I wanted Herman Kahn Memorial High School to have the most ridiculous (yet appropriate) mascot possible, so after a lot of deliberation, I settled on the Killer Robots. However, the students/faculty/staff at Mad Scientist High wind up taking that theme – the killer robot theme – to its most logical and ridiculous conclusion. Which is to say, the athletic teams are peopled with killer robots, as is the cheerleading squad. Mad scientists are rarely the most athletic of folk – that’s why they always have henchmen. As a result, it only make sense that the mad scientists in training would do the same, don’t you think?
I’m still working the kinks out of this facet of the idea, but I think I want the rival school to be the school for heroes (not necessarily or exclusively superheroes, but kids who could become great politicians, or heroic police officers/fire fighters/doctors/etc, too). That way, the hero kids can face off against steadily improving generations of killer robot football players. I don’t know how badly that’ll go, but I know it won’t end well for someone.
Who would’ve thought that Galt’s crappy performance in the mile run was just the thing that turned Herman Kahn Memorial’s athletic program around?