Fran (Ray) ’24
One of the many fascinating attractions that Providence College offers its students is our wide variety of inclusive sports and activities provided by Intramural Sports. For many years, PC has been ranked as one of the highest graded and most competitive college intramural programs in the country. This comes as no surprise, given the extremely active student body, many of whom played varsity sports in high school and want to continue to stay active into their college years.
Within the list of sports and activities offered by Intramural Sports, one can participate in hockey, basketball, tennis, and even more casual “backyard games” such as Cornhole or KanJam. These more relaxed styled games give all types of students the opportunity to play intramurals, even if you haven’t had much experience with more traditional sports like the ones offered by high school varsity programs.
That being said, even if you weren’t a traditional “athlete” growing up, you can still compete and have fun when you come to Providence College. Recently, there have been many complaints to the intramural staff claiming that a certain type of “athlete” is not being fairly represented within intramural sports: The Weekend Athlete. The type of athlete that gets out of bed every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday ready to indulge in ice-cold beverages and go to battle across a 6-foot plastic table.
The most notable event in this showcase of party skills is Beer Pong, something that I’m sure most of us have become familiar with by this point. Among this staple drinking game are Flip Cup, Quarters, Beer Ball, and most notoriously: Beer Die. Having recently come into the party scene, Beer Die is a game unlike any other. Some call it the ultimate test of athleticism, but I know it as a graceful and methodical art form.
For the readers that have not had the experience of playing or witnessing a game of Beer Die, the rules are simple. The game is played 2v2, with each player occupying a corner of the table. In front of each player in their corner is a cup filled with the beverage of their choice. Each player will have the chance to throw a 6-sided die at least 6 feet in the air, trying to land the die somewhere on the opposite half of the table or in the opponent’s cups. When the die hits the table, the defending team must try to catch the die before it lands on the ground. If a player throws the die and it bounces off the table and then hits the ground, their team is awarded a point. Like any other college drinking game, there can be a variety of additional rules added to the game out of personal preference.
I, as well as many other Providence College students, believe that this game would make a fine addition to the list of activities offered by Intramural Sports. Although this would not involve any real consumption of alcohol while being sanctioned by the College, the spirit of the game and all its facets are still present. There are many students at PC who quite literally think of their weekend as a game in which they must perform at the highest level.