If you have spent more than 15 minutes at any college tailgate, chances are you have seen a pick up game of either Flip Cup or Beer Pong start. These are the quintessential beer drinking games of our generation, but which one is better? This is a closely contested decision because both games have obvious flaws. For this week’s BarRoom Debate, we are going to rule once and for all which game is superior. Below, we are going to give a breakdown of each game’s flaws and then follow them with our reasoning for the winner.
Flip Cup: First, relay races were lame by the first grade and that is exactly what flip cup is. No matter how you spin it, flip cup is the burlap sack races of beer drinking. The fatal flaw with the game is that there is a high percentage chance that your female opponents can actually beat you consistently. The only other events that women have the same odds are synchronized swimming, figure skating, and gymnastics. No self-respecting man would ever participate in these games but for some reason a portion of our brethren do not find this fact somewhat troubling. Further, flip cup perpetuates the female herd mentality. This means that the girls huddle in one area similar to zebras on the Serengeti and have the one angry one fend off all male suiters. You know this girl. She blocks any and every guy that hits on her friends and every herd has one for survival.
Beer Pong: I will be the first to say it – there is a lot of dong in beer pong. Think about it, every party you go to there is a beer pong list saturated with a whole bunch of dudes. These guys then brag about prior beer pong matches like it was there senior season of high school football. Further, there is always a point in the night that one game of beer pong seems to last a solid hour while everyone sits around, again with a whole bunch of dudes, and talks. If I want to watch a bunch of guys get drunk and make a bunch of lewd and lascivious gestures, I will go to a NASCAR race.
Answer: Beer pong is better. The reasoning is that if you incorporate the girls in the game you exponentially increase the chances of the girls doing some sort of misguided gestures for the opposing team to miss (I am ok with an hour game of girls flashing each other). Further, as a male player the style of play can also be adjusted via house rules. Real men do NOT change the rack. Have the sack to not rerack. Incorporate a ratio bracket system that gets more girls in the game. For instance, there has to be a female player on every team. This can also help your lesser female-skill-inclined friends get the separation from the herd that is crucial. Flip cup will always be a relay race that will never change and a herd has strength in numbers.