World Cup Mania: Just stop the *&@# buzzing horns!

You may think I only complain about American football but no, I also complain about the international form of the game. The World Cup started today and 18 minutes into South Africa versus Mexico I’m going crazy from that *&^& buzzing sound in the stadium. (Rose says “It sounds like a fly is inside the TV.”)

I have no other problem with this game  — other than the slow action and the flopping with fake injuries – but those freakin’ horns make me nuts! (Officially, the giant plastic horns are called vuvuzelas.)

I’m not an oracle but I can already tell you what my weekend is going to look like  — 6 games at 90 minutes each of that annoying buzzing heard throughout my house!!! (If you’re wondering, the World Cup includes 64 painful games total!)

Just take the horns away from the people as they enter the stadium. They aren’t little kazoos. They are GIANT horns. They can’t hide them! Michael routinely gets flasks taken off of him at the UGA stadium and yet these stadium workers can’t spot and remove the giant annoying horns off the fans!!

The upside of the World Cup is the kids do get to learn a lot about the different countries competing. Maybe we can just watch without the sound!

What do you think? Will your family watch the World Cup? All 64 games? Which is more annoying to watch: the American form of football or the international form we call soccer? How are you feeling about the super annoying giant buzzing horns?

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ABC

June 11th, 2010
10:46 am

We will certainly watch the U.S./England match tomorrow afternoon and other games as they are convenient for our schedule. With the 6-hour time difference, it may be hard to catch a lot of the matches. As for the horns, we need to put aside our American-centric view of the world and specifically sports. Soccer, or football, is the national sport in most of the world. We in the U.S. are an exception, so we really don’t have the right to complain about how soccer fans choose to support their teams. I’ve been to matches where a whole section was taken up by people with drums of all sizes and yes, throughout the entire match they were banging away. This is part of the soccer experience in most parts of the world and we should respect that and maybe even come away with a new appreciation for this worldwide phenomenon.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

June 11th, 2010
10:59 am

you are very nice ABC — that was well said! although I’m pretty sure I’ll still be complaining but I will think of you while I complain and feel worse about complaining– totally serious.

Aunty Horn

June 11th, 2010
11:00 am

Those horns are incredibly annoying. Its a carnival atmosphere and all but still. Those people blowing them incessantly cannot be actually watching the game in any real way. They are simply annoying others.

Allie

June 11th, 2010
11:00 am

I think that it’s a shame that the US national team doesn’t get the support it deserves. Look at the build up to the Olympics and how that went on for weeks and weeks prior to the opening ceremony. And yet there’s been very little mention of the World Cup and the US National team. I can’t imagine how that makes the players feel. I grew up in Europe where football is a way of life, and I can promise you that our national team knows the entire nation is always behind them, cheering them on, celebrating when they do well, mourning a loss when the result isn’t what we’d hoped, but still damn proud of them at the end of the day!

The US has a great team, full of fabulous players, and to qualify for the World Cup is quite an achievement! I say enjoy the atmosphere that the true fans provide, they’re there to boost the teams’s spirit, to let them know that someone is behind them and supporting them. The players are probably used to the noise – the yelling, screaming, chanting, horns blowing, etc. It’s all part & parcel of a great game of football. So break out your national colors, dress the kids up too, and show some support for a great team, and here’s looking forward to a great tournament!

@ ABC – most of the games are being replayed later in the evenings so check your tv listings.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

June 11th, 2010
11:02 am

Two blogs today — Sweden gives dads 13 months of paternity leave — would your husband want it?

http://blogs.ajc.com/momania/2010/06/11/dads-would-you-want-13-months-off-to-care-for-your-kids/comment-page-1/#comment-35525

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

June 11th, 2010
11:02 am

i’m just glad Georgia football fans aren’t annoying at all.

billy charisma

June 11th, 2010
11:22 am

i am not a great football fan, my family are! i normaly dont mind them watching it in the living room while i am sat surfing ebay! BUT! theres no chance if that BUZZING is going to be a feature of every game, or they watch with the sound off, todays game lasted 20mins then “deal or no deal” took that headache of a noise away, do you think they will get sick of blowing them? or even the association realise we are turning off in droves because of the noise!!

Paul

June 11th, 2010
11:24 am

Tim

June 11th, 2010
11:40 am

Funny, I thought this would only be irritating to a curmudgeon like me.

Optimist

June 11th, 2010
11:41 am

Ohh my gosh! Do you really spend your days complaining about little things like this? Tune into life!!!!! Stop looking for reasons to be offended! There is too much goodness and Godness in life to be focusing on what’s missing or what’s wrong! Let’s talk about what’s right!!

Optimist

June 11th, 2010
11:44 am

Jenny

June 11th, 2010
11:51 am

I’ve really been looking forward to watching the World Cup – but the buzzing. Can’t they use noise canceling technology for the TV broadcast?

mom2alex&max

June 11th, 2010
12:06 pm

Outside of the US, soccer is a way of life. The stadium experience is like that. I’m loving it!

3 Lions

June 11th, 2010
12:11 pm

So the biggest gripe of the day is the buzzing? Really???? The athleticism of the players, the precise control and passing of the ball, the acrobatical maneuvers in the box to slip the ball past the keeper for that all important goal, the joy and anguish on the faces of the players, coaching staff, and fans alike doesn’t overshadow all that??

The biggest football tournament of them all, and you’re going to complain about buzzing. A wonderful opportunity to learn about the sport, to watch the best of the best take center stage, and to see just how many countries participate, to embrace their vitality and joy of the game, and instead all you talk about is the buzzing. Sad really, very sad!

1 Hotspur

June 11th, 2010
12:20 pm

Billy Charisma,

There are estimates that nearly 1 billion people (Billion…with a B) worldwide will be watching the World Cup on TV during any given game. I can promise you that the “association” you speak of could care less if a few Americans choose not to watch the games. BTW, the name of the “assocation” you speak of is FIFA….

As an American who lives and breathes world football, I have been waiting 4 years for this. And as soon as the 2010 WC ends in July, I will spend the next 4 years eagerly awaiting the 2014 WC.

Get over yourself and realize that the world does not revolve around a few relatively insignificant people here in the USA. I am extremely thankful that I live in the USA and would not live anywhere else, but we share this planet with 6 billion other people.

DB

June 11th, 2010
12:26 pm

We LOVE soccer! Before my son left for Ireland on Wednesday, he carefully programmed the TiVO to make sure he got the games he was particularly interested in. He is really looking forward to watching the US vs. England match in an Irish pub tomorrow :-) We will probably hit most of the games at one point or another. TiVO is a great way to watch the less exciting games — watch it on triple speed, it goes by much faster, without the sound :-)

I don’t find the horns annoying — I think they add to the festival atmosphere. Let’s face it — it’s only every four years. You can suck it up for a couple of weeks, and then you won’t hear another peep about soccer for another four years *sigh*.

I love soccer — 90 minutes of grace, running, and precision ball handling. I always laughed when, growing up, people would tell my son that football was soooo much more demanding than soccer. Someone did a study — in a football game, there is only about 2 minutes total of actual action — running a ball, etc., and a lot of banging into people. In a regulation soccer game, the players are running for 90 minutes (except the keeper) — I’d put a soccer player’s conditioning up against a football player’s conditioning any day of the week. Yeah, there are some “dramatic players” trying to draw fouls — but you see worse in any NBA or pro hockey game.

The rest of the world is celebrating the World Cup boisterously and fervently embracing and cheering their teams — for America to sit over in a corner and whine because it’s “too noisy” is pretty effete. :-) I challenge any average American to name ONE player on the US team, much less the starters. Get in there and MAKE some noise!

JTex

June 11th, 2010
12:30 pm

Slow action? Are you kidding? Soccer is non-stop action. Just because American sports define “action” by “scoring” doesn’t mean the rest of the world does. The typical soccer player runs non-stop the entire game. The beauty of the beautiful game is the constant passing back and forth, the ebb and flow of control, the CONSTANT action. The fact that most games are low scoring is a testament to the skill of the players.

But please – feel free to watch professional basketball if you want constant scoring with no finesse ;-)

by the way, it’s interesting to note that, according to a recent study, there are now more people playing soccer in the US than in any other country other than China.

Now, if you’ll forgive me…I live about 20 minutes from the Texas/Mexico border and I need to decide if it’s safe to leave the house.

Valstake

June 11th, 2010
12:35 pm

My own opinion is that watching professional sports is a waste of my time.

hp fanatic

June 11th, 2010
12:44 pm

I wish it was the quidditch world cup…

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

June 11th, 2010
12:50 pm

Jenny — The announcers are actually using old fashioned microphones to help cancel out some of the buzzing — the microphones are closer to their mouths so they will be broadcasting less of the ambient noise from the stadium so the broadcasters are aware that the buzzing is terribly annoying!!!!

I vote for a Quidditch World Cup too!! we’d go to that!

lakerat

June 11th, 2010
12:53 pm

sorry, Theresa, but the USA is the ONLY sporting sphere that limits fans ability to ENJOY and express themselves at sporting events. The taking of flasks at UGA games and at other college professional sporting events is said to be for the “safety” of the other fans. Also, most, if not all, sports teams have “NO NOISEMAKERS ALLOWED” (other than one’s own voice, hands and feet). MS State football usually gets a pass since they use those dang cowbells, but even those are supposed to be off limits.

Regarding soccer v football, I was telling my 2 sons just last night that I am glad they played soccer when they were young so I now know what the heck is happening. People comment about how boring a 3-1 game is, or a 2-1 game, when in reality those scores are no different than a 21-7 and 14-7 football game! And, as DB pointed out, here is tons more action in soccer than football – you just don’t get as many points in soccer for ONE score as you do in football – and, she also was spot on when asking us to try to run/jog for close to 90 minutes vs running for 3.4 seconds, then standing around for 40 seconds before having to run for 3.6 seconds – not even close!!!

Call it like it is.

June 11th, 2010
12:55 pm

Hey soccer fans get over yourselves. Just because America as a whole doesnt go crazy over the world cup, doesnt make us bad. Everybody has their own cup of tea, and football is it for us. Doesnt mean we don’t like soccer or look down on other countries, but please don’t make it sound like we have to get over it. We don’t have to get over anything. If it was interesting, if it was fast paced as you guys claim, we would embrace it. We don’t. Passing a ball back and forth for an hour doesnt do it for me. For that matter neither does tennis. Doesnt mean I hate tennis fans, just dont care for the game.

Enjoy your game, but don’t look down on others who just dont care about it.

shaggy

June 11th, 2010
1:12 pm

I don’t care that the rest of the world considers soccer a national sport. It’s as boring to watch as watching paint dry. Like tennis, fun to play, but BOOOOOOOOOORRRRRRRRRRIIIIIIIIIIIINNNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGGGGG to watch.

HB

June 11th, 2010
1:16 pm

I love football, but there is definitely more action in soccer (and hockey and basketball) than in football or baseball. For whatever reason, Americans have seem to like slower sports best with more talk about strategy and stats between the action than there is actual action. I can’t remember the episode, but the West Wing had a character (I think it was the VP but it’s been ages since I saw it) give a great explanation of Americans love of savoring the moment in sports with imitations of baseball and hockey commentaries. I’ll have to look it up. It’s probably on youtube.

Buzzed

June 11th, 2010
1:19 pm

I totally agree that those horns don’t really add any value to watching soccer, i love the game and the festive atmosphere is great if its crowd cheer i have watched it since 98 back it was not like this, it was more of stadium cheer which was great but this does not feel festive when its continuously blown like a constant buzz through out the game, but again will i stop watching it no :) i might turn the volume way down and spoil some of the excitement

HB

June 11th, 2010
1:20 pm

Found the quote. VP John Hoynes:

I love sports, I just can’t get next to hockey. See, I think Americans like to savour situations. One down, bottom of the ninth, one run game, first and third, left handed batter, right hand reliever, infield at double play depth, here’s the pitch. But scoring in hockey seems to come out of nowhere. The play-by-play guy is always shocked. “LePeiter passes to Huckenchuck who skates past the blue line. Huckenchuck, of course, was traded from Winnipeg for a case of Labatts after sitting out last season with… Oh my God, he scores!”

catlady

June 11th, 2010
1:27 pm

Maybe I am missing something, but why not turn down the sound? Just WATCH the match?

catlady

June 11th, 2010
1:35 pm

When my kids went to England/Scotland about 10 years ago, my son met some drunk Scot who invited him to come to Belgium to watch the World Cup–he had an extra ticket. So my son went and had a great time, then hiked around and ended up in France and come back via the Chunnel and met up with his sisters and drove around Scotland some more. I have never really understood soccer (we were introduced to it in hs in the late 60s–no protective gear. After the 3rd broken leg in the first 2 weeks we were banned from playing it ever again) but people who play are very physically fit. Some of my students go on to play at the middle and high school here and I am thrilled to see them involved in sports.

Jeff

June 11th, 2010
1:42 pm

Watched it 4 years ago (just separated, layed on couch was all i wanted to do). Yes horns are annoying. Probably won’t watch it this year unless it “just happens”. I still don’t think soccer in this country will ever be more than it is. I have historical proof, can you prove I’m wrong?

I don’t hate it. It’s interesting but my prespective is admittedly skewed from the last time.

Jeff

June 11th, 2010
1:43 pm

TWG – you’re right. It IS hard to respect them as athletes when they flop like that. It’s more fake than wrestling. And I like wrestling.

JJ

June 11th, 2010
1:46 pm

I have absolutely NO interest in soccer. I will be technology free this weekend, other than my iPod while I do yard work.

My television has not been turned on in a week, and I will stay far away from the computer this weekend. I plan on doing some light yard work, then taking my lounge chair, a cooler full of beer and ice, a good book, my dogs and I am going to plop my butt in a cove on the shores of Lake Lanier tomorrow. I am tuning out EVERYTHING this weekend and relaxing MY WAY!!!!!!

almh

June 11th, 2010
1:57 pm

I tried the watch a match a few months ago from South Africa and the bee swarm was a bit much. I will be a World Cup widow for the next month so we’ll see how it goes. Maybe I’ll wear ear plugs.

One day of our honeymoon was dedicated to soccer. While I was not into it that much it was cool to see a sporting event in another country.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

June 11th, 2010
2:46 pm

catlady — i kind of want to hear the announcers to know what is going on but then you get the buzz too

Lori

June 11th, 2010
2:50 pm

Love soccer, hate American football. Soccer to me seems to be a better sport, rather than a bunch of huge guys crashing into each other. That said, I sure hope the buzzing isn’t too bad because I plan on watching tomorrow’s game. My son plays soccer, so I’m hoping he’ll find it interesting to watch the big boys!!

Jay

June 11th, 2010
2:51 pm

Those oh-so-sophisticated soccer hooligans aren’t allowed to beat the tar out of each other so they’re going with this noise warfare.

DB

June 11th, 2010
2:55 pm

@Jeff: Oh, puh-leeze, have you ever watched an NBA game, when a player gets lightly brushed and suddenly falls to the ground with a look of “who, me?” shock and surprise on their face, with a little “bounce” added in for good measure? Some of those players spend more time on the floor than they do upright!

@”call it . . .” I don’t care if people don’t like soccer. I do. I don’t like football — now, talking about watching paint dry!!! 22 men out on the field hunched over sniffing each others butts and growling obscenities at each other across the line of scrimmage. Basically — they have three times to try to move the ball, and if they don’t, then they kick it. But hey, if that’s what you enjoy, then have at it. I’m not trying to shove soccer down your throat, I’m just explaining why I love it. :-) I’ve spent years having people look at me like I’m weird for not caring for football. I just think it’s a little odd that the rest of the whole world enjoys going berserk every four years over what is truly an international sport — except for Americans, who are sports-crazy over almost everything else under the sun!

Jeff

June 11th, 2010
3:06 pm

Actually DB, I didn’t type that because I didn’t want to write too much and cloud the post. But since you brought it up……Yes, you are exactly right. I have a harder time watching sports now that I am older than I did when I was younger. When was the last time you saw a baseball player run someone over like pete rose did every week? Bunch a high paid sissies. They get paid huge money to play a game and they cry. McEnroe crying was different than today’s. And I still hated him. My coach was harder on me in middle school than these coaches today are on the pros. I’ll stop now. FCC might shut down the blog.

Have a good weekend everyone! LOL.

jack

June 11th, 2010
3:31 pm

that buzzing sound has bugged me so much that have turned football off. Cant those horns be taken off the fans before they go into the stadium?

Hate The F'n Horns

June 11th, 2010
3:54 pm

Shut up, shut up, shut up!!!! WC officials will wonder why viewership is down – DUH!!!! Remember on Dumb & Dumber when Jim Carey says; hey, you wanna hear the most annoying sound in the world. He was wrong, it’s these dumbass horns. FYI – World Cup soccer fans do not need any toys to make noise. They just sing. Sad because the casual soccer fan will have zero tollarence for this. Good luck to the USA – I’ll be the guy watching the TV without sound on.

mudman

June 11th, 2010
3:59 pm

The biggest sporting event in the world, except the olympics, and they ruin it with those buzz horns! I can’t stand the noise, so–one less viewer.

EB

June 11th, 2010
4:06 pm

I love football and am enjoying the action so far but for those horns buzzing they are so annoying I think they spoil the whole experience I’d much prefer to hear the fans singing – the persistent buzz is doing my head in – is there any site that fans could complain to FIFA they were supposed to ban them and its just got worse!!!

pete

June 11th, 2010
4:17 pm

As soon as those animals from Brazil get knocked out, there will be less buzzing.

MomsRule

June 11th, 2010
4:17 pm

I have been very excited to watch the games and we have watched both today, still watching the match that is playing. The buzzing is incredibly irritating. My son told me that there were petitions going around prior to the World Cup starting attempting to ban the horns. SO, apparently, yes even in South Africa they are considered annoying.

I have a friend from S Aftrica she told me the name of the horns means “beautiful music” in many of the African languages. She said, “they are anything but”

I will be watching fewer games due to the stupid bee buzzing noise.

Dave Perry

June 11th, 2010
7:15 pm

You would think with all the technology available today that the broadcasters could isolate that frequency (the freaking horns!) and cut it down or out. I think I’ll have to watch with the sound off thank you very much.

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Chris

June 11th, 2010
7:38 pm

Here’s a suggestion (and I’m serious). Watch the games on Univision. Soccer on TV is MUCH MORE EXCITING when broadcast in Spanish. They get excited when something almost happens (like kicking the ball out of bounds). When they score, well you know: GOOOOOOOOLL!!
That British announcer on ESPN sounds very polished. I’ll listen to him when I want a nap.

OMG Mommy Make it stop

June 11th, 2010
7:48 pm

No wonder these fans go crazy and attack each other at the end of the matches, It’s the horns… Mystery solved. WTF…

smitty

June 11th, 2010
8:04 pm

looks like all the bandwagon soccer fans are on the wagon

wayne

June 11th, 2010
8:31 pm

I think it’s funny that some are calling the games “matches” please! lets not forget soccer is an afterthought here this is a nice summer event similar to wimbledon a good excuse to drink at 10am.