Bill Plaschke vs. China in Pingpong: the video
Pingpong, table tennis: No matter what you call it or how you spell it, in China it's far more than a game played in a basement. In fact, in a place like Beijing it's a sport that people take as seriously as some Americans approach playground basketball.
Bill Plaschke not only cut the amusing video above, but he wrote a companion column which starts thusly:
The net is a combination of metal and Scotch tape. The playing surface is stone and scratched.
The surroundings are a city park, the players are lean and sweating, and everyone stands in a circle waiting to see who's got next.
Welcome to Chinese playground pingpong.
And, um, I've got next.
Plaschke vs. the Chinese in table tennis. Who ya got?
-- Tony Pierce