Thanks to TPI reader Tim Strickland for the idea. We'll start with four match-ups each weekday. Readers will get to vote on their favorites and the winners will advance to subsequent rounds.
The final match-up will happen on Monday, April 7.
Readers need not be registered TPI members in order to vote, though you will need to register in order to comment on the match-ups, which will run in the site's front page "Blog Flume."
I have seeded the rides, from one to 64, based on TPI reader ratings, slightly tweaked in the case of ties and near-ties to present what I think will be more engaging match-ups. To make for the best match-ups, I decided to leave shows out of this tournament, and due to the relatively low number of votes at this time of year for non-U.S. attractions, we're making the initial tournament for U.S. rides only.
So spread the word, mare your calendars, bookmark the TPI home page and get ready to start voting on Monday!
Update: Brilliant idea just e-mailed to me: What's a tournament without a pool? I'll be working that into the game tonight. Details on Friday.
Update 2: Here's the link to enter the pool. Pick the four semi-finalists, the winner and the winner's vote percentage in the finals. Winner gets $100. No purchase necessary. Yada Yada Yada.
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