Here is another thing I do not understand. Maybe this is just "I don't understand things" week but - like my strange attraction to Ron at the beach - what is the whoop with beer pong? My only problem with it is it appears to be a modest expenditure to achieve much the same beer game experience that the game "caps" provides for free or that game called, what is it, "idiot" where you slap a playing card on your forehead sitting with others in a circle doing likewise. Yet it is clearly bad bad bad:
The controversy isn't entirely surprising. The point of beer pong is to get your friends drunk — and parents and university administrators generally frown on that sort of thing. Last fall, Georgetown University banned beer pong, specially made beer-pong tables and inordinate numbers of Ping-Pong balls and any other alcohol-related paraphernalia in its on-campus dorms — even in the rooms of students of legal drinking age. The University of Pennsylvania, Yale University, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Tufts University have also banned drinking games. "We're pleased that Tufts has put this in writing," says Michelle Bowdler, a health administrator at the school. "Although we understand that 21 is the legal drinking age, we don't want our students participating in activities that could do excessive harm to themselves or others."
That is from an article in TIME magazine called "The War Against Beer Pong" and note that it appears to be about imposing standards on adults - sure, they are goof balls but still adults in a democracy. Nice touch about the "inordinate numbers of Ping-Pong balls." Granted, a beer pong manufacturer once gave me fifty bucks or so to run a review but I don't think I am off on this one, am I?
Is it really a war? And if it is a war, why do we only hear about this in relation to campus life and not, you know, an early twenties working Joe in, say, the basement on the weekend beer ponging away with his pals. Is this a crime against youth or only a crime against youth with university degrees in their future. How about grad students - can they pong safely ? And can't one be a social beer ponger? You know, maybe a beer or two and twenty minutes of ponging before you head out to a movie. Must there be a binge? That I do not know - just another thing I do not understand - but whose job is it to decide the eternal question that has plagued mankind, to pong or not to pong?