Harvard Officials Ban Vuvuzelas at 127th Annual Harvard-Yale Game

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Just when you thought the World Cup fever had passed, we have yet another reason to reminisce.

Besides the erratic refereeing, the vuvuzela, a noisemaking horn, was the main source of controversy – and headaches – for the 2010 South Africa World Cup.

The horn has been adopted by many countries and sports, and the list now includes the Ivy League.
Harvard students started a "Silence Yale" campaign and sold 2,000 vuvuzelas for their game against Yale.

"We all know what Yale sounds like: failure," boasts the campaign's Facebook page. "During the upcoming Game, Cambridge cannot afford to endure the noise pollution produced by so many whining Harvard rejects."

Like many other officials, the Harvard administration does not support bringing the noisemakers to their game. The New York Daily News reports they banned the plastic horn for the teams’ 127th meeting.

"In keeping with Department of Athletics' commitment to conduct athletic contests in a manner that promotes good sportsmanship, artificial noisemakers will not be permitted inside the ticketed footprint of Harvard Stadium," associate director of athletics Timothy Wheaton announced.

So if you hear the familiar bees buzzing sound on your TV on Saturday, you should probably get your TV fixed. For once, it won’t be the vuvuzela’s fault.

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