Beer Pong: Could Booze, Babes, and Balls Yield Yet Another Sport?

Andrew Robeson@SportswriterguyAnalyst IIAugust 17, 2010

For the last few decades, a trendy game has gone from being played in hole-in-the-wall college bars to mainstream America.

Beer pong has gripped the nation, and it is showing no signs of going away. If anything, its popularity is off the charts.

Whereas the game originated on college campuses, it is now everywhere.

Family reunions? You betcha.

Weddings? Wouldn't surprise me.

After Christmas dinner? OK, it may sound unbelievable, but the person SWEARS it happened.

Beer pong is a game generally played with two teams of two. The sides each try to make all of the other teams cups first, generally six or ten cups.

Rules will vary, but ultimately the team to make all of the other teams cups first generally wins, barring a rule called redemption—this allows the team that failed to make the cups first a last opportunity to make all the remaining cups.

So when can you expect to turn on ESPN and watch the World Series of Beer Pong?

Well, if ESPN, or any other sports network for that matter, knows what the American public likes, then it should be on cable soon. 

Beer pong involves three things that Americans loves.

1. Beer—there is no denying America loves its alcohol, and of course watching drunk people. Take it from a founding father. 

I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts, and beer.—Abraham Lincoln

2. Babes—OK, so this one may not be apparent when one thinks of beer pong. But from casual observance, there always seems to be an abundance of babes when beer pong is being played. Some of the best players I've observed have been absolute babes (maybe it's just that the opponent is so distracted). In a TV format, babes could be even more integrated by making them referees or something of the sort. Kind of like their role in UFC.

3. Balls—football, baseball, basketball, etc. all have one thing in common: balls. As Americans, we love sports that center around a ball. Ping pong is boring. Beer pong spices it up just enough to make it interesting.

If the World Series of Poker can be aired for a week straight, then why can't there be time for the World Series of Beer Pong?

The people over at have been trying to legitimize the game for years, and have begun to host an annual World Series tournament at the beginning of January every year.

There is even a $50,000 prize, and a rule book that can be read here 

Beer pong is no less a sport than poker, or bowling, and its time for it to make it to cable.