Vuvuzelas don’t ruin fun of Cup

Posted June 15, 2010, at 10:13 p.m.
Last modified Sept. 03, 2010, at 2:19 p.m.

     Oh, no. Please, God, I hope that noise doesn’t mean the dishwasher is on the blink.

  Or, even worse, did a bunch of bees find their way through a crack into the house?

  No, it’s just the vuvuzelas.

  The vuvuzela is a horn that is generating that annoying noise you’re hearing on World Cup soccer telecasts.

  The BBC is looking at filtering out the vuvuzelas.

  And you thought the Thundersticks were irritating!

  I don’t understand why you would want to blow a horn for 90 minutes at a World Cup game. Wouldn’t you rather just sit and watch the game? But they are part of the culture.

  Not even the vuvuzelas could diminish the enjoyment provided by the 1-1 tie between Eng-land and the United States.

  Not all soccer games are exciting.

  With the sophistication of defenses and the athleticism of the defenders, not only are goals hard to come by, scoring chances can sometimes be few and far between.

  But the game between the heavily-favored English and Americans was thoroughly enter-taining. It had end-to-end action.

  England was the better team. But the United States turned in an admirable performance and had the better goalkeeper in Tim Howard, who showed why he starts for Everton in the English Premier League and is considered among the world’s best.

  Everybody in the British Isles is blaming the draw on ’keeper Robert Green for allowing Clint Dempsey’s ambitious shot glance in off his hands.

  It was a terrible goal to allow.

  The tabloids are actually partially blaming the fact he recently broke up with his Canadian model girlfriend Elizabeth Minett for his snafu.

  Hogwash.

  The English scored only once in 90 minutes and had a golden opportunity to build a 2-0 lead when Aaron Lennon had a break-in down the right flank with teammates busting down the middle, only to have his cross broken up.

  Emile Heskey had a break-in in the second half but Howard not only made the tie-preserving save, he also held the ball against his chest and didn’t allow a rebound.

  The United States has benefited significantly by the migration of several of its players to Europe where they face the best players in the world on a regular basis. They were much more competitive with England than in the past.

  The MLS has been a nice proving ground for young Americans, like speedy 24-year-old striker Robbie Findley, who made a noteworthy World Cup debut against England.

  But you can’t have a World Cup team full of MLS players and expect to be successful.

  As the U.S. improves, more opportunities will open up for American players overseas.

  Advancing through pool play would provide significant momentum for the continued growth of soccer in the U.S.

  The World Cup coverage, especially the super slow-motion replays, has been exceptional.

  It doesn’t get much better than listening to British play-by-play men Martin Tyler, Ian Darke, Adrian Healey and Derek Rae. A British accent and soccer go hand-in-hand.

  Their delivery is impeccable and they supply plenty of information and insightful observa-tions.

  And some of the descriptive language is unique.

  Where else would you hear a player described as “influential” or “subtly efficient?”

  Now all we need is subtitles when the Scottish color analysts interject their thoughts.

  Another thought, if you are making millions of dollars to score goals and that’s all you do for a living, shouldn’t you be able to put your shots on net?

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