Monday, October 24, 2005

R-P-S: Not a Sport, More Exciting Than Soccer

A 29-year old Toronto lawyer named Andrew Bergel won the international championship in Rock-Paper-Scissors. He beat a California student for the championship by throwing a paper.

How could he not see that coming?

Years of training help in a sport like this.

"People spend years trying to make it onto an NHL team or making it to the Olympics," [Director Walker] said.

"Rock Paper Scissors is one of the most democratic sports in the world, where if you just show up to the world championships, then you can compete at the highest level that a sport has to offer."

The winner will get his obligatory 15 minutes.

But with greatness comes responsibility. Bergel's achievement comes with the duties of a champion and burdens of fame, Walker said. Past champions have appeared on Late Night with Conan O'Brien and The Ellen Degeneres Show.

"Now he is going to be a serious C-level celebrity," Walker said. "It's going to change his life, if not for the next 15 minutes, then for the next year."

Anyway, the "sport" is struggling for air time, but it is getting higher rating in the U.S. than soccer. As it should.

Click on the image to buy the Rock-Paper-Scissors Strategy Guide.


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