Vuvuzelas have been a source of controversy during the first few days of the World Cup, overtaking the previous hot topic of the new "Jabulani" ball being used.
Paul Austin did a terrific job today breaking down the subject and its effect thus far on the World Cup: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/405446-vuvuzelas-local-color-or-the-curse-of-the-cup
The World Cup organizers in South Africa are considering a ban on the vuvuzelas going forward as complaints continue to pile up in the opening days of the world’s biggest sporting event.
The incessant and deafening drone of the elongated horns got me thinking about some of the other sounds I could do without at sporting events.
Here’s a list of the ten most annoying and distracting crowd noises in sports.
The non-stop horn drones are heard at every stadium in South Africa and it sounds like everybody in every venue is playing one the entire game.
The sound takes away from the crowd’s impact on the game and detracts from the atmosphere of the stadium.
Players are also complaining that the vuvuzelas are interfering with communication on the field, which could sway matches. Crowd noise is a given that every team must prepare for, but at the same time, how can you prepare for this kind of an onslaught on your ear drums? I say if it’s affecting the outcome of matches, it has got to go.
I’m annoyed by the sound just sitting in my living room hearing it through my television speakers, I can’t imagine how loud and obnoxious it is for the people in the stands. I’d need ear plugs.
The Anaheim Angels created this fad during their run to a World Series title in 2002. This was the same year we were introduced to the rally monkey.
Since that season, other pro organizations have distributed these plastic, blow-up, artificial sound makers to their fan bases for use during the playoffs and regular season. The Orlando Magic had them last year during their NBA Finals run.
They make a hell of a lot of noise, but I just don’t see the point.
Fans have hands and feet that can make plenty of noise when slapped together or stomped, why do we need inflatable tubes?
I got a fever and the only thing that can cure it is less cowbell.
These belong at high school football games, not at a Major League baseball stadium. It just looks hickish and amateur. I don’t even like them at high school football games because they’re so annoying.
But the Rays are embracing the trend as fans have been bringing their dairy clunkers to games since the team was created. They were ringing the bell good and plenty during the 2008 World Series run.
The Rays even have an annual cowbell night where they give away the noise makers to the first few thousand people into the gates so they can terrorize the opposing team.
I’d love it if they just left them at home.
This is a completely biased pick because I’m a Florida State Seminole lifer.
But the Gator Chomp is the one cheer in college football I can’t stand to hear or watch.
The Gators have been on one of the most outstanding runs in college sports history, winning back-to-back basketball national titles and a pair of football titles along with several BCS bowl trips in the past five years.
Their success has driven me to the point of insanity having to put up with all my Gator friends rubbing my nose in it.
Sure people will say the Seminole Tomahawk Chop is more annoying, but curse them for their blasphemy.
There’s nothing worse than shelling out a boatload of money for tickets, beer and food to attend a game only to find you’re sitting next to the most annoying people in the stadium.
Whether it be an obnoxious drunk that won’t stop yelling at the refs, opposing team or fellow fans, or the business man that comes in a suit to the game and spends the entire time talking loudly on his phone, there always seems to be somebody in your near vicinity that can wreck your experience.
There is just something about the way that guy says DDDDD-Troit basketball that drives me up the wall.
It reminds me of those rough and tough Piston teams that dominated my hometown Orlando Magic and the rest of the East for several years.
That announcer’s noise pollution is something I could always do without during an NBA contest.
As I said earlier, I’m a big Florida State fan and I feel like the Atlanta version of the chop is severely lacking. Plus it doesn’t have the same effect as when 80,000 plus are doing the chop in unison.
In the ATL, you’re lucky to get a few thousand people doing the chop at once and it’s all disorganized and cattywompus.
What I’m saying is that the Braves’ version of the chop is inferior and they should find their own cheer.
This one sticks with my own biases and hatreds in college football. Outside of the Gators, the Seminoles next most-hated rival is the U.
I was at the thrilling and devastating home opener at Doak Campbell Stadium last year when we fell to Jacory Harris and the hated ‘Canes.
The only ticket I could get was in the student section and thanks to our terrible defensive effort I had to sit through way, WAY too many recitations of the ‘Canes fight song.
The mere sight of Sebastian the Ibis makes me want to hurl.
With a team payroll exceeding $200 million and the tendency to constantly sign away every other team’s best players, the Yankees are easily the most simultaneously hated and loved franchise in sports history.
For a team with a minuscule payroll like the Marlins or Rays, it’s an annoying bore to hear a Yankees fan belly aching about the plight of their team. It’s down right unbearable to listen to them gloat about their 27 World Championships.
Yes, the Yankees and their fans are sitting on top of the MLB universe, but nobody other than the Pinstripe Nation and the media wants to hear or talk about it.
Somehow this song has seemingly made its way into every sports stadium in the United States.
It’s really popular at the University of Central Florida’s new Brighthouse Networks Stadium. The stadium earned the nickname "The Trampoline" when the student section got to jumping around to this tune and the aluminum seating rows began to bounce with their rhythm.
But it doesn’t matter if you’re at a college football, NBA, MLB, NFL or NHL game, no fan can seem to escape this tune.
It was fairly annoying the first 100 times I heard it, now it simply needs to go.