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Drew talks about the World Cup, with special emphasis on the delicate lullaby of the majestic vuvuzelAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA . Also, Headlines of the Week for 6/6 - 6/12
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Most of you know I play soccer 3-4 times a week. I've played since I was six and I really love the game. However I'm not as big a fan of watching it. No idea why but it never caught on for me. That being said though, you haven't lived until you've seen a live premier league match in England. Even if you're not a soccer fan you'll love it. It's similar to how going to baseball games in person is a lot more fun than watching on TV, except better because there is some serious crowd energy at live soccer matches.
Most people generally don't pay a lot of attention to soccer either but they're at least trying to watch some of the games. And they all have pretty much the same reaction: what the hell is that goddamn noise?
If you've watched even one of the televised World Cup games, you've probably been annoyed by the droning hum of the vuvuzelas. Turns out that African nations love to blow the traditional meter-long horns at soccer matches - incessantly. Why? Probably alcohol related.
At any rate, even people in soccer-loving countries are complaining about them. FIFA looked into banning them, but they decided not to do it because they didn't want to be seen as culturally insensitive. Which is an odd decision in my opinion, I don't think I'd ever choose cultural sensitivity over RUINING THE SPORT FOR THE REST OF THE FREAKIN' PLANET. But apparently FIFA is run by a bunch of pansies and loud culturally-related hornblowing has won the day. I'm hoping in the future they'll honor my cultural tradition of sitting in the front row at any game I attend, otherwise I'll be deeply offended.
I was doing some research on how this bullshiat cultural phenomenon came about and I ran across this interesting article from 2009: The Tiny Plastic Horn That Will Ruin The World Cup. Deadspin tried to warn us, folks.
So for those of you new to soccer who still choose to watch the World Cup, do what I do and turn the volume off. You're not missing any interesting commentary anyhow.
Now if they can just get rid of pointless ultra-slow motion clips between plays we could get back to complaining about the grass-diving and knee-grabbing. Speaking of which, a friend of mine asked which sport has more dives in an attempt to get fouls called, basketball or soccer? I think it's a tossup.
Headlines Of The Week for Sun 2010-06-06 to Sat 2010-06-12:
Four charged in auto parts theft. Reportedly building a '49, '50, '51, '52, '53, '54, '55, '56, '57, '58, '59 automobile
Nude snorkelers try to set world record for the most fish scared away
Congratulations to Rush Limbaugh for protecting the sanctity of marriage for the fourth time
Australian cafe creates record sized burger. Or, as Americans call it, a "medium"
One in three kids have viewed porn online by the age of ten. The other two still resort to finding it at the back of dad's wardrobe
Study shows that children of two-lesbian families have fewer behavioral problems, more Indigo Girls CDs
Galileo's middle finger goes in display in Italian museum. Curators oriented it so that it's facing the Vatican, for old time's sake
After four years, Army finally agrees to pay soldier for leg lost in Iraq. Soldier stumped as to why it took so long
Young men more vulnerable to relationship ups and downs than women, according to the Institute for Guys Who Had Their Hearts Torn From Their Chests By Soul-Crushing Succubi
Sims arrested for murdering stepson, presumably by building a pool with no ladder which stepson could not get out of
A 'mystery woman' has put forth another claim to Gary Coleman's estate. Sadly, the estate consists of a savings account of $4.67, an autographed photo of Gordon Jump and a '73 Ford Pinto
MLB Hall Of Fame to get first base, a ball, and Armando Galarraga's spikes from his near-perfect game. MLB said they hadn't seen something that poorly blown since Paris Hilton's sex tape
Did Pete Rose use a corked bat while chasing the all-time hits record? You bet
United States defeat England 1-1
Tattoo may help track blood sugar, da plane
Study shows that gay men are skinnier than straight men, and lesbians are plumper than straight women. And Subaru has a car to fit them all
Good: Calvin Klein cologne can be used to attract cougars. Bad: And jaguars
Wheel of Fortune hostess dies of intestine rupture. If only she'd bought a bowel
Kim Kardashian reportedly replacing Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft. Croft now expected to just lay there during action sequences
Jennifer Aniston is on the Cox diet, but it unclear how much she swallows
Iranian president says sanctions are "like a used hankerchief". He should know, he's been jerking the U.N. off for the last four years
Obama refuses to meet with the men who were killed during the Deepwater Explorer explosion
Gov. Crist vetoes bill which would require a woman to view an ultrasound, paint nursery prior to abortion
17 arrested at Dave Matthews Band concert. That's a start
Canadians are suing Ehrosmith after the band cancelled several shows
Lead singer for Katrina & The Waves was considering suicide at the time Walkin' on Sunshine became a big hit. Not that you can blame her
"Blackwater" is back, after "Xe Services" proved to be inert
Uncle Ben calms currency markets, fondled you at family reunions
Parents in uproar over sugary chocolate formula being marketed for kids. They're going to blog their protests as soon as they get the kids settled in front of the TV for the evening
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