Buzz Kill

I’m trying folks. I am sincerely trying to give soccer a fair shake. It is the world’s most popular sport and I get all of the logical reasons – accessibility, physicality, and national pride. USA vs. England was the stage. The athletes did not disappoint. Even Robert Greene chasing a shot-on-goal just out of his reach was high drama. But for the life of me I could not get that annoying buzzing sound to stop.

It played all through the match. I adjusted my TV’s volume several times and even went to another room thinking my beloved HDTV was malfunctioning. It was no use. The sound equivalent to a swarm of bees continued right with the game clock. I found out from my 10th grade Social Studies teacher (Thanks Dr. Losos!), that the culprit is a traditional stadium horn used in South Africa called a vuvuzela.

South Africans play them during soccer matches. There may be a cultural reason behind it but the noise makes for a bad broadcast. All the highlights have buzzing as well, which makes the studio analysts have to yell over the highlights. According to, FIFA is considering banning the vuvuzela for the rest of the tournament. I hope they do. In the meantime, Uncle Sol has a very simple solution…the MUTE button. The soccer has been too good to miss over a buzz kill. Until next time…

Be a Good Sport!


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