Ping Pong III: March 27, 2004

PHOENIX, 27 March 2004:

One thing was for certain: Afshin A would not be finishing second this year. He declined the invitation to defend his bridesmaid title.. Something about a protest. Or something...

This year's contests featured some of the fiercest competition yet seen in the history of this storied event. Two of the matches went extra length, and others were nail-biters right down to the end. And after regulation play, there was a three-way dead heat for the title! Defending Champ Jim Phipps, former champ David Gonzales and dark-horse first-year competitor Greg Opland needed to go through a historic first tiebreaking bracket. Even though Mr. Gonzales had the advantage in the tiebreaker, he fell in the end to defending champion Phipps in the title game.

Congratulations to Jim Phipps, who successfully defended his title. He once again brought home the coveted bloody eyeball, and also was awarded a VHS copy of the film Forrest Gump! (thanks, Joe)


Here are a few photos from the event:

Julie in some first round action. She would lose a hotly contested battle to Rosa.
Josh finally avanced to the second round without the benefit of a forfeit!

First-year entrant Greg O showing one of his tricky moves..
rosa_first round
Rosa concentrating during her second-round defeat to eventual runner-up David G.

Yeah, he won't last long...
Josh's big game.

More photos...