Tuesday, August 09, 2022

Story Post: Bout #25: Credit Score: F vs Annoy-o-Tron [lendunistus vs Trapdoorspyder]

Today’s marquee match is between Credit Score F and Annoy-o-Tron, and on paper it’s an interesting match-up - Credit Score is here on its sixth Bout of the contest, with three wins and three losses under its belt, while Annoy-o-tron is on its ninth go, with five wins to four losses. So a very even track record, and although Annoy-o-Tron has arguably faced tougher opponents thus far, it has also been embroiled in a messy match-rigging scandal.

Here they are - on the left, in position 4, it’s Credit Score: F - the crowd is greeting lendunistus warmly as he enters the operator box.

And on the right, Annoy-o-Tron - again, a big reaction from the crowd, but a few boos scattered throughout. That’s interesting - usually BlogBots is a very good-natured sport and you’ll see a lot of people in the crowd reacting against the boos, cheering louder, considering them unsportsmanlike.

And they’re off! And - oh! Credit Score F is straight into the bumper with a massive hard reverse!

A big flip from the bumper and Credit Score is flipped into square 6. Was this just a misfire on the control pad? Lendunistus looks composed but the crowd is starting to get agitated… Annoy-o-tron is prodding cautiously forward to 10, and then again to 9 while Credit Score rights itself, but then Credit Score again rams hard backwards into the barriers - going flying into position 12 - and now the crowd is starting to boo - this looks like it could get ugly.

Annoy-o-Tron, to be fair, isn’t standing still - it spins in place, trying to get a bearing on Credit Score, but lendunistus is off again, hard in reverse - but now Annoy-o-Tron is in the way and the chassis of Credit Score smashes into it, sparks flying - the shove power in Credit Score is just greater, but with the obstacles in the arena the control isn’t there, so Annoy-o-Tron ends up wedged behind an obstacle at position 8 while lendunistus is just in position 9.

The shove has left Annoy-o-Tron flipped, so Credit Score F resumes its suicide run - again reversing hard into the left hand bumpers - and slamming down into position 6, on its back - and here we have both bots on their backs, rocking to get upright - some of the more agitated members of the audience are starting to throw bottles.

Annoy-o-Tron is the first back on its feet and it turns in position to face the other way, and then Credit Score F is back upright and, again, hurtling back towards the barriers. This is sad to see, now, as Annoy-o-Tron seems to be unwilling to come out from behind its obstacle - just turning in place - as Credit Score F pounds itself into the left hand wall again and again. Finally - after three more flips - the chassis of Credit Score F cracks, and, to the sound of loud boos from disappointed fans, the Bout is called. Annoy-o-Tron may have won this Bout, but the true loser was perhaps the sport that we all love - what an expensive way to throw a match.

Annoy-o-Tron wins by TKO!


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