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there was a pretty good story about this in the Believer a couple months ago [#]. I'm not convinced that it's a "sport", but after tagging along through the championships, Rod O'Connor seemed to be.

Posted by josh | July 10, 2007 2:25 PM

Arena Football has been enjoying the sports drought that is the All-Star break.

Then, there's every kind of Bodong-Ultimate-Cage Fighting that's everywhere on cable now, too.

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | July 10, 2007 2:31 PM

I'm glad they provided these athletes with a mini boxing ring for their battles. Things look like they could get dangerous.

Posted by cienna | July 10, 2007 2:35 PM

A true RPS champion can throw the Bomb. (blows up paper and rock while scissors snip the fuse) I'm not impressed...

Posted by CodyBolt | July 10, 2007 2:40 PM

i fully support espn airing arm wrestling, hot dog eating, world's strongest man, cheerleading, and lumberjack competitions. not everyone can be a real athelete.

Posted by angela garbes | July 10, 2007 2:41 PM

and actually, it's this referee more than the RPS match itself that kills me here.

Posted by angela garbes | July 10, 2007 2:44 PM

They're both single, so you know they've been practicing their pumps late at night.

Hilarious. The commentary is probably responsible for most of the ratings.

Posted by Mike of Renton | July 10, 2007 2:49 PM

ESPN will show this, but not RUGBY??? That is a disgrace.

Posted by Katie | July 10, 2007 2:58 PM

Arena Football and various MMA competitions are recognizably sports.

Posted by torrentprime | July 10, 2007 3:08 PM

@8: ESPN doesn't show professional hockey any more, either. It probably costs them next to nothing to produce something like Rock-Paper-Scissors as compared to team sports they have to send large crews to and probably pay for the rights when relatively few people will watch anyway...

Posted by matthew.e | July 10, 2007 3:23 PM

Katie @8 - I'd love to see Rugby on ESPN. Midday, late night, whenevs.

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | July 10, 2007 3:38 PM

How exactly is this different form the national coin flip championship.

Posted by Giffy | July 10, 2007 3:44 PM

this is an event for ESPN ocho.

i wanna see wheelchair jousting.

Posted by SeMe | July 10, 2007 4:35 PM

yeah, SeMe. THE OCHO!!!

Posted by angela garbes | July 10, 2007 5:25 PM

fucking a cotton, fucking a..

Posted by SeMe | July 10, 2007 5:36 PM

Sports Illustrated invented the swimsuit issue to cover a lull in the sports world, maybe ESPN should do something like that

Posted by vooodooo84 | July 10, 2007 7:24 PM

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