October 13th, 2011
By Billy Chundak
For six weeks beginning in late June, our San Diego studio’s greatest table tennis players put their talents on display at crit-stadium, an open meeting space that houses a regulation table at the heart of the studio. Players compete for the right to have their name engraved on a gold trophy fondly known as the Causey Cup. More than that, players in the San Diego studio compete for a spot in HMC history and for the admiration of their peers. For those few weeks leading up to the tournament, when practice becomes more frequent and the rhythmic sounds of volleyed ping pong balls become a melodic lunchtime tune, every player is a potential champion. During the infrequent moments of reverie a competitor finds in a day, winning is a constant topic; however, separating all competitors from their dreams and reality is a proverbial waif like bridge whose only means of crossing is excellence.