The Party Boy King of Foosball
J Thoendell stashed this in Sports
Reeking of marijuana on a 100-degree afternoon last August in Dallas, world-champion foosball player Ryan Moore and a group of competitors walk into the 14,000-square-foot Texas Grande Hall, site of the $65,000 Independent Foosball Promotions (IFP) world championships. For three days straight, the sport's best players have been hammering on 60 foosball tables, 16 hours a day, for a chance to take on the golden child, "Mind Games" Moore – a top-ranked star at only 24 years of age. Possessing a technically perfect game, he is the only American to have beaten the all-time international champion of foosball, a Belgian named Frédéric Collignon, on his home turf. Moore has never had a real job. He owns three cars – one of them a Trans-Am – that he paid for with his foosball winnings. Moore makes his living playing tournaments, traveling six months a year on a pro circuit that happens to be organized, managed, and administered by his mom, Mary. Foosball is the family business. Moore has been playing since he could walk and isn't shy about dispensing wisdom to up-and-comers.