World Cup Should Free the Vuvuzelas!

If you have seen any coverage of the 2010 World Cup, you have probably seen a vuvuzela — one of those really long horn things that make an extremely obnoxious noise. Well the World Cup has added another audio feature so that we will no longer think a swarm of bees are coming out of the TV. I for one think this is just stupid.

Although I am not the biggest soccer nut in the world, I do wish I had the opportunity to go to South Africa and catch a game or two.  But since I can’t, I have the next best thing — my TV. When I’m watching one of these games some of the highlights to me are the chants and vuvuzela sounds. And now they want to block that out? Those are the kinds of things that give you the “at the game” feel.

Yes, the vuvuzelas are annoying and obnoxious. I probably wouldn’t want to be sitting in front of the guy who had one unless I had one too, but they are part of the game. The fans obviously love them otherwise no one would have one. And who would the players be playing for if the fans didn’t buy tickets to the match or turn on their TV to watch it? That’s right, no one. You anger the fans and your revenue will be effected and then everyone looses.

Most importantly the vuvuzelas are a piece of African tradition. And since the WC is being hosted in South Africa, it’s only right to respect their customs and traditions. So I say let the vuvuzela buzz away and anyone who doesn’t like it can buzz off.

Host Broadcasters to ‘filter’ noise [ESPN]

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  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    Uh, I can’t stand those things. It’s like sticking your head in a hornet’s nest … not that I’ve ever done that, but I imagine that’s what it would be like if I did.

  • Kevin/Indianapolis

    That noise makes trying to follow a sport that I know little about even more challenging.

  • JohnA

    Actually the horns aren’t part of South African soccer tradition, they were introduced to South Africa a few years ago. They block out the usual interesting songs and chanting and ebb and flow sounds of the game. They are very annoying, and surveys indicate most people around the world hate them. And they cause hearing loss to those at the stadiums, they are louder than rock concerts or planes taking off, doctorshave advised against them. There will be lawsuits against the FIFA soccer organization by people who suffer hearing loss at the stadiums, there are already lawyers discussing that. For those reasons, especially the health reasons, they should be banned. Obviously they are ruining the world cup.

  • Anonymous

    Vuvuzelas? That’s what the MUTE button is for! If you’re annoyed by a noise like a swarm of pissed-off locusts, hit MUTE and fire up the stereo with some music. Problem solved. :) (NOTE: Your mileage will vary.)

  • Lucius

    What makes me mad is you cant hear the chants or cheers or even the drums you usally hear. All you hear is: BZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZBZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZBBBZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ. Infact, even the players hate them. Try getting into the zone with a constant bee in your ear. The least you can block out people. Try blocking out a stadium full of bees.