1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data During a tug-of-war game, two teams pull in opposite directions on a heavy rope. Is it possible for the rope to be perfectly horizontal? Explain using principles of physics. 2. Relevant equations None. 3. The attempt at a solution I overheard the teacher explaining it to a peer and heard something like "there is a force of gravity acting on the rope itself, etc." I thought about it, but I can't really explain why this is the case.