Sports fans may soon have to say goodbye to time-honored tradition of stadium flyovers

By Marian Hinton
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There is nothing quite like the feeling of crowing into the stands surrounded by thousands of sports fans as each team prepares to take the field. School songs have been played, the Star Spangled Banner has been sung, and just as the final note is reached and emotions reach their peak, fans from both sides cheer in unison as military planes fly overhead to signal the start of the big game.

For years, fans at Major League Baseball games, college football and NFL games, NASCAR races, and other outdoor sporting events have witnessed one of the best and time-honored traditions in all of sports: stadium flyovers. Sadly, however, this tradition may soon no longer be a part of fans’ game day rituals.

Due to the federal budget crisis in our country, stadium flyovers may soon fall victim to the federal budget cuts of sequestration.

On one hand, with so many many real-life issues that the people of this country face everyday, it seems like a no-brainer to spend taxpayer dollars on more important things.

On the other hand, there are so many ridiculous expenditures included in the federal budget that are far less necessary and much more outrageous than stadium flyovers, and the fact that we’ve even reached this point is a sad, sad state about the current affairs of this great nation.

Nevertheless, politics aside, I think we can all agree that game-days just won’t be the same without the feeling of patriotism  one gets from watching our brave military men and women streak across the blue skies above, flying their massive planes over stadiums full of frenzied fans, all looking up to them with an overwhelming sense of pride.


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