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.

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.

KZGuy

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.

gadawgs810

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.

SoccerBawl

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.

buzzed

June 11th, 2010
9:26 pm

So this is what a famous SA sports man had to say
http://www.timeslive.co.za/opinion/columnists/article476668.ece/Nothing-kills-the-joy-of-soccer-like-a-bunch-of-wailing-vuvuzelas
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??

Debb12

June 11th, 2010
9:29 pm

I HATE THE HORNS. HAVE TO WATCH ON MUTE – SOUNDS LIKE A BUZZING FLY!!

gadawgs810

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

AND GO DAWGS

HB

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.

Timeless

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!

David

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…

sirfred

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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4lJdarKpgU

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.

footballer

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.

Charles

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.

GritsIam

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.

BobM

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.

amy

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.

Deirdre

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.

tigerpaw1014

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.

SC

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.

coffee

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!

Tom

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.

UA

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.

PeachStateSoccer

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.

GO USA!

Really?

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

Really?

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!

RB

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!

USA USA USA!

Michael

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.

dawgfan

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?

Thanks.

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.

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

RB

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!!!!!

best1andonly

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.

BobM

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.

GymnasticsZone

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.

Lol

June 12th, 2010
11:23 am

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

FLAWoodLayer

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.

BobM

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.

dave

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..?

dawgfan

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.

Thanks.

DB

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!

dmb

June 12th, 2010
12:02 pm

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

DB

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?

RB

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!

verma

June 12th, 2010
12:53 pm

SOUTH AFRICANS ARE KNOWN AS CHOCKERS IN ALL GAME.NOW THEIRE EAR ALSO
GOT CHOCKED UP HENCE THEY ARE USING A STUPID INSTRUMENT TO REMOVE WAX
FROM EAR.ESPN AND FIFA MUST DO SOMTHING TO STOP THEM SO THAT OUR EARDRUM
SHOULD NOT GET DAMAGED

uhhh....what?

June 12th, 2010
1:01 pm

was that a poem?

dawgfan

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.

Vick

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?

DB

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. :-)

catlady

June 12th, 2010
3:23 pm

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

Vince

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@%*

Mel

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 .

DolphT

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.

DB

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.

soccertrollsaretrite

June 12th, 2010
9:05 pm

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

fk

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.

shane

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!!!

best1andonly

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!!!

Sub

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.

Dawn

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?

Larry

June 13th, 2010
3:22 pm

I JUST CAN’T WATCH MORE THEN 5 MINUTES OF THE WORLD CUP WITH THE
%&*@ING BUZZING SOUND, SORRY ABC, BUT IF YOU CAN’T FILTER OUT THOSE
HORNS, I CAN’T WATCH ANY MORE. THERE MUST BE SOME OTHER STATION
ABLE TO FILTER OUT THAT ANNOYING SOUND. AND BY THE WAY. THE ABC COMMENTS ABOVE, WHILE VERY PLEASANT AND POLITICALLY CORRECT DOESN’T
ADDRESS THE PROBLEM. THOSE HORNS ARE THE EQUIVALENT OF WALKING DOWN
BROADWAY IN NEW YOUK AND GETTING A WET WILLY EVERY FEW FEET.

Tmac

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!!!

Mal

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 !!!

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!!!!!