This crowd noise record-setting competition is becoming extremely pointless

seahawksloudFor about a month, I was the proud owner of a Guinness World Record.

Granted, it was me and 68,337 others who set a new world record for crowd noise last month, breaking the mark set two years prior at a soccer match in Turkey.

It was pretty cool to be apart of a group that had never been measured at a louder decibel level than we had during the 29-3 pummeling of San Francisco.

But then, the noisy folks over in Kansas City decided they could be even louder, and according to Guinness, they were. Fans at Arrowhead Stadium last Sunday set a new world record, beating Seattle’s mark by 0.9 decibels.

And now, it’s not just the thing-to-do in the NFL. Clemson University is trying to upend Kansas City’s record on Saturday in its big game against Florida State. The Tigers athletic department seems pretty confident that it will make history tomorrow.

Volume 12, the Seattle group that started this whole record-breaking movement, isn’t happy that its title has been taken away. Plans are in the works to set a new mark later this season.

seahawksguinnessC’mon people. This whole thing is getting out of hand and becoming meaningless. World records aren’t meant to be broken this quickly. Doing something so unbelievable that none of the world’s seven billion other people have done is supposed to be a rare achievement, celebrated only once every so often.

The funny part about all of this is that Guinness apparently isn’t even recording legit sound levels at the games, according to sound and recording engineer Paul Richardson.

So basically, none of this means anything anymore and is turning into a free marketing machine for Guinness.

When we set the record at Century Link, I was pretty pumped. Loudest crowd ever, in history? That was sweet.

Now, though, I tend to agree with my colleague Todd Bishop — this is becoming pretty dumb.

  • Hatkey

    Weren’t you the one who wrote an article on how to use an iPhone to make more noise at a game?

    And now you’re the one writing an article saying it’s “pretty dumb”?

    Oh, the irony.