Prior to June 11, 2010, most Americans had no clue what a vuvuzela was, or why they would hate it so much over the next month. Now it’s the talk of just about every sports blog, sports talk radio show, ESPN talking head program, or whatever medium you get your sports news from covering the World Cup. South Africans have been blowing these plastic horns for the past week straight, players and fans have complained about the sound repeatedly, but the swarm of bubble bees isn’t leaving South Africa anytime soon.
Though the vuvuzelas have become incredibly popular from the 2010 World Cup, (I even have an iPhone app to annoy my friends!) these horns are nothing new. In fact to this day I still credit a purple vuvuzela with a Super Bowl win a decade ago.
That’s right, in 2000 while our hometown Baltimore Ravens were making their march through the National Football League, one vuvuzela was the lucky charm in my household.
10 years ago, my family spread the joy of the Ravens season with our lucky charm, the purple vuvuzela. We cleverly called it a “the horn” and even though it was purchased a block from M&T Bank Stadium from a guy selling them out of shopping cart, being the superstitious fan I am, I still firmly believe that the horn was a huge reason for Baltimore’s super victory.
When it wasn’t annoying fans around it by producing it’s magnificent sound, it would sit on top of our family television during games, touched for good luck and of course brought to a Super Bowl party to help bring home the championship.
A decade later I find it so humorous to hear all the the hoopla around the vuvuzela. My hope is that I can find a red, white, and blue one around and bring home an unlikely World Cup for the U.S. I’ve seen the power of the horn and I know that anything is possible.