I love both of these so much, it has gotten me thinking about what clever things we could do in the future. You get a few seconds to say yes, while you have the entire arena’s attention. Why not go out there and do something awesome?
At 2014 South Florida, we had the Ninjaneers student (who is a girl) accept an invitation by saying “we’d be honored to possess your balls.” lets just say we never saw that one coming and it left the MC speechless.
One year we tried doing a gag with delivering packages as alliance invitations (and having them “sign for it” if they accept) but other alliance captains got really confused, so we don’t do invitation gags anymore.
I remember someone accepted an alliance invitation at North Star and said “hell yeah!” Which made a lot of people actually gasp (myself included). At our state competition, someone pretended to get a phone call and called up the team they wanted to invite, that was pretty cool. These are super great though, I can’t wait for people to get even more creative.
My favorite happened @ The 2012 DC regional where all the teams were suddenly hit by inspiration to get creative with their acceptance into their alliance. One of the last teams to get picked came up to accept their team being picked and the kid said simply “I have nothing really creative to say, so I’ll just say yes.”.
I walk the line of student captains prior to selections and ask them to not “Graciously Accept” but to write a haiku or something more creative. This year at Chesapeake was my first event in about 20 since I started doing this that I got ZERO “Graciously Accepts”.
I was in the pit at the during monty madness alliance selections. I distinctly remember a team member running into the pit and saying “Someone just tore their shirt off to accept! It was so cool! oh yeah and we got picked for first seed with Nemesis and Ms. Daisy.”