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Watching the World Cup got me thinking... Wouldn't it be great if a few sections or even the whole Dome had vuvuzelas to blow during our opponents offensive drive? I think it would beef up our 12th man! What do you guys think?

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It's not like it starts and stops. The noise is f'in constant. I'm sure the players just get used to the drone so its really a non-factor.

You do realise if you stop blowing, it stops making a noise right?

You choose when you start it and stop it, the South Africans clearly just enjoy it on a constant basis :)

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This is from 2006, there have been rules modifying what the mascots can and can't do this year.

Crowd Noise

While the League does not wish to place restrictions on spontaneous crowd noise or to diminish fan enjoyment in our sport, it is each club's responsibility to exert proper control over cheerleaders and mascots (including noise-making specialists hired exclusively for that purpose), use of scoreboards, message boards, etc. Artificial or manufactured crowd noise in NFL stadiums has increased to the extent that teams have notified the league office that they have experienced difficulty communicating within their bench area as well as on the field.

(1) Club-Controlled Sound: The home club does not have the prerogative to decide if such sound hampers signal calling. While spontaneous crowd noises may be beyond immediate control, noise of any kind (music, horns, gongs, drums, etc.) that is under club control must cease when the play clock (40 or 25 second) is running and the visiting team is in possession of the ball. Flagrant attempts by cheerleaders, mascots or the public-address system to encourage crowd noise for the purpose of disrupting the visiting team's offense while the play clock is running is prohibited. The use of noise meters or such messages as "Noise!," "Let's hear it!," "Raise the Roof," "Let's go Crazy," "Pump it up," "12th Man" are prohibited at any time during the game. These examples are not limited to the foregoing, but also would include similar messages that encourage crowds to make random noise in order to disrupt the opposition. The prohibitions specified in this section also apply during kicking plays.

Exception: Any conventional cheerleader or mascot actions or the use of the scoreboard or message board for acceptable cheers such as "Defense!" and "Push 'em back!" must be stopped when the huddle breaks and/or the offensive team moves to the line of scrimmage.

(2) "Wave": Club-controlled efforts to start the "Wave" cheer, through the use of cheerleaders or message boards — even if the actions are stopped when the visiting team breaks the huddle — are a violation of the crowd noise policy.

(3) Noise-Making Devices: Klaxons, megaphones, bullhorns, whistles and other noisemakers of any kind are not permitted in stadium.

(4) Field-Level Speakers: The number of field-level speakers must be limited to a maximum of four. They must be placed between the goal lines and the 20-yard lines, and be pointed away from the bench area and the playing field. All sound from such speakers must cease when play clock starts for the visiting team's possession.

(5) Mascots: Team mascots must stay behind the six-foot white border at all times during the game (they may be on the field at appropriate times during the pregame and at halftime when players are not on the field), and they are prohibited from engaging in any acts of taunting opposing players, coaches, and game officials. In the event of violations, teams employing the mascots will be subject to significant fines.

(6) Videos: Video clips may be shown during pregame, halftime, postgame, between quarters, and after a score by the home team, as long as the content is in good taste and not derogatory to the visiting team. At no time may such clips be shown while the play clock or game clock is running.

Clubs should be aware of the playing rule adopted in 1989 which establishes a set of procedures, including loss of timeouts or 5-yard penalty on the defense, to handle the problem of crowd noise which prevents the offense from hearing its signals.

Source: The NFL

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One of the new/adjusted rules for 2010:

League green lights return of video noise messages

Posted by Mike Florio on March 29, 2010 10:28 PM ET

Once upon a time, NFL home teams could actually be penalized if the noise in the stadium was so loud that it legitimately disrupted the visitors' offense. Though that stupid rule has long since been abandoned, the league has maintained for 21 years a ban on using video messages to encourage fans to get loud.

Daniel Kaplan of SportsBusiness Journal reports that this rule was wiped off the books at last week's league meetings in Orlando. And so teams will now be permitted to display messages like "Noise" and "Raise the Roof" and "Pump It Up" (but hopefully not "Simultaneous Fart in 3 . . . 2 . . . and 1 . . . !").

The goal? To make the experience more enjoyable for fans who have increasingly improving home technology where they can watch multiple games with their friends (and kill any slow moments with a call for a simultaneous fart in 3 . . . 2 . . . and 1 . . . .) "We want to make it a fun place for the fans to be, and [Commissioner] Roger [Goodell] pushed for this, and we will see how it works," Cowboys COO Stephen Jones said.

The only catch is that the messages must end "15 seconds before the ball is snapped," which we assume actually means 15 seconds before the play clock expires, since there's no way to know when the ball will be snapped, and thus no way of counting 15 seconds back from an unknown point.

Kaplan points out that no vote of the owners was required for the measure because it does not alter the rules of the game.

That said, it definitely will impact the experience for the road teams, especially in venues with lids.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2010/03/29/league-green-lights-return-of-video-noise-messages/

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i boycotted the World Cup just because they showed no respect for the game blowing those horns nonstop. I mean, you couldn't even tell they were taking breaths in b/t.

How is that showing disrespect to the game? The Vuvuzelas are part of South Africa's culture, its not like they just randomly got the idea to use these things during games. Do thunder sticks show a lack of respect for baseball?

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How is that showing disrespect to the game? The Vuvuzelas are part of South Africa's culture, its not like they just randomly got the idea to use these things during games. Do thunder sticks show a lack of respect for baseball?

Do you mean Hockey? Because what baseball games are you watching were there are thunder sticks on the scale of Vuvuzelas in the World Cup games...

And Vuvuzelas are a dumb idea...

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..and chants/songs/the wave/ etc didn't bother you in the past? Or disrespect the game?

That is all part of the tradition of soccer. The Chants, the songs, all tradition.

What part of the wave is comparable to the horns???

How is that showing disrespect to the game? The Vuvuzelas are part of South Africa's culture, its not like they just randomly got the idea to use these things during games. Do thunder sticks show a lack of respect for baseball?

The Vuvuzelas are part of South Africa's culture, not part of soccer's culture.

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That is all part of the tradition of soccer. The Chants, the songs, all tradition.

What part of the wave is comparable to the horns???

The Vuvuzelas are part of South Africa's culture, not part of soccer's culture.

The World Cup is being played in South Africa...which is why the Vuvuzelas are so popular, if it was in the US there wouldnt be any Vuvuzelas...

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The World Cup is being played in South Africa...which is why the Vuvuzelas are so popular, if it was in the US there wouldnt be any Vuvuzelas...

I remember hearing them in the previous World Cup. Can't remember where it was 4 years ago but I disticly remember saying to someone "what the heck is that annoying buzzing soud?"

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