Saturday, May 29, 2010

Vuvuzuelas: Give Them a Rest

Could this be the start of the downfall in the vuvezela tyranny?

The aural cockroach of world sports -- the plastic horns beloved of South African football fans -- were unwelcomed at critical moments of the Bafana Bafana Bafana's match in Soccer City tonight vs. Colombia.

If only we could carry that over to the World Cup.

The vuvuzela is annoying as hell. It costs about 25 cents, so everyone can afford one, and it seems as if everyone does, if last year's Confederations Cup were any indication.

The sound the vuvuzela makes is a sort of one-note trumpet-like blare, and if you get enough of them going, you can't hear yourself think. And a a bit after that, you have thoughts about stuffing your head into a barrel or perhaps choking anyone blowing on a horn.

Danny Jordaan, the president of the organizing committee, said ahead of South Africa's friendly with Colombia that fans shouldn't be blowing on the vuvuzela during national anthems (thank you, Danny) and to cool it enough so that the fans in the stadium could hear instructions via loudspeaker.

Somehow, I don't think that is going to work. Soccer and vuvuzelas are so intertwined now ... any match is going to be two hours of nonstop honking.

Oh and the tournament begins two weeks from today. This thing is imminent. About time to melt down every vuvezela in the country.
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