Mobank’s tradition of Rock. Paper. Scissors. (RPS) competitions goes back to 2002 when we held our first company-wide tournament. It was too much fun to keep to ourselves, so in 2009 we organized a community-wide competition.
RPS takes place the first Friday of October at Mobank Crossroads as a way to bring the local business community together for some good, clean fun as teams throw down to see who will become the next RPS champion. Any company in the Kansas City area is invited to play – just sign up to throw down with the best of the best at our annual tournament. The winner receives a gift basket filled with goodies donated by local businesses, a sweet championship belt, their name and company permanently engraved on the RPS trophy, and bragging rights for eternity.
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Henrik Andersen - Scandinavian Co-Op
A chilly wind kicked off October’s First Friday at the KC Crossroads. But things heated up quickly at the sixth annual Rock. Paper. Scissors. Tournament held at mobank’s Crossroads location parking lot.
Packed in solidarity were supporters and hordes of onlookers in the gathering crowd, squinting at the sun setting over mobank’s Artboards. Competitors were introduced as they entered stage left to face off in the fast-and-furious, take-no-prisoners elimination throwdown. Six-time RPS emcee Phil Kinen was back, keeping the fun and excitement high with his signature brand of comic relief. Brady Goodman served as the tournament announcer and Harvest Productions manned the stage and sound production. Artist Charlie Mylie was on site, too, sketching custom rock, paper, scissors-themed illustrations for guests.
Winner Henrik Andersen of landscape company Scandinavian Co-Op paved his path to glory to become that one. For his efforts he joins the league of extraordinary hands – his name and company now etched on the Rock. Paper. Scissors. Throwdown Tournament trophy on permanent display in the mobank Crossroads lobby. Henrik also took home a championship belt, a bottle of champagne, a basket stuffed with goodies and more. Not to mention a year’s worth of gloating rights.
Marisa Stevens - Lauren's Hope
It was a night of heartbreak for some, glory for one and fun for all at this year’s Rock. Paper. Scissors. Throwdown Tournament.
Thunderstorms forced the event indoors, and the mobank Crossroads branch was equally electric with energy. Packed with people from beginning to end, Kansas Citians huddled near the front and stood on crates in the back to catch a peek of the excitement generated by epic throwdowns overseen by five-time RPS emcee, Phil Kinen.
Competitors came dressed as boxers, mascots, desperados and one Edward “Sam” Scissorhands, who proved true to his name and was quickly defeated by an artfully thrown rock. Excitement rose as one by one, the champions fell until finally, there was only one left standing. Winner Marisa Stevens, representing Lauren's Hope, proved it takes confidence (and some lucky throws) to walk away a champion.
Aaron Kohrs - Kansas City Police Department
Christi Milne - The Brick
Charlie Barnard - Foot Traffic
Cara Dunsmoor - David Morris Photography
The outlook was uncertain for the last 28 that day Rock-Paper-Scissors Tournament was the game they came to play. They gathered at the Crossroads branch of their Missouri Bank. With steely eyes and faces grim, to show 'twas no mere prank. Pale Ale was quaffed to steady nerves and bolster player's spines. While Sean McNown of grand renown played folky guitar lines. Champions all were they when the fateful day began. The winners of the prelim rounds within their workplace clan. But only one would get to claim the shining winner's belt. So, carefully they countered the "hand" opponents dealt. One by one the valiant climbed into the ring to vie. But then threw scissors against rock, and had to say goodbye. The music played, the beer did flow, the noise reached fever pitch. All crowded 'round to see who would emerge without a glitch. SMG came oh-so-close but fell just short of glory. Their run was strong and proud, the end a wee bit gory. At day's end one competitor stood tall above the rest. Of all KC's RPS champs, Cara Dunsmoor was the best. A festive time was had by all as Dunsmoor they did hail. To be a part of next year's games, just respond to this e-mail.
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