In the newest form of hand-to-hand combat, competitors all over the country are slowly getting off their couches, brushing the pizza crumbs off their shirts, and putting down their video game controllers, to compete for $50,000 in prize money at the USA Rock Paper Scissors League Championships.
Yes. You read correctly. Rock Paper Scissors LEAGUE. Championship competition. $50,000 prize.
The USARPS, started in 2005 by Matti Lesham and Andrew Golder, (who, because they have to be making money at this, are my new heroes), has grown to more than 10,000 competitors at 325 regional events. And it’s sponsored by Bud Light. Seriously. Last year 264 finalists competed at the championships in Las Vegas, which aired on A&E (corporate slogan: “Hey, at least we’re not Bravo”).
If you were a playground RPS demon, are willing to risk the likelihood of severe injuries such as hand cramps, or a sprained scissor finger, and you want to compete for the title, you can click over to www.usarps.com and find the regional tournament near you.
While you’re there, sign their petition to have the coin toss at the 2007 Super Bowl replaced with a game of Rock Paper Scissors.