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!