Rock paper scissors: What’s next?

That there is a commissioner of a Rock Paper Scissors league is frightening.

But the fact the the RPS league championship tournament will be televised on Fox Sports Net is all good to me. Cuz I’ll watch it.Rock_2

I don’t think I’ll set the Tivo for it, nor will I bypass more “normal” sports viewing ot check it out, but when FSN air the tourney on Oct. 6, I’ll tune in for curiosity sake. Kind of the same way in that every July 4 I watch the hot dog eating contest on ESPN from the Coney Island.

The actual RPS competition takes place June 20-22 when 300 athletes — hey, that’s what the press release calls them — descend on the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Vegas. The winner takes home $50,000 and then is flown to Beijing to represent the U.S. in international competition that is not, I repeat not, part of the Olympic Games.

Poker fans who watch will recognize Phil Gordon, who acts at the league’s head referee.

“In poker, you have to make the most of the hands that you are dealt,” Gordon explained, “but with RPS, it’s your own hands that do the dealing.”

I’ve never said it better myself.

— Stuart Levine

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