|Beer Pong World Series
|Beer Out of Baseball?
|Anheuser-Busch Inc. sued Major
League Baseball, claiming that
baseball's licensing arm reneged on a
multiyear renewal of the company's
beer-sponsorship rights and
demanded "exponentially higher" fees.
The maker of Budweiser claims MLB
agreed to renew its rights to be the
league's official beer sponsor in Sept.
but then demanded to renegotiate the
pact after the brewer announced a
sponsorship deal with the National
Football League. Belgium-based
Anheuser-Busch InBev NV, has
sponsored Major League Baseball for
more than 30 years and is the official
beer sponsor for 26 of the league's
30 teams. It also owned the St. Louis
Cardinals franchise until 1996, and it
still holds the naming rights to the
team's ballpark, Busch Stadium.
Don't worry however. No matter who
winds the suit beer will still be sold at
your favorite ball park.
This year’s World Series of Beer Pong will take place
Jan. 1 to 5 at the Flamingo Hotel and Casino. Teams
have a shot at a $50,000 grand prize.
Registration is currently underway online, with lodging
and entry packages starting at $450.Teams are
guaranteed at least 12 games over two days. Last year’s
tournament drew 900 players from forty-five
states and six countries.
In case you live in a cave, or a nice house somewhere
away from the devilish influences of college-age
folks, beer pong is played on a small rectangular table.
Rules vary by region, but most games involve 16-ounce
plastic cups of beer placed in bowling-pin formation on
both ends of the table. Teams take turns bouncing or
throwing table-tennis balls into the cups. Sounds simple,
and it is, though there are all sorts of little contingencies.
Rules governing swatting and blowing vary by game.
If it makes you feel any better, at the world series of
beer pong, four of the 10 cups are filled with water
instead of beer.
To register: http://www.bpong.com/wsobp
Beware of the lime slice, if you're a big fan of Mexican beers or a
bartender serving them. That beer and the juice of an accompanying
lime could create a potent combination for your skin called
"Mexican beer dermatitis."
Dermatologist Dr. Scott Flugman, of Huntington Hospital in New York,
reported in the Archives of Dermatology that a substance in lime juice
— if left on the skin and exposed to the sun — can cause the skin to
discolor as if you've been stung by a jellyfish. Even worse - the marks
can linger for months.
The condition is often seen in bartenders who work outside, as well as
boaters and beach goers who are using limes in their Mexican beers or
mixed drinks. The blotches can appear anywhere on the body — any
place someone has touched their skin after having handled
limes or lime juice.
The substance in limes that discolors the skin is called psoralen. It's also
found in lemons and marigolds, but in lesser concentrations — so it's
less likely to stain your skin. The technical name of this condition is
"phytophotodermatitis". In this case prevention is easy - drink craft
beer made locally. Those beers never need a lime for flavor.
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