial Stadium balloon release be ended?

38%
Yes

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62%
No WINNER

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38%
Yes

52 Comments
Dan owen
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Dan owen

It's just ridiculous, not because of environmental reasons, because balloons are for children, not grown ass adults. It's time to modernize the experience more.

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Keith Petrie
Keith Petrie

I voted on the wrong side...Cancel one Yes Vote and add one to the No vote! I read it wrong!

Will Stevenson
Will Stevenson

There are kids in the stands... I think it's fun for them...

Bart Burroughs
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Bart Burroughs

most definitely, I think we should release environmentalists instead, they are naturally full of hot gas and are environmentally friendly....:)

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Carol Edmonds
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Carol Edmonds

Cigarette butts, fast food trash, plastic bags, candy wrappers, cans, gum, aerosols, broken glass...now let's get down to real pollution before we worry about some balloons.

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Visitor
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Visitor

Not all traditions are a good tradition... Slavery in the South a prime example of traditions that need to go away. We are smart enough to see that sometimes some traditions need to change (case in point people who want to change the Tunnel Walk song). As we obtain more knowledge of our actions, we should alter some actions if they adversely affect other things such as the environment, wildlife, gaming experience, etc.

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Laura W. Jordan
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Laura W. Jordan

I live in Florida and participate in beach cleanups and have seen the first hand side effects of dead animals that have ingested balloons mistaking them as food. There is no reason for these animals to die over something as silly as a balloon release.

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Robin Miller Lenertz
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Robin Miller Lenertz

It is mass littering. It needs to stop.

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Glen Moore
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Glen Moore

Because it is a terrible form of pollution that kills wildlife and wastes helium.

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Visitor
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Visitor

Balloons are very bad for earth and animals

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Visitor
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Visitor

It is litter- bottom line

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Visitor
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Visitor

Because voting the other way would be totally irresponsible ….. and STUPID! Does something have to become illegal before someone doesn't do something? We used to pour old engine oil on the weeds too …. but do we do that any more? well maybe the other side does?! some things really do need to change, and this is one of them.

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Tim Brown
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Tim Brown

I am a wildlife rehabilitator and an environmental educator. I have seen the harm that balloons can do to animals and I have spent the last 25 years teaching children that littering is a bad idea. The idea that a university would even contemplate continuing a mass littering tradition boggles my mind. The fact that this "tradition" also entails a near criminal waste of helium just put frosting an an archaic cake. STOP the Releases!

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Shane Clayton
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Shane Clayton

It is a lame tradition, it was probably cool in the mid 1900s. Live in AZ and watch all the games on TV. Every time they release those balloons, everyone I'm watching with looks at me and says cmon

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David Branker
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David Branker

We need it for the medical field

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Jane Tavener
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Jane Tavener

Even latex balloons take at least 6 months to degrade and in this time can cause plenty of harm to animals. You wouldn't be so reckless as to give one to a baby to play with, for fear of choking, so why would you allow an animal to eat one?

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Frank
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Frank

Environmental concerns. Balloons are not bio-degradable.

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Andy Mabbett
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Andy Mabbett

Balloon release (even "biodegradable" latex) harms wildlife: http://goo.gl/5FDoa Please don't litter

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Joel Thornton
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Joel Thornton

Better for the environment, plus the balloon tradition is pretty stale now. Fireworks are better.

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Ben Swan
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Ben Swan

As special as the tradition is... the game day experience will not diminish. GBR

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Kyle A Simonsen
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Kyle A Simonsen

It's not some hallowed tradition, it isn't even terribly cool, and the environmental impacts are real. Bring on the fireworks, instead.

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Rizeabuv Yorzelf
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Rizeabuv Yorzelf

Launch Roman Candles after 1st TD. Balloons are boring.

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Robin Riley-Wright
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Robin Riley-Wright

Balloons are so destructive and damaging to wildlife and sealife. They travel so far before they land and litter areas that aren't anywhere near where you've released them. Please reconsider your balloon releases.

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terry fout
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terry fout

Release butterflies or doves anything but ballons...the balloons are harmful to wildlife...getting tangled in the string, larger animals swallowing the pieces of balloon can can kill them....

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Michaela Tighe
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Michaela Tighe

As a lifelong husker fan, no matter what your opinion is about latex & if it is harmful to the environment - the facts speak for themselves. No life should be harmed for a tradition that is dated.

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Raylene Hansen
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Raylene Hansen

Too many balloons end up in our waterways as pollution

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Brynn Guse
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Brynn Guse

Balloons (even biodegradable ones) are horrible for the environment and the animals who reside in it!

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Angie Brook
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Angie Brook

I live on an island and see, first hand, the lethal, painfully cruel effects of balloon litter on our wildlife and farm animals too. There are other greater threats but that doesn't make this right. Even if only one animal was spared a painful death, a ban would be worthwhile. Set an example to others, the effect will then be multiplied.

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Brie Vernier
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Brie Vernier

Do you want to preserve the clubbing of baby seals because it's a *tradition*?? This is no different -- spent balloons cause precious wildlife to die, sometimes very slowly and painfully. This isn't about politics or environmentalism, it's about caring for the creatures you share this planet with.

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Michael J. Seery
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Michael J. Seery

Because releasing thousands of balloons is littering no matter how you look at it. Imagine if someone threw all those deflated balloons in your yard, house, car, or favorite park? It is totally disrespectful. Do a laser light show instead!

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Sherry Samson
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Sherry Samson

Balloons are litter. Balloons are deadly to animals. Protect our environment. Please

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Amanda Kay Lortz
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Amanda Kay Lortz

Balloon releases accomplish nothing except a fleeting moment of satisfaction from a decision that then causes years of death and suffering. Animals eat these balloons and die as a result. Birds of prey attack them, become tangled, and fall from the sky. They lay around for years and years, never really deteriorating the way they are advertised to. Release bubbles instead, they are much prettier and do so much less damage.

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Tatiana Perrotta
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Tatiana Perrotta

I have watched wildlife die after swallowing latex baloons. Why should they suffer just for our entert

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Angeniet Kam
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Angeniet Kam

I live in Holland. I regularly pick up balloons that lie on the beach. Some come over from England. How many of those will have ended up in the sea between our countries? Please reconsider your plans to release the balloons. You would be so courageous to do so and you would show that you can make a change and a contribution to a world with less litter.

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Annie Heslop
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Annie Heslop

I clean beaches every week and every week I find balloons. I'm one person on one beach, imagine how many balloons must be in the sea! Please don't add to this.

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Aly PeaPops Peacock
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Aly PeaPops Peacock

Its just making litter which has a long term negative environmental impact.

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Heidi Iverson
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Heidi Iverson

It's so simple to see that this is littering. Nobody would want all of those spent balloons in their yard, so why would you release them to end up elsewhere? They don't float off into space, you know.

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Bonnie Ziemann
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Bonnie Ziemann

I'm tired of people using Nebraska as a garbage can. Husker games generate a tremendous amount of trash. Eliminating balloons is a step in the right direction to curb environmentally harmful trash.

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Donna Rae Henault Caporaso
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Donna Rae Henault Caporaso

Because they litter for miles around. They endanger wildlife who mistaken the bits of balloons as food. Birds become entangled in them. And they do not break down as the balloon industry claims.

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Mitzi Frank
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Mitzi Frank

The litter that is produced by releasing balloons should be illegal....and it is life threatening to wildlife. Please consider some other way to celebrate!

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Julia Simmons
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Julia Simmons

It's littering. I don't think they'd like it if we threw those deflated balloons on their campus grounds- well I don't want them in our oceans and forests harming animals!

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Laurie Myrick
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Laurie Myrick

As a wildlife rehabber, I've seen the effects of wildlife who have either ingested or become entangled in balloons It is a horrific, slow and painful death for them and there is no reason for it. Balloons are NOT biodegradable regardless of what the companies try to tell you, they fall back to earth as litter, and it can travel far, far away. You can't control where it ends up and it is irresponsible to continue!

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Benjamin Laurenson
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Benjamin Laurenson

It is pollution on a mass scale that degrades ecological diversity. Maintaining traditions is important, but not to the extent that massive environmental harm occurs.

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Visitor
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Visitor

Balloons are a hazard to wildlife

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Anita Shaw
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Anita Shaw

because they aren't really biodegradable, and because I've had a pet that ate a balloon that landed and burst in our back yard and died from it.

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Lisa Ambridge
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Lisa Ambridge

There are so many ways to commemorate/celebrate these kind of occasions without releasing airborne litter. Move with the times and be good to your planet. <3

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Ben Brooks
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Ben Brooks

Because sacred cows make the best steaks

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Keith Petrie
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Keith Petrie

Absolutely! 7 Games! I'd want a study that actually shows what damage it actually does. Anyone can post pictures!

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Visitor
Visitor

You need to SEE a study? just google it …… and if just littering isn't bad enough there are all kinds of wildlife that eats it and DIE from it. Such senseless and uncaring people!

62%
No

19 Comments
Jeffrey King
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Jeffrey King

It is a tradition, this world ends enough things because they aren't politically correct. Leave my College Football alone....

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Dan Novak
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Dan Novak

It's tradition! These envirowackos need to be squashed.

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Visitor
Visitor

Come squash me fat boy! Lots of ignorant and stupid people here voting for this reckless tradition. If any of you spent a moment of your time to check you'd see why there are people voting against this and why this is an issue. Rough and tough football guys need their balloons, how cute.

John Hallgren
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John Hallgren

Let's see some facts and figures on how many fatalities among the animal world are actually attributed to the seven times per year balloon release before we ban the balloons.

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Bart Bredenkamp
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Bart Bredenkamp

Bart Bredenkamp Over the past 50 years, I’ve driven highways all over the USofA. I can’t recall a single state in which I did not personally see any roadkill, e.g., pheasants, song birds, chickens, skunks, possums, dogs, cats, rabbits, deer, armadillos, to name several. In my own experience some of these type of impacts could absolutely not have been avoided and others only at great risk of a severe vehicular accident. I’ve read of black bears, cougars, Florida panthers and moose being struck by vehicles and killed. Now it would seem to be a reasonable assumption that some proportionate share of all these thypes of roadkills were caused by vehicles with an environmentalist behind the wheel. If that assumption is even reasonably accurate, it logically follows that a far greater positive result in the savings of animal and bird lives would result from not allowing environmentalists to drive than from stopping the balloon releases. Come to think of it, not allowing environmentalists to drive would also greatly reduce this country’s overall vehicle pollution problem. Just thinking…..

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Kenneth Eihusen
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Kenneth Eihusen

Because it pisses off granola munching eco-druids.

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Steven Ramold
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Steven Ramold

Because, like a lot of things, the balloon release is fun in moderation. Railing against the balloon release, which occurs a handful of times a year, seems nonsensical in the broader scheme of things. A thousand balloons after every touchdown is excessive; a small number only after the first touchdown on a handful of games is not.

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Ron Johnson
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Ron Johnson

the balloons aren't going to end the world

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David W Puckett
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David W Puckett

because it does not effect the environment.

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Richard AnDrew Sheldon
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Richard AnDrew Sheldon

Nebraska thrives on tradition. The balloon release is one of Nebraska’s great traditions, and should be thrown away because it’s not “environmentally safe”.

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Arlie Rauch
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Arlie Rauch

Any negative effect is more than offset by the positive effect.

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Will Stevenson
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Will Stevenson

Its a great tradition.... And a fun way of r the kids in the stands to connect to the game...

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Michael Mahoney
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Michael Mahoney

I am sure there are many more environmentally harmful operations and activities that should and need to be addressed long before a few balloons. This appears to be an attention grab for people that need more to do in their lives.

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Patrick Ryan
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Patrick Ryan

Lifelong husker, released them as a boy the few times I was able to attend. Folks - If we can't give up balloons at football games then we are doomed... there are many more difficult choices ahead. We need to alter our relationships to the earth on all fronts simultaneously. This is easy - a no-brainer. Let's be tough on ourselves, brave, and creative...

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Billy Glassman
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Billy Glassman

It's one person who has a problem with it. Has little to no impact to the environment.

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Julia Simmons
Julia Simmons

Endangered sea turtles die every year because they look like jellyfish in the ocean and block their intestines.

Geri
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Geri

It is a harmless tradition.

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Jason Free
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Jason Free

I'm tired of people trying to control what I do, they are balloons for crying out loud. Go get a life and stop whining.

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Tyler Stevens
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Tyler Stevens

As a student at the university I think it is a very cool and unique thing that our school does. however the university already cut back on the amount of balloons that are handed out that it isn't even that impressive of a sight to see anymore. There aren't that many balloons being released after that first touchdown. I think restore it to the original amount or do away with it. The fireworks looked pretty sweet. GBR

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Matt Vargas
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Matt Vargas

I haven't seen any actual evidence of the damage caused by releasing these balloons. I voted to keep the tradition, but that doesn't mean my mind can't be changed by hard data.

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Was Trev Alberts correct in keeping Nebraska men's basketball coach Fred Hoiberg for another year?

Was Trev Alberts correct in keeping Nebraska men's basketball coach Fred Hoiberg for another year?

Yes

3

No

0

Yes

3 Comments
Tom Nelsen
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Tom Nelsen

Give him time to see if he can figure out a winning formula here. It's not like anyone else has been successful. Not much to lose. It's too bad there has been so little success. I think Husker fans would be overly supportive of the program especially with some improvement.

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Randy Weitzenkamp
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Randy Weitzenkamp

Let's face it. With a few rare exceptions, Husker basketball has never been better than mediocre at best. Let's give Fred plenty of runway to turn things around. We certainly don't have much to lose (pun not intended).

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Linda Ogren
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Linda Ogren

Just needs players that play DEFENCE they all know offence

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No

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Do you think Trev Alberts was correct to push for the coaching staff changes before season end?

Do you think Trev Alberts was correct to push for the coaching staff changes before season end?

It was right to do sooner than later

5

Should have waited until season was over

1

It was right to do sooner than later

5 Comments
Richard L. Owen
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Richard L. Owen

The defense has made progress. The offense not so much. The real problem is Frost's dedication to Martinez. Adrian is a great guy, but his minuses exceed his pluses.

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Toby Leach
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Toby Leach

The production was there from those coaches. Better to make the decision then, so you can still have a positive impact with recruiting.

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Randy Wolf
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Randy Wolf

I imagine the transfer portal had a lot to do with the timing.

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Nate Stineman
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Nate Stineman

It had to be done and it clear that things are going to happen at NU.

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Frank Johnson
0
Frank Johnson

The team was not going to become better with their existing staff. Make the cut and start improving.

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Should have waited until season was over

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Randy Weitzenkamp
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Randy Weitzenkamp

If you are not going to make new hires before the end of the season anyway, what was the purpose in firing them now? It will be interesting to see how the offense performs, but I can't see this as beneficial.

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