Beer Pong. Ohhhhh Beer Pong. The "Sport" in which you throw a ball into a cup whilst dealing with variables such as inebriation (spelling? Oh wait it's a Beer Pong blog who the eff cares) and environment. People don't like considering Beer Pong a sport though; I'm guessing this because it isn't a traditional sport such as football, hockey, or catching gypsies with net. It does technically fit Wikipedia's definition of the word sport:
"Sport is all forms of competitive physical activity which, through casual or organised participation, aim to use, maintain or improve physical fitness and provide entertainment to participants. Hundreds of sports exist, from those requiring only two participants, through to those with hundreds of simultaneous participants, either in teams or competing as individuals." (As I do something I would never do in a college paper which is citing Wikipedia as a source, I of course find the first error I've ever seen in Wikipedia with the misspelling of the word "organiZed"... For real, it's there on Wikipedia go check it out.)
You might be saying "how does Beer Pong help to improve physical fitness?", in which case you didn't understand the passage or you are a dick that loves Kraft Dinner and likes to argue. Beer Pong can strongly improve hand/eye coordination. It can also wear and tear on your working parts such as the leg you use to balance you while you are leaning. And let's just be honest with each other, drinking in itself can be a huge physical factor. When the Mantis started at MDBeerPong he could only dive under 1-2 tables to get a ball that was getting away, now he's repping that shit out 3-4 tables at a time and that's not easy.
Back to my original point, people don't like to call Beer Pong a sport no matter how much you argue with them. So we should just call it a Bar Sport... man that was fracking easy (to my Battlestar Gallactica fanbase). A bar sport, just like there are computer games that are considered an E-sport... yes I'm going to reference Starcraft 2 in my very first blog so I'd just like to say to the inevitable hate I'm going to get from this and say "SUCK IT! Ya fuckin nerds!" But there are things we can take from the rise of another sport, like how televising or recording games can grow a sport. MDBeerPong has already been doing that but has dropped off lately for w/e reason. One thing that we could do like Startcraft 2 is cast these recorded high-profile matches. Okay, maybe I am getting ahead of myself but it is simply an idea. I wouldn't even mind doing it if it was with a respected Beer Pong celebrity such as Jeff Barnes.
I'd be down if he didn't make me have push-up contests with any more people. I mean why not cast a game of beer pong? Or why isn't Bpong.com using their video footage for something similar? We live in a day and age where if there is no video of something, that shit did NOT happen! I'm just speculating but by now I think most of that video is useless! No one wants to see old ass games where we know the result. It can be used not only for entertainment for existing players, but as learning material for NEW-COMERS! I guarantee when you look up a video where there is WSOBP gameplay or rules on YouTube there is someone in the comments saying "Look at this lean, I could crush these fags" or something of the sort. So we as players respond with reasoning and logic (sometimes aggressively) or why the rules are the way they are and it just fails because we are just random YouTube users just like them. Maybe a set of professional, composed, and intelligent casters with experience and that are known Beer Ponger's could explain this kind've stuff before games even start and prevent the flaming from the beginning. This topic will probably be drawn out as a re-occurring topic in future blogs so just comment if you have ideas to add and I'll respond to them.
Switching pace now, I ran my first tournament last night at Looney's in Maple Lawn. Besides their inability to be clear about age restrictions to their bar was a bummer, but everything else was a success. It was the first free tournament there ever and I signed up 13 brand new teams, and it would have been more if Joey P's teams could play (sorry about that btw). The venue was nice and spacious and the staff was really nice. All of their beers were on special on account of it being a Sunday I guess. The only deterrent could be the later start time of the tourney (started around 10ish, instead of the original 9ish). Since it was all new players the tourney took a long time and explaining the rules over and over can be a drag. The general crowd was compiled of all regulars and seemed to be a completely un-tapped market of pong players. GJ to MDBeerPong for finding this place! I'm actually kinda glad that no experienced MDBP teams came in and steamrolled the competition. I have more to say on that with my opinion on the tier system but I'll save it for another blog because this shit is reaching the reading quota for most of you.