There was a LOT of worrying in 1999
There was quite a bit of worrying about broken robots in 1999.
There were times when I prayed not to get paired against a particularly rough team.
Even so, I think that there was a no touch rule away from the puck. If I am remembering right, if you raised your basket away from the puck, you were not subject to being messed with.
This year things are very different because my robot is a legitimate game piece for my opponents. This is a difference that changes everything. In the past, the only reason to mess with someone elses robot was for defensive purposes -- specifically to keep them from scoring. This year I have not only defensive but offensive reasons to mess with another team's robot.
A whole new world.