Got Game?

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n the surface there isn’t much that distinguishes Patron’s Mexican Kitchen & Watering Hole from the slew of nearby Allston hangouts. But what’s best about this place is that it’s unadvertised and known only to those who seek it out. We’re talking about competitive football. There is so much competition that takes place here, so players need to be on the top of their game to compete. In order to practice, most of the regular competitors have their own wooden foosball table at home. This allows them to practice whenever they want, ensuring that they stand a better chance of winning one of these competitions. On certain Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, table-soccer tournaments for cash prizes (but mostly for pride) are the main event here on the four lit Tornado tables. Some nights are DYP (draw your partner); others, BYP (bring your partner). There are even leagues. And talk about an ultimate ladies’ night: Women play free. Monday may be the best night to attend. Any returning player who brings a new player to a Monday-night tournament gets a free entry for that night’s event, and can take advantage of the 3Ps special, offered only Sunday through Tuesday. You’ll find the schedule on the Massachusetts Foosball website. Moravek

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Table football was imported to the United States by a relative of the English soccer fan who invented it in 1922, and patented in 1927. The patent has since expired.

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