Two weeks ago I called out the NFL for being a bunch of money grubbing hypocrites for selling officially licensed NFL Beer Pong tables on NFLShop.com. Today I went back to see if the NFL had the balls to come out and admit they were selling beer pong tables and not “tailgating tables”. Status quo as of today. But the interesting thing to me was the consumer comments calling out the NFL on their bogus charade.
You see, the NFL claims these tables are for playing ping pong while tailgating. They even go as far as to include a cute little table tennis net. Unfortunately the table is too narrow for ping pong and is the exact dimensions of a beer pong table. I wasn’t buying this misleading claim and apparently NFL fans agree with me.
I surfed over to NFLShop.com and browsed these “tailgating tables” that feature the team name and logos of all 32 NFL franchises. What caught my eye was the customer reviews of these products. I grabbed a few screen shots just in case these consumer reviews were mysteriously deleted.
The first review I found interesting was on the Green Bay Packers Beer Pong Table (Product No. 3634669). This review came from someone who calls himself An NFL Fan from Raleigh, NC and was written on 7/30/2009. This guy writes:
Really? You think adding a net to a beer pong table (far too narrow to play ping pong on) is going to cover up the original intention of these? You crack down on players for drinking them come out with an item that facilitates binge drinking. Classy.
The next set of reviews came on the San Diego Chargers Beer Pong Table (Product No. 3710846). The first review that appears is from Chris from San Diego who reviewed on 8/12/2009. Chris knew it wasn’t for ping pong and bought one SPECIFICALLY for playing beer pong. His review:
This is NOT a regular ping-pong table. If you’re looking to play real ping-pong, you will be disappointed. It is way to narrow and pp balls don’t really bounce that well on the table.
However this IS a very sweet beer-pong table, which is why I bought it. It is designed to be used for beer-pong, especially while tailgating. If our looking for a beer-pong table, you will love this.
The second person to review this item was Three Sheets from San Diego, CA on 7/30/2009. He just wants the NFL to come clean and call a spade a spade.
c’mon NFL… call this what it is. Beer Pong isn’t illeagal, and this is clearly a Beer Pong table.
Screen shot of product review. (click on image for a larger view)
Apparently I am not the only one that thinks the NFL is being just a tad bit hypocritical while profiting off of binge drinking.
All I am asking of the NFL is to come clean and call these “tailgating tables” what they really are. They are beer pong tables plain and simple. Does the NFL really think we are that stupid?
I would recommend not dropping the $129.99 to buy one of these NFL Beer Pong Tables until the NFL comes out and admits they are intentionally profiting from binge drinking. Until then, I personally will refuse to buy ANYTHING from NFLShop.com. Until the NFL is finished insulting your intelligence, I suggest you do the same.