Published: March 29, 2009 at 10:29 PM
You know...I was cruising some of the Cedar Point fansites, kind of looking for the posters who called us TPI regulars snobbish, and I came across this gem from "Mike" the Executive Editor of The Point Online:
My strategy in voting is to vote for the ride in which one of the CP coasters can beat.
This [tournament] isn't really about the better ride, it is about showing your support for Cedar Point/Cedar Fair.
Today's round has no Cedar Point/Cedar Fair rides, but I vote for the ride which I believe a CP coaster has a better chance of beating. So for all of today's round, I'm voting for the upset.
Nice. "Not about the better ride." Brilliant.
This sentiment was echoed by "Blackout", another poster on the Point's forums:
Did you completely miss the point of Mike's post? You're obviously entitled to do as you'd like/vote as you'd like, but it would be great to have everyone backing CP/CF because of all the support Disney has.
Derek, is that what you were referring to when you wrote: Maybe it's because opposing opinions aren't respected by some...?
In all fairness, Mike's and Blackout's posts were followed by this one from RonAnnArbor, who I think really gets to the heart of the matter:
I certainly didn't "miss the point" of the post.
Personally, I like going to CP, but I take Disney attractions over any other attractions any day -- I wouldn't support a CP coaster just to support a CP coaster, cause frankly, I don't think they are the better rides/attractions.
Now -- you compare Expedition Everest with Maverick -- okay, that's a draw and I might err on the side of Maverick....but you compare much better theme park attractions with plain old roller coasters, no way.
I have a feeling this also has to do with the 17 year old posters in this room, and the 40 year old posters in this room.
That last line was a real *zinger*. I want RonAnnArbor on my team. Imagine standing up for Disney in a Cedar Point forum! Wow! Someone tell RonAnnArbor he is my hero!
Zach also stood up for the tournament:
Agreed, this poll is not about the number of fans each park has, it is about the best ride in America. So, if it is not a CP ride so what. Vote for the best ride, not the park it is in.
But later, more fun from our pal, Mike:
As it appears we locked up the win for Maverick, go get out the vote for Mummy. In the next round, Pirates will be going up against the winner of Dragons/Mummy, and Pirates will dominate Dragons. When that happens, it will be an extremely intense battle between Maverick/Pirates. If Mummy could knock out Pirates next round, a Maverick victory would be even closer.
Ahhhh, that Mike, always a kidder. I am sure he has the best interests of this tournament near and dear to his heart. No way he would want to sabotage it just so Cedar Fair could get a win. He was probably joking.
Maybe not. Maybe he was reading this post I wrote prior to Mummy "pulling it out" at the last second:
Mummy losing is actually a good thing (although it is just flat out wrong). Now the THEME PARK vote won't be split between Pirates and Mummy, so Pirates will skate into the final four with Maverick...
In hindsight, I should have kept my big mouth shut and not given Mike the idea to save the Mummy.
Finally, there was only one complaint I could find about us TPI regulars. It was from Blackout, the one who echoed Mike's earlier sentiments:
I was reading through the comments this evening and I'm shocked and kind of upset with some of the generalizations and overall ridiculous comments being made by people. Granted, I may be a little...emotionally sensitive right now [I guess that's a nice way of putting it?] but really people?
Yeah, Blackout, it does seem kind of thin-skinned and whiny on your part. I mean, after all, you come to our website with the sole intent to rig our tournament, and you expect us to be happy about it?
But, I forgive you.
There was one other poster on that forum I kind of liked, erniebald57....he seems like a poster who we would welcome on this site. Smart, well-rounded, and not out to stick it to anyone. Just a good old boy from Chillicothe, Ohio....
Robert, I'd disqualify everyone and keep your $100 if I were you.
*UPDATE*: here's a link to the Cedar Point Forum from which I pulled my quotes. And Doug, here's a link to the 2008 tournament.