Whirligig did for San Francisco November 2001 BattleBots:
1: vs. Rim Tin Tin
first fight was against Dan Watts' robot, Rim Tin Tin.
Dan's a great
guy, we've always talked and joked about his bot meeting up with
Backlash. Well, it didn't happen this time, but it was Whirligig
who got to face Rim Tin Tin first.
The bots moved
out to the center of the arena and Whirligig began to spin - fast!
Undeterred, Rim Tin Tin moved right in and took several blows by
Whirligig's hammers, pushing him off course. Rim Tin Tin came in
again, only to be bombarded by the endless blows from Whirligig.
Then, Whirligig stopped and charged right at Rim Tin Tin, pushing
him hard into the wall. The bots backed off and began attacking
again. At one time, Rim Tin Tin did have a grip with his lifter
arm over Whirligig's shell, but being a rounded shell, it slipped
The match continued
with more spinning and pushing, and at two minutes, the time was
26-19, Whirligig wins!
Fight 2: vs.
Manic Aggressive 2.0
fought against Manic Aggressive 2.0.
This fight was
pretty quick. I'm not exactly sure what happened, but basically,
the bots moved out to the center of the box, and Whirligig began
to spin, hitting Manic Aggressive with the steel flail hammers.
stopped moving, and Whirligig was declared winner by KnockOut
Fight 3: vs.
next fight against Firestorm had us worried.
a VERY low-to the ground and well-armored machine. We weren't sure
IF we'd be able to hit it, let alone do any damage to it.
The bots did
a lot of charging and missing of each other. Whirligig did some
spinning moves, and was able to knock Firestorm off-course a couple
Firestorm charged Whirligig and missed, lodging his front wedge
bars under the arena spike strip, trapping himself. Whirligig approached
and hit Firestorm a couple times, but was unable to free him. The
referees counted Firestorm out and Whirligig won the match by TKO.
1 Minute, 33 seconds
Fight 4: vs.
next fight put him in the TV rounds, and against Carnage Raptor!
Two very similar
robot designs, head to head. This match was actually aired on TV!
The bots clashed
in the arena several times, both bots trying to spin and land a
good hit on his opponent. At one point, Carnage Raptor charged Whirligig,
shoving him hard against the arena wall, and Whirligig narrowly
missed getting hit by the pulverizer. After several more seconds
charging and pushing (and a couple good trips over the Killsaws!),
the bots both ended up back near the pulverizer. Carnage Raptor
shoved Whirligig under the pulverizer, and Whirligig got smashed.
That one hit was hard enough to pop loose one of the radio connections,
disablling control of Whirligig completely. After noticing this
(we were on the platform directly in front of Whirligig), we decided
to tap out, as Whirligig was still trapped directly under the pulverizer,
and so we figured we'd save the bot for the rumble at that point.
The only problem
was, as the referee was screaming in his microphone "Stop the
hammer!", Pete (the operator of the arena hazards), was busy
whooping up the crowd behind him, hitting Whirligig several more
times (five by my count) after the actual tap-out.
pulverizer was landing on one of the toughest parts of the bot-
the gearbox, which took no damage, but the surrounding Lexan shell
and nearby IFI receiver were pounded into several pieces.
made peace with Pete : )
2 Minutes, 30 seconds