After a big wave from Aidan (the head ref) to cancel a match in progress, Dez looks at the Tac Ops scoring screen, looks at the emergency stop button, reaches over and smacks the big red button. The end-match-early foghorn sounds, followed by an excited "YES!!!" from a very satisfied Dez.
It was just an ordinary quarterfinal 3.1 at Beantown Blitz. Teams 178 and126 were facing 69 and 213. All was going well. Then, halfway through the match, something happened. Eyewitnesses couldn’t tell me why it happened, but we sure know what happened. All of a sudden, Aidan Browne, head referee at Blitz, came over to the scorekeeper’s table with a distraught look on his face. Two words came out of his mouth: “Kill it.” Sitting at the scorekeeper’s position was head scorekeeper Mike “Dez” Dessingue. Dez inquired which robot needed disablement. But Aidan wasn’t referring to disablement. “Kill it all. Stop this.” Dez gave a quick glance before catching on. And he saw his target in front of him. It was a red button which was meant for shutting down the entire match and all the robots connected to the field. Without a second thought, Mike slammed down on the now titled “Big Red Button”. The two-toned buzzer sounded through the Mathews Arena, and the four robots on the field ceased to function. In a fraction of a second, it was all over. The match was successfully killed. High fives went all around the scorekeeper’s table due to the excitement over the Big Red Button. Aidan couldn’t be reached for comment afterwards, but Dez gave us a small sound byte. “YES!” Apparently, he was excited at actually getting to use the Big Red Button. Will it ever get use again? Only time will tell. Until next time, this is Eddie McDonnell of the Chief Delphi Daily News.
what REALLY happened was the light at the driver station wasnt working. our robot was off (we forgot to turn it on :rolleyes: ) and the light should have been blinking to let the refs know so that we could have turned it on. BTW, awesome job Mike!!
That was quite possibly the funniest thing I’ve ever seen in my life. Aidan runs over to the scoring table waving his arms yelling “Kill it!!” Dez reaches over and smacks the big red kill button. The loud foghorn sounds, indicating an early end to a match, followed quickly by Dez screaming “YES!!!”
If it doesn’t sound too funny now, you had to be there. Everyone around the scoring table cracked up.
(I was sitting right next to Mike (Dez) when it happened, so I couldn’t help but snap a picture)
a. Who’s watching? (other than photographer)
b. the head ref was running and screamming.
I don’t want to turn this into a debate.
[Actually, your missing the ref and the people staring at him]
(Turn down flash, turn up apperature/exposure, by the way.)
And who’s hand is on the keyboard?
(Actually, Our team wanted one for real. When we hook the bar, slam the button. It causes the robot to ignore user commands, play siren/lights, and pull itself up. Red alert! Red alert! 1227 is going up! :Star Trek SFX: )
I recall on Thursday on Archimedes that we had to stop matches for a few while NASA re-did the network, and we were trying to figure out if it was possible to run matches with that little panel. But nobody, FIRST, IFI, or volunteer, could figure out how to run the darn thing. So we waited for the network to work.
Just for the record, the only hand-waving going on was the “cut” signal… and man did Dez go for that button like a man on a mission!
What happened was… one of the robots knocked the ball off in autonomous, but the balls did not drop (i think their paddle looked like a ball to the sensor)… One of the refs went to drop the balls manually, but didn’t until the 40 second mark… So… I declared it a field failure… and you know the rest of the story.
I was right there when it happened. In auto mode the robot came over and pushed aganist the ball but it moved it so the ball was balancing on the edge on the ball holder while the plywood at the end of the robots arm was in teh way of the sensor activating. The robot did not move again untill the drivers took over, they backed up and pulled the ball off the tee. The ref on that side of the field though that it had been hit in auto mode so he yelled over to a ref on the other side of the field to run and pull the release lever after the fact, which is why Adian stopped the match before it was over.