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03-10-2002, 12:02 PM
Well, I'm back the day after VCU and the 5-hour drive home. First off, thanks to our alliance partners #122 and #384, we had lots of fun with you guys ;) and congratulations to the rest of the finalists. Tons of fun was had by all.
Anyhow, down to business. Whenever I had a break from running MOE, I had a chance to watch other team's matches. Did anyone else besides me, there or watching the webcast, notice that a lot of teams lost matches simply because they weren't aware of the score? Many matches could have been won or lost simply by one of the alliance members driving back to their endzone. I know it's harder to see what's going on from the competition station then the stands (our last match, we completely sheared off our middle gripper, and I STILL don't know how ;) ). Just a little advice to teams out there who haven't competed yet... have your advisor or human player sit there and calculate the score constantly. Sometimes, the difference between a victory and a loss is simply one ball. That happened to us as well.
There's my thoughts... how about the rest of you? And good luck to everyone out there who still has to compete. I forgot how fun competitions were.
03-10-2002, 12:06 PM
I completely agree...
In our second quarter final match...it was 31 to 31...but we lost because the opposing alliance had two goals...since i was the acting mentor...i couldnt try to throw a ball...but all in all..it was a lot a of fun
Thanks NASA KNIGHTS!!
03-10-2002, 12:59 PM
Hey MOE, SPARKY ... it really was great working with you guys! I look forward to seeing you guys (MOE) in Philly, we're gonna have some fun! Anyway, I completely agree, I've seen so many matches where it just seems like the coaches/drivers don't know the scoring rules. We were lucky enough to have a calm, patient driver (good job Tom!), and no amount of coaching can take the place of a nice driver.
Stephen, who, btw, was the coach
Originally posted by ggoldman
In our second quarter final match...it was 31 to 31...but we lost because the opposing alliance had two goals...since i was the acting mentor...i couldnt try to throw a ball...[/B]
The frustrating thing was that we had 1 ball in our basket but try as we did the chain powering the lifter was much too loose from our out of control drop down. That was very frustrating. If only the shock absorber would have deployed *sigh*
But anyway MOE being the totally cool team they are made me an honorary member. This bandanna is soooo cool.
Anyway VCU was my first competition and let me tell you I am hooked :D
03-12-2002, 07:59 PM
Its all good..
Everything is a learning experiance...
we all learned from what went wrong...
We'll know for nationals and u guys will know for philli and nats
03-12-2002, 08:50 PM
Originally posted by AlexM
I know it's harder to see what's going on from the competition station then the stands (our last match, we completely sheared off our middle gripper, and I STILL don't know how ;) ).
Hey guys sorry about breaking you bot, it was not intentional. You guys put up a hell of a fight, and it was a close and fun match. The first time I saw your bot in action, I think my jaw dropped like a foot :eek: . I just want to say to teams 122, 384, and 365 great match! and thanks for making it fun with your good spirits! Good luck with your other competions!
03-13-2002, 03:40 PM
As the other honorary member of MOE, (Yes! I got the cool :cool: bandana!!) Stephen, we may have had a nice patient driver...but I dont think we can say much for the coach or operator...:D Sparky, sorry bout us dying on your round, but I guess the craziness that went on in round 1 did us in...stupid limit switch!! They are almost as bad as washers....:D I cant wait to see everyone in Philly and get my green shirt!!! hehe :D :D
03-13-2002, 03:48 PM
Alex, this is from Simon, speaking about team 122: "all of you guys are honorary moe members"
I dont think we can say much for the coach or operator
Hey, what do ya mean coach! :)
03-13-2002, 03:55 PM
I was talking about you freaking out!!! You did!!! Admit it!!! Ask Sparky!!!!!!!! :D Its nothing to get ashamed of...
03-13-2002, 10:04 PM
I asked sparky...and she said "mumble mumble mumble...get me out of this box!"
I guess you'll ahve to wait till nats to see what she thought..lol
But I think everyone did fine...
it was a tie...and ties (insert appropriate word for ties) happens.
(very tired from working on inventor award and mixing music for animation)
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