Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Why Do The Thrashers Despise Ungodly Noise Machines?

People who watched that World Cup thing will remember the vuvuzela. You know, the long horn that sounds like a flock of storks being sucked into a jet engine? It's awfully loud even through the teevee screen, and the likes of TBC operative Go Puck Yourself can confirm that it is intolerably loud in person.

Therefore, the Thrashers have officially added it to their List of Prohibited Items, or (to give it its proper name) the Index Itemum Prohibitorum.

This is disappointing for all sorts of reasons. Imagine the heights of absurdity that could be scaled with hockey game vuvuzelas: players totally unable to concentrate, dumb goalie-baiting chants drowned out forever, the inevitable arrival of the Beer Cannon Vuvuzela, etc...

It pains us that the Thrashers are the first (and so far only) NHL team to ban the vuvuzela. Because OTHER teams will allow it, at least for a little while, and from Day One of next season we'll just be the square kids without horrible noise-horns. Sad.

1 comment:

Razor Catch Prey said...

I used to have one of those when I lived in Ohio and would occasionally venture to Cincinnati Bengals games. Back then they were just plastic horns without the odd name, and were sold all around Riverfront Stadium. As you walked from your remote parking location to the stadium, you would be able to hear the horns inside the stadium from a couple of miles away.

The vilification of those horns is due entirely to soccer fans. Bengal fans would reserve use of the horn for a few excited exclamations before kickoff, while the ball was in the air during kickoff, and in celebration of big plays. Soccer fans, on the other hand, seem to feel that the proper use of the horn is to blow it constantly throughout the competition. It is possible that being lightheaded from lack of oxygen makes soccer more entertaining to witness. Being European or Latino also makes it more interesting, apparently.