This week’s game is that popular drinking game Beer Pong (also known as Beirut).

When I was in college, beer pong was THE game to play.  Most of the frats, party houses, and bars had beer pong tables set aside for the inevitable game that would break out during a night of drinking.  The rules are pretty simple, but, since the game is fairly regional, subject to a wide number of variations.  The basic game consists of cups of beer (generally plastic cups filled 1/4-1/3 full) arranged in a triangle on either end of a table; typically 6 cups for 1 vs 1 play, or 10 for team play.  There is one ping-pong ball which is used for play.  The object of the game is to shoot the ball into one of the cups of the opposing team.  Typically this has to be done with one or fewer bounces.  If the ball goes into a cup, then the opposing team drinks that cup.  At this point the cup is either removed from play, refilled and put back into play, or put back empty.  An empty cup counts as a negative scoring cup, i.e. if you sink a ball into an empty cup your team has to drink one of your cups.  Play continues until one team’s cups have been emptied.

There is a slew of optional rules for this game.   Some having to do with the pong going off the table requiring drinks, others the cups are replaced with glasses and  instead of beer whiskey shots are consumed.  Really, there are about as many variations as there are places to play the game.

In all honesty, I’ve only played beer pong once.  Frankly it was a fun enough game, but I rather disliked the idea of drinking a beer that had a dirty ping-pong ball floating in it.  But if you get enough beers in a person, just about anything seems like a good idea, right?

-Confusion is a state of mind, or is it?