Flip Cup, a game for everyone, has made a comeback. “Several annual tournaments are held in the United States. New York City hosted the ‘World’s Largest Flip Cup Tournament’ on October 11, 2008. The event hosted 64 teams from the United States and Canada. The creators of the tournament donated a portion of the proceeds to a charity designated by the winning team. On July 7, 2006, sixteen teams competed in the Major League Flip Cup’s first annual ‘World Series of Flip Cup’ in Baltimore, Maryland. In 2007, the series was moved to Towson, Maryland on April 28 and had forty teams in the competition. The 2008 series was held on May 3, 2008, and 44 teams competed. The 2009 World Series of Flip Cup was held at the Recher Theatre on May 30, 2009. 46 teams competed.” (Flip Cup)
In San Francisco recently, a flip cup (FC) tournament was held where dozens of teams competed for the FC championship. This is the seventh year of the tournament and participation and viewership has reached an all-time high.
The rules are as follows:
- two teams with at least two players on each team; one player must be of the female persuasion
- each player has a cup with one shot of beer
- the first player drinks his/her beer and flips the cup afterward until it successfully lands upside down
- the next player repeats the process
- the first team to successfully achieve all cups down/flipped wins the race
This year, an all-time new happened, a team made entirely of women entered the tournament. The rules state that one woman must be on each team, but this is only to level the playing field with a ‘weak link’ so that each team has a fair shot.
Predictably, the all-female team lost in the first round as females have no business competing in a contest based on drinking beer and manual dexterity…NOT. In fact, the brassiere-wearing brigade mopped the floor, dusted the drapes, and walked over the competition barefoot and pregnant all the way to the top. The team was called Lick It and in the final hours they defeated We’re Wearing Spandex in an upset never before seen by male players across the globe. Lick It won the Flip Cup Tournament and took home the championship trophy for 2009.
There’s a YouTube video to prove it. Check out the fourth woman, second from the end…Abby Jacobs is her name and Flip Cup is her game.