New Year’s Eve may be over, but it’s never too late to make a resolution or two. Here are five you should focus on for your beer pong games this year:
1. I will be a good sport.
It’s tempting to rub every win into your opponent’s face, or to make excuses for every defeat, but remember, people are more interested in being around a fun person with a sense of humor. Cheering people on or engaging in good-natured heckling? Good. Continuing to celebrate hours after a big score? A little sad. Play it cool, have fun, and then move on.
2. I won’t settle for an ordinary table or pong balls this year.
Look, why would you need to use some shabby table you find in the basement when you can create the beer pong table of your dreams on the cheap? Or for an even smaller investment, you can put your team name on some beer pong balls. It may not help you win, but it’ll at least make you look awesome.
3. I will recycle my cups.
There’s no excuse not to do everything you can to protect the environment, especially when little changes are so easy. For example, tired of throwing away mountains of those plastic red cups every time you play a game? Then save yourself some money—and earn major karma points from the environment—by getting some reusable, dishwasher safe beer pong cups. These lightweight cups are perfect for beer pong, and you’ll be able to tell anyone you’re trying to impress: “yeah, I’m saving the planet.”
4. I will invite new people to my pong games.
It’s easy to fall in with the same old crowd and play your pong games with the same handful of people every weekend. But don’t forget one of the best parts of beer pong: it’s an amazing way to meet people and make friends! The game keeps people occupied, so there’s no awkward small talk; and by the end of it you really bond with your teammates. So invite the people down the hall, invite your classmates, invite your coworkers, and celebrate some awesome new friendships.
5. I will drink responsibly.
You know this one already, but we’ll say it again: it isn’t cool to drink and drive! In fact, we can’t imagine a faster way to ruin your popularity than to run into someone with a car because you didn’t have the foresight to find a designated driver. If you’re going to drink, make sure you have a place to crash or a responsible way to get home. And then go have fun and play some kick-ass pong in 2012!
Posted 2 years, 7 months ago at 4:36 pm. 9 comments
Guys finger. Girls blow.
Now that we’ve got your attention…we’re talking about beer pong. Get your minds out of the gutter!
In some places, there are house rules about specific actions that players can take when a ball is spinning around the inner rim of a beer pong cup. On these occasions, guys may “finger” the ball out of the cup before it touches the liquid, and girls may blow on the ball to attempt to prevent it from landing in the cup.
These rules are fun at parties, where the potential for innuendo is pretty much unlimited and there’s likely to be a lot of flirting going on. If you’re playing in an actual tournament, though, these moves are actually not all that useful.
Why, you ask?
The biggest problems with the finger/blow rule are that 1) it’s really hard to judge if people are playing fair, and 2) it makes the game a hell of a lot longer.
When you have two teams separated by 8 feet of party pong table, judging whether people are playing fair is almost impossible. Was that ball actually clearly in the cup when the girl blew it out (and blew beer all over the table)? Had that ball already landed when that guy fingered it out? Unless you have a 3rd party present to arbitrate, these kinds of questions can lead to all kinds of frustration and even fights between the two teams. Since the whole point of playing beer pong is to be friendly and sociable, that kind of defeats the point. If you’re playing for fun, by all means, use the finger/blow rule and as many other randomly entertaining house rules you want. But if you’re playing for points, keep it simple so that it’s easy for everyone to both have fun and play fair.
Aside from fairness and keeping things friendly, the blowing/fingering rule adds a lot of time to the game. Again, this is totally fine in a small group playing for fun context, but it can get irritating when you have a larger group and/or are playing for points. When players try to influence the beer pong balls as they’re circling the cups, rather than just letting gravity do its thing, they’re increasing the time of each play, which can make games last approximately forever. Particularly when your team is waiting to play, there’s nothing more frustrating than waiting for a game of beer pong that just won’t end.
What’s your opinion on the blowing/ fingering of beer pong balls? Do you play with this rule? Let us know in the comments!
Posted 2 years, 10 months ago at 10:18 am. 2 comments
The new Party Pong Reusable Beer Pong Cups are only $19.99 for a set of 22 cups
At Party Pong, we care about our planet and we care about saving money. Hence, why we are introducing to the world of Beer Pong, the first ever set of reusable beer pong cups. Party Pong accepts its responsibility to consider the environment while manufacturing its products. The Plastic Party Pong Beer Pong Tables are manufactured using green energy in the U.S.A and now we are proud to start offering our reusable beer pong cups, also manufactured in the U.S.A.
Aside from the stunning graphics, these reusable plastic cups are top-shelf dishwasher safe. These are not hard plastic stadium cups. These cups are thin and lightweight, allowing pong balls to react to them the same way they react to standard keg cups.
Visualize this…the morning after an epic party at your apartment/house/whatever. Beer Pong was, of course, the main event that took place until the wee hours of the morning. As you take a look around, all you can see is a mess of red cups. So the first thing you do is grab a garbage bag and fill it with cups to be sent to a landfill far, far away. NOT ANYMORE!
With the Party Pong Reusable Beer Pong Cups, you simply stack them, rack them (in the dishwasher), and reuse them. How many times have you had to run to the store for a set of cups after realizing there are none for beer pong? NOT ANYMORE! These cups are like a loyal pet, always there for you when you need them most.
So, not only are these cups eliminating the disposal of hundreds of thousands of red and blue keg cups, but the money that you used to spend on replacing cups every time you played beer pong can now be spent on more important things like, a round of delicious breakfast burritos the morning after an epic night of beer pong.
Posted 2 years, 11 months ago at 10:08 am. 14 comments