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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H. Orns

June 11th, 2010
8:54 pm

Fifa need to filter out the buzzing sound before transmitting it to the world. It is like watching the world cup sitting on top of a lawnmower.


June 11th, 2010
8:55 pm

I couldn’t wait for the first soccer match to begin. I knew it would put me to sleep and I was right. After a one hour nap I saw I didn’t miss any of the ‘action’ the score was still zero, just like the ‘action’. Like watching paint dry.


June 11th, 2010
9:09 pm

They sold of a million of them already and the have been doing it at the world cup since at least 1998 and they do it for a good number of games in the Champions League as well. Sorry but your just going to have to get use to it .

Ted Striker

June 11th, 2010
9:14 pm

Vuvuzelas are permissible in the soccer stadium, flasks are not permissible at UGA football games. Not to be snide however perhaps you should get your husband to follow the rules here before you begin a crusade to change rules in a stadium in another country.

There is also something called a mute button if you dislike the in-game experience.


June 11th, 2010
9:17 pm

Amen H.Orns. That is absolutely THE most annoying sound I have ever heard. NASCAR races are not that obnoxious. mudman, I agree with you. If I watch, it will be with the sound muted and that should really be great not being able to hear the announcers. Someone suggested filtering out the sound of those horns. Surely they have the technology to do that.


June 11th, 2010
9:26 pm

So this is what a famous SA sports man had to say
So even if vuvzelas are here to stay its like trying to watch a movie on tv when your 3 yr old is blowing a horn its kinda childish and no really knows the actual history of it ,,,,,,,,,you just don’t do it just because someone else did it before ……….does South Africa really want to showcase their country as the land of horns??


June 11th, 2010
9:29 pm



June 11th, 2010
9:46 pm

Hey buzzed if you knew anything about soccer then you would know that the vuvuzela is their horrible version of the thunder sticks and South Africa is NOT the first host country to use them. They were their for last years Confederations Cup, International friendly’s and at least 3 Cups. SO GET USE TO IT OR PUT UR TV ON MUTE



June 11th, 2010
10:01 pm

“a good excuse to drink at 10am”

Ooh, that reminds me, softball doubleheader tomorrow morning.

I totally agree on GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! too. I spent a lot of time in Arkansas a few years back and loved listening to the Spanish radio announcer for Razorback football shout GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! for touchdowns.


June 11th, 2010
10:15 pm

You are right, ABC! The World Cup is the one time Americans are forced to realize that the rest of the world exists!


June 11th, 2010
11:29 pm

hey Im from Australia we all hate these horns they have ruined the World Cup period !!!

sun selva

June 12th, 2010
1:34 am

You yankee dicks think everything in the world revolves around you, don’t you? You are such pathetic souls. You have a sport where morons run with the ball and you call THAT football. No wonder you don’t understand the nuances and the beauty of what is ACTUALLY football. You talk about liberty but that is so hypocritical of you because while in the Islamic countries, personal liberty and freedom of expression is repressed by force, you people do the exact same thing, just not by force but the even more harmful way of playing with the psyche and exerting peer pressure. You pretend to accept gays but christen everything that is not to your liking with “That is so gay”. Right from the color of the clothes a guy or girl wears to the kind of shoes they wear to the way they drink or eat or do something, everything is under scrutiny and anything that isn’t within your “acceptable” guidelines is frowned upon thereby putting individuals under severe mental distress and extreme peer pressure. Is this personal liberty? Just look at your school system. It is by the far the worst in the world in terms of how the kids treat each other, the sick concept of being popular or not, the way kids pick on or bully the meek ones. No wonder for being the most “developed” country in the world, you have the “worst” school drop out records in the world. Guess the founding fathers of your country didn’t fathom then that the foundation of modern america would be white trash…


June 12th, 2010
4:05 am

This buzzing is torture. There has to be a way to employ some kind of sound cancelling technology.

There is no way in hell one can sit and watch a match with that incessant buzzing going on. It’s worse than a fly in the room: it’s like a swarm of bees…..or wasps. I’m listening and suddenly realize where I heard that sound: when I was a kid there was a really cheesy sci-fi flick i saw: The MOnster from green hell. Check out this trailer:

I turned one match off, and turned the sound to mute after 10 minutes. NO: this is not an American cultural chauvinistic rant. This is annoying and distracting. Years ago at hockey games fans brought air horns. When the home team scored a goal they would be used; while celebrating having one blasted in your ear was not only annoying but dangerous. Then they woudl be used throughout the game. Thank goodness the NHL banned them.

If the fans want to sit and cheer, that’s fine. But leave the objects home. Otherwise all the money that ESPN paid for the right to cover the games will be for nought.


June 12th, 2010
7:09 am

THIS is why the world hates americans and specifically, suburban american woman. Whine, whine, whine…. Your in a mini mansion, you dont work, you have cleaners, landscapers and babysitters. You shop at whole foods for a kings banquet and you vacation 3 times a year, because of “all of the stress”!!! if you dont understand the nuances of (yes that includes the horns) of the beautiful game of football then sit respectfully and ask, or watch it and learn, OR, dont watch it at all, but, dont watch it then whine about it on your fake, cut and paste, blog. Pathetic!

peter australia

June 12th, 2010
8:23 am

these horns are driving me crazy,l was really looking forward to watching it,anyway back to aussie rules.

Richard Hill

June 12th, 2010
8:38 am

Get over it. welcome to the rest of the world.


June 12th, 2010
8:39 am

It’s called “Atmosphere”, and when y’all look that word up in your silent online dictionaries it’s not the space surrounding planet earth, and neither is it the fake Organ-induced “Chaaaarge” of baseball, it’s unbridled, unfettered emotion.

If you don’t like it I guess you could turn the sound off, but personally I’d prefer it if you went to the mall, it’s very sterile and emotionless there, and it would stop your annoying whining.

The World Cup is here ...Go USA!

June 12th, 2010
8:41 am

Non USA fans – whine whine whine – go ahead and throw your insults — the revolution is not over – see you on the pitch you Anti-American dim wits.

Horns – who cares?
Gooooaaaaaaaaaal! – Football Poetry
Definitions – Football is international definition including USA, different from Smash Mouth Football – “SMF” – played with pads, helmuts, with rests in between planned plays also fun to play.

Both are exciting to watch. The issue with football you may miss the goal that wins the game – while you temporarily leave your seat – to get a beer, use the restroom, get a beer, use the restroom, etc.

And TV revenues – networks need to get creative and stream commercials along the bottom of the screen or force a split screen to show commercial and game – annoying I know – necessary for ultimate success of football in the US.

Dan Boston

June 12th, 2010
8:42 am

I think ABC is way off the mark. No one is saying that people from around the world should not be able to support their teams and countries. In todays world ABC must have the ability to squelch the swarm of bees coming from my surround sound system. This is driving me crazy and will actually keep me from watching some of the less important games. Well at least I still have the Celtics and Sox.

Robert King

June 12th, 2010
8:47 am

I’m pretty ambivilent about soccer in general, so the incessent buzzing makes me lean toward changing the channel. I’d be more inclined to stay tuned if they could somehow filter it out.


June 12th, 2010
9:04 am

The horns are driving me insane. With today’s technology there has to be someway to eliminate it before it hits our tv’s. I love watching almost all sports, but the horns cause me to not watch soccer or at the very least watch it on mute.


June 12th, 2010
9:12 am

I hate that incessant buzzing from the World Cup broadcast. I can’t watch the game with muting the sound, it’s giving me a headache.
I’m watching Korea vs. Greese and I believe the buzzing is on the stadium PA system. The stadium is ¾ full and I don’t see anyone in the stands with a horn.


June 12th, 2010
9:24 am

you’re absolutely right. everyone should stand very still, quietly and politely, for 90 near silent minutes. if your team scores a goal, simply nod your head. do not step to the left or right, you may infringe upon your neighbors delicate sensibilities. any conversation should be as short as possible and whispered. use the ascot opening day as your model (just ignore that loose-moraled harlot eliza!)

absolutely no fun or excitement allowed, there’s too much risk that you’ll send poor old crochety aunt madge into a tirade about the damn kids on her lawn. horns? my goodness, the savages! i feel faint!

Oblong Football

June 12th, 2010
9:26 am

The problem here is if you don’t love the game then it’s easy to be turned off by certain aspects of it. Low scoring, a sort of ebb and tide that seems to not necessarily have a plan or “play” to it and my general lack of knowledge of the game makes for a uninteresting proposition for watching it on TV for me. Throw in the horns and it’s just a long noisy yawn. I think a lot more big soccer fans have actually played the game for real in organized leagues. That makes for better informed fans who understand the nuances of the game that makes it more attractive as spectator sport for them. I bet not more than 1 in 10 NFL fans ever played football in an organized league, which would also account for the completely uninformed fans who for me are as irritating a the soccer horns. But unfortunately I must admit Soccer will be little more than a curiosity or a time killer at best in my house.


June 12th, 2010
9:30 am

Don’t know if anyone has mentioned this earlier but those horns are a South African tradition. Many of the networks, both foreign and US who are carrying World Cup games, tried to get the horns banned but because the Cup is hosted by South Africa…no luck.

Yesterday it seemed that the horns are loudest when an African team is playing.


June 12th, 2010
9:32 am

Those horns are INCREDIBLY annoying. First heard them last year when those Federation Cup games were on tv and thought they would prohibit them during the World Cup, but sadly they came back. My solution? Turn the sound down, play some music and watch the action. Use CC if necessary. The announcers are only slightly less annoying than the horns anyway. I have found this an acceptable way of watching NFL games too!

Johnny Friendly

June 12th, 2010
9:34 am

America rules the world. Pathetic loser countries need to get over it and stop crying to the US of A to fix their problems — like feeding their “citizens.” The vast majority of Americans care nothing for stupid soccer. As boring as F1, just more popular among dumb kids and their sow-mommies.


June 12th, 2010
9:38 am

What’s ironic about those annoying horns, which are such a “part of their culture”, is that they are probably made in China and then imported to South Africa!

Sk8ing Momma

June 12th, 2010
9:40 am

I’m a Johnny-come-lately soccer fan! I’ve become a fan over the last 2 years as a result of my daughter playing academy soccer for a local club. Now that I understand soccer, I LOVE it! I grew up in Los Angeles in the 1970s and it was not something I grew up playing; hence, I didn’t have an appreciation. The only people in my circle of friends who played were Latinos…It was not something that I embraced as “American.” (I think there was just a cultural divide.) Fast forward to today…I’m thankful that soccer’s popularity is *finally* growing in this country. It is a highly skilled, face paced (albeit low scoring) & challenging sport. Hopefully, we can join the rest of the world and support our national players. (Our youth really should get into it…I think it would help w/ our obesity epidemic ~ GASP!)

In any event, I enjoying watching soccer and have enjoyed the World Cup games thus far; BUT, the horns are incredibly annoying. Besides, I’m a practical kinda girl…I’m certain they will cause permanent hearing loss for many. On that note, I say get rid of the horns! I’m all for the party atmosphere and can understand (*I think*) the excitement; but, my hearing takes priority.

Lewis Grizzard's Ghost

June 12th, 2010
9:45 am

You think the horns are bad at a soccer game, you oughta hear the harps up here.


June 12th, 2010
9:52 am

Americans, you’re so arrogant, indifferent and lack respect for other races and cultures. Soccer is the world’s number sport. The so-called annoying buzzing noise is part of the game and culture. If it’s so annoying then don’t watch it. Apparently no-one has traveled to other countries. Almost every county in the world has a soccer team. Can you say the same for baseball or football? You may think you’re better than other race or culture, but in the end we all turn to dust. So go ahead and sit back. Watch your football and other boring American sports and continue to get fat and hate other cultures….

tar and feathers party

June 12th, 2010
10:07 am

I will record the USA-England game on dvr, but when I watch it I will turn the sound down. I caught part of the French game, and the sound was so annoying, I kept changing channels to escape it. I thought it was an electronic glitch in the broadcast. Thanks for the info, I sure hope those horns don’t catch on here in the USA. We are going to give those redcoats a pounding today!


June 12th, 2010
10:09 am

Watching soccer is almost as exciting as watching grass grow.

Chris O'Hanion

June 12th, 2010
10:12 am

America always does it bigger and better.Lets send over a bunch of Cheese Heads from Wisconsin,and obnoxious Eagles fans and fill them full of booze and give them 30,000 air horns.

Fallacy _ Appeal to the Majority

June 12th, 2010
10:16 am

Just because the majority likes something doesn’t make it the best. I suspect that the reason it is the most popular is that it is cheap to play (something round to kick, a field to play, a couple of sticks for a goal).

Want to insult cultures. Okay tell me where more acts of hooliganism occur, an NFL game, or a soccer game? Just the facts please.

As others have said, soccer is a coed sport; fun to play, but boring to watch. I guess that explains some of the drunken stupidity that results in hooliganism.

It’s not about culture. So stop being soccer snobs and racebaiters.


June 12th, 2010
10:18 am

Found your post after googling “Buzzing Stadium World Cup”. It’s driving me mad.

World Cup Fan

June 12th, 2010
10:21 am

If the buzzing bugs you, turn down the sound. If it bugs you, you obviously are not a fan and thus whatever the announcers are saying won’t mean a thing to you anyway (especially the ones with accents).

I laugh at how much soccer seems to piss off some people here.


June 12th, 2010
10:23 am

Of course we’ll watch – it’s THE World Cup – football fans who watched the Confederation’s Cup last summer new the vuvuzela’s were going to be a part of watching the tournament in Africa. Oh and, USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA!!!!

Give me a break

June 12th, 2010
10:27 am

Seriously, if the buzzing bothers you that much, just don’t watch. The world cup has enough fans worldwide that it can manage without fans like you.



June 12th, 2010
10:32 am

Fallacy – Soccer is the most popular sport worldwide because of those exact reasons. It’s inexpensive to play and just about anyone can participate. The World Cup is the largest world sporting event because, well, outside of the Olympics, it’s one of the only team sporting events that can crown a true world champion. Super Bowl “World Chapions”… Now THAT’S a falacy. Look the word up…

Italy Fan

June 12th, 2010
10:32 am

the Horns are wicked annoying ….. i get it is a African thing , i just hope they never have another world cup there again !!!!!! they are ruining this for me , and for millions of others


June 12th, 2010
10:33 am

Oh and by the way… I’m a huge NFL and SEC football fan. And yeah, I spelled Fallacy wrong. I do what I want!


June 12th, 2010
10:33 am

@Fallacy _ Appeal to the Majority, Hooliganism in modern football is little more than an ugly legacy, with incidents only a fraction of what they once were. And while the sport is accessible, it is also driven by very high levels of skill, tactics, and athleticism which leads to its global appeal. No snobbery intended – enjoy the World Cup and go USA!

Italy Fan

June 12th, 2010
10:35 am

i love the songs at soccer games ……. with the horns you can not even hear that . to be honest i can not see how you could blow those stupid horns and even watch the game

World Cup Fan

June 12th, 2010
10:41 am

I don’t even notice the horns after the first few minutes. Focus on the game, drink some beers and scream at that huge tool, Rooney, pray Landon and Howard have big games today and you won’t notice them either!



June 12th, 2010
10:48 am

The horns are really annoying to me. When I first turned on the game yesterday I was immediately irritated by it. It sounds like a bad audio feed. I have to watch the games on mute because of it. Anyway, these horns aren’t universal to soccer, but are prominent in South African (and maybe other countries) soccer. I believe I read that FIFA was considering banning the horns because many people, including soccer fans, find them irritating. I think even some of the countries participating in the World Cup officially begged FIFA to ban them.


June 12th, 2010
10:49 am

Soccer is boring and a silly sport for grown adults to play. Its a great sport for kids but beyond that its pretty worthless. If you think its fast paced you probably think watching a tree grow is also fast paced. It is not popular in America because we have superior options, such as our version of football, the best basketball players in the world, and the best baseball league in the world. Its not cultural. There are simply more things in America to compete for peoples’ attention than there are in other countries. That’s not arrogance. Its a fact.

I’ll watch a little bit of the game today but good grief there is only so much I can take of watching people kick a ball all over a big field. And I personally think the offsides rule is the dumbest rule in all of sports and ruins the game. Imagine if there were such a rule in American football. It would suck too. No downfield passing because the reciever cheated and got behind the defense. Isn’t it the point of any team sport to put yourself in the best position to score points? If the defense let’s you slip behind them it seems like that is their problem. Why do they need the refs to bail them out in soccer? That’s why we call it a sissy sport. Maybe some of you soccer snobs can explain this stupid rule for me?


Chief Wiggum

June 12th, 2010
10:50 am

Yes!!! I agree…that sound is ANNOYING. No preaching to me about how stupid us Americans are, how popular soccer is. I know that. The sound is like a hive full of angry bees,and it is EXTREMELY ANNOYING.

I’ll watch today with the sound down or off. And to all the arrogant, self-righteous idiots who are all over this blog…eat it. Don’t tell me how I don’t appreciate other cultures. If I find something ANNOYING, I don’t give a crap if you think you’re so freakin’ tolerant. I’ll be happy to volunteer to buy one of those stupid horns and come to YOUR house , stand in your living room, and blow the horn for several hours.

Italy Fan

June 12th, 2010
10:54 am

yeah i read that to , ….. they said they did not want to European iz the games . though i agree some what to that , these horns are just way way to much . i don’t like watching games on mute either

Uncle Sam

June 12th, 2010
10:56 am

I wish to respond to the poster who wrote, “Get over yourself and realize that the world does not revolve around a few relatively insignificant people here in the USA.”

The USA accounts for roughly 23% of world economic output (GDP), yet represents only 5% of world population. Without American economic output, the world economy would really suck. So, actually, the world does revolve around us.