“Paddled”


Christopher Beam in GQ:

On my first day at Shichahai Sports School, the elite athletic academy in Beijing, Coach Chang introduces me to his ping-pong class. “We have a new American student,” he says, peering out from behind the prescription sunglasses he wears indoors. As all eyes turn toward me, I feel a rush of nerves. It’s like day one of kindergarten again, only this time I have chest hair. “He claims he’s been playing for more than ten years,” Chang goes on, “but from what I’ve seen, it looks more like ten days.” The class erupts into high-pitched giggles.

That’s way harsh, dude.

Craig Newmark

Craig Newmark

Associate Professor of Economics, North Carolina State Univ.

Related Articles

4

“The 30 Most Embarrassing Plays in Sports History”

It’s a tough list. Buckner booting the ball is only 12th.

0

Sports Media Liberals Denounce the Diamondbacks

Not even in a faculty lounge at the UC Berkeley Sociology Department could you expect to find a more unbreathable

0

“Why You Should Avoid Companies That Put Their Name On A Stadium”

On average the stocks of companies that buy stadium naming rights:┬ádon’t do well subsequently. (Well, at least from 1990 to