Beer pong vs. Beirut: the official ruling
Something like 16 posts later, it's clear the whole beer pong vs. Beirut issue is a pretty hot topic.
Here is the official tally:
7 of you think the drinking game is or should be officially called beer pong
4 are all for calling it Beirut
2 are undecided
and 2 are disqualified for giving me useless (but funny) answers like "In northern Baltimore county, we called it 'CUPZ N BALLZ.'"
The definitive answer comes from The New York Times, which calls the game beer pong. Here's a couple paragraphs from a 2005 story:
"The bar is packed, the floor is wet, and dozens of glassy-eyed young people are squeezed around tables trying to lob Ping-Pong balls into cups of beer.
It is the final round of a beer pong championship, sponsored by a maker of portable beer pong tables, and all across the bar, as one team scores points, the other happily guzzles beer."
So there, it's settled, once and for all.