Tag Archives: dke

La Familia

On February 4, 19-year-old Timothy Piazza, a pledge of Penn State's Beta Theta Pi fraternity, died after a night of drinking and being hazed. The particulars of this happening are certainly disconcerting, but this all became especially close to home when I learned that a graduate of my alma mater Niskayuna High School was involved, and is now Read more [...]

Pong Wins Above Replacement, Part 2

Last month, I wrote a blogcat detailing the basic logic behind a computer-simulated pong game, and how we can use this logic to calculate Wins Above Replacement (WAR) for a given team. This time, I will present the results for this analysis, as performed on the data gathered during NogFest 2015. Before you read this, you should probably make sure Read more [...]

Pong Wins Above Replacement, Part 1

In case you haven't figured it out, we here at Bobcat Territory really like beer pong. Since we started the site in April 2012, we've had 8 blogcats dedicated to the subject. That's a veritable blogclowder (yes, apparently a group of bobcats is called a clowder)! In any case, this will be Part 1 of an ongoing series dedicated to trying to look Read more [...]

NogFest 2016

Entering the second annual NogFest, one player in particular was flying under the radar. After famously squandering a 15-2 lead, then following that performance with an unsurprising yet still demoralizing defeat in the Brother Pi semifinal - to the same team, no less - some questioned whether he or his partner could ever come back, mentally. When Read more [...]

NogFest Analysis: Individual Games

This Blogcat is the third and final chapter in my analysis of NogFest, a Pong tournament hosted by my friend Nog during the last weekend of May this year. If you need to get caught up on Part 1 (which focuses on the merits of shooting vs. serving) or Part 2 (which breaks down tournament-long player performance ), I encourage you to do so. Today's Read more [...]

NogFest Analysis: Player Performance

This Blogcat is a continuation of some posts I've previously written regarding my fraternity's game of Pong: The Brother Pi Breakdown Pong II: Advanced Analytics DKE Pong Rules & Regulations Don't Doobie To bring everyone on the same page: at the end of May, my friend Nog hosted a Pong tournament called NogFest, with 9 different teams Read more [...]

Don’t Doobie

Apologies again to all non-frat readers; these next blogcats are going to concentrate heavily (i.e., entirely) on pong. Also, yes, I’m aware I take this way too seriously. Never played pong before? Or just played a bit, and it’s been awhile? Well, if you want to get scrubbed in on the rules so you can follow what’s going on in my previous, Read more [...]

DKE Pong Rules & Regulations

As I've made painfully clear in a number of this website's columns, my fraternity, Delta Kappa Epsilon, plays Beer Pong. Regulation games are played to 21 points, between 2 teams of 2 players on a ping-pong-sized, wooden, metal-trimmed table using four wooden-block paddles, four plastic cups of beer, a wooden dividing "net," and an orange 3-Star Read more [...]

The Brother Pi Breakdown

As most of you know by now (since I've written about it in this forum on a few occasions), I love Pong. Not only does it come close to maximizing the enjoyment I can get from drinking, it is inextricably linked to the nostalgia I feel toward my fraternity, DKE, and the house I called home for almost three years. I was first to play a game among Read more [...]

A Cactus Named Spike

There once was a cactus named Spike. Spike was born in a magical kingdom known as upstate New York, to a mother and father cactus that both loved him very much. At age 5, Spike was sent to Kindergarten. While he missed his parents, he was ready for the real world. Spike met lots of new friends, and spent his days coloring and learning his Read more [...]