Web Hug

Posted by Mike S of team #21, Boeing NASA-KSC “ComBBAT”, from Titusville HS, Astronaut HS sponsored by Boeing.

Posted on 4/26/99 8:49 PM MST

A very special thanks is in order to the Chief Delphi
team for all your efforts this year to keep us all in
the loop and communicating. The forums have been a
powerful multiplier of the entire FIRST experience. We
(myself and the ComBBAT Veteran, Scott S.) are extremely
sorry we missed the web hug and wish to publicly
apologize for this unacceptable behviour. We got
caught up in the intense competition and simply forgot
about it. Being lifelong Floridians we also apologize
for the heat. It was HOT for this time of the year.

However, we are ecstatic about our performance. In this,
our 2nd year of competition, we scored 486 points in
our last qual match and moved to 49th place overall.
We enabled our partner, Team #57 Hot Bot to move from
50th to 10th. They then selected us as the bench
warmer in the tourney. We have never made it to a
tournament before, so it was a big deal.

Lastly a comment on alliances. I like them because they
add the real world aspect of having to communicate and
collaborate with others. There was some very detailed
discussion and stats on here about the chances of getting
all bad partners a few weeks ago. Well during the
competition it seemed like we were getting screwed. In
our 3rd and 4th match the partners hardly moved. In our
5th only the robot showed up, no drivers or human
players! (They got lost at dinner or some lame excuse
like that) However we also had Baxter B Squad, Heat Wave
and Hot Bot as partners! 50% good, and 50% bad.
It worked out.

Ciao to all and see you next year.

Note, the Boeing company and NASA KSC we are already
working on next year’s KSC regional. You shuld plan
now to attend. It is the finest venue I have been to
and I promixe in Feb. or early March it will not be
so hot!

Posted by Mike King, Other on team #88, TJ², from Bridgewater Raynham and Johnson & Johnson Professional.

Posted on 4/28/99 6:26 PM MST

In Reply to: Web Hug posted by Mike S on 4/26/99 8:49 PM MST:

: In our
: 5th only the robot showed up, no drivers or human
: players! (They got lost at dinner or some lame excuse
: like that)

How did they manage this?

Posted by Nate Smith, Student on team #74, Holland FIRST Robotics, from Holland High School and Haworth, Inc…

Posted on 4/30/99 8:39 PM MST

In Reply to: Web Hug posted by Mike S on 4/26/99 8:49 PM MST:

: There was some very detailed
: discussion and stats on here about the chances of getting
: all bad partners a few weeks ago.

believe me, it happened…of our 4 matches on saturday, i know our ally broke for no aparrent reason in the round(watch the tape! it’s true!), and left us to fend for ourselves…even though our team performed consistantly well, i feel that the bad draw of allies in the majority of our rounds, and the 196 ranking that it gave us, kept us from getting into the elim rounds…

but that’s just my thoughts…