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Tough tuning in to World Cup soccer

June 15, 2010 - Per Peterson
There’s a lot to appreciate about the sport of soccer — the strategy, a goaltenders’ sprawling save, or a perfectly-placed header into the back of the net. I appreciate soccer players for their unique skills and how well-prepared they are physically to play a sport that makes you run as much as they do. But it’s still nearly impossible for me to watch. And part of that has to do with those now-controversial horns that fans blow on throughout a match, seemingly without taking a breath. They’re called vuvuzelas, plastic horns that I guess are supposed to be a form of cheering. I’ll take cowbells any day. The horns are annoying because of the whiny sound they make. The fans are annoying because they never stop blowing them. It’s constant. It’s not as if they blow on them when a goal is scored and then put them away. They’re blowing them non-stop. I suppose one could turn the volume on their TV down, but then we’d miss the great calls that are made when someone actually scores a goal. Soccer is immensely popular throughout the world, but it doesn’t make for a very good spectator sport — and by spectator, I mean a person sitting on their couch with a bag of chips at his side.


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