Our team, sincerely, got screwed in our first match. match 10.
Any of you who went to Great Lakes Regional and played in matches 1-11 know about the problems. Apparently, the computers went down. The referees had to make ALL the calls and count all the balls, manually.
I suppose, yes, we should cut them some slack since it wasn’t their fault.
But in our match, we got 3 penaltys for something we never did. We were the backbot and they said we crossed the line, not once, not twice, but THREE times. We have a video, folks, and our robot NEVER crossed the line.
We tried to talk to the refs about it, but they weren’t trying to hear it.
The next day we learned about the computer problems. They told us that all the matches that weren’t scored properly were fixed and those that truly won, won.
But then, later on in the day, we hear that in order for that to be true, you had to have ONE rep from each team in the match go up and talk to the refs. If only one rep decides that they don’t want to be gracious and say no to agreeing with the win change, then the ref turned his back and walked away.
I’m not sure who it was that said no. I wasn’t the rep from our team. As HP, I just throw balls. But I know that whoever that team rep was, they need to think about the spirit of FIRST. It’s about gracious professionalism. I hope they wouldn’t think that that would make their grandmother proud. Not at all.
Had this happened to any other teams out there?