World Series of Beer Pong IV: Unlike College Football, Beer Pong Has a Playoff
Downstairs in the sportsbook of the Flamingo, casual fans and degenerates alike are placing their bets on Thursday's BCS Championship game between Florida and Oklahoma, two teams that aren't meeting because they knocked off foes in a playoff system to reach the championship round. Upstairs on the conference room level of the Las Vegas hotel and casino, more than 400 teams from across North America are competing in tournament for a championship.
The game they are playing is beer pong.
Yes, beer pong. Even a game that started in the dorm rooms, frat houses and off-campus apartments of America has found a way to create a playoff system to decide who's the best. No computer rankings, no polls, just good ol' competing with some beer drinking mixed in at the World Series of Beer Pong IV. The NCAA may want to consider the following as a new slogan to promote the game, "College Football: Less Organized Than a Drinking Game."
But to many of the competitors at the World Series of Beer Pong, the drinking game is just as much a sport as college football.
Felipe Mendoza of North Hollywood says, "I take this really seriously. This is like a sport, it requires skill and practice." Mendoza, who is one-half of Team Kobe a team that has placed in the top 20 in their two previous World Series says, "My teammate and I shoot about 300 shots a day in the days leading up to the World Series."