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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Mal

June 13th, 2010
3:31 pm

By the way, I am English. We are normally quite tolerant, but South Africa PLEASE ban those horns or at least filter out the noise TV companies or otherwise for me it will be a very short World Cup and I might have to get the paint brushes out and decorate !!

Commenter

June 13th, 2010
3:48 pm

I also think the constant buzzing detracts from the game. Part of the fun of watching a live event is the crowd interaction (cheering, etc.), but the buzzing drowns out everything. I think the sponsors want to encourage viewers, but that sound is doing just the opposite.

Bill Coday

June 13th, 2010
3:57 pm

I can no longer listen to the sound of the vuvuzela and have quit watching – this the case of many tv viewers – sure hope Coke understands what they are losing because of this buzzing! There are audio filters to remove this sound from broadcast.

Coffee drop

June 13th, 2010
4:09 pm

It’s amazing how snide and personal people can get when they communicate anonymously. And pipsqueaks are most often the worse. Of course, I could certainly do without the vuvuzelas, but they are now a part of the World Cup scene. So let’s just register our complaint, get over it or turn it off. If you get over it, do enjoy the matches. No matter how much you whine or talk people down, you’ll still end up hearing the swarm of bees sound if you continue to watch. Let’s just look at this as one of the few opportunities for the world to come together across racial, ethnic, religious, etc. differences. I know–some of you imperialists hate to see that kind of unity in the world. Oh well!

Patty

June 13th, 2010
4:19 pm

I love the games but have to mute them because of the buzzing which takes away from the games. I like to hear the commentary but can not stand the buzzing. Would it be possible to at least turn up the commentary and turn down the buzzing? I mean we are at a time where surely technology could actually do that. I talked to a lot of people that would get more enjoyment out of the games if they could hear the commentator or maybe the sponsors don’t care if we are listening or not :)

seesay

June 13th, 2010
4:23 pm

Anyone who’s tooted on a party horn more than a few minutes knows it makes you light-headed. Given the size of these horns, the soccer fans blowing on em have to be in a brainless, euphoric, stupor.

Tried turning the sound off, but as an American, I need announcer input to totally get what’s going on in the game. I predict these annoying horns will amount to another setback to American embrace of soccer.

JATL

June 13th, 2010
11:18 pm

I know I’m late to this discussion, but if you don’t like the horns -can’t you just mute it? What’s the big deal? It’s a WORLD-WIDE HUGE SPORTING EVENT -yeah, those are usually pretty loud and often involve annoying-to-some instruments. Just turn the sound off!

Jake Smith

June 13th, 2010
11:34 pm

As an American with ancestors dating back to the Pilgrims, I’m happy to say with confidence that the World Cup is the greatest tournament on Earth and world football is the greatest sport on the planet. That is all.

Football fan not buzz fan

June 14th, 2010
12:44 am

I haven’t missed watching a world cup since 1978. The buzzing has NEVER been like this. Football fans cheer, sing, chant, and can make more noise than any fans in the USA (I myself am NOT an american so don’t go there) they don’t need idiotic buzzing. Guess what makes the World cup go round? Advertising. This will never be allowed again when they see the world-wide ratings after this nonsense. anyone who says it’s been like this for several world cups is not just wrong, he’s just plain stupid.

WORLD CUP MAY BAN HORNS

June 14th, 2010
6:47 am

World Cup organizing committee head Danny Jordaan on Sunday did not rule out banning vuvuzelas, the noisy plastic trumpets that have proved a hit with fans in South Africa but threaten to deafen players and viewers alike.

Criticism of the vuvuzelas has been almost as loud as the instruments themselves with broadcasting companies complaining the din is almost drowning out commentary.

We’ve tried to get some order,” Jordaan said.

“We have asked for no vuvuzelas during national anthems or during stadium announcements. I know it’s a difficult question,” he added, saying that “we’re trying to manage the best we can.

“We heard from the broadcasters and individuals, and it’s something we are evaluating on an on-going base.”

Jordaan told the BBC he had to consider the option of banning the trumpets.

“If there are grounds to do so, yes,” he said, asked if a ban was an option.

DB

June 14th, 2010
8:12 am

Even the players are complaining about the horns — they can’t hear each other on the field. THAT should be reason enough, right there. (The French team tried to blame their loss partially on the horns — apparently they are blowing the darn things at 6 am in the morning, too, in celebration — can you imagine trying to SLEEP through that ruckus?)

Thomas

June 14th, 2010
8:30 am

The horns and the ignorant people playing them are ruining the experience. email ESPN and tell them that you, as I am, are muting the sound and will therefore not hear their expensive commentators.
Afrikaaners are saying “it’s not a game without the horns”. Then maybe they need to put them down and WATCH the frigging game for a change and figure out what its all about. It is not about joo joo dancing in the stands. Wanna blow… blow your head off at the south africa matches.

DB

June 14th, 2010
11:26 am

@Thomas: We have some friends in South Africa, and believe me, they hate those horns as much as we are learning to!

I’ve sorta learned to tune it out while watching games, though. My husband and I discuss the game as it goes, so after a while, I dont even notice it. But it takes about 10 minutes to focus past it, and most people just wouldn’t be that interested.

TwinMomFromPS

June 14th, 2010
12:23 pm

Really, people? Really?

It’s part of the atmosphere. It’s no different than MSU’s cowbells (which I personally think are even worse). If you don’t like it, don’t watch.

Maggy

June 14th, 2010
2:37 pm

Advertisers are loosing a lot of money. My husband usually paints at his easel while I work on the computer. He likes to have the TV on when he paints. He also likes sports, but that noise drives both of us crazy, so the TV goes off.

Just a thought

June 14th, 2010
4:43 pm

To all of the self-depracating diversity police out there: your smugness is surpassed only by your idiocy when you conclude that not liking the buzzing sound equates to racism and/or cultural intolerance. Let me see if I can help you out here: not liking the buzzing sound is — now follow me, I know this is quite the leap of faith for you — simply, not liking the buzzing sound. Nothing more, nothing less. It really is that simple and straight forward.

And for all of the others with the almost equally idiotic ‘if you don’t like it, don’t watch’ attitude: Really? The primary reason people are tuning in is to see the action on the field. Besides your attitude, isn’t it a shame people are tuning out because of something totally unnecessary. Doesn’t that hurt everyone?

Bob

June 14th, 2010
5:20 pm

Really, how can the people in the stands watch the game. As for the horn blowers, they are obviously not there to watch the game. How can the fans actually concentrate while blowing a horn. Sports are supposed to be entertaining, not irritating. And since it appears to effect the players, it should be banned I suspect the horn is made in China. Good job South Africa!! Count me out.

Commenter

June 14th, 2010
9:19 pm

Some of you think we’re complainers because we don’t enjoy the buzzing sound. May I suggest that we’re trying to make constructive comments that might make the experience more enjoyable for more people. It’s a safe bet that more viewers tune out the World Cup, because of the buzzing, than turn on. I can also guarantee you that the next time South Africa competes for hosting the World Cup, that buzzing will be an issue and guarantee their not getting it. Wanna bet?

World Cup Fan

June 14th, 2010
9:45 pm

I don’t even register the vuvuzelas at this point. Focus on the football and all will be fine

Commenter

June 14th, 2010
11:57 pm

We should all be commenting about how much we enjoy the World Cup, but that’s not possible when those darn horns have become the issue and detract from the viewing experience. We’re told a billion folks watch the games, but that means almost all are watching on TV. I haven’t heard a single comment about how enjoyable that buzzing sound is and how it adds to the enjoyment. South Africa, you’re not helping yourself in the arena of world opinion. Personally, I hope you never get a chance to host another televised event if those horns are going to be a part of it. Good luck.

JJ

June 16th, 2010
12:32 pm

Hey Sun Selva – If you don’t like OUR country, I can help you pack, and DELTA is ready when you are. BUH BYE!!!!!