Forget hot atmo. This is a supernova.
South African fans blow their "vuvuzela" trumpets before the 2010 World Cup opening match between Mexico and South Africa at Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg. (June 11, 2010)
Ear plugs? Check.
Big, fat smile? Check.
Forty minutes before kickoff and Soccer City is beyond hopping. It's bedlam. Madness. Vuvuzela inspired chaos. Many feared that getting people in and out of this place could be an organizational disaster. It hasn't been - or maybe everybody just left at dawn. Because the place is jammers.
Impossible to describe the impact of the vuvuzela on this game. It's already deafening. Even to talk to a neighbour, you're forced to press your mouth up against his ear and scream. And then there's still a lot of 'What? WHAT?!!'
Chris Young and I were standing outside for a breather a second ago and he said to me: 'This isn't a game. This is history.'
I wish I could've stuffed you all in my suitcase - it's magic.