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Harvard, Yale Abuzz re: Vuvuzelas

Yale student Jonathan Desnick poses with vuvuzelas in his dormitory on the Yale campus in New Haven, Conn., today. Desnick bought nearly 700 vuvuzelas after hearing Harvard’s student government had asked for a ban on the horns at the upcoming NCAA college football game between Yale and Harvard, saying the annoying horns would be a distraction to the football team, the band and alumni. Story here. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Question: Do vuvuzelas have a place at sporting events in this country?

Shock Sells Vuvuzelas For Title Game

The Spokane Shock are selling vuvuzelas — those annoying horns that made the World Cup all that more difficult to watch — for Arena Football League championship showdown with the Tampa Bay storm Friday night in Spokane. Seriously. You can buy them for $6 at the Shock office now. Or for $8 at the Spokane Arena on game day. But why would you?

Question: Would you be more or less likely to attend an Arena Football League championship game, if you knew you had to put up with the sound of vuvuzelas?

Rick: Berry Bees Buzzing Like Vuvuzelas

Facebook friend Rick Price offers the best use of the word, ‘vuvuzela’ that I’ve seen this side of the World Cup: “Just ate the first raspberries of summer. My patch has sounded like the vuvezelas at a world cup stadium with bees buzzing and doing their small important work since mid June. It could be a bumper crop.”

Question: Have you used the word vuvuzela in every day speech since the World Cup began?

Vuvuzelas Cause Annoying Soccer Buzz

Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhh! We’re writing this column under proper World Cup conditions—with vuvuzelas blasting in both of our ears. Is everyone already exasperated with the Infamous Plastic Horn of Distraction? WE SAID, IS EVERYONE ALREADY EXASPERATED WITH THE INFAMOUS PLASTIC HORN OF DISTRACTION? There are reports that World Cup organizers are already considering a ban on the vuvuzela, the ubiquitous narrow instrument that’s making every contest in South Africa sound like a ferocious swarm of radioactive bees—or a Hollywood publicists’ luncheon. Vuvuzela-mania is threatening to drown out national anthems, quick-witted soccer chants and tender conversations about 19th century literature between U.S. and English fans/Wall Street Journal. More here. (AP Photo: An England supporter blows a vuvuzela as another cheers before the World Cup group C soccer match between England and the United States)

DFO: Can you picture anyone trying to blow one of those silly horns at an Oakland Raiders football game?

Question: Should World Cup officials ban vuvuzelas from their soccer matches?

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