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NFL to Replace Pre-game Coin Toss with Rock-Paper-Scissors During Playoff Games
By Clay Beyersdorfer
NEW YORK - The National Football League has announced a groundbreaking change to its pre-game routine for the rest of the playoffs.
Instead of the traditional coin toss to determine which team will start the game with the ball, the league will now be using the game of rock-paper-scissors to make the decision.
"We wanted to shake things up a bit and give fans something new to look forward to before the game starts," said NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. "Plus, it's a lot more fun to watch two grown men play rock-paper-scissors than it is to watch them flip a coin."
The new rule will be in effect starting with this weekend’s divisional round, conference championships, and the Super Bowl. In case of a tie, the teams will play another round until a winner is determined.
Many players and coaches have expressed their excitement about the new rule change.
"I've always been pretty good at rock-paper-scissors," said Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. "I'm really looking forward to showing off my skills on the big stage."
However, not everyone is happy with the change.
"This is ridiculous," said Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy. "We spend all season preparing for the playoffs, and now it's going to come down to a game of rock-paper-scissors? Do people think football is just a game or something?"
Despite the backlash, the NFL has no plans to change its decision.
"We're committed to this and believe it will be a big success," said Goodell. "Also, we may have run out of coins, but that’s neither here nor there."
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