Becoming an Ad Agency Ping Pong Champion

Becoming an Ad Agency Ping Pong Champion

Every young Ping Pong player grows up dreaming of winning an ad agency tournament. 

My quest for glory began against Kristina Guzman, a classically trained player from Austin, Texas. I overcame some early nerves and made it through to the second round. 

Coleman Davis stood between me and the third round. Davis' crafty game caused plenty of headaches, but I managed to make it through again. I could now return home and look my father in the eye. 

Dave Herman was my next opponent. Now, word travels fast on the agency Pong circuit, so I knew all too well about Dave's killer forehand, and his even more deadly glare. Luckily he couldn't find his range that day and I advanced again. 

Next up was Doug Hinkel, an athletic young man fresh out of college. I knew instantly Doug would run rings around me in any kind of actual athletic endeavor, but maybe I had a chance on the Pong table. He took the first game 21-19 and the boyhood dream was quickly fading. I battled hard and rallied to win the next two games by a hair, and I was through to final three. 

The three round robins finally came around. In the days prior, I had been hearing about a Serbian ex-pro mercenary that had been laying waste to all before him. And I had convinced myself that my goose was cooked. I soon learned that I just need to stop listening to Lex. Stephen Zebrak and Joseph Lebowitz proved great opponents and after a series of hard fought matches, I emerged the champ. Looking back, the supportive puns from the women at my table definitely gave me the edge. 

Thanks to Michael, John and Truth Well Brewed for organizing all the fun.

The Story Behind the Name - The Erickson Room

The Story Behind the Name - The Erickson Room

- With Olivia Heeren, Sr. Group Account Director

- With Olivia Heeren, Sr. Group Account Director