Published: April 1, 2009 at 4:45 AM
Hmmmm...I am back from the dead, having passed through all five stages of grief not once, but twice so far in this tournament. And today I do have to get some work done, so I can only add a few things, then I am out for a bit...stop cheering! ;)
First off, Snidely Whiplash rules...go DDR. I refuse to accept that the only attraction featuring a stand-alone mustache (moustache, if you prefer) has been defeated. I demand a recount!
Now, for my real points:
1) Doug, Ryan, Derek...you all are the exception, not the rule. I have toured the CP fan sites, I have read their posts, and the overwhelming majority or posters are saying "Vote CP - Beat Disney!" That tune has changed a LITTLE bit since I called some folks out a few days ago (you're welcome), but it is still very common. Not everyone who skewed the vote last Friday is as high-minded as you three. Accept it and move on.
2) I do not know of anyone who posts regularly on this website who blindly votes Disney or Universal. In fact, the reason the turnout was so low for this last vote, I think, is because everyone knew Millennium Force DESERVED to win and was GOING to win before the thing even started. I mean, who doesn't have MF in their final 4? Seriously. The only time "favorite park bias" should enter into the fray is when we hit the final four. At that point the attractions will all be so excellent, that the only deciding factor is going to be: favorite park. But by that time, it doesn't matter because all the attractions will be at the head of their respective class, anyway.
3) The assertion that there are more Cedar Point fans who have ridden Disney rides than vice versa is ludicrous. With over 110+ million visitors to Disney Parks annually, it is far more likely that a good portion have branched out to Cedar Point, than the opposite. I mean, come on, with just 3+ million annual visitors to Cedar Point, the law of averages would suggest the opposite assertion is far more likely. However, I can only speak for myself, and I used to go to Cedar Point about once every two years before "the children." The last time I went was in 2006...so I have ridden every new addition up to and including TTD. I have not had the chance to enjoy Maverick, but I am sure I will enjoy it once I return to CP when my kids all reach the magical height of 54" (the mandatory height for complete fun at an iron ride park).
4) The only thing that has people in an uproar is that the official Cedar Point web site linked to this tournament. When that happened, last Friday, the vote was skewed mightily by people jumping over to TPI for the first (and potentially) last time, just to vote for Maverick. No one would have been "crying foul" if the final tally had been 55% to 45% in favor of Maverick and if the numbers had not been so skewed for one day. Everyone knows, just by watching a POV on youtube, that Maverick is a sweet coaster, and deserving of major kudos. We are all coaster geeks here...and theme park geeks...and we recognize a great ride when we see one. But there was no equity in Friday's tally. The only way there could have been equity would have been for each major theme park company to also have posted a link on their main web site stating: VOTE (THIS PARK'S REPRESENTATIVE RIDE) Today! And no one wants that to happen, not really, because the much larger fan bases of Disney and Universal would have skewed the results in the opposite way. Getting fansites involved is a fine strategy...getting official sites involved just skews the results, and creates animosity ("Disney bias, CP bias, Busch bias, etc). We at TPI are not elitists, but there will never be equity in the voting if we invite a bunch of uninformed "homers" to skew the results one way or another.
5) Solution - Robert's new format + the removal of anonymous voting. It is easy to join this site, and for those who take the time to do so, I think they will be richly rewarded especially if they like "theme parks" plural, and not "theme park" singular.
I for one have had a lot of fun since I got over my initial rage from Friday's voting (my bouts with grief and despair have been well documented in this blog!). I've met some great new folks, and I think our TPI community is stronger because of what has happened. It is now time to put the harsh words of the past behind us and move forward. Let's either crown Millennium Force or Spider-Man the champ and move on...both rides are very deserving of the title and no one is going to be upset with that outcome (except Scottland who is still pining away for the Mystery Mine and Thunderhead. Yes, Scottland, I think we all agree that more TPI members need to check out Dollywood this year!).
Let's have no more discussion about a blown tournament. The rides remaining are all great and deserve to be where they are, no matter how they got to the top. I will no longer devote serious commentary to what transpired on Friday (it is part of my therapy), so don't call me out or try to instigate a fight. What's done is done, and I am over it. (Denial, again?)
And someone...Derek/erniebald, maybe, tell "blackout/Erin" at the Point Online that I already apologized publicly to her for calling her out (6th comment from the bottom) and she needs to get over it! No one is hating her...it was all just in good, clean fun. She can stop "rolling her eyes" at us. Come on, if people from The Point are going vote, they should at least read the comments too!
Done. Cya much later today, and happy voting!