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The Top 20 Worst Sounds In Sports: Vuvuzelas, Black Eyed Peas And More!

Ross LipschultzAnalyst IJune 28, 2010

The Top 20 Worst Sounds In Sports: Vuvuzelas, Black Eyed Peas And More!

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    When real fans watch sports, they want to feel like they are part of the crowd, even while relaxing in the La-Z-Boy at home.

    They want to smell the guy who hasn’t showered next to them, feel the piping hot bleachers, and see the waterfall of sweat during the rookie’s first appearance.

    But the most underrated sense for a sports fan?

    Hearing.

    The athletes need it, the coaches need it, the analysts need it and so do the ravenous followers. Sounds in sports can illuminate so many things, and without it, you can miss half of the game.

    Except for golf.

    From the buzzer sounding during a game winner to Tommy Smyth’s undecipherable, yet soothing accent, or to the crack of Ken Griffey Jr.’s swing on a mammoth homer, some of the most memorable noises come from sports.

    Sadly, memories can be bad too.

    There are sounds that plague sports like herpes: they never seem to go away, no matter how much you try to cover them up.

    So here are twenty of the most ear-shattering, rage-inducing, smile-inverting noises from the world of athletics. Some are so bad they are funny, some will kindle up sour memories and some will make head-butting Carlos Zambrano seem fun.

    Lucky for you, I didn’t attach all of the noises. That way, you don’t have to suffer as much as I did.

    Check out more from Ross at LA Sports Examiner and follow him on Twitter at Rossel64.

20) Star Watch

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19) Hike!

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    When I play football with my buddies, we go into the huddle, draw a play on someone’s chest walk to the line, and the quarterback says, “Hike!”

    Sounds organized, right? The Buccaneers could learn a thing or two from us.

    But what really grinds my gears is these insane calls at the line. Is “hike” no longer acceptable? Did it go out of style like Tamagotchis and velour?

    When I watch Peyton Manning, it sounds like Gimli is yelling.

    Sure, they may have their own word to snap the ball, and that’s fine. They can still do fake words for snap counts to draw the defense offside’s.

    But does it have to sound like Helen Keller speaking Gaelic?

    Just go back to the good ol’ days. It can’t possibly be a huge deal to go back to saying “Hike” instead of something that sounds like an order at P.F. Chang’s.

    Check out more from Ross at LA Sports Examiner and follow him on Twitter at Rossel64.

18) Dick Vitale

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17) NASCAR's In-Car Highlights

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16) Hockey Goal Sirens

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15) The Key Jingle

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14) Florida Marlins Fans

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13) Cow Bells

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12) Avery Johnson

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11) Official Sponsors

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10) The Ping of Aluminum Bats

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9) Baseball Umpires' Calls

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8) School Spell-Outs

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7) Softball Dugouts

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6) Tennis Grunts

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5) Vuvuzelas

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4) Stan Van Gundy

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3) Thundersticks

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2) Eye-Popping Injuries

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1) The Black Eyed Peas

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