In the interest of full disclosure, this is Team FiST Fetish’s confession.
We didn’t plan on cheating but, as a rookie team we wanted to win more than anything. We started out strong, real strong. First ones at the first checkpoint.
The duck was never supposed to be out mascot. We left our 36" tall Kylo Ren at home because we were in a rush to get to the start point. When we got to the start all we had was the duck.
The rally was going swimmingly and we were absolutely killing it by taking the “Wrong Way” set of challenges. We were hitting every damn point on our list and felt like we couldn’t lose (and we wouldn’t have) if we could keep up the pace.
Seriously, we were killing it for awhile. Right up until we lost the duck. “Alright, go get the picture”, “sure, where is the duck?”. It was gone. We ripped the car apart trying to find it and it was nowhere to be found. We weighed our options, do we go back and look for our duck at the last spot (a 30 minute drive in the wrong direction) or do we find a replacement? We had to find a new duck and fast.
We called 3 dollar stores, a Party City, checked 2 Walmarts, no luck. Eventually we found a duck at a pet store but, it wasn’t the same. We had to just roll with it and take deceptive pictures.
It worked, no one caught on that we had replaced out mascot. We finished our Wrong Way list but ended up skipping a bunch of points because we were tired. It ended up costing us a podium spot.
Clearly a different duck.
TLDR: We cheated by replacing our mscot that we lost and still lost because we were lazy.