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Old 07-31-06, 07:10 AM   #1
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The USA Rock, Paper, Scissors championships?!?!

I just saw this on ESPN....top prize of $50,000. My GOD!! Poker, Competetive Eating, Darts and now this?!? To loosely quote the chairman of this "sporting event"....."It's finnaly nice to have a sport where you can drink and have a cigarette while playing it. All you need is a hand and a dream."

What's next, the US Onion Peeling Championships?

Sorry I must be extra cranky this morning .

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Damn, I stink at that game.
Is there a "Rock, Paper, Scissors for Dummies"?
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It's not surprising that the US leads in low activity "sports". Won't be long before we see competitive TV watching.
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ESPN's starting to make OLN (Versus) look more and more like a real sports network every day.
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I just saw this on ESPN....top prize of $50,000. My GOD!! Poker, Competetive Eating, Darts and now this?!? To loosely quote the chairman of this "sporting event"....."It's finnaly nice to have a sport where you can drink and have a cigarette while playing it. All you need is a hand and a dream."

What's next, the US Onion Peeling Championships?

Sorry I must be extra cranky this morning .

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We can't get an evening repeat of the French Open Finals, but we have this stuff. Makes me want to pull each one of my hairs out separately, while screaming in German.

Guess I'm in a cranky mood too!

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I just saw this on ESPN....top prize of $50,000. My GOD!! Poker, Competetive Eating, Darts and now this?!? To loosely quote the chairman of this "sporting event"....."It's finnaly nice to have a sport where you can drink and have a cigarette while playing it. All you need is a hand and a dream."

What's next, the US Onion Peeling Championships?

Sorry I must be extra cranky this morning .

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Be honest, Brian....tell us where you placed.
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Heh, heh... dood got himself a new bike. You figure it out
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I just wish people would come to terms with the distinction between sports and competition. Poker, darts, billiards, eating, auto racing, etc - are not sports. Yes, I'm a touch cranky too, but who wouldn't be with 90-90 days forecast for the rest of the week.

What is truly sad, is that the networks find advertisers to pay for this crap. Yes, it does cost less to produce R-P-S than to broadcast, a cycling or tennis event, but who would watch it? A sad commentary indeed on our society.
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Be honest, Brian....tell us where you placed.

LOL!!! I actually don't even know how to play that. It wasn't very popular in my neightbourhood when I was growing up. Now if there was a US Duck Duck Goose Championship, then you'd be talking!!

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Hey, don't forget the finals of the Scripps-Howard Spelling Bee each year. Though, that's more of a one-off tradition that ESPN picked up to spotlight some insanely crazy spellers.
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Hey, don't forget the finals of the Scripps-Howard Spelling Bee each year. Though, that's more of a one-off tradition that ESPN picked up to spotlight some insanely crazy spellers.
Any contest where you can see little brainiacs fainting on stage is worth watching (this coming from a former little
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Old 07-31-06, 09:31 AM   #12
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I've been on a long strin of crankiness.

I got no problem with RPS on ESPN, as long as they wear their helmuts. But what really ticks me off is when PRS newbies spend so much money on their first set of equipment just to get started, then don't keep playing the game. And then they look down their noses at the rest of us that didn't spend so much. I mean really, is carbon fiber really giving them any kind of an advantage as newbies?
Does any of them do any cross training for it like darts, sleight of hand, milk bottle cap flippin', sign language? Sign language intervals!
And this is something where the Asians really excel. Jun Ken Po. But there we go again, categorizing people!
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Old 07-31-06, 09:46 AM   #13
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Any contest where you can see little brainiacs fainting on stage is worth watching (this coming from a former little
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If you have not seen the documentary Spellbound, check it out. An excruciating/fascinating/engaging look into the world of the spelling bee.

It's a documentary from a few years back following 8 kids on their road to the finals in Washington. The pressure on them is amazing. Most seem glad once they miss a word that they are done with it once and for all.
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I just wish people would come to terms with the distinction between sports and competition. Poker, darts, billiards, eating, auto racing, etc - are not sports. Yes, I'm a touch cranky too, but who wouldn't be with 90-90 days forecast for the rest of the week.
+1

However, I see no problem putting them on TV....let TV producers put what they think will bring viewers on.

I'd rather see more brainiac type competitions on TV, more spelling bees, math games, chess/backgammon tournaments, etc...
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I'd call this rock paper scissors nonsense gay, but it would be an insult to my gay and lesbian friends.
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I think its just a curiosity, or a change of pace from the typical football/soccer/baseball/basketball/tennis/golf on espn or whatever, your not gonna see year round coverage if there such a thing. Just like the world's strongest man compitition, its on once in a while, I'll watch a little, but thats about it...

Haha, "all you need is a hand and a dream," can they say that??
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First the U.S., Then the World

How else would you qualify for the International World Championships?

http://www.rpschamps.com/rules.html
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I believe Hemingway said, the only true sports are bullfighting, motor racing and hunting.
...and I am not surprised that the big, drunken, macho numbskull had this all wrong too.
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I went to the World RPS championships in Toronto a few years back. I was out in the first round (lost my concentration), but my roommate was in the top 16.
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...and I am not surprised that the big, drunken, macho numbskull had this all wrong too.
+1

I never got his sense of "manliness" at all. Well, he liked boxing, I'll give him that much...
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Haha, "all you need is a hand and a dream," can they say that??
I can think of another type of contest...
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I can think of another type of contest...
Was it George or Jerry that actually won that contest?

I believe the game was called "Master of Your Domain"
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And I thought wife carrying or air guitar playing were weird sports...

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