How to Drink: Beer Pong

 

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Remember, way back, when you went to one of your first parties. And maybe you were invited to play or saw people playing some sort of card/quarter/ball game with drinks. And you wanted, so desperately, to play and enjoy and connect and maybe find someone that just gets you. But instead, you sat in the corner and drank that dumb, warm beer. You said to yourself (or maybe even out loud): I don’t even know how to play. Gone are the days of lost socialization due to ignorance. Gone are the days of confusing rules explained in a drunken haze.

Today we begin a journey–a path that takes us along the #rivers and #roads of drinking games. This goes out to all the people that were too shy to ask why are you flipping the cup upside down? or what does the 2 of spades mean?  Today, we feature a time-honored favorite: Beer Pong

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Red Solo Cups
  • Beer
  • Ping-pong balls
  • A long table

SET UP:

  • Half-fill several 16-oz plastic cups with beer. You can vary the amount of beer per cup, so each side has an equal amount of beer in each cup.
  • Prepare a clean-up bucket. While sanitation isn’t exactly the cornerstone of beer pong, nobody wants to drink a tainted cup of beer. Have some clean water, a bucket and wipes to clean up spills, splashes and the balls.
  • Set up the cups. Arrange the plastic cups into a 6-cup or 10-cup triangle at each end of the table.

HOW TO PLAY:

Beer Pong is generally played by teams of two in which each team takes turn throwing a ping pong ball into the other team’s cups. Once a ball lands in a cup, the cup is taken away and the opponent then drinks the contents of the cup. If both teammates hit cups, the balls are rolled back and they get to shoot again. The team that successfully hits all of the opponent’s cups wins the game. Since there are a vast amount of variation on the game, it is good to quickly go over things like racks and bouncing/swatting before the game begins. Winner of the game typically stays on the table and awaits next challenger. A list is generally formed to keep track of who is next to play.

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