Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Sink the Biz Rules

I will fully admit that I have become addicted to my site meter stats! And like all bloggers who look at their stats I'm going to say the same thing that they have all said before me, "Please leave a comment, I don't care how bad it is...Leave a comment …please...Say Hello...If what you say is stupid we will only make fun of you for a day or so! I just want to know who all these random people who stalk me are amnd you all know who you are!"

Anyways the one thing I have come to realize checking my stats is that our site comes up if you google some very inappropriate things. Like "How my sister lost her virginity" or my favorite "70's porno chest hair" Who are these people looking up these things! At least I am not the number one hit on Alia Shawkat... like my friends at the jotel! Regardless the one thing that does pop up most of the time is "Sink The Biz Rules at Nick's English Hut."

Since there is probably no better person then the record holder for Sink the Bizmark, I have decided to set out this post as The Official Rules To Sink the Biz! Hopefully I have said it enough in the above sentences so it will come up at least on the first page when you google it! So a back-story is probably a good place to begin:

When I was a junior in College my roommates and I discovered Nick's English Hut because not only was it a Icon of Indiana University, but it was located 3 blocks from our amazing house. Senior Year we must have spent at least 3 days a week lounging about in the hump room or near the pool tables when we should have been studying. We knew everyone that worked there and befriended a waitress, that at the time, we thought was just the best waitress in the joint...but there is more to her story.

As the year progressed we made ourselves known to the Nicks culture that we were top dogs and our Waitress, Eryn, helped us out in that regard giving us drink discounts, cutting us to the front of the line at the door, and always holding a table for us in her section. She was the one that encouraged us on the night that IU beat Illinois in Basketball, by shooting 17 three pointers, a slam-dunk one may call it, that we should go for the record. With Brian's parent’s credit card at our disposal, the 5 of us set out to hold the record for most alcohol consumed by 5 people in one sitting. Brian, I don't want to hear it! And so began the game…

To Play You Will Need:

A Bucket...Metallic in nature, about the size of 2 pitchers of beer.
A Biz glass... Specially weighted to float in the beer.
Pint Glasses...For pouring into the biz.
Napkins...I would recommend procuring a rack of them from a McDonalds, all will be used.
Beer...And lot's of it. We usually go through a 24 pack in about 15 minutes, better if you had a keg, even better if you play at a bar called Nick's.

The rules:

Sink the Bismarck, known as Sink the Biz, is played with a bucket filled with beer. In the center of this bucket floats a small weighted juice glass. You can buy these things at Nicks...normal juice glasses or shot glasses will not float correctly! Everyone sits around the table with a full pint glass of whatever beer is in the bucket. This is important, because we do not mix beers when playing the game, that is a party foul and you will be banished from the game. I prefer to play with glass pint glasses it adds a certain, how do you say, nobility, but plastic is ok as long as everyone knows not to squeeze the sides to make it easier to pour! Also make sure that everyone has a stack of napkins, it gets messy!

Place the bucket on a plate covered in Napkins and fill the bucket with Roughly two pitchers of beer. Going clockwise, the first person(There is no definitive way to figure out who goes first, whoever puts the bucket down usually just goes!) pours their beer from their pint glass into the Biz glass that is floating in the bucket. Their pour must be a steady stream. The second the stream breaks, their turn is over. You may pour as much or as little in as you wish as long as you don't break the stream! The object is to not sink the Biz(who am I kidding the object is to get drunk so the girl sitting next to you may do more then make fun of you for sucking at this game all night!). Whoever sinks it drinks it!

Now it seems easy in theory, but some rules need to be stated so everyone knows what happens when matters of controversy come up!

-A steady stream, is like when a guy goes to the bathroom after a night of drinking, it is not when a single drop falls out like your 70-year-old grandfather going to the bathroom! If the person pours a drop they must go again!

-The Pint glass must be held above the highest point of the handle to the bucket when being poured or the biz will be sunk and the person pouring automatically must drink it!

-One has the option to count to 5, Mississippi style, before they take their turn. This is in case the biz is floating so close to the edge you think it may sink before your turn!(most people play to 3, that wasn't challenging enough for us and we learned to time out 3 seconds in our pours)

-If the table is kicked and the biz sinks and you can prove it was someone kicking the table on purpose(Chris!) then whoever kicked the table drinks the biz!

-If someone pours any other type of beer into the bucket to play other then the beer being played with, they are banished from the game.

-If the same person sinks the biz three times in a row then they must drink the entire bucket!

-When the Biz is sunk it must be shot like a shot, not poured into an already existing beer!

So those are the official rules, easy to follow, easy to play, and now on to the rest of the story:

So around pitcher number 10 or so I think I got in a fight with all my roommates and left for a couple of pitchers and then came back and apologized. When we reached 17 we decided not to stop but to keep going. Which is how we made it to 27! Brian I don't want to hear it...all of our memories are a little fuzzy! Eryn informed us that we had broken some sort of record, that we were indeed champs. A picture was taken and we left...I'm still not sure how I got home!

The next week, oh yes we went back, Eryn informed us that a space had opened up on the ceiling of Nicks. And that Space was being given to us! We were confused until we found out that our Waitress, Eryn, was related tot he owner of Nicks and when she was asked who the space should go to, she told them about us!

For those of you that don't know to own a bucket from Nick's is not that hard a feat, anyone can buy one...but to have your bucket held at Nicks and hung from the ceiling for all eternity is something to be proud of. Supposedly when Nick's first started the game they would hold peoples buckets for them on their ceiling so you could always play with the same one. Well, sometime during the 50's or 60's they ran out of room and stopped holding buckets.
The only way to get a bucket is if someone dies and they will it to you or someone dies, they don't will their bucket away and a space opens up! I'm not sure who died for us to get our space...but we were bequeathed one. We purchased paint and supplies and on a Saturday morning went to Nicks and painted up "Drunky, the Bucket." The picture was put up on the wall of all of us with Eryn holding our bucket. You can find this picture if you walk from the top of the stairs past the bar on your right and look to the right side of the big entrance into the room with the pool tables. And forever our Bucket is at Nick's waiting for our yearly return to play with it.

So Folks if anyone should be the official rule makers it should be my roommates and I because as you can see we are Champs! For any questions or concerns you can reach me, Stickler, at If you’re in the LA area you can come play with us anytime!


Anonymous Hip E. said...

Now that is a blog post.

May 02, 2007 1:59 PM  
Blogger Stickler said...

I'm glad you enjoyed it..Sometimes I try!

May 02, 2007 3:11 PM  
Blogger Steph said...

Holy Snapping Duck Shit! That is the weirdest game I ever heard.

Sounds fun, but then I'm up for anything that requires copious amounts of alcohol.

May 03, 2007 9:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You should add that the Bismark was a notorious Nazi warship that terrorized the Allies in WWII until they basically decided to play "maul ball" and sent out a huge naval task force to find and sink her. They did.

I wish I was in your class when I went to IU. I was such a loser compared to your fabulous exploits. Probably because of paragraphs like the above.

As for your MBA I think perhaps a law degree would be more useful.


May 04, 2007 8:54 AM  
Blogger Stickler said...

Steph...I'de be more then happy to trade foriegn drinking games with you anytime...

SKSY...I did know that about the ship...and their are no losers that went to IU :) What all of my posts never talk about are the months I spent in libraries, classes, and labs perfecting my skills. Remember Work Hard, Party hard!

Thank you for the school has been something I have been thinking about, I just can't figure out who it would help me!

May 04, 2007 9:57 AM  
Anonymous Shark said...

God post Stick. Almost as good as one of Johnny D's posts. Almost.

May 04, 2007 3:40 PM  
Blogger Drunken Chud said...

oh that game sounds fun. so much fun. so so much fun. so, my question is, how often does anyone actually have to drink the bucket, and what is the time frame for such? cuz... yeah, i'm bringing this game to d-town brotha.

May 07, 2007 10:05 AM  
Blogger Drunken Chud said...

by the way, who's the hot blonde in the pic betwixt you and the guy in the jimmy buffet shirt?

May 08, 2007 1:22 PM  
Blogger Stickler said...

Chud, Yes you need to come visit so we can play this game...SEcondly that guy is not me, that is my friend Dylana nd everyone things were Brothers and I am the older one and he hates it!!!! It think it hilarious. But the gilr is my old Roommate who has gone onto bigger and better things!

And has a boyfriend since your wondering!

May 08, 2007 1:44 PM  
Blogger PETEKEELEY said...


If you're wondering who the dude in the Buffett shirt is though, I can help you with that.

May 16, 2007 1:15 PM  
Blogger Caroline said...

You know - I would have loved to play this game at the BBQ on Monday, but someone came all the way out to Silverlake and left it at home. Boo hoo, so sad.

May 31, 2007 1:02 PM  
Anonymous Amanda said...

I'm glad to have sunk the bizmark with you at least. I wish you ofcourse all the best in luck and life, I know you have a great career ahead. Anyhow, as of now, posting this having cried my eyes out because you won't have me... I still have respect for you & always will. Drop me a note every year or so and let me know where you are and what you're doing. Because once I care about someone, I can't just stop.
Happy to have known you breifly,

June 08, 2007 8:11 PM  
Blogger ellen said...

I did in fact google the phrase 'sink the biz' and came to this site to clarify the rules before playing at our 3rd of july party tonight. So while your story is great, I hope to come up with a much better one tonight !

July 03, 2007 12:38 PM  
Anonymous kejorrie said...

Since you wanted a comment.....

I wanted to know what "Sink the Biz" was. I am from UCSB and any drinking game that playboy mentions should be explored.

I think Gaucho Ball may be more entertaining but we shall see.

January 15, 2008 12:54 AM  
Blogger Stickler said...

Well KE Jorrie I guarentee that Sink the Biz will at least keep you entertained for awhile!

February 24, 2008 8:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, you asked us to post about what brought us to your page. In my case, I was reading an article about Obama's visit, and "Sink the Biz" was mentioned. I'd never heard of it, so I Googled it, and up came your page.

(Actually, the most entertaining thing on the page was a post using the term "Holy Snapping Duck Shit!". Now there's a catch-phrase if ever I've heard one... )

April 12, 2008 11:04 AM  
Blogger Stickler said...

Thanks Anonymous for the Feedback. The post was meant to be more informative then entertaining. If you enjoyed Steph's comment then I reccommend checking out her page, because everything she writes is pretty damn funny.

April 13, 2008 5:39 PM  
Anonymous IUchen said...

wow this is crazy that i found your site man. i go to IU right now and just learned this game today! this game is so sick!

May 16, 2008 10:12 PM  
Blogger Stickler said...

Your Welcome IUChen and thanks for the comment! Go IU!

May 22, 2008 8:19 PM  
Anonymous Todd said...

Meh, seems simple. When I was at IU we played with rules like backhanded pouring with your weak hand. And the glass used at Nick's is a highball glass if you want to play at home just "find" one and buy a replica bucket and you're good to go.

May 24, 2008 5:03 PM  
Blogger Stickler said...

Todd, thanks for the info...I prefer playing with glass as well.

May 27, 2008 8:10 PM  
Blogger kyle said...

I enjoyed your post. Any advice for playing the game?

June 09, 2008 3:01 PM  
Blogger Stickler said...

Kyle I reccommend learning how to steady your hand to get the smallest stream of liquid possible. Also when you sink it...just slam the Biz...No one likes a sipper!

June 09, 2008 6:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

my sister goes to IU and her friend taught us how to play this when i visited her for the july 4th weekend...we immediately bought a set and played it when we went camping...went through several cases of beer and everyone was significantly hammered...even my parents, who are both IU grads.

your rules are a little different than how we were taught...we were told that anything poured counts, even if it just a drop and no one said we couldnt squeeze the sides of a plastic cup...thanks for some clarification and maybe i'll run those rules by our friends

just wanted to let u know that a srt of this game is in georgia and we have taought all our friends...sink the biz is going nationwide!! lol

July 28, 2008 9:13 AM  
Blogger Stickler said...

Thanks Anonymous for the comment, yep a lot of people who attend IU play wrong because no one ever clarified the rules, but most people play the way I have laid out at Nicks...especially those of us who have a bucket residing on the ceiling!

August 01, 2008 7:51 PM  
Blogger keithG said...

Whats up my guy i read ur rules for sink the biz and did'nt understand 1 part. whenever the biz cup is sunk does the person that sinks it chug the whole bucket or the biz cup. ! more thing how did u become champ at IU. did u have the fastest time chugging the bucket? My email is I hope u get back 2 me thanks

September 10, 2008 4:01 PM  
Blogger keithG said...

Whats up my guy i read ur rules for sink the biz and did'nt understand 1 part. whenever the biz cup is sunk does the person that sinks it chug the whole bucket or the biz cup. ! more thing how did u become champ at IU. did u have the fastest time chugging the bucket? My email is I hope u get back 2 me thanks

September 10, 2008 4:02 PM  
Blogger Stickler said...

Dear Keith G.

Please learn how to spell and use proper grammer. Even my spelling errors and grammer mistakes aren't as deplorable as your comment.


September 11, 2008 10:12 PM  
Blogger You Left Your Light In My Eyes said...

You chug the biz cup, not the bucket. Thanks for the blog post... I couldn't remember the name of the bar I spent so many nights at when I was up for my in-residence last summer. Thanks to your post, I'm now the proud owner of my very own Sink the Biz game (and I can give them out for Christmas). Can't wait to receive it in the mail!

November 25, 2008 11:58 AM  
Blogger Bel said...

Yeah, this game is awesome! I go to EIU and have friends at IU who taught me how to play this :]
Only one time, we all did NOT play with the same type of beer - or even alochol. That made things quite interesting, but I understand your rule about only playing with the same type of beer.

December 03, 2008 1:37 PM  
Blogger Stickler said...

You left your light in my eyes...Your welcome, I hope you have a wonderful drunken time!

Bel...Yes, some people call me a sink the biz snob because of this rule, but it really just makes it a much more enjoyable experience for everyone!

December 25, 2008 6:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's my first year at IU and I went to a frat w/ some girls a few weeks ago. My friend and I were the only girls that would drink beer but we played this game w/ a bunch of the guys.. It was SO fun! :] Proud to go to IU where sink the biz was invented!

March 12, 2009 4:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

-If the same person sinks the biz three times in a row then they must drink the entire bucket----------oh this is a harsh one

March 21, 2009 8:45 AM  
Blogger Stickler said...

anonymous 1...Glad you enjoyed it, but I would be careful playing it at frat houses...

anonymous 2...yes, you must drink it, no exceptions!

March 21, 2009 2:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am from Canada, and have heard the legend of "sink the biz"!! I intend on introducing this game to the northern folk, however, please trust that IU will not be forgotten, and will be recognized as the inventor!! Great Game

August 31, 2009 8:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


November 05, 2009 8:53 PM  
Blogger rlmtheii said...

I go to IU but I'm in Spain for the year. One of my friends from IU has her 21st bday today and she's coming to visit tonight. I wanted to play the game but can't find a decent size vessel for the beer. Damn!

Don't you feel a little immature using a parent's credit card to drink on. Damn, I just worked for my drinking money.

November 18, 2009 11:16 AM  
Blogger Stickler said...

Anon - I love Canada...especially the hockey!

Anon - Your just jealous!

rlmtheii - Yes we all had jobs and were paying for school ourselves...I think that maybe it was the idea that on that night we didn't have to worry about money and only using a certain was about breaking records and being the best!

November 24, 2009 10:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great post! Just learned about Sink the Biz and was googling it and your post came up. Kudos to you and your friends for getting your own bucket at Nicks. That is awesome!

March 21, 2010 9:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for your explanation of Sink the Biz rules.

I came here after reading this article and related comments

and googling "sink the biz".



April 06, 2010 3:58 AM  
Blogger Stickler said...

DCM Capital...Congrats on your new found love of the game!

Anonymous...That website was fascinating, thanks for the info.

April 29, 2010 8:04 PM  
Anonymous LB said...

As an IU student, I've had my fair share of drunken nights thanks to my horrible pouring skills. I had no idea that Sink the Biz was an IU original game though. Props to Nicks (and you champs) for creating one of the best drinking games around and keeping it going strong!
Go Hoosiers!

May 13, 2010 10:30 AM  
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August 19, 2010 2:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ahh...Memories of IU! My sister bought me the "Sink the Biz" game for my birthday and since it has been about 6 or more years since I have played, I needed a refresher for the rules! Thanks for the blog!

September 05, 2010 1:55 PM  
Blogger Stickler said...

LB- Thanks, All credit should go to Nick's though. Without that bar I would have never know about the game.

Kimberly - Go Viagra : )

Anon- Play On, and sink a couple for me!

October 14, 2010 6:32 PM  
Anonymous Lisa said...

Love "Sink the Biz"!!! Was introduced when I was visiting my sister in Carmel, Indiana and went down IU for a basketball game. Ended up in Nick's before the game and there we were, drinking beer, eating and Playing Sink the Biz. "Thanks Roger"!! Even bought a bucket and brought it home with me........ I have since then brought the game to the west coast and shared it with all my friends. Even took it over to Catalina Island for the locals to play. Love it, great story!!

November 30, 2011 5:16 PM  
Blogger the4thwiseman said...

Im leaving a comment because you No seriously thanks for writing this blog Im going to try this out with my buddies, thanks again.

December 15, 2011 12:19 PM  
Blogger Stickler said...

Thanks Lisa for the comment. I try not to take the game on actual boats due to spillage.

The4thwiseman, It will be the wisest decision you make!

January 05, 2012 2:37 PM  
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Learn the difference between "then" and "than" .. did you actually go to college?

February 03, 2012 1:14 PM  
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