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That Punishing World Cup Vuluzela Sound

I wanted to watch World Cup Soccer this year, but didn’t make it through a single match. That God-awful drone from the stands put me off the games during the first match.
I just learned where that horrible sound came from: an instrument called the vuluzela (pronounced vul-voo-zel – ah). It’s a plastic tube you blow through to make the sound. At the World Cup most of the spectators in the stands blew them incessantly before, during and after every match.  The sound was piercing and distracting.

I’ve attended my share of concerts and stood within three feet of huge floor speakers right in front of the stage.  I’ve sat in roaring crowds inside jam-packed arenas and college football stadiums before. The noise was deafening.  But nothing compared in aggravation to the sound of those darn droning vuluzelas.

I guess World Cup officials had this big debate before the games began to determine whether they would allow the vuluzelas in.  Unfortunately, and to my chagrin, they ruled to allow them.  I could have muted the sound and watched the matches in silence, but decided just not to watch the matches at all.  Even at low volume the blaring vuluzelas gave me a headache.

South America and South Africa, please keep your vuluzelas down there.  Don’t get any notions about opening up markets for those vile things in America, say, for football or basketball games.  Hopefully, prayerfully, the NCAA and the NFL and the NBA will see the wisdom of banning them from their venues. Our sports fans in this country can make louder and more disgusting noise without the aid of artificial noise makers.

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