Well, I must warn you there’s a very long and particularly emotional post incoming.
The inaugural 2013 Razorback Regional was one heck of a memory for Team 2410. A lot of thanks are in order.
To the Regional Planning Committee:
Wow, what can I say about this regional? It was absolutely amazing; one of the very best regionals we’ve ever attended. Ever. The venue was amazing, and the pit setup was wonderful. Being that close to the field makes queuing up all the less stressful (Though still stressful at times :rolleyes:) Mrs. Novak, you really outdid yourself and made this regional seem like it’s been going on for much longer than a first year regional.
To Team 1939:
We were absolutely honored to be your second round draft pick. Making it into eliminations play without a strong scoring robot was nothing short of a dream for our team, especially after a somewhat dismal performance at Greater Kansas City. We did our best and are truly sorry that our defense just wasn’t up to what was expected of us. Attending two regionals together, and sitting together in the very top of the stands really made the bond that our team holds with yours all the stronger, and we’ll certainly keep together for the years to come. We definitely need to get a team social together between our teams.
Also, congratulations on winning yet another Imagery award, and I can certainly say that your team lives up to the branding of bunnies (fearsome bunnies, mind you) that comes to mind when someone thinks 1939.
Also also of note, we apologize for any eardrums on your team we may or may not have shattered in our cheering.
Also also also of a personal note, thank you for both the hat and the shirt. The hat is a very welcome addition to my slowly growing FRC hat collection, and the shirt looks very nice in my closet of FRC apparel.
To Team 16,
Mantis sure is one menacing bot to play against and with. In the one qualification match we had against you, we were certainly scared out of our wits for that match. It came down to a nail biter, and we were awestruck when we won by a single point. Talking to your team again simply reinforced why you all are a Hall of Fame and World Championship team. You all are just so incredibly nice and wonderful to talk to.
Your drivers are absolutely amazing at what they do, and the fluid motion that comes out of your robot is simply stunning. Team 16 swerve is an amazing inspiration to watch.
Your mentors and on field pit crew were an absolute blessing. Managing to reprogram our autonomous to work and fire off two discs over a lunch break must have been a piece of cake for you, as you finished all of this before I even finished my hot dog. Thank you so much for adding this to our robot, and our programmers learned a lot from working with you all. Also, thank you for assisting us with fixing the support to our shooter.
Finally for Team 16, I would also like to apologize that my defensive driving was simply not up to par for those semifinals matches.
To Team 1730:
First off, congratulations on your Gracious Professionalism award. Along those lines, I would like to thank you yet again for bringing your bumper shop down to Arkansas, and none of our defensive capability would have been possible without the excessive use of your bumper shop!
To Team 3847
Your team was amazing to talk to, and it was great to finally get to thank the team that made a shooter on our robot a possibility. Congratulations on being Finalists, and your team is simply one of the many reasons we refuse to attend a Texas regional out of fear. :rolleyes:
To Teams 1477, 1421, and 3612:
Congratulations on winning the inaugural Razorback Regional, and your alliance was simply a stunning one to watch. Your strategy was amazing, and all three teams are definitely ones to watch out for at Championships.
To Team 3612:
Thank you so much for helping us out with our BuildARK food drive program, and we couldn’t have done it without you. It was a pleasure coordinating with you.
I had such a blast attending the regional, and I would like to thank both the old friends who attended, as well as all the new friends I made at the regional. I really had no idea that so many people followed my posts on Chief Delphi, and was amazed by the reactions I would get from introducing myself as Cal Tran.
Finally, for now, on behalf of Dan P. Ritter III and Team 2410, we were honored to be the Razorback Regional recipient of the Woodie Flowers Finalist Award. Getting it presented by Woodie Flowers himself was the most special moment of the regional for our team. It’s really something to be hoarse from cheering before 9:30 in the morning.
All in all, this regional was an absolutely amazing way for myself and the rest of the senior on the team to end our time as students in FIRST Robotics.
Based off our our experience at Razorback Regional, we most certainly are considering it to be our new go to regional. Any teams looking for a great regional to go to with deep fields of competition, amazing teams to become friends with, and an all around great time, Arkansas is the way to go.