Sharko was the very first
bot in the door this season,
and he rolled in charged up
and ready to fight. One of
the few things I know about
this sport is: Show up with a
Team Warhead wasn’t
Still, I had taken about
seven years or so off from
robot combat, so it was
great catching up with old
friends. Robot people are
just the best. The general
attitude in the pits is
camaraderie and we leave
the competition for the box.
I went walking around
the pits, saying hello to old
friends and shaking hands
with new ones. Putting faces
to the social media names is always
fun. I found the crate! Warhead is
here! Sweeeet! You see, I only got
promised one fight.
I was hoping it would be against
Warhead with the T-Rex head on. I
mean seriously? A prehistoric shark
with a laser beam on his head vs. a fire
breathing robotic dinosaur. How fun
does that sound? How much closer to
a real life video game can you get?
I found out the crate was there,
but the team wasn’t. Team Warhead
would be late. I had to make my
request and hope for the best.
My first fight was a rumble. It was
the Science Channel bonus fight in
Episode 1. Knocked ‘em both out! Go
Team Warhead still wasn’t there.
I was in a better position because
now people saw that Sharko actually
worked. Production asked me to do a
cold open skit and I happily brought
out the Shark and had some fun
with Chris and Kenny. They haven’t
used the footage yet and may not
but it was fun. Then I got the news,
they were giving me the fight with
I’d like to say thank you to
BattleBots, The Discovery Channel, the
production crew, etc., etc. They gave
me my dream fight.
We went through the pre-fight check list. I didn’t make any
modifications. Sharko is built to be
fire resistant and there was nothing to
really change. There I was, standing
in line back stage — right next to
Warhead — getting ready to go out in
front of the crowd.
I’ve been a performer most of
my life, so the show part is fun for
me. That’s what I do. We
wave to the camera, wave
to the crowd, the fans rock!
Chanting “Sharko!” is a blast.
Come on, let’s fight!
Finally, the box is locked.
The lighting shifts, the music
starts to thump, and my
heart goes along with it.
Can I push the button? I’m
pushing the button. “Red
Team Ready.” They push the
button, “Blue Team Ready.”
Yellow, Yellow, Yellow,
It’s on! You’ll have to
watch the fight (https://
watch?v=N5OuaLb Twnw) to
appreciate it, but I spent the
first minute learning that Ian
is an awesome driver and
Warhead was way faster than Sharko.
Crud! I can’t get around to the back of
him. He’s too fast! I’m getting my bot
whooped here; gotta change strategy.
If I cut sharp left, the gyroscopic
forces from my weapon flywheel will
let me do the “Gyro-Dance” on one
wheel. So, I charged in. Like every
other time, Warhead was right where
he wanted to be to grab me. I twisted
into the dance and got up on one
wheel just avoiding his bite. The end
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