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April 2nd, 2004
 

Playbeirut.com has made news!   Our founder Jason Spencer was quoted in a recent news article in The Morning Call, the daily newspaper for the Bethlehem/Allentown area (Lehigh University).   Click here to read the article.

Things here at playbeirut.com have calmed down since the .net national tournament last year.   Spencer and Thrill finished in second place in Las Vegas.   The winners never made it to the Jimmey Kimmel show, the show apparently bumped them.   Then both Spencer and Thrill moved out of the Boston area.   Spencer to Binghamton, NY and Thrill to CT.   Both are settling down somewhat, but still get togehter as often as possible.   Spencer will play in Binghamton area tournaments occasionally, usually at The Sports Bar.

Being out of the Boston region has slowed this site down somewhat.   No Boston area tournament has taken place this year.   Pics from the Spring 2003 tournament have been lost due to a hard drive crash.

Playbeirut.net has been down for weeks now, and before that it wasn't updated regularly at all.   A follow up season of tournaments never materialized, and corporate sponsorship never came through either for playbeirut.net apparently.   We wish Joe the best of luck, and althought all signs point to him having thrown in the towel, we hope that is not the case.   He might not have achieved his dream for a national Beirut network or structure, but he is the only one who has really tried to do it.


Today's Beirut-applicable quote:

     "Recognition is the greatest motivator."
-Gerard C. Eakedale


April 27th, 2003
 
We are still working on updating our results from our April 5th tournament.   While we can say that Spencer & Thrill defeated Tom & Greg in the finals (oh yeah), we are still debating aspects of the ranking system.   Basically, there is a discrepancy in the scoring that needs to be resolved.   The resolution of this issue requires a fundamental review of our scoring methodologies.   Spencer and Walgreen are currently hashing this out.   So it might be another week or two before our results get published, but no worries because they will be posted.  

No update on the .net national tournament.   It seems that the natives are getting restless, and we will report any update as soon as we hear of it.  

In other Beirut news, we hear that there was a tournemant in New York City over the weekend with a $600 first place prize.   Teams were 3 vs. 3 and there were 32 teams.   We know that Tom was in the finals.   We will post more info as it becomes available.


Today's Beirut-applicable quote:

     "Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant."
-Horace


March 16th, 2003
 
Well the past few months from our Beirut perspective here at playbeirut.com have entailed closely watching playbeirut.net's national championship experiment unfold.   If you're not familiar with it, Joe from .net has been organizing a national championship tourney comprised of 32 teams.   Each one of which finished either first or second in one of his qualifier tournaments scattered accross the US (but prodominantly in the northeast)  

Spencer and Thrill tried their hand at 3 of them: Binghamton (Spencer's home town), Botson (our current home base), and next door in Hartford, CT.   It's an interesting game of ours, with many matches being decided by different factors...   Rules other than those we're used to, different equipment, different states of mind, atmosphere, getting on fire (streaky), and countless other variables can make the difference of one or two cups which is usually what a game between two good teams comes down to.   You can only bring your best game and hope that your stars are all in alignment.   Well in Binghamton and Boston suffice to say either or both were not in their favor, but everything went right at Hartford as Spencer and Thrill walked away with 1st place.   They had their share of close calls, including being down 5 cups to 1 at one point, but managed to come out on top.   So now they qualify for the National Championship tournament, the finals of which allegedly will be played live on the Jimmy Kimmel Show.   The date and location of the nat'l championship are still in the air as Joe hopes to get a major sponsor on board who will cover travel and lodging for the contestants.   Such a sponsor would allow for a more exotic locale.   We'll keep you updated, suffice to say there are 32 teams eagerly awaiting word, and hoping that whatever date is announced won't conflict with their calendars which always fill up this time of year with weddings and such...

So as the first year of the .net championship winds down, how would we rate it?   With mixed reviews.   First off let's just say that ANYTHING of this sort that helps increase the awareness of Beirut is a good thing, and this is without a doubt a very major undertaking that is no easy task.   With that being said there some areas of improvement for next year (that's if there is a next year, let's hope)...   More organization is needed.   The Boston tournament started several hours late due to an extreemely manual and labor intensive bracket set-up process.   Either more help from people familiar with the process or a new process is needed.   Secondly, each tournaments rules should be looked at under a microscope for possible holes that will cause arguments during tournament play.   If you're going to use house rules everywhere, make sure they are up to the task.   On that last point, we would like to see a uniform set of rules, but that is at least 5 years away in our opinion.   For there to be a uniform set of rules there has to be an incentive to use them, or a disincentive to use your house rules, neither of which currently exists.   On a housekeeping note it would be nice if .net updated their site with tourney results, photos, videos, etc from each tourney even if it took several weeks. Currently, no such data is on their site.   We realize that he is pretty tapped trying to run this, raise a newborn (Congrats Joe!), and pay the bills (they aren't making money thus far, a big reason everyone should cut him some slack).   We wish there was a way to cut down on the smoke at some of these bars and the amount of idiots, but some of that comes with the territory.

In other news, we will be hosting a tournament in early April.   We will be inviting past teams first, and forsee a full bracket based on their entrys (sorry to newbies). We'll keep you posted on everything Beirut as best we can (we have day jobs too!!). Also, check out the new poll.


Today's Beirut-applicable quote:

     "The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who at best, knows the triumph of high achievement; and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat."
-Theodore Roosevelt, "Citizen in a Republic", April 23, 1910


November 19th, 2002
 
I don't know, was it too soon to update?   No worries, we're still going strong, it's just that we all have day jobs, you know?  Also, not too much has been going on with us from a ruit standpoint.   Last weekend, however, we had a little closed door 2-part event.   We held a round robin, which Spencer and Thrill won by defeating every team they faced (including Tom & Greg by 5 cups!!!).   Then we decided to keep playing after the main event and to use the round robin results as seeding for a little impromptu tourney with only 5 teams choosing to play.   In classic fashion Tom & Greg overcame their earlier whooping to beat Spencer and Thrill in the finals.   One of the reasons the event was held was to correct some trash talk by one Hawkes and one Walgreen who won the lottery and beat up on Spencer and Thrill outdoors one night over the summer on Cape Cod.   They dubbed it the "Beer Pong Massacre on the Cape."   Well, let's just say that most of the teams that faced Hawkes and Walgreen during the round robin and tourney wiped the floor with them.   Hawkes almost booted like a little girl...  

At any rate, Road Trip!!!   This coming weekend marks the annual Lehigh/Lafayette rivalry, featuring a football game, and lots of raucous.   Countless games of beirut will be played.   Several of us are making our annual pilgrimidge down to relish in the party bliss at the ancestral home of Beirut.   Maybe we'll see some of you there, if you want to challenge us to a game, drop us a line...   Hopefully we'll be updating more soon, as our social calendars allow of course...


Today's Beirut-applicable quote:

     "We suck."
-Hawkes and/or Walgreen



August 7th, 2002
 
Why yes we are all alive.   It's the Beirut off-season, what can I say?   From a .com perspective some ruit was played last Saturday.   Spencer and Thrill ran the table for a while.   Is there a better feeling than beating people you've never played before who think they're awesome?   I mean a severe beating.   Let that be a lesson to all of you would be trash-talkers, let your play talk the trash for you.   If you must talk smack, only do so after establishing yourself as a dominant team amongst your competition.

Joe Manley and crew over at .net seem to have finally put the wheels in motion for their vision of a national championship.   It's a bit odd because each of the 16 qualifying tournaments will likely have different rules.   Not an ideal situation, but until a universal standard set of rules is established an accepted, a necessary evil I suppose.   Keep checking back, as we will be working on some content, at a medium pace of course...


Today's Beirut-applicable quote:

     "Big shots are only little shots who keep shooting."
-Christopher Morley


June 8th, 2002
 
Wondering what's going on in the world of Beirut?   Only that a recent tournament was held at the King of Prussia mall with a first place cash prize of $2,000. &nsbp; That's right, $2,000.   Read about it here.   How high will the sport grow?   Only time will tell, but in the mean time congratulations to Eric Weisenberg and Greg Esterhai.   You guys are more than welcome to stand accross the table from us any day!!

In terms of tournaments, all has pretty much been quiet on the .com, .org, .net, and CT fronts.  


Today's Beirut-applicable quote:

     "When one ceases from conflict, whether because he has won, because he has lost, or because he cares no more for the game, the virtue passes out of him."
-Charles Horton Cooley, Life and the Student


June 1st, 2002
 
Yes, yes, yes, we've slacked in updating.   I guess you could say that summer has historically been the Beirut off-season, so forgive us.   If anything is to blame, it's the game Soldier of Fortune II, which we highly recommend.

While actual Beirut play has been more ad-hoc and less planned, there has been some.   Spencer and Thrill ran the table at a recent graduation party for Jason Kasch, who some of you may know.   There was also some Beirut played recently in Newport, RI, at Tom's place (from Tom-Greg).   That night consisted mostly of 1-1 action, and while it was unclear if Spencer or Tom came out on top, it was clear that Tom's roommate got paved (he had an off night).

We'll be updating more in the coming days though, including pics from our last tourney finally, but until then chew on this email we received from Lehigh alum Geoff on the origins or Beirut.   Incidentally, we will be compiling our information on the subject of Beirut's origins into one cohesive section in the near future (we have gotten many requests.)


Gents,

Scott has hit it completely on the head!   I was there the night we invented Libya, and it was because the drunken idiots playing beer pong had destroyed the last ping-pong paddles.   So, being enterprising young fools that we were, we decided to hit free throws into the beer pong cups.   Needless to say, this was frustratingly slow and it didn’t get us that drunk.   One of the brothers hit upon the brilliant idea of COVERING each side with 50 half filled beer cups.   Libya was born!  
There were several problems with this game as it was formed though:

1.    it took too long to finish and by the time the end game was near either the players were too drunk or the beer was too flat.   Not good.
2.    everyone else in Sigma Nu clamored to play this game, but…  once again it took too damned long to finish a game.

So, modifications were done to the mechanics and Beirut in its first inception was born.   Except, as Scott points out, it was still called Libya.  If you read the news from 1986, the Marine barracks in Beirut was blown up a terrorist driven truck.   Fierce debate was held at the Libya table and we decided to rename the game BEIRUT, because it’s the game where whether you’re the winner or loser…   you’ll get bombed.

I distinctly recall going out on several roadtrips…  to Dartmouth, Boston U., Virginia, and Gettysburg, and spreading the Gospel of Beirut.   Imagine my surprise when I was trolling a computer GAMES site of all places, only to find a damned action game of Beirut!!!   So, I followed the links to this site and read Scott’s info.   Yep, it originated at Lehigh, at Sigma Nu.

Who would have thought that this game was going to achieve legendary… almost mythical… status?!?

-Geoff, Sigma Nu ‘87



There you go, we will update again soon.   When you have some time, check out this article that Thrill spotted on msn.com:  Beer Games a Network Headache


Today's Beirut-applicable quote:

     "Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads."
-Erica Jong


May 6th, 2002
 
Well, what can we say?   Thrill and I went to Binghamton, NY for the weekend, and managed to get down in time Thursday night to get into the Sportsbar's Beirut tournament (they call it beer pong).   A record 44 teams participated in the single elimination contest, and you guessed it, we won.   We had a couple of close calls, but managed to win 6 games in a row to claim 1st place.   We played a few games the following night, to bring playbeirut.com's Sportsbar record to somewhere around 20-1 (yeah we lost once, we're pissed!!).   The electricity in the air on a Thursday night is something to behold.   The bouncers take on the role of referee, and perhaps the best part of the whole contest -- the beer is just as free as the entrance fee!   That's right, you don't pay to get in and you don't pay for beer.   We have to admit, it feels pretty cool to have a bouncer set up and fill up your cups for you.     Interestingly enough, Tom Franchina, recent co-champion of playbeirut.com's April tournament, was playing Beirut at the Big Easy in NYC paving the competition at the same time Spencer and Thrill were lighting up opponents at the Sportsbar this past weekend.   Walgreen should have the updated rankings and tournament data up soon, his day job has been challenging lately, so we're all cutting him some slack.   Pictures will be up soon as well.   We didn't have time for any pics of the Sportsbar, sorry about that, we'll catch some next time.   For those who are interested here are the key differences in the Sportsbar's tournament rules and our rules (only a couple of which are posted, the others incorrectly assumed as general rules that everyone uses everywhere):
  • Due to time limitations they play first team to sink 8/12 cups wins (this changes depending on how they're doing on time)
  • They play balls back if you hit 2 cups
  • They play the ball can bounce twice
  • Teams must shoot in order
  • When throwing, your elbow can't cross the plane of the table
  • They had some sort of time rule, as in 15 minute game cap, which was never seen enforced/needed
The bottom line is that we give a big shout out to the organizers, the Sportsbar, the local competitors, and all of the players from SUNY Binghamton for their effort and passion for the sport of Beirut!   If you have a chance you should definitey get down there for a Thursday night tournament at 9:00, or for Beirut anytime on their permanent table.   If you're reading this and are a SUNY Binghamton student who plays, give us a shout, we'd love to hear from you.

Today's Beirut-applicable quote:

     "Before the gates of excellence the high gods have placed sweat; long is the road thereto and rough and steep at first; but when the heights are reached, then there is ease, though grievously hard in the winning."
-Hesiod Works and Days


April 30th, 2002
 
Ok, yeah we took our sweet time, we know.   Well thanks for waiting patiently.   The final bracketis up!!  Walgreen promises to have updated rankings and tournament data up today.   Pictures will be up Thursday.   CT Beirut's May 4th tournament has been postponed, a rescheduled date has not yet been announced.   When a new date is set, we'll let you know.

Today's Beirut-applicable quote:

     "You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation."
-Plato


April 25th, 2002
 
Playbeirut.org has monkeys on their staff, well we've got this guy, you be the judge!   We apologize for the delay in updating the site, but after all the work we did leading up to and hosting the tourney, we felt compelled to kick back and relax a bit with our beer-guzzling friend here.   Did you know that in Canada they don't individually wrap their straws?   Our Canadian competitors could have told you that.   While we still don't have too much tangible info for you to chew on, Walgreen has temporarily come out of the stats lab with this gem...   Here are the top finishers (in order); we'll get more info up soon, so keep checking back.

  • Bergida/Franchina  120
  • Boodro/Fried      91
  • Petzold/Battistelli   82
  • Weed/Walgreen    73
  • Matz/Aballi        64
  • Panico/Sauce     60
  • Rich/Dan            53
  • Spencer/Thrill       51

Today's Beirut-applicable quote:

     "All glory comes from daring to begin."
-Eugene F. Ware


April 14th, 2002
 
The day came and went, and a lot of games were played.   We are still sorting through all of the info, and details will follow such as a completed bracket, etc.   For right now we can say that Tom-Greg, the second seed, captured the championship.   Jon-Sara came in second, and Team Goldfly came in a surprising third with an impressive debut which included a win over Spencer and Thrill in the winners bracket. Pictures and content will follow in the coming days...


Today's Beirut-applicable quote:

     "History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed.   They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats."
-Bertie C. Forbes


April 13th, 2002
 
The day has come... almost...

Sure it's April 13th, however it's just after midnight and I have to rest up.   Latest news is that nobody from CT is coming, apparently.   Ken informed me that they might not be coming down due to lack of transportation.   Right now there are some cold big cans of brew chilling waiting patiently for their big day tomorrow.   Hmmmmmm........

We'll keep you posted on any other pre-tournament action, and then of course on all of the results and post tourney analysis.


Today's Beirut-applicable quote:

     "Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So... get on your way."
-Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss)



April 10th, 2002
 
This just in...

Well the rapidly approaching tournament is full...   Some teams have shuffled around as team members have been added, dropped, or switched, and after the dust has settled, a preliminary bracket is up!   It will undoubtedly change a little, but for now it's a good first draft of what to expect come Saturday.  Study it now, and you won't have many questions on game day.   Check out the current poll too.   If you have to drop out for whatever reason, better to let us know now.   If you are a no show you're not only hurting the tournament, but you'll also take a hit in the rankings.   This tournament is shaping up to be one of our best.   The talent pool is arguably the best we've ever had, and the competition is sure to be fierce on Saturday!!


Today's Beirut-applicable quote:

     Those who play the game do not see it as clearly as those who watch.
-Chinese Proverb


April 7th, 2002
 
Less than a week away!

Yes, 6 days until our next tournament.   The tourney is currently full at 32 teams, and the Spring 2002 page will be updated early next week when Walgreen returns from his ski trip.   Preparations are well under way.   A practice session was held last night, at the tournament location.   Spencer and Thrill are feeling good about their game, winning every game played last night, somewhere around 15 games.  


April 1st, 2002
 
Proof the beer god exists!

Let me share a story...   This past weekend I went home to Binghamton, NY.   Whenever I'm in town, I always end up at the Sportsbar.  It's my favorite bar in the world, for no other reason than I feel at home there and have a lot of memories from there.   I've been going there for years, a good friend of mine bartends there, and it's the place where old friends who are home for the holidays meet up.

Well...

I'm sitting at the bar, getting acquainted with my barstool and what's on the various tv's, I think it was the Maryland-Kansas game at the time, when it happened.   My fiance Heather taps me on the shoulder, and says "I think my contacts might be a little fuzzy, but does that poster over there say 'beer pong'?   I lean over to see the poster accross the room, on a doorway, and pull focus.   My jaw dropped, I'm not exactly sure what expression on my face was, but it was like when the cop drops his cup of coffee at the end of The Usual Suspects.   Everything moved in slow-mo as I put my beer on the bar, threw my bar stool back, and hurridly walked around the bar and accross the room.   There it was, the poster, and I wished more than anything that I had a camera.   Beer Pong Thursdays it said.   Beer Pong Thursdays!   The first time I read the words below I read them too fast to comprehend them, it was during the second pass that it started to sink in: Thursday nights, Beer Pong tournaments for cash prizes, teams of 2, 16 teams, a radio station was sponsoring, a game of skills and a game of endurance, $75 for 1st, $50 for 2nd, $25 for 3rd.

I scurried back to the bar, and damnit I wanted answers.   I asked my friend who was tending bar about it, and apparently it had been going on for a couple of months.   They get 3 tables going every Thursday night, and they have 1 table up 24x7.   At that point my head shot around to notice the table set up in a dark corner (it's a big bar).   Next came the question - "Can you put beer in the cups?" and then the answer: "Of course, why wouldn't you?" I futily tried to play devil's advocate: "It's image as a party game, it's stereotype as a binge drinking activity?!?"   My friend scoffed at the comment and waved his hand dismissively, holding his hand up with his index finger an inch from his thumb, "there's only this much beer in each cup!"

Well...

At that point I felt like the kid in A Christmas Story on Christmas morning when he opened up his Red Ryder BB gun.   He had hoped, prayed, pleaded, and dreamed for that day, and it all came true.   My friend reached down behind the bar and pulled up some plastic cups and a ping pong ball, and soon after Tom (who was home as well, from Tom & Bergida) and I ran the table, going 5-0 on the night against a couple of opponents.   We would have played more, but we drove, so we had to tear ourselves away.   They were playing with different rules, they were the rules of the team who was on the table before us, but who cares?!!?   I was miffed that this was all going on in my backyard, in my stomping grounds, and I had no idea!?!   From looking at the sketchy tournament rules taped to the table it would appear that they are somewhat similar to how most of us play up here, but a lot of clarifiction will be needed.   Someone has to be behind that there, I couldn't find out much that night, but I'll look into it.   Who knows when I'll be back on a Thursday night, probably not for quite a while, but just the fact that there's ruit being played there, even if they call it Beer Pong, warms my heart.   Needless to say if you're ever in Binghamton, you MUST go to the Sportsbar.   I'll find out more about who's behind the ruit there.   I'll keep you posted...

Bottom line:   I have never seen Beirut played in a bar.   I've heard about the bar league that Joe from .net organized where they don't play with beer, and I heard of a tournament in NYC in a bar, and then of all the places in the world I find out that "my" bar back home is a hotbed of Beirut activity?!?!   There can only be one reason for this:   The Beer God!

-Spencer


March 22nd, 2002
 
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We have received more info from a Lehigh beirut player, this time an alumni, regarding the origins of Beirut:

I'm writing because I thought you might be interested in a further tidbit of history on the game Beirut.
I was part of the Sigma Nu (Lehigh University) class of 1987, who developed the game. We started it sometime in 1986 when President Reagan was bombing Muhammar Quaddafi's Libya (coincidentally, the games original name was 'Libya').   The events were all over the news, and since everyone knows that beer and politics go together, I'm sure that you can imagine us discussing these events over beer.   The two went well together, and next thing we knew, we were calling our ping-pong beer game 'Libya'.
I don't recall the historical event in Lebanon that caused the name change, but something military occurred in Beirut, and again it was all over the news.   Soon after, during a drunken game of Libya, someone proposed a name change...  thereafter, the games was known as Beirut.
Your web site correctly attributes the game's origins to Lehigh, but it was Sigma Nu fraternity, class of '87 that originated it, and it was Sigma Nu class of '88 that made it famous.   This second generation took to the game to an extent that made their 'big brothers' proud. So, credit should be shared equally between these two classes.
Just thought you might like to hear the viewpoint of an eyewitness to history.
-Scott


Thanks Scott!   If anyone else out there has any claims to knowledge of the origins of Beirut, let us know!   We're pretty sure it came out of Lehigh, but I bet there are more Lehigh alums out there who have stories to tell.   We love hearing from our visitors!



March 19th, 2002
 
Some of our pictures from the playbeirut.org open are now up here.   See the naked truth behind the guys from the MLBPA (Major League Beer Pong Association).   We suggest a shot of Wild Turkey and a blindfold first though, consider yourself warned.

The event was held on March 9th, and Gene and Craig from .org were the big winners.   The Canadians and CT Beirut captured second and third, respectively.

And now for a little feedback from one of our users from Lehigh, the home of Beirut (see Feb 15th) and where Tom (from Tom/Greg) trained:

What's up guys,
I'm a member of Kappa Alpha at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA, and I wanted to congratulate you on a fucking terrific webpage.   I happened to be checking out your site, and I thought you might want to know about a little something we had been planning down here in good ole PA.  A fraternity at our school had previously broken the "world's largest recorded game of beirut" record, shortly to be out done by the meager school of the University of Scranton.   Sometime in late April we plan on blowing their record out of the water by an undisclosed amount of cups and beer, and I was possibly hoping to get a little promotion of this event through your site.   You guys are welcome to come down and participate, as long as you can handle 9 oz cups.  It promises to be highly competitive and far from sober, down to the last cup as always.
-Beer Me


We might not be able to come down, but be sure to send us pics from the noble quest!

I hope all of our Babson buddies are having a good Spring Break!!


March 15th, 2002
 
The current roster for the Spring 2002 "Spencer's Beirut Tournament" is now up here!

There are several other teams for whom spots are being held but who haven't committed 100%.   In reality there are only a handful of spots left so if you want in, email us soon!!

Have a good weekend, and play lots of ruit!



March 11th, 2002
 
The playbeirut.org open has come to a close, and the only way to describe the .com results are an utter disappointment.

A good time was had by all as the good game was played by good people, however it was hard for the playbeirut.com represenative teams to enjoy themselves.   No amount of beer could wash away the bitter taste of defeat.   Gene and Craig of .org won the tourney, beating out a Canadian team who had previously beaten Spencer and Thrill.
To explain why the teams lost would only be dwelling on the negative, we here would rather look ahead to our next tournament on April 13th, and look ahead we will, now with a newfound sense of determination.   If you must know what happened, Spencer and Thrill lost their first two matches in a hastily reorganized bracket to two Canadian teams, and Tom and Shady lost their first round match, then won a pair of loser's bracket games before falling as well.   The losses were well earned by their repsective opponents, and the .com teams were left perplexed and in shock, their evenings over hardly after they had begun.   For the most part they have no one to blame but themselves, unable to shake off the usual initial tenseness that exists in early tournament play.

At any rate, our hats go off to Playbeirut.org for hosting, we know how much work goes into one of these events.   Thank you and good job!   If only we didn't have to wait so long to try to redeem ourselves!!!



March 9th, 2002
 
Take off the safety and let the bullets fly...

The day has finally come, today at 5:00 the playbeirut.org open will take place, and what happens in the ensuing hours is anyone's guess.   From our end, the two .com emissaries of Spencer/Thrill and Tom/Bergida practiced for several hours last night (Spencer/Thrill got the better of Tom/Shady, beating them five times in a row to start off the practice session), and plan to play a few games before heading over to .org headquarters.

You can check out the draw here, .com has the top two seeds, and hopes not to disappoint.

Preparations have begun for the next playbeirut.com tournament, which will take place on Saturday April 13th.   Details to follow in the coming days.



March 8th, 2002
 
The calm before the storm...


This evening Tom will be arriving in Boston, where he will meet up with Spencer, Thrill, and his partner Greg for some practice the evening before the big dance.   They plan on using mostly water to practice with, so they will be alert the next day and unimpeded by any hangover cobwebs.   Then on Saturday they will reconvene for a brief warmup before storming the playbeirut.org headquarters where they will engage countless foes during their quest to bring home the tournament championship to playbeirut.com.
The Canadians are already in town, the first of many teams to come in from out of town from places such as DC, Albany NY, CT, RI, and God knows where else.   Thankfully we only have to journey a little over 4 miles (Are we there yet??).
Yes the playbeirut.org open will be a challenging day of Beirut considering the many skilled and diverse teams engaging in combat, but much as in the old school Highlander flicks, there can be only one...



March 4th, 2002
 
The preparations have begun for Spencer and Thrill!

The Beer God Apostles practiced a variety of scenarios using playbeirut.org rules over the weekend, played over a dozen games against each other one on one, and concluded the day with a live fire excercise, or play against real opponents.   Only a few games were played, and the team won two out of three games.   One win was decisive, the other allright, and the loss was unacceptable.   They realize they will have to lift their game a level for the tournament, something that they have always found a way to do.  The main differences in the rules include the ability for a team to get their balls back if they both hit a cup in the rack of one of their opponents, and the fact that their opponents never rack their cups into one cohesive pyramid, rather each player independently racking their cups when they fall from 6 cups to 3.
Tom will be traveling up to the area on Friday most likely, and a joint practice session is tenatively planned between Tom/Bergida and Spencer/Thrill.   Tom hurt his back last week, but vowed that it won't slow him down anymore, he just might have to pound some advil.

I finally found a good method for getting pictures up, so you can bet on many to be posted in the near future.   Take a look at some of the pictures pictures from our December 1st tournament (more to come soon)...

Discuss pretty much anything on our message board.

-Spencer



February 26th, 2002
 
Training?

The playbeirut.com special forces teams of Spencer/Thrill and Tom/Bergida are.  They are all juiced up to unleash the fury at the playbeirut.org open.  The hype is building, and will undoubtedly culminate in a fierce display of Beirut supremacy!
Now that the playbeirut.org open bracket is posted, it theoretically could come down to Spencer/Thrill against Tom/Bergida in the finals. Knock on table...   Our two teams have been bestowed with the top two seeds.   We won't dissapoint.

Check out our new poll (now working).

Talk up anything in our message board as always.


February 21st, 2002
 
Cheers!

Pics of chicks help boost your site on the .net rankings...

The playbeirut.org open draws near...
Who are the top teams? Debate it in our message board.
Playbeirut.com is bringing 2 teams, and they might as well be the .com special forces.   Of the 66 ranked players we have, we are shipping our top 4 off to battle: Spencer, Thrill, Bergida, and Tom.   One of the two teams has to bring back the goods.   Tom and Bergida haven't played together since the outdoor tournament last spring, and they undoubtedly desperately want to get back to their winning ways.   It promises to be a great tournament, with all of the major Beirut sites being represented, as well as a few newcomers.   Many a story will be born that day.   If you happen to be one of the contending teams, it would be wise to practice, since the tournament is only 2 weeks away from this Saturday.

Check out the new pretty bracket results from December's tournament!

When will .com get off their ass and host another tournament you ask?  April 13th.


February 15th, 2002
 
Hello weekend!

Where did the sport of Beirut first come to life?
Popular opinion as well as most facts point to one place, Lehigh.  It is the Beirut player's holy land.   That was where Spencer first learned to play Beirut back in 1994.  The engineering college in Bethlehem, PA is a hotbed of Beirut activity.  Most Beirut sites who claim to know the origins of the game site Lehigh, and most individuals who write to sites claiming to know the origins claim the same. Why Lehigh?

Well there are several reasons:
  • Lehigh has ranked #1 in the Lots of Beer category in student surveys from sources such as the Princeton review. In other words, if you're a college student, you'll drink more beer or more often at Lehigh than any other school.
  • The school has one of the highest percentages of greek life per capita in the nation. There are large numbers of people under one roof. Big roofs with big rooms.
  • The school has a reputation for studing hard and partying hard.
What does all of this add up to? There are large groups of people in big rooms that love to party and drink more beer than anyone else.

Lehigh breeds good Beirut players. They have high tolerances, have much experience, and respect the game. They are highly competitive.  If you play beirut, do yourself a favor... Contact a friend of yours who goes/went to Lehigh, or make new friends who go/went there, and get down there to play some Beirut. You'll be a better player for it, and will have increased your confidence. Of course if you find yourself accross the table from a Lehigh player, try to put all of this out of your mind!


February 12th, 2002
 
Beirut, a love story! This doesn't have much relevance to anything,
but I found it on the net and thought it was funny...

Conquest! Spencer and Thrill have returned from VT successful
in having a great time, and in playing and winning a whole lot of
Beirut. They started the night off with 9 wins in a row. The winning
streak was broken by Gene and Craig of playbeirut.org in a dramatic
come from behind victory. They were down 6 cups to 1, and hit 6 in a row.
Spencer and Thrill could only sit back and watch. They would come back to
their winning ways though, finishing up something like 15-4 on the night,
official results from playbeirut.net are still pending.

Now all eyes turn to playbeirut.org's tournament on Saturday March 9th.
The teams are set, and preparations are well under way.
Practice up!
Spencer and Thrill might have to do some more Rocky-style training
in the frozen Russian countryside, then again, it's pretty cold in Boston today...
 


February 8th, 2002
 
Road Trip!

Spencer & Thrill are headed up to Vermont this Saturday
to take in the Mardi Gras festivities of Burlington,
as well as to play a whole lot of Beirut!
Maybe they will get to play on a float in the parade,
but only time will tell.
All of the Playbeirut triplets will be represented,
and possibly CT Beirut as well.

If you haven't voted in the poll, please do so.
The results are not yet conclusive.
I know some people are having problems viewing the video,
I'm working on that.

Check out our new and improved message board!!
The old one sucked, we know, so hence the improvement.
It is quite an impressive message board, it just needs some traffic,
so use it!!

Play lots of Beirut this weekend,
I know I will!!
 


February 1st, 2002
 
The weekend is here!  We have a couple of updates.
Check out our new poll.
Watch the video from the final game of our last tournament.
I know, it's finally up! Next thing you know we'll have pics.
And for the love of god use the message board!!
Goodluck with all of your Beirut this weekend,
I'm going to see if I can squeeze a game or two myself...
 


January 28th, 2002
 
Drinking 3 beers a day is healthy! I doubt she'll be serving them to you though.  

Check out the article!  

The Purdue Beer Pong League is planning a tournament for this Saturday.  

The .org tournament is almost at capacity, so if you want in, speak up!  

Spencer and Thrill are going up to Burlington VT for playbeirut.net's

event on Feb. 9th. They will allegedly be playing Beirut on a float in a parade.  

Next game on that table!!  


 



January 26th, 2002
 
There is Beirut on the horizon!   Playbeirut.net is hosting an event Feb 9th and   Playbeirut.org is planning a tournament for March 9th.   The .org tournament is filling up fast, so if you're interested, let them know asap!   Walgreen, who usually updates the site for playbeirut.com   has ignored my pleas for updates for weeks so I am attempting to update on my own.   I apologize for the lack of an update. It won't happen again.   If you have any ideas for a clever ruse to teach Walgreen a lesson, share them with me!  
 



December 17th, 2001
 
The Individual Rankings are now online.
  • See where you currently stand
  • See how far you fell/rose in the rankings
  • Scope out potential partners for next year


That's right.  You'd better start practicing for next time if you want your ranking to improve.  Some teams are already at it.  

Rumor has it that Spencer and Thrill are playing beirut all night, and improving their physiques with water ballet all day.....
 


December 11th, 2001
Ooooh.  A picture.  Here they are:  The top 2 teams.

Some updates today.  Check them out.

The Final Results are in!  Check out:

  • Final team results
  • Team points awarded
  • Your team "Cups Hit" Average
  • Your opponents "Miss" Average


Want to see the tournament game data?  Take a look.


December 5th, 2001
Still looking for those stats?  Here are some facts to tide you over:

1st Place: Spencer-Thrill
2nd Place: Gage-Panico
3rd Place: Gene-Craig (ORG 1)

Toughest team: 
Spencer-Thrill/Indoe-TR: 11.71 cups/game

Intimidation Factor:
Bergida/Fermano:  Opp. Avg only 8.6 cups/game

Dark Horse Team:
Team Walrus (Noe/Chu) jumped 21 places 

Pre-Rack Killers:
Conroy-Nappi  and Bergida-Fermano

Highest Individual Ranking Jump:
Mike Panico  36th to 19th (overall standing)

The Final Bracket has been updated with results!



December 3rd, 2001
You'd probably like to see the results from Saturday's tournament, right?  Well, we are still digging out from the mess.  (Is all that spooge from Joe Nappi?  Apparently there was more than just on Walgreen's car...)


November 29th, 2001

12/01/01 Tournament Roster



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