10/20/2005: This just doesn't seem "right"....
According to a story in today's St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Anheuser-Busch is withdrawing its "Bud Pong" drinking game. Why? Because contestants are drinking beer when they play.
Anheuser-Busch Cos. of St. Louis is discontinuing its "Bud Pong" drinking game because some contestants were playing with beer.Um.... Is A-B for real here? A brewer sponsoring a drinking game as a promotion for a brand of beer, and they expect the players to drink.... water?
"The promotion guidelines specified the use of water in the cups, not beer, so as not to encourage irresponsible consumption," company spokeswoman Francine Katz said Tuesday in a statement.
"Bud Pong" called for drinkers to play a game of Ping-Pong and drink a cup when they lost a point.
In the immortal words of Dr. Evil: Riiiiiiiiiigggggggghhhhhhhhttttttttt......
My take: A-B's looking for a face-saving way of ducking out from the criticisms of drinking games like "Bud Pong", which are apparently quite popular on college campuses, but which are criticized by college officials as promoting binge drinking.
Len on 10.20.05 @ 07:44 PM CST