Sections

‘Pong for Teeth’ has $7K bite

The Brooklyn Paper
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook
Subscribe

Get our stories in your inbox, free.

Like The Brooklyn Paper on Facebook.

Friends, family, barflies and even a ping-pong legend helped raise $7,000 for a toothless paddle jockey trying to ride his table tennis talent — and stamina — to a new set of pearly whites.

Jamie “Gums” Mandel is now on his way to a million-dollar smile after the 15-hour “Pong for Teeth” marathon at B61 bar on Columbia Street on Saturday, an unprecedented display of boozy competition and genuine camaraderie.

“My game got better as the night wore on,” said Mandel of the epic contest. “But it was really hard trying to bend down and pick up all the balls because my body was hurting.”

The toothless folk hero took on about 100 people, all of whom paid a $20 minimum in a mostly futile effort to defeat him. More money was raised through a PayPal account.

Mandel even played a trio of games against ping pong icon Marty “The Needle” Reisman — and lost in all three.

“The whole idea was to get out there and raise money for what is a vital situation for him,” said Reisman, 81. “The question of whether I would lose to him was never an issue.”

Mandel, 34, lost nine teeth in a car accident in 1995, and is still a long way from the $35,000 he’ll need for the entire job.

The money from the event will help pay his most recent set of dental bills, and the rest will go on a credit card, he said.

Now that’s American!

Today’s news:
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook
Subscribe

Get our stories in your inbox, free.

Like The Brooklyn Paper on Facebook.

Reader Feedback

Enter your comment below

By submitting this comment, you agree to the following terms:

You agree that you, and not BrooklynPaper.com or its affiliates, are fully responsible for the content that you post. You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening or sexually-oriented material or any material that may violate applicable law; doing so may lead to the removal of your post and to your being permanently banned from posting to the site. You grant to BrooklynPaper.com the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content in whole or in part world-wide and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.

First name
Last name
Your neighborhood
Email address
Daytime phone

Your letter must be signed and include all of the information requested above. (Only your name and neighborhood are published with the letter.) Letters should be as brief as possible; while they may discuss any topic of interest to our readers, priority will be given to letters that relate to stories covered by The Brooklyn Paper.

Letters will be edited at the sole discretion of the editor, may be published in whole or part in any media, and upon publication become the property of The Brooklyn Paper. The earlier in the week you send your letter, the better.

This week’s featured advertisers