Beer pong becomes serious sport; critics concerned about underage drinking

Friday, December 12, 2008 | 1:00 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Before every MU football home game, Steve Winters sets up a long wooden beer pong table in the Reactor Field parking lot.

That’s his portable one. At home, he has a bigger stationary table, along with a stash of table-tennis balls and 16-ounce Solo plastic party cups.

Winters, 21, knows it might seem crazy that he spent weeks building and painting his two tables, but it is his way of keeping up with the growing beer pong culture.

Many college students have their own customized beer pong table, Winters said.

“I have two,” he said. “Mostly, I just play for fun and to drink.”

In case you haven’t heard, beer pong is a drinking sport where players sink balls into an opponent’s cup of beer.