Going for the Jugular in Ping Pong

After my post last week on my Epic Ping Pong Match I received several emails from local Boulderites who wanted to challenge me on my home court.

This morning, David Cohen, a local angel investor, entrepreneur, and executive director of TechStars, walked into my condominium. I’ve been working with David on TechStars and we gave a joint speech at the University of Denver the other week on entrepreneurship. He’s a confident guy. But this morning, when I stared deeply into David’s wondrous eyes, I saw fear. I saw the look of a scared child. “David,” I wanted to say to him, “Don’t be scared. I may be good at ping-pong — but fear not. I’m not Jack Bauer. I’m not even Jack Bauer’s father.”

Instead of smack talk, however, I merely suggested in a few terse words that we get to it. We played six competitive games. It was a lot of fun. David shares his thoughts on his blog:

Playing against Ben is tough, because he can reach literally anything. If you challenge him, my advice is twofold. First, hit into his body and let his wingspan work against him as much as you can. Second, when you really need a point, float an easy serve to his forehand once in a while and he’ll sometimes overhit. His backhand is too good, and he’s expecting it on most serves.

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