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Tournament weekend update

By Robert Niles
Published: March 19, 2010 at 10:20 PM
Thanks to everyone who's voted, Tweeted, posted to Facebook or otherwise participated and spread the word about this year's Best Theme Park Attraction Tournament.

Well, it looks like y'all threw me a curve with the tie between Kings Island's The Beast and Cedar Point's Maverick. So we're going to overtime on Monday morning, at 10am Eastern, 7am Pacific. It'll be a two-hour overtime. Note that this is an overtime, and not a revote. So if you've already voted, you won't be able to vote again. I'll simply reopen the poll then for people who missed the original voting window.

Speaking of those voting windows, based on both popular demand and the fact that the new voting tool seems to be holding up, I'm extending the voting window for the remainder of the first round to four hours for each match-up. We'll go to six-hour windows for the subsequent rounds. (You can see the new match-up times on the PDF tournament bracket.)

The idea remains that this is a tournament, with individual games that I hope people will come see on the site as they happen throughout the day.

We've had a mix of blow-outs, close battles and even upsets so far. (Impressions de France... *sniff*) And I'm hoping that as you spread the word, we'll have more great comment threads going on each match-up as the tournament continues.

Thanks again to everyone and I'll see you on Monday morning!

Readers' Opinions

From Joshua Counsil on March 20, 2010 at 3:10 AM
This is all happening so fast, so I'm glad you've revised some of the voting rules.
From Rob P on March 20, 2010 at 5:52 AM
Yes. Thanks Robert. The amended window will make it a little easier for your UK members.
From Phil B. on March 20, 2010 at 10:07 AM
Extending the window is a good call. Even though I have internet access pretty much all of my waking hours, I still may go several of those hours where I am unable to check in and could miss out voting on a match-up for an attraction I really love. After the final match-up yesterday, it's easy to see how much one vote really can make a difference. I'm sure a few folks got to the dance just a little bit too late, and were unable to cast their vote, hence the tie and subsequent monday morning sudden death rematch.
From Will Chilcote on March 20, 2010 at 2:39 PM
I hope you make the vote times longer next year. I think the voting would be less one sided if you didn't have such a small number of voters being available in your 2 hour windows.
From James Koehl on March 20, 2010 at 3:40 PM
Still can't vote. Still have to work during voting time. I've ridden both coasters dozens of times, and I love them both, so at least I don't have to decide which one to vote for. Robert, thanks for extending some of the voting in the next rounds, but I suspect there will still be very few that I can vote for. I wish there was a way to vote in absentia (which is not a Canadian province).
From Nick Markham on March 20, 2010 at 9:16 PM
I haven't voted yet, but I will leave for school right when the poll opens. Is it possible to open it say 10 or 15 minutes earlier. You'll have one more vote than you would with the standing time.
From James Rao on March 22, 2010 at 4:21 AM
James, I have not been to CP for a "few" years, so I have not ridden Maverick yet. You are an expert, and I will follow your sage advice. Tell me which one you want to vote for, and I will vote on your behalf.

Otherwise I will side with Derek "Cedar Point" Potter and go with Beast.

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