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Men in Skirts at the US Table Tennis Nationals in Las Vegas

Men in Skirts at the
US Table Tennis Nationals

Aug 31, 2017


by Ann Maurice

Wolves whistled and cameras flashed as two “fashionistas” in sexy hot pink jerseys and short, short, way-y-y-y too short skirts sauntered onto the court at the annual National Table Tennis competition in Las Vegas. One of the doubles pair sported a bouncy, flouncy chapeau cocked jauntily off to one  side. Wait a minute.....the cute couple were a pair of over 70 year old MEN IN SKIRTS! Two activist "Grey Panthers" were protesting a ridiculous, antediluvian dress code that does not allow long pants. So-o-o-o they reasoned, let us wear skirts!

The two bold as brass ballplayers, Pete May and Jim McQueen, would not be intimidated by the stiff and stuffy, pursed-lipped umpire who insisted that without a medical excuse (!?!?) they HAD TO bare their knees and elbows while competing! So, to her shock and dismay, they stripped down, donned new duds that showed off their enviable pecs and rock-hard quads as they battled their foes whizzing ball after ball past them like speeding bullets with pinpoint accuracy.

The result? The "Men in Skirts" weren't just foolin' around. Each took the Silver in their respective age categories, and Pete captured the Gold in the Over 75 Doubles in the prestigious Las Vegas Nationals competing against the best of the best in the country. These strapping Southerners are 
cunningly artful competitors who have dedicated a lifetime to sports.

Make no mistake, both charismatic guys are high-level movers and shakers. Jim McQueen is a past President of USA Table Tennis (USATT), and Pete May is currently President of the National Barrel Horse Association (NBHA) in Georgia. 

The moral of the story? To stay exciting and physically fit well into your 70s get out of your recliner and take up table tennis, golf, calf-roping and barrel racing, add some bounce to your step, put on a flashy ascot, switch from purple to hot pink and trade in your Volvo for an Audi sports coupe! This life you're living is NOT a dress rehearsal. This is IT! So go man, GO!

Asked if they would launch a "Men in Skirts" ping pong dress code protest, they modestly declined and said they had just made their peaceful point.  However, rumor has it a vociferous "Hot Women in Long Pants" movement will flash dance into the US Table Tennis Open in Las Vegas in December!


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