Relax, the USA Rock Paper Scissors League championship will be televised

It’s true, y’all. For the third year, the USA Rock Paper Scissors League Championship will be televised — this time as an hourlong Best Damn Sports Show Period special on Fox Sports in October. The event will take place the weekend of June 20 in Las Vegas. (Watch 2007’s awesomely bad title match below.)

The 2008 winner gets $50,000, plus a trip to Beijing for the Summer Olympics.In China, he (or she?) will represent the U.S. in the inauguralInternational Rock Paper Scissors Federation Championship, competingagainst RPS champions from Canada, Guam, Hong Kong, Ireland andMalaysia. (Occasionally, you’ve gotta love this crazy world we live in.)

On a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 being definitely), how likelywould it be for you to stop and watch a RPS event were you to stumbleupon it while channel surfing? (If you enjoy watching curling, like me,you’re at least an 8.) And does anyone reading this actually belong tothe USARPSL? We need details…

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  • Ceballos

    To answer your question, I’m a (Bruno Tonioli-style) 10! I’d at least HAVE to check it out for a few minutes.
    I love how the Jim Halpert-looking guy (if Jim were slightly chunky) on the left rolled up his sleeve as if to say “I’m REALLY into this.”
    I have so many questions. No offense to Guam, but how did a champion from Guam get a seat at the table along with champs from the U.S., Canada, Hong Kong, etc.
    Most importantly, where the hell was I THE FIRST TWO YEARS this was televised?

  • Ceballos

    I meant to say “sleeves” earlier…and I meant to also point out the slow-mo replay as well. WOW.

  • mark in nyc

    this just proves that ANYTHING can be a sport on ESPN…one day watching ESPN, will be a sport on ESPN (duration, degree of difficulty, etc)

  • wildecat

    Are you kidding?! 11!! True story – a former student of my husband’s placed third in the Rock Paper Scissors World Championship in Toronto a few years back. Literally one of the nicest kids we’ve every known, so…no hatin’!

  • Laura

    Wow. That is ABSOLUTELY amazingly nerdy, and I love it!! I don’t know how to deal with all the patterns, but I’ve gotten pretty good at reading certain people at the game – namely, my sister. She’s hopeless at it against me.

  • Crystal

    I’m definitely a 9. And I love curling. This is awesome, and indeed, makes the world a sunnier place for existing.

  • Anon

    Definitely a 10. What I really want to know is, how did I not know about this already, and why am I not a member?!

  • EMax

    Ok- there is so much to say I can’t even begin… I love this! The announcers’ schtick is too much! “Rock tie!” I also love that this is apparently sponsored by Bud Light… I guess the beer industry wants to affirm that RPS can be macho! I will totally check on this during the Olympics! How funny!!! Best line: “The paper heard ’round the world!”

  • Evita

    10!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MY FRIEND WILL BE COMPETING!!!!

  • Kate

    I just ordered a sweet Jim Halpert shirt from They have tons of stuff from The Office. They said not to tell anyone, but here is a 10% discount code, pts10 (it is case sensitive, so copy and paste it). Enjoy!

  • steve

    ill be in vegas this weekend to compete its at mandalay bay starts sat at 1 and sun at 5

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