The Dilemma Resolved

So, in my last post, I mentioned that we have a dilemma this week in the First Ever Cheesecake Playoffs

See, the Cheesecake Factory has a gazillion flavors of cheesecake, which they switch out every once in a while.  So, as we spent 2010 eating through the Cheesecake Factory cheesecake menu, it keeps changing…

Which means… some of the cheesecakes that we tasted earlier in the year are no longer available.  And one of them happened to qualify for the playoffs!  The Chocolate Oreo® Mudslide Cheesecake was rated highly by the Farris family, rating a solid 21 out of 30 in the “regular” season and qualifying as the #10 seed.

But now has been discontinued!  Hence, the dilemma. 

In the projected pairing of the #7 seed, the seasonal favorite Pumpkin Cheesecake, and Chocolate Oreo® Mudslide Cheesecake, one of the “competitors” will turn out to be a no-show. 

One option is to substitute the next highest rated cheesecake. But if we do that, which one of the next cheesecakes would we pick?  Three cheesecakes scored a 20 – White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle, Kahlua® Cocoa Coffee Cheesecake, and Wild Blueberry White Chocolate Cheesecake.

Another option would be to pick a completely different cheesecake – one we didn’t try during the early part of the year.  But this also seems unsatisfying – I mean, is it really fair for Pineapple Upside-Down Cheesecake to qualify for our playoffs when it didn’t even work up a sweat during the regular season?  I think not…

So, the Farris family has made an executive decision.  The Pumpkin Cheesecake, our #7 seed, will win by default due to the “forfeit” of Chocolate Oreo® Mudslide Cheesecake (maybe it was just afraid of the competition during Pumpkin’s “home field” seasonal advantage…).  However, Pumpkin doesn’t deserve to just walk into the next round because another cheesecake didn’t show – it has to “play the game”!

To play by the rules, a cheesecake can’t win its round unless the Farris family has actually eaten it (kinda barbaric, but them’s the rules!…).   Since I am (unfortunately) not with the rest of the Farris clan today, we will each grab a slice of Pumpkin Cheesecake separately (I’m in Washington DC, so I’m getting mine at the Fairfax, VA, Cheesecake Factory, while Stephanie and Monroe will pick theirs up at our Thousand Oaks location…).  After we eat our slices, Pumpkin will official “qualify” for the next round due to forfeit – as I said, it’s only fair for the game to be played…

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So, here’s how the quarterfinals are shaping up.  The Elite Eight has:

–   #1 seed 30th Anniversary Chocolate Cake Cheesecake vs. #8 Godiva® Chocolate Cheesecake
–   #4 Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake vs. #12 Oreo® Cheesecake
–   #3 Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake Cheesecake vs. #6 Fresh Strawberry Cheesecake
–   #2 Adam’s Peanut Butter Cup Fudge Ripple vs. #7 Pumpkin Cheesecake

This weekend, we’ll start the quarterfinals with the first #1 vs. #8 pairing, and we’ll see which piece of chocolate indulgence prevails!

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I currently serve as Vice President of Decision Science at CenturyLink. I've previously served as a leader in the Advanced Risk & Compliance Analytics (ARCA) practice at PwC and as Director of Data Science & Analytics Engineering at Areté Associates. I've served the public as Chair of the Thousand Oaks, CA Planning Commission. I have been married to my wife Stephanie since 1993, and we have a wonderful daughter Monroe. Learn more about me »

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