Wednesday, June 16, 2010

World Cup

As a long time soccer coach I am obviously interested in the World Cup, not a fanatic or into hooliganism but interested. Sports talk shows typically condescend about soccer most notably criticizing low scoring and insinuating there is a lack of action. These are the same sports talk shows that love golf and think a no hitter in baseball is a great game, yeah, two guys play catch, great game.

This year's World Cup does have one problem, I'm watching with the sound turned down or muted. Considering sports announcers sometimes hitting the mute button is not a bad move but that is not the concern. The vuvuzela, sometimes called a "lepatata" or a stadium horn, is a blowing horn approximately 1 m (3 ft 3 in) in length. It is commonly blown by fans at football matches in South Africa. These horns are a constant background annoyance which affects the enjoyment of the game. They never stop and the constant noise sucks. They should be banned, I doubt FIFA has the courage.

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