New FRC sponsor Marx wanted a tie-in with their product, so here we see human players for the 2009 game, Rock’m Soc’m Robots. (The third alliance HP is off fishing.)
The trackball got stuck in the chimney of Dave’s house. Apparently Mission-Fill-Dave’s-House-With-Useless-Hints-Of-Who-Hates-His-Useless-Hints did not go over well. Here we see his nephews interrogating it as to who committed the foul deed.
Santa: Ho ho ho! Merry Christmas! I come bearing gifts!
(The kids open the gift, only to see that it’s the third game hint.)
Kids: Wait a minute… you’re not Santa! You’re Dave Lavery! GET HIM!
(They attack Dave.)
Dave: Darn it, I knew I shouldn’t have used the trackball as the fake stomach…
They fit in the box, they passed inspection, they even have colored bumpers. They just don’t have the concept of hurdling quite right
The Oompa-loompas prepare to juice the biggest snozzberry they’ve ever seen.
“What shall we do?”, said Thing 1 to Thing 2
Kid 1-“giant red ball! Prepare for battle!”
Kid 2- " Wait, no no, i think we should build a robot to pick up the ball, and carry it around, and maybe throw it over an overpass!"
Dave Lavery standing in the background- “Hmmmm… that sounds like a great idea for a game! Time to start tormenting the FIRSTers! Hehehehe”
I know I keep hearing that “The first person on Mars is currently between the ages of 6 and 16,” but isn’t this type of training beginning a bit too early?
Boy #1; "What is that thing?’
Boy #2: “I don’t know, but I will fight it while you get away.”
Boy #1: “What do you mean!?!? You’re the weaker one.”
Boy #2: “Am not!”
Boy #1: “Are too!”
Boy #2: “AM NOT!!!”
the two boys begin to scuffle
Red Trackball thinks to self ‘My evil plan is workng’
Off to the side:
Parent one: Thank goodness for FIRST. It keeps those busy minds active.
Parent two: Yup, gives them something to bounce their ideas off of.
Parent three: Not to mention themselves.
Children about to mimic their hero, the trackball surfer, Andy Baker: 3 2 1 - GO!
Future FRCers using virtual joysticks to control large red ball. It seems by their facial expressions that they are well on there way to being consumed by the passion.
Giant Radioactive Rudolph had a hankerin’ for some tasty young children that day…
One of very few recorded incidents of “Bumping to pass,” although I don’t think the GDC ever had trackballs in mind when this rule was written.
The GDC said that they would be involving humans more into the games… just that this isn’t what we were thinking of.
Who are these fellas rooting for?
Is it the Red Alliance?
Is it the Blue Alliance?
No it’s that alliance that always wins!
At a loss of what to give their children that didn’t cost too much, these guys’ parents decided on a used trackball. It was a good idea, it kept them occupied for six weeks out of the year, but the boys started carrying safety glasses every where, had an excess of buttons, and only drank mountain dew.
Kid on the left: “Ok, you go for the left, I’ll go for the right! Together, we might stand a chance at lifting this thing!”
Kid on the right: roars in a deep, un-child-like voice “YYYYYYEAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!!!”
The kids quickly obtain the same expression as FIRSTers during build season- “WE WILL NO LET THE TRACK BALL CONQUER US!”
Let’s see if I can do these results without losing the thread a second time!
First place goes to:
Second place goes to:
Honorable mentions go to:
- Don Rotolo
- Wayne Doenges
- Annette B.
And the burn award goes to:
Which means the scores are:
EricH 74 Travis Hoffman 67 Taylor 65 kramarczyk 63 rocketperson44 59 Don Rotolo 56 Wayne Doenges 49 GaryVoshol 47 JaneYoung 44 rtfgnow 29 lingomaniac88 39 EricS-Team180 37 Barry Bonzack 35 Al Skierkiewicz 33 Karibou 33 SlaminSwimster 29 acdcfan259 19 InfernoX14 17 Steve W 16 Andy Baker 15 Lions for First 15 FoXy92 12 KathieK 12 Water Bandit23 12 Annette B. 12 Rich Wong 11 Michelle Celio 10 lilstogi11 9 BlondeNerd 8 tim_reiher 7 Diriye 4 "Big Mike" 4 Elgin Clock 4 Greg Needel 3 FlyingCrayons 3 Hachiban VIII 2 Jay H 237 2 Jeff Rodriguez 2 KarenH 2 Katie_UPS 2 Schnabel 2 ZakuAce 2 bobwrit 2 cobrawanabe1699 2 Enigma's puzzle 2 Cuog 1 Dorienne 1 Kyle 1 LittleSwimmer14 1 MoeMom 1 Protronie 1 skimoose 1 whlspacedude 1 Zach Purser 1