Hate those droning, buzzing vuvuzelas that seem to be going non-stop for every World Cup event?
At least you can press mute.
Given the overreactions about these horns that I've read about on Twitter and elsewhere on the web, I thought it was time I brought some level-headedness to the table.
First, a case for vuvuzelas:
1) They add an African feel to this World Cup. There is something good-natured about the sound of the vuvuzelas going on constantly. They also give the South African team a real home-field advantage. Have to give points for creativity there.
2) They are respectfully used. Sure, for 90 minutes, it's like you have a nest of angry bees in your living room. But the major factor for me has been the relative silence during each nation's national anthem.
3) They are safe and fun for children to use. How many other things about sporting events are child-friendly? These keep kids engaged in the games taking place. As a parent who would love for his kids to love sports on the same level, this is a value of vuvuzelas as well.
Case made, I will now proceed with the five things in sports that are worse than vuvuzelas.