Sunday, June 13, 2010

Getting the Horn

The campaign against the World Cup 'vuvuzela' began with a whisper, but now ironically threatens to become a cacophony of sound.

Initially I enjoyed their incessant buzz, but now they are utterly ruining the tournament.

Germany gave a footballing masterclass tonight. A sublime display of penetrative pacy football.

They were everything that we were led to believe England would be, but weren't.

But could one detect the atmosphere waxing and waning with the pace of the game?

Of course not because of those damned horn blowers.

You couldn't even tell if a goal had stood or been disallowed, until the caption changed.

After all, anyone who has left a football ground early to beat the traffic, will acknowledge how one can follow the rhythm of the action from the sound alone.

Closer to home, my local tennis club is situated alongside the West Coast main line.

If I am receiving serve just as a train approaches, I will ask the server to wait.

Why? After all, it is the server who is most likely to be distracted by the passing locomotive.

The reason is the importance of hearing the sound of the ball from the racket.

Not as important as the sight obviously, but relevant nonetheless.

If this is true in small town tennis, surely the same must be true for world class football.

Who knows, maybe it was an obscure reason for Robert Green's mishap?

Perhaps he relied on his ears as much as his eyes to tell him how well the shot had been struck.

No-one wants football to be played in silence, so I am offering a simple solution.

Ban fans from carrying them into the stadium, but place a limited amount under the seats to be used by those lucky enough to find them there.

That way you retain the unique African flavour of the tournament, but not at the expense of other sounds from English singing to Brazilian samba.

For once, I trust FIFA will do the right thing.

9 Comments:

At 11:19 PM, Blogger Kings Hill Addick said...

See? You don't really want to give up.

Those rubbish bee sounding things will stop me watching any games that don't include England.

If the sponsors and advisers are reading, I am exactly the type of consumer you are aiming at. I'm an adapter of the latest technology and I have way too much disposal income.

Remove those annoying bee sounds or I'll not see any more of your commercials or the stadium advertising.

Or, of course you could just convince NYA to keep blogging and advertise on his blog!

 
At 11:44 PM, Blogger Ken Jennings said...

Yes - and how about if you find one under your seat and decide to blow it incessantly, people are allowed to throw things at you....?

 
At 1:13 AM, Blogger ChicagoAddick said...

I actually was ok with the vuvuzela's because for me I thought in the future they would be celebrated like the Mexican wave or the Argentinian tic-a-tape but I am starting to agree with NYA that it is ruining the unique atmospheres of the different countries matches.

 
At 3:24 AM, Anonymous Chris said...

Cant stand the damn things.

Haven't heard a chant all tournament.

 
At 12:48 PM, Anonymous Pat said...

If they drowned out the adams family I wouldn't object.

 
At 6:57 AM, Blogger vickiekurt said...

卡爾.桑得柏:「除非先有夢,否則一切皆不成。」共勉!..................................................

 
At 2:35 AM, Blogger 禎峰 said...

I guess I will need a lot..................................................

 
At 5:42 AM, Blogger 洪筱婷 said...

新手上路哦~請大家多支持^_^......................................................................

 
At 7:24 PM, Blogger 雅筑雅筑 said...

河水永遠是相同的,可是每一剎那又都是新的。......................................................................

 

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