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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Italy Fan

June 12th, 2010
10:58 am

why are non soccer fans even posting in here ????? you don’t like soccer good for you !!!! i think Basketball and American Football are stupid sports ….. but i don’t go into chats/blogs and weigh in on their discussions


June 12th, 2010
11:02 am

@Dawgfan, the offside rule forces play through the midfield; otherwise both sides would naturally coalesce around the goals and play long balls from one end to the other. To extend your American football analogy, imagine if each team was only allowed one down; every play would be a Hail Mary. As for your stuff about it being a dull sport for kids, I hope your opinion changes during this World Cup! I also encourage you to check out the Atlanta Beat at KSU Stadium to get up close and personal with the sport. Go USA!!!!!


June 12th, 2010
11:12 am

Soccer rules supreme! Yes, put the announcers in a glass booth and kill the buzz. Oh, I found the volume button recently. No announcers, no problem. Looks like I’ll have to figure out what’s happening before my eyes myself. Next volume control experiment – when announcers tell me what I just heard a polictician say.


June 12th, 2010
11:14 am

I am a fann of world cup football, but I don’t need the piped in artificial buzzing to enjoy a good game. I’m watching Argentina vs Nigeria the buzzing is inseccant and I don’t see anyone in the standium blowing a horn.


June 12th, 2010
11:20 am

I’m glad the sport and FIFA don’t need any more fans because I just turned it off and won’t be watching any more because of the annoying buzzing. If “fans” want to participate in a sport, they should get off that part of their body where their Vuvuzela should go.


June 12th, 2010
11:23 am

Yeah, cause gymnastics is such a huge worldwide spectator sport… LOL!


June 12th, 2010
11:27 am

What arrogance. The event is in South Africa not Gwinnett County. It should sound, look, and feel like an African event. Who cares if you like the horns? It would be very paternalistic for FIFA to ban something that is a tradition in the host country and don’t even mention that it would smack of colonialism. If you don’t want to watch it, don’t. Billions will watch it. The World Cup is huge for Africa as a whole. Far too many still get their images of Africa from Tarzan movies. Use this as an opportunity to learn something about a changing, dynamic continent.


June 12th, 2010
11:27 am

The good thing about football is you don’t need the anouncers to enjoy the game. It the mute button for me.


June 12th, 2010
11:39 am

The horns don’t bother me; I tune ‘em out, and just watch the game. But I do agree that it sounds like a giant beehive somewhere in the stadium. I grew up playing the game in, believe it or not, Mableton and Marietta, and still love it. (I’m 46). People like “Sun Selva” need to tone it down a notch; you’ll never win any new fans with your sanctimonious sniping, and your holier than thou “USA=bad, World=good” BS is grating, even on the ears of the biggest “footy” fans.

Let me drop a bombshell on all the haters, and also the noob fans who that think we’re somehow uncultured; soccer is as American as any other sport we play. Look it up; you’ll be amazed! We’ve been playing soccer here for as long as any other country (as long as we have played baseball!), and longer than some (we had a pro league as far back as 1894!). We just sucked at it until recently, lol.

Martin Prado

June 12th, 2010
11:44 am

Go Braves………..I don’t look down on Futebol, I just love baseball. I hate Nascar and all other forms of racing. If the drivers got out and pushed the cars, they might have a sport.

I'm trying

June 12th, 2010
11:45 am

to get into the World Cup….that buzzing drives me nuts though…I must admit

Anybody know..???

June 12th, 2010
11:46 am

Does the USA have a realistic chance of beating England today..?


June 12th, 2010
11:56 am

RB, and why is that a problem? What happens at midfield that’s so exciting anyway? Nothing. The only time the game is even remotely interesting is when the ball is around the goal. I think one problem is that the field is just too damn big. Make the field smaller and people standing around at the goal wouldn’t be so much of a problem.

The American football analogy is flawed because any given offensive play at any given point on the field can go the distance at any given time. Whether its 1st down, 2nd down, or any other down, you simply have no idea what’s going to happen next. That can’t happen in soccer because nothing happens at midfield.

I doubt the World Cup will change my opinion. It hasn’t in the past. I grew up in Fayette County where youth soccer is very popular. I have even played the game myself at that low level. I still think its dumb. From a strategic and even an intellectual standpoint, American football is far superior. It makes me wonder where the soccer snobs get their holier than thou attitudes. Kicking a ball around a field is not that difficult. Imagine if the athletic Gods that play American football played soccer. Just go ahead and hand the stupid World Cup to the US every time if that were the case. They would dominate that sport in their sleep. Do you think a bunch of pasty white Brits or sissy Italians could hang with AJ Green, Tim Tebow, or Reggie Bush in ANY sport. What if guys like that had started playing soccer instead of football? The rest of the world would crap their pants.



June 12th, 2010
11:57 am

@dawgfan: You asked for the offside rule to be explained, and I think the easiest way to explain it is the way Paul Schilling explained it, comparing it to American football: Eliminating the offside in soccer would be the same as allowing a wide receiver in football to ignore the snap count and run down the field at will. It’s positioning tradition, harking back to the Cambridge Rules established in the early 1800s..

And your comment as to “why do they need refs to bail them out?” HELLO? In a soccer game, there are 4 referees — 2 assistants on the sides, one in the center, and one to manage substitutions, etc. Last time I looked, there are 7 or 8 football referees.

Active Duty Mom

June 12th, 2010
11:59 am

Teresa, if this is your biggest gripe du jour consider yourself very fortunate. You might actually have to be working a full-time job this weekend to help support your family. Try this:
Step one: Pick up remote control.
Step two: Press the “mute” button.
Problem solved!


June 12th, 2010
12:02 pm

to the author of this blog: you’re annoying.. stop your whining and get a life.


June 12th, 2010
12:13 pm

@dawgfan: Landon Donovan would run Tim Tebow into the ground in about 10 minutes and not break a sweat. :-) People can run. People can kick a ball. Some people can run and kick a ball at the same time. The talented soccer players can run, and kick a ball in the direction they want it to go and it actually goes that way. And the superb ones are taking in the flow of the entire game across the entire field and are kicking the ball to a place where another player is GOING to be.

Nothing wrong with football, but after years of watching soccer, I think it’s a pretty sedate game, except for a few moments of explosive action here and there, and apparently made up mostly of a few quick runners and the rest of them huge tubs of lard whose basic job is to sumo-wrestle the other guy to the ground. :-) I can never understand the complaint about “low scoring” that people have about soccer. Would it make you feel better if they awarded 7 points for a goal, instead of 1? Would it then be a “higher scoring” game?


June 12th, 2010
12:37 pm

Dawgfan, I started playing soccer in Atlanta when I was 6 and I still play (I’m 38). It sounds like you have pretty strong opinions about soccer vs. american football, so I’m not going to change your mind, and you’re not going to change mine on which sport is superior ;-) By the way, today we are all Americans so GO USA!


June 12th, 2010
12:53 pm



June 12th, 2010
1:01 pm

was that a poem?


June 12th, 2010
1:06 pm

“Landon Donovan could run Tim Tebow in to the ground…”

Dear lord I hope you’re joking. Tim Tebow craps bigger that Landon Donovan, and I’m a UGA fan. Tebow checks in at about 6′3″, 230 lbs. and runs a 4.5 forty. You soccer people have no idea what athleticism is. That’s great that soccer plays can kick a ball and run at the same time. Whoopee. Tim Tebow can throw a laser pass on the run 40 yards down field with a 300 lb behomoth chasing after him that wants to rip his freaking head off. My point is that athletes like Tim Tebow, and there are many of them in the BCS and NFL levels, could do everything the World Cup players could do and do it BETTER. Its not all brute force and knocking the crap out of each other in football. These guys are amazing all round athletes, some of the best the world has ever seen. If they had started playing soccer at a young age instead of football they would dominate the World Cup with complete ease.

I’ll take your word on the off sides rule. Thanks for the explanation.

Tebow who?

June 12th, 2010
1:27 pm

he may run a 4.5 forty but he runs a four minute 440 and a twelve minute 880! haha! you’re delusions of American football greatness are funny. American football does combine two things America is good at though: being violent and being fat. Keep it up.


June 12th, 2010
2:54 pm

Wow..the USA hate is amazing. However, for all of you American haters it’s sad but the world does revolve around us. Your papers,tv, music and military revolve around us. If your a western European please keep hating until you need us against china or a Muslim country. As usual you cowards will come to us. Also Im pretty sure our liberty is better than most Muslim nations sue. Your comment is idiotic. To equate peer pressure to beheading and forced religion is insane. Also if our schools are so bad why do we have so many overseas students in our colleges?


June 12th, 2010
3:05 pm

@dawgfan: A 4.5 forty only lasts 5 seconds. The soccer guys are doing it for almost 45 minutes a half. Besides, finishing fast doesn’t mean finishing best . . . ahem. I am not taking anything away from the athleticism of any athlete in any sport — each sport takes advantage of propensities in flexibility, speed, endurance and coordination. Soccer uses different elements of speed and precision than football does, but that does not mean they “pansies”.

My son played club soccer for 15 years, and still plays adult rec. soccer. One year, we had a particularly rowdy group of parents, and the coach decided to have a “parents vs. kids” game. Brilliant! Once you got the parents on the field, they didn’t have a CLUE as to what the hell was going on. They panicked when the ball came at them, they had no sense of the flow of the game (such as it was), there were several accidental headers, and for some reason, the ball didn’t seem to go where it was supposed to go when it was kicked. Plus, after only 20 minutes of constant running, most of the parents were ready to drop. Soccer is harder than it looks. :-)


June 12th, 2010
3:23 pm

Do they stop blowing during half-tiime? Don’t they have to rest?


June 12th, 2010
3:44 pm

I can’t watch it…. Power to you if you can handle the friggin’ BUZZZZZZ in ABC’s game broadcast. I’ll get the results from ESPN later. These horns completely ruin the broadcast. Europe, take those horns and shove them up your A@%*


June 12th, 2010
3:57 pm

IF YOU DONT LIKE THE GAME – DONT F****** WATCH!! BTW- Respect Africa- if it’s not buzzing in SA then it will be another instrument in another country… Wait till brazil

Anita Smith

June 12th, 2010
4:11 pm

I like the buzzing. I rather watch soccer. The move move move and they are very fit athletes!!!!

Intermittent buzzing I could handle

June 12th, 2010
5:42 pm

My husband turned on the game this morning…that #@$%buzzing before my coffee… arghk!

What I don’t understand… I know a lot of times for college games and such, the TV broadcast muffles the noise of the crowd (be it graphic chants against the opposing team or such not). Here, there seems to be no attempt to muffle.

Then noise does not change (as do chants for offense or defense). The horns do not stop and start up again (oooooooh woosh ends after the free point throw). I cannot think of any other sport that has one-continuous-unrelenting noise for the entirety of the game.

I know FIFA has OKd it for the stadium, but I wish the US TV would muffle it!

Just a thinker

June 12th, 2010
5:56 pm

The game/match can end in a tie. No winner. No loser. Really, what kind of sport is that, really? If there is sooooo much talent, skill, and conditioning then why can’t they put a good 25-30 shots on net per team. Man, am I ever on the edge of my seat when the keeper punts the ball 50 yards down field. Wow. The reason the fans are making all that incessant noise is because they are bored stiff watching the game/match and started a party in the stadium .


June 12th, 2010
6:10 pm

All you have to do to get rid of the buzz is mute the TV. That lessens the interest, as the broadcasters seem pretty good to me, but I can’t stand more than a couple of minutes at a time of that. Surely they can mute that technologically. If they don’t? They’ll probably lose almost every casual viewer and even hardcores will watch with it muted.


June 12th, 2010
6:58 pm

Funny, I didn’t even notice the buzzing after a few minutes.

The reason they can’t put a good 25-30 shots on net per team is because the OTHER team is also very good.


June 12th, 2010
9:05 pm

@Just a Thinker – You could’ve saved some time and written, “I don’t know anything about soccer.”


June 12th, 2010
9:16 pm

Well, I sat down with an open mind to watch the game with my son and husband this afternoon. The constant drone of the horns was a bit irritating in the beginning, but then it all went away when I fell asleep. I have to say I prefer to watch college football. Good luck Team USA.


June 13th, 2010
12:32 am

Dan E

June 13th, 2010
7:35 am

I think soccer is a great sport…it is a wonderful way for American football teams to find punters and place kickers…..other than that it is pretty much as boring as watching midget pole vaulting!!!


June 13th, 2010
7:36 am

DB – players vs parents. Outstanding way to get the parents to watch instead of coach from the sidelines.

Dan E

June 13th, 2010
7:45 am

@ Tebow who???

You really think American football players are fat??? That is what little,tiny,puny,skinny punks call football players because they are too weak to play football themselves. It’s called JEALOSY!!! Soccer is for girlie-men!!!

Dan E

June 13th, 2010
7:46 am

@ dawgfan

As a Gator fan, it really warms my heart to see a UGA fan who appreciates Tebow!!!


June 13th, 2010
8:25 am

Amen on the horns. Honestly I’m not a soccer fan (at all). But I do love international competitions in actual sports (Not Olympics). I love watching World Cup action. Germany was awesome & I saw a lot of that Cup. I would like to watch a lot of this Cup, but the horns are surely very annoying & it makes it hard to watch. Come on Security; ban the horns & play some flop, I mean soccer!

Tebow who??

June 13th, 2010
8:59 am

@ Dan E – yeah, that’s why the average life expectancy of an NFL player is 55, a lineman is 52 – with over 56% of players registering as grossly obese. Keep drinking the armored wankball kool-aide dude.

Dan E

June 13th, 2010
9:21 am

@Tebow who??

Linemen are big men with extra weight…I agree, but they are some of the strongest athletes in the world. Linebackers,d-backs,running backs, etc. are not overweight. Apparantly, you are going by some weight scale for long distance runners. Take a good look at Tim Tebow. If you think he is really overweight then you are nuts. There is a difference between fat and muscular or when talking about soccer players….fit and puny.

Just a thinker

June 13th, 2010
9:55 am

Doesn’t everyone already know all they need to know about soccer? Isn’t the goal to, well, score goals? Let’s see: there have been 10 teams play 5 matches for roughly 7.5 hours of game time. A total of 7 goals have been scored so far. That’s less than 1 goal per hour of game time. I’m wearing a hole in the carpet from all the jittering and quivering this overstimulation has reduced me to. Jeez, if someone comes over and puts some Sherwin-Williams on my walls I might just explode.

Vuvuzelas Suck

June 13th, 2010
9:58 am

I love how there is people defending the horns as “cultural” and “part of the game experience”. No one can honestly say that the horns are not annoying.They make no sense at all!They drive most people crazy(at least those watching on tv).Cheering,chanting,singing,even a little drum banging,all cool.A bunch of fans blowing some single note horn,non friggen stop for 90 minutes?Annoying and disruptive to fans.They can’t be enjoying the game themselves,these horn blowers.They must all be light headed and ready to pass out half way through the game! All I know is,all you so called super fans who think the horns are allright should shut-up.You guys are just so drunk,you don’t notice them.STOP the HORNS!!!!

Barry Minster

June 13th, 2010
11:21 am

I tuned in yesterday and saw about 5 minutes of the game when i hit the mute. Then decided that I needed the commentators input. Then decided that the buzzing won, I lost, and changed the channel. You would think that they would be able to put the announcers in a sound proof enclosure. Guess that they want us to “enjoy” the game as if we were there.


June 13th, 2010
11:51 am

I noticed a post response from an avid “football”/soccer fan (who will likely roll over because I called it soccer). He was wound up tight regarding the “non” soccer fans leaving posts when they aren’t fans. As if we have no right to free speech and an opinion. Ironically, during Christmas it appears that even non-Christians celebrate, and wait during Easter non-Christians celebrate Easter traditions. Wait, here’s one for the sports crew–During the Superbowl everyone watches even tho they may hate American Football. So, I think it’s great that there are blogs that those who are learning more about the sport of “football” to have an avenue in which they can express their dislike for the horns. You know why? It means they are watching and the world of “football” fans are growing and learning from this televised frenzy! So suck it up- you sound as whiney as those darn annoying horns!

W. Wright

June 13th, 2010
1:20 pm

The commentary could not be understood for the volume of buzzing horns! The only way you could enjoy the game was to turn off the sound! What was the point of the buzzing?


June 13th, 2010
3:22 pm



June 13th, 2010
3:24 pm

Is it necessary to have that ANNOYING sound? It RUINS every match!!!!!! Hello broadcasting companies, you have the power to stop this!!!!!!! I believe Americans would pay more attention if they did not have to endure audible torture!!!


June 13th, 2010
3:27 pm

After only a few matches, I sadly have to report that I have been forced to turn down the sound completely to avoid hearing those damn horns. What’s wrong with hearing supporters shouting for their teams. I don’t mind a few drums etc but boy those horns really do sound like a swarm of wasps in the room !!!