Vegas Tournmant Report

PeekenWe have had some questions lately as to why we have not reported more on the recent Las Vegas RPS event. We can sum up our reason with the fact that we just don’t like what that organization is doing to cheapen the sport. Forget all the problems they had running events and trying to conduct them in any sort of a fair manner, what we really don’t get is why Budweiser turned its back upon the very community that is responsible for building RPS into the grassroots movement that it has become. Heck, we at the Think Three blog even had our invitation yanked from us to attend the actual event which we think was completely and totally uncool.

But heck, don’t listen to us. Instead, let’s hear what an RPS purist had to say about winning a trip to the Vegas event. The following observations were taken out from a great article by Jim Nintzel in the Tuscan Weekly called Hand-to-Hand Combat: Fear and Rock Paper Scissors in Las Vegas

"At first, I turned my nose up at it, because there was all this corporate sponsorship, and I was like, ‘They’ve totally co-opted the thing,’" Peeken says.
Peeken is more of a Rock Paper Scissors purist. His interest in the game was sparked a few years ago, when he read a New York Times article examining how the conflict-resolution contest was popular with patrons of East Coast bars. Peeken soon discovered the Web page of the World Rock Paper Scissors Society at www.worldrps.com.  

His next observation did not surprise us one bit:

When he arrived in Vegas, his worst fears about the sport were realized. At a pre-competition poolside party, he found himself surrounded by a "sea of backwards baseball caps." Hundreds of frat boys were everywhere, chanting "All hail Bud Light!"

Peeken’s arm has been sore since the end of the tournament, and he doesn’t know what the future holds for his game. The Canadians are having a big tournament in Toronto this summer, but he can’t afford the airfare, and they don’t have the corporate sponsorship to pick up his tab.
"But if somebody wants to sponsor me and pay for my flight to Toronto, I think it would rekindle my flame for the sport," Peeken says.

I am sure the WRPSS would (if they could) fly Peeken up as it certainly would rekindle his love for the sport. The RPS World Championships have exactly the kind of atmosphere purists love. We even heard a rumour today that a date for the World Championships has been set. For more info on that juicy bit, you will have to wait for an upcoming post.

As an extra note, we thought we should give a shout out to Peeken’s band called Fourkiller Flats that has a myspace site where you can check out their music. Love how they handled the "sounds like" section:

Chunka Chunka Chunka Chunka WAAAAAAAAAA

(weedle dee weedle deee) WAAAAAAA

Chunka Chunka Chunka 

PeekenWe have had some questions lately as to why we have not reported more on the recent Las Vegas RPS event. We can sum up our reason with the fact that we just don’t like what that organization is doing to cheapen the sport. Forget all the problems they had running events and trying to conduct them in any sort of a fair manner, what we really don’t get is why Budweiser turned its back upon the very community that is responsible for building RPS into the grassroots movement that it has become. Heck, we at the Think Three blog even had our invitation yanked from us to attend the actual event which we think was completely and totally uncool.

But heck, don’t listen to us. Instead, let’s hear what an RPS purist had to say about winning a trip to the Vegas event. The following observations were taken out from a great article by Jim Nintzel in the Tuscan Weekly called Hand-to-Hand Combat: Fear and Rock Paper Scissors in Las Vegas

"At first, I turned my nose up at it, because there was all this corporate sponsorship, and I was like, ‘They’ve totally co-opted the thing,’" Peeken says.
Peeken is more of a Rock Paper Scissors purist. His interest in the game was sparked a few years ago, when he read a New York Times article examining how the conflict-resolution contest was popular with patrons of East Coast bars. Peeken soon discovered the Web page of the World Rock Paper Scissors Society at www.worldrps.com.  

His next observation did not surprise us one bit:

When he arrived in Vegas, his worst fears about the sport were realized. At a pre-competition poolside party, he found himself surrounded by a "sea of backwards baseball caps." Hundreds of frat boys were everywhere, chanting "All hail Bud Light!"

Peeken’s arm has been sore since the end of the tournament, and he doesn’t know what the future holds for his game. The Canadians are having a big tournament in Toronto this summer, but he can’t afford the airfare, and they don’t have the corporate sponsorship to pick up his tab.
"But if somebody wants to sponsor me and pay for my flight to Toronto, I think it would rekindle my flame for the sport," Peeken says.

I am sure the WRPSS would (if they could) fly Peeken up as it certainly would rekindle his love for the sport. The RPS World Championships have exactly the kind of atmosphere purists love. We even heard a rumour today that a date for the World Championships has been set. For more info on that juicy bit, you will have to wait for an upcoming post.

As an extra note, we thought we should give a shout out to Peeken’s band called Fourkiller Flats that has a myspace site where you can check out their music. Love how they handled the "sounds like" section:

Chunka Chunka Chunka Chunka WAAAAAAAAAA

(weedle dee weedle deee) WAAAAAAA

Chunka Chunka Chunka

 

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