Seriously… who thought “Hey let’s take the most OBNOXIOUS part of the World Cup and bring it to America!”?
Obviously someone at the Florida Marlins promotions department, and I hope that person is currently looking through Craigslist for a new gig.
Whether you like the World Cup or it bores you to tears, we can all agree that the vuvuzelas are beyond annoying.
They are those horns that when everyone blows, they sound like a swarm of bees. And because they are always being blown no matter what is happening on the field, I can only assume the fans are just blowing them and not paying attention to the game.
It reminds me of something I noticed at the Chinese New Years parade I went to in Los Angeles this year. There were a few kids (and their parents) standing near us who had those little fire crackers that you throw on the ground and it makes a pop like a cap gun.
And they kept throwing them on the ground for 10-15 minutes.
It went from annoying to obnoxious to “Do these brats even have parents?”
But here is the kicker. The kids throwing them didn’t look they were enjoying doing it.
They had a bored expression on their face as they threw it. And the explosion was a dull “snap.” They seemed to be saying “Whatever” as they listlessly threw them to the ground.
So why did they keep doing it? It wasn’t fun and NOBODY was enjoying it. Was it the strange obligation to have crap explode at a Chinese event?
Which brings us back to the vuvuzelas.
Are the people blowing them enjoying it? Is it fun to blow a horn for hours at a time?
There MUST be a point where the thrill of sounding like a bee wears off.
At least at the World Cup there is the excuse of this being a South African tradition.
They are NOT a Florida baseball tradition. Having a low payroll is a Florida baseball tradition.