It's a long walk for a ham sandwich to find the reasoning for why we chose SHAPE as the theme of our 27th edition of The Racket, but hey, we'll give it a shot.
We were starting to think of rehashing old themes. BODY (our fourth ever theme) came to mind because February features Valentine's Day and Valentine's Day comes with a lot of paper hearts and hearts are internal organs and internal organs function internally within, well, the body. We thought we'd maybe simplify the idea and just go with, HEART. But leaning into the idea of HEART and Valentine's Day seemed gross and not really our style. So then we thought what is the body but a vessel? And what's a vessel but three-dimensional object interacting with the universe? And then we were like, "Oh wait, bodies are vessels and vessels are objects and objects makes us think of shapes."