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Old 10-28-03, 01:31 PM   #1
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You never win with rock-rock-rock....

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Canadian Beats World at Rock, Paper, Scissors
Sun Oct 26, 6:45 PM ET


TORONTO (Reuters) - The competitors, in glitzy, off-the-wall costumes, call themselves professional athletes. Some even bring along team doctors to supervise their nutrition and take them through intense warmups.

This, it seems, is serious stuff to the 320 competitors who shook their fists early into Sunday morning at the World Rock, Paper, Scissors Championships at a nightclub in downtown Toronto.

The man who did win -- and netted himself a purse of C$5,000 ($3,825) -- was Toronto's Rob Krueger, a member of the team "Legion of the Red Fist."

To achieve the lofty title of World RPS Champion, he threw a combination of rock-paper-paper, defeating his opponent's offering of three rocks.

Treading a thin line between silly spectacle and serious sport, the event drew a crowd of about 900, including many bemused spectators who wandered, with drinks in hand, among a slew of local and international media.

Andy Cumming, 28, flew to Canada from London with five other members of the United Kingdom team, as well as their team doctor who counsels them on warmups, diet and practice.

"It's an internationally played game, you know," he said, wearing a pair of worker's coveralls with the red, white and blue of the Union Jack patterned on it.

"It's a complete travesty that not many people take it seriously."

To the uninitiated, taking the playground game seriously is something of a tall order. Many competitors wore crude, homemade costumes, and played with a can of beer in their non-throwing hand.

Douglas Walker, managing director of the Toronto-based, 700-member World RPS Society, is a little more realistic about the so-called sport he promotes.

"We take rock, paper, scissors about as seriously as you take something like rock, paper, scissors. We have a lot of fun with the concept."
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Old 10-28-03, 01:34 PM   #2
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World RPS Society.
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Old 10-28-03, 07:16 PM   #3
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He had home advantage.
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Definately odd.
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I stunned and amazed a statistician I was in grad school with, beating him 10x straight rock-rock-rock-rock-rock-rock-rock-rock-rock-rock he told me the odds were beyond vanishingly small that that could happen.
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Old 06-14-08, 01:12 PM   #7
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It's not a ****ing sport.
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Actually, the rock-rock-rock gambit, commonly known as "the Avalanche" is an RPS favourite... you can definitely win with it. I generally prefer paper-paper-paper, "the Bureaucrat," or paper-scissors-scissors, "the Paper Doll."

I participated in the 2004 RPS World Championships, and while I was out in the first round, my roommate lasted to the final 16.

My roommate in the first round:


Me contemplating my defeat:


Roommate facing off in the round of 16:
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