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June 1, 2007

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. 


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Posted by Sam Sessa at 8:08 PM | | Comments (2)
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beer pong is played with paddles and is a completely different game. beirut is throwing the balls.

I dont care what the NY Times says. Its Bierut or simply 'Rut" thats the end of the matter.

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