DARPA program manager Dr. Gill Pratt said: "It's a pile of aluminum and copper wire and software. I don't cheer for my laptop. But people cheer for these [robots]."
Before the official start of the DARPA robotics challenge, competitors were able to do a little 'dress rehearsal'. Since there were no major mishaps, everyone expected things to go smoothly when the competition starts.
To see how wrong they actually were, check in the hillarious video below. Enjoy!