Drink like a champion

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First Posted: 1/6/2015

So you didn’t grow up to have your face on a box of Wheaties. Get over it!

Not everyone can be an Olympic athlete. It takes years of grueling training, dedication and skill that isn’t easily acquired. To quote Sweet Brown, “Ain’t nobody got time for that.”

The Scranton and Wilkes-Barre Social Sports Club has your chance to fight for gold, silver and bronze medals when they host the Winter Bar Olympics at Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, Franklin Ave., Scranton, on Saturday, Jan. 24.

“This event is for the weekend warriors to go head to head in all your favorite drinking games,” said Scranton Social Sports Club co-owner Christian Rinaldi of Dunmore.

Rinaldi confirmed beer pong, quarters, flip-cup and corn hole would be part of the drinking-game itinerary.

“Everyone will get a chance to compete in every event, too,” Rinaldi said.

While the Scranton Social Sports Club offers the Scranton and Wilkes-Barre area region recreational leagues for such sports as basketball, dodge-ball and volleyball, their focus is to “cater to adults of all ages that are looking to have fun, meet new people and play their favorite games,” Rinaldi said.

Even drinking games.

Winning teams of the third annual Winter Bar Olympics will be presented with gold, silver and bronze medals to keep with the ‘Olympic’ theme as well as gift cards.

Though the event isn’t until later this month, the staff of Ale Mary’s “can’t wait” for the event to come to their bar, according to manager Mark Rinkunas of Dickson City.

Here are four reasons, according to Ale Mary’s bartenders, that the Winter Bar Olympics will be worth your time.

1. Winter Bar Olympics will ‘bring you back’

Amee Stefonetti of Scranton is pumped that flip-cup will be an element of competition.

“For me, when I play flip-cup, it brings me back to when I was younger and would go to house parties and play flip-cup, and back to that innocence of being afraid to get caught. The games people will be playing at the Winter Bar Olympics, I think will be games that will revive that feeling of being younger and playing them when they were in high school or college at house and basement parties,” Stefonetti said.

2. For the love of corn hole

Matt Rinkunas is personally looking forward to cornhole and is positive he won’t be alone.

“I usually play corn hole when I am tailgating at football games and concerts or barbecues, like most people. This is a chance for people like me who love cornhole to play it in a warm atmosphere and not freeze their ass off outside,” Rinkunas said.

3. Rock out with your pong out

Rob Weinberger of Dunmore is the first to admit he isn’t the most skilled at beer pong. However, with a concept that is “so simple”, he enjoys the game because sometimes he just gets lucky and dominates.

“I love playing because it’s one of those games you can just get lucky with. You don’t have to be the best beer pong player to win. When I get lucky and do win, it’s one of the best feelings in the world because you’re like, ‘Wow, I just won beer pong.’ I think a lot of people can relate to that feeling,” Weinberger said.

4. It’s an excuse to dress like an idiot

Dressing up is encouraged at the Winter Bar Olympics and Rob Korjeski of Dupont couldn’t be more excited about it.

“I’ve participated in beer Olympics when I was in college. My friends and I got all dressed up as the colors of the German Flag because every team represented a different country. It was a lot of fun and it brought us together and united us as a team. Also, Halloween, Christmas and Parade Day are pretty much the only times you can justify dressing up and being goofy, so that’s what I think will ultimately make the Winter Bar Olympics worth doing,” Korjeski said.