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May 28, 2017 - Brandon Marx

Top 25 East Coast – 2017

Every day, week, month and year, after every cash game, weekly, satellite, mid-major and World Series of Beer Pong there is some sort of discussion(argument) going on in multiple locations across the country about who the Best in the World is. So we at Pongstars.net have decided to create our own ranking systems with our own criteria. These rankings will consists of the Top 25 Players of each respective region so that the recognition of stellar talent and high level of play is properly rewarded. The criteria used was very simple and will be shared but the value of each will not. Criteria is as follows: Satellites, Current Year Finishes, Last Year Finishes, Partners(Who/Amount), Overall resume, and 1 v 1. We also take into account anyone who supplies us with a list of their own within their region. That being said, take a look at your current EAST TOP 25 PLAYERS!!!

1. Michael Popielarski
Most Sports, when comparing the best of all time, you have a number of different valid arguments as to who it could be. In Beer Pong however, at this present time there’s only one person who could have the title of “GOAT.” That’s without a doubt Pop’s and his only. He’s not one of those old school guys that you hear about who used to be great or used to dominate. But rather, he is coming into WS XII as the defending champion for the third time. What’s more is that Pop is now getting involved in other aspects of the pong community. He’s one half of the New Pongstars approved organization called Panda Pong. Also, in his spare time, he’s pretty busy making new slogans that go viral for most events like “Big Dick Swinging”, “Show me your dick” or our personal favorite….“Show me your tits.” How he does all of that and still manages to shoot a perfect game on the final table of the biggest stage in our game is beyond us. This guy’s abilities and skill are a true treat to our game.

2. Kevin Kessler
Best in the Universe yet second on the East Coast?! Is this even possible? Well yes, actually it is but only in the very concentrated region that is the East. Known as the most diverse, consistent and dominating region of players in the world call this coast home. So dominating in fact that in the eleven years of the World Series of Beer Pong, six of the champions reside on the East Coast from New York(4), Virginia(1) and New Jersey(1). Granted none of those have Kessler’s name attached to them as he’s taken second two of the last three years. However, his resume is still rather impressive especially over the last five years and everyone is very aware since he places it on the back of his numerous shirts for every event he attends. He also doesn’t let you forget that he’s become equally as successful in his personal life but don’t let that fool you, it’s all Racheal! Even so, losing to Kessler, especially at a big event is one of the more frustrating things you can be put through because at the end of the day all you can picture is that stupid haircut, equally as stupid pair of shoes swimming through a pool of money as if he was Scrooge McDuck himself! Oh and if you do happen to lose to him and on a final table at that, don’t check your messages from him, he won’t let you forget about it.

3. Brandon Clarke
The leader of all “New Era” players has quickly become one of the best players in the game today. Ok that’s enough positivity! His shot and release is beyond understandable. It’s something out of Albert Einstein’s equations for……well shit, he wouldn’t even be able to comprehend what’s going on there. How the hell does something with that type of trajectory go anywhere but clear on the other side of the room? Nevertheless, in one calendar year BC has amassed quite a list of accomplishments. Those include a first place at WS XI followed up by a second place in VA, then a subpar finish of fifth at WCC and then a disastrous second place meltdown in San Diego for the Spring Classic $10k. All this money won and we’d be willing to bet the kid will still be sporting his now vintage Willie P t-shirts that are more than likely a size too small.

4. Kris Fraser
Without a doubt, this freak of nature is the best overall athlete in the pong community and nearly just as accomplished on the tables that he easily jumps over. Whether it’s Bangarang, Pity the fool or some other cut rate player no one else wants, expect to see his team making a deep run. Where is Fraser now though? Will we be seeing him this weekend for WS XII? Unfortunately we won’t, he’s been a little MIA recently and while he will say it’s because of his new job and/or his pro volleyball schedule……we all know it’s really because of the new snow bunny he’s been snuggling! smile Go get it Fraser, we’ll be seeing you in Chicago!

5. Thomas Reap
The face of VABP, the reason for its success and equally as responsible for its decline. You’ll never meet anyone in your life that will have the same intensity for anything like Reap does for beer pong, especially when on the table. Known for many things, most notably that he will do anything to win. Whether that be to cheat, lie, insult or literally walk across the table and slap you in the face, you can count on him to fight his way to the top. He’s not afraid of whatever comes out of his mouth and he’s most certainly not shy. If Reap doesn’t drop his shorts to swing his balls while you shoot, then he’s not really trying. Reap has had tons of epic battles on the table from a 3rd place at the inaugural ECBPC to a 2nd place in the DrunkenBear 10K where he fell flat on his face…..literally! He’s had many more since then but WS X was his best opportunity to date to be in discussion for pongs “Rushmore” when he and Mark Pettitt were rolling through the Top 16, only to come up short and take 3rd place overall. This year he partners with fellow veteran and East Coaster Vince Catizone. We only hope Reap is able to control his antics long enough to give him an opportunity to hold the check that so many of players long for!

6. Greg Fehl
Ahhh Mr. Fehl! He’s literally his own worst enemy. Sure he’s 6’5, he has a great combover and for the most part a pretty solid shot. But why is that he’s always being referred to as “Shipping it”? Maybe it’s because he chooses to roll blunts while playing the finals of a satty? Or when he’s already blacked out before BOMW Finals and decides to pour multiple shots of fireball into his beer? Could it be that his best form of defense is to eat shit and try to distract from the floor? Maybe it’s because his kryptonite is playing two girls in a deciding 6v6 matchup with BMarx as a partner…we all know what happened there. Whatever the scenario, there’s two things that are a guarantee and that’s Greg will find a way to “Ship it” and he’ll be sipping on a Captain/OJ while doing so. Yes, we realize that we didn’t touch on any accomplishments of his, that’s because no one cares and would prefer we move on as fast as possible! NEXT!

7. Deep Chakrabarty
Our #7 slot is a rare breed to say the least. Deep plays the fewest amount of events out of everyone mentioned in the Top 10 of all the regional lists. But whenever he does decide to play, it’s always the same reactions around the ballroom. Who is this guy? Why doesn’t he play more? Did he just hundo? What’s with shooting barefoot? We can only imagine how frustrating it is to most players that play regularly to see a guy show up out of nowhere, kick his sandals to the side, take a few practice shots and instantly be back to top form competing toe to toe with the best around. But that’s what he does and it’s been going on for quite sometime. Over the years Deep has seen his fair share of limelight with four Top 10s( 3rd, 3rd, 4th and 7th) in the World Series, 5th in the Masters and a 1st place title at the WPT Pong Open with Kevin Kessler. All great accomplishments but none of them compare to the shooting he displayed one evening in Atlantic City with partner Ron Hamilton. In one of the greatest games ever played and not only due to the shooting but moreso because of the storyline, Deep single handedly kept his team afloat with 4 cup rebuttal after 4 cup rebuttal. After an eventual win to advance, him and Ron finished with an impressive 2nd place that was never even considered a possibility.

8. Louis Mantone
Lou’s rise is still pretty surprising, we weren’t even sure we were reading the list properly. Rough draft after rough draft we just kept thinking something looked off but everything checked out once we clarified his multiple Top 5/10 finishes in Atlantic City and most recently Virginia and Louisiana. He’s also become quite the singles threat but that wasn’t always the case. Lou’s had a lot of names over the years, from UH-OH Lou because of his propensity to bogey to the Skype King during a domination of online competitions and now….Lucky Lou. But luck has nothing to do with the fact that he’s shooting as good as anyone on the East Coast and possibly the world. Just keep in mind that if you decide to partner with him,be sure he has a large amount of “vitamins” in his system and equally as many Corona’s, preferably with a lime and you’re all set. Also get a first aid kit as he’s known to bleed from random orifices due to his excessive “vitamin” usage.

9. Mark Pettitt
Big Mark of the East is one of the most accomplished players in VABP and arguably one of, if not, the best player in their history. Multiple top 5 finishes in Las Vegas including 1st place at WS IX and nearly walking away with back to back titles at WS X along with multiple BOTE championships. If being a World Series Champion isn’t enough for you, lets not forget the time he managed to cash out in the WSOBP Coed event with none other than his very own mother! I’ll repeat…placing in the toughest coed tournament in the world with.his.mother! I challenge anyone who thinks they deserve to be higher to honestly say they could obtain such an accomplishment!

10. Mike Gramer
Easily the oldest son of bitch in pong! Methuselah…..I mean Gramer is still an elite sniper regardless of what he looks like when walking into an event. That moment is always an entertaining one when he’s about to play a team that has no idea what they’re in for. When you see those cargo pants and that silky smooth collared shirt strut to the table, the only thought that comes to mind which is said best only by his partner Rooster, “Why the fuck is there a Kirby salesman standing here at my table?” All jokes aside, Gramer is proof that age is just a number when you’re doing something you love with so many great people. His carefree attitude and old man flailing distractions are keys to his success, well that and his weekly pill holder he doesn’t leave home without. With no key signature wins to date, his consistency in big situations which has provided numerous deep runs is what placed him here at #10. All of that could change in seven short days, only time will tell! If he does happen to win the big one, we just hope the Smithsonian will update his current exhibit by accommodating the big check!

11. Matthew Kein
12. Dane Schwarz
13. Vince Catizone
14. Doug Sharleville
15. Tim Williams
16. Sean Devaynes
17. Kyle Williams
18. Ryan Rossell
19. Zach Grasman
20. Mike Vitello
21. Chuck Gerber
22. Nick Pulice
23. David Zajac
24. Joshua Rahall
25. Dave Posada

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