Beer pong at Darmouth

November 17th, 2005 | Posted by Real Beer

The Dartmouth student newspaper offers “a three-part series looking at the evolution of beer pong as a social and cultural phenomenon at Dartmouth.”

From the first part:

But the pong players of today, whether or not they realize it, are partaking in a pastime that has come a long way from the original game. Pong consisted of two cups of beer per side from the 1950s until the 1990s, and the last 10 years have seen a proliferation in the amount of beer consumed during one game. The most common pong formations at Dartmouth include “shrub” and “tree,” which consist of seven and 11 cups of beer, respectively. According to common definitions of “binge drinking,” even a single game of pong can cross the line from social to binge drinking.

From the second:

For decades, speed pong dominated — a fast-paced game of table tennis with the added target of beers on the table. Eventually, slam pong came into fashion. In slam pong, one partner lobs the ball to his teammate who slams the ball toward the cup, similar to a set and spike in volleyball. This version, also known as volley pong at the time, was invented around 1979 and came into style in the early 1980s.

“Slam was for the hardcore,” Marriott said. “Regular pong was for women and [fre]‘shmen.”

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4 Responses to “Beer pong at Darmouth”

  1. Doom Says:

    There is a nasty portable beer pong table for sale at http://www.pongalong.com on the cheap. They are great, i have played on them in bar tournaments and they work out perfectly. They also collapse to shove in your trunk or under the sofa.

  2. Marco Says:

    We were playing volley pong in college in 1977.

  3. Timmyjoe Says:

    hmmm…the greatest beer pong match ever played. seriously!

  4. Beer Pong Tables Says:

    Yes beer pong has indeed come a long way! I don’t know about that slam pong stuff…sounds kinda stupid if you ask me. I also never heard of the Shrub or tree formations haha might have to try those out at my next party see how they go down. Beer pong woot!