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Redskins running back Keiland Williams competes at rock, paper, scissors

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Competition was so fierce Tuesday night it brought out a Washington Redskins player who was looking to prove his mastery of rock, paper, scissors.

Remember that playground game? That's "roshambo" to serious players, like those who work for Playworks -- an anti-bullying, pro-organized-recess nonprofit that trains "coaches" who (among other things) teach kids how to use roshambo, or RPS, for nonviolent conflict resolution. Playworks operates in 22 cities including the District, where it is offered at 13 schools.

And we hear RPS is also popular in the Redskins locker room.

"It'll get pretty hot over rock, paper, scissors," Redskins running back Keiland Williams told Yeas & Nays. "We're competitive, so we find anything to compete at."

The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation helped sponsor the tournament, so Williams suited up and got in the game. "I kind of feel like I'm at a disadvantage [here]," he told us. "I don't know anybody I'm playing against, so I don't know their read, I don't know their tendencies, but I'm definitely here to win it."

He didn't, but he was a good sport about it. After four rounds, the trophy went to John Moore, an employee of event co-sponsor Booz Allen Hamilton.

Playworks managed to pack Penn Social's lower level for its first-ever roshambo tournament and raffle. So while the District doesn't have an official RPS league yet (yes, a national competition league exists), organizers said the display of so much gamesmanship and nonviolent, competitive spirit left them optimistic about making the fundraiser an annual event.

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