Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Drinking games go pro with Beer Pong

Beyond the National Football League, Major League Baseball and the National Basketball Association, there are tons of pro sports vying for a public following.
Some are legitimate sports like soccer and lacrosse, which require athletic skill and physical conditioning. But others are iffy. These “fringe sports” include professional video game playing, competitive eating and now “beer pong.”
And I thought the movie “Beerfest” was a comedy. Turns out it was practically a documentary.
The college drinking game Beirut has been turned into a sport with cash prizes.
I recently got a press release from a PR firm representing BPong.com, identified as the creator and sponsor of the World Series of Beer Pong and the “official governing body of the popular drinking sport Beer Pong.” You read that right – drinking "sport." The late Foster Brooks would have made a great play-by-play man.
The object of beer pong is to toss ping-pong balls across a table and into one of several cups of beer on the other end. When a ball lands in a cup, the defending team has to drink all the beer in that cup. The first team to eliminate the other team’s cups wins.
Beer pong is usually played with two two-person teams, one on each end of a table. Each side has six to 10 cups of beer arranged in a triangle.
The World Series of Beer Pong is the largest beer pong tournament in the world. The fourth annual World Series of Beer Pong is scheduled for Jan. 1-5 at the Flamingo Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Last year’s tournament had 600 participants competing for a $50,000 grand prize.
To help players prepare for the big event, BPong.com sells official beer pong tables, cups and balls, all emblazoned with the group’s sporty logo. And don’t forget to stock up on Pabst Blue Ribbon beer, an official sponsor of the World Series of Beer Pong. Classy.

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