Cinderella Lives! Oreo® Upsets Chocolate Mousse


The lowest seed Oreo® Cheesecake pulled off another upset last week by defeating the #4 seed Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake in the recent quarterfinal matchup of the First Ever Cheesecake Playoffs.

Who’da thought that the #12 seed in the 12-seed playoffs would be one contest away from competing for the First Ever Cheesecake Championship?!  Well, all the cheesecakes are delicious, but we didn’t expect the lowest seed to make it this far…

Monroe decided that she wanted to cast the tie-breaking vote this time around, so she refused to declare her choice until the end.  That meant that Stephanie and I were forced into (possibly) splitting our votes and having Monroe deciding who advances to the next round.

After sampling both, Stephanie chose the Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake – it was totally rich, and apparently Stephanie was in the “chocolate mood”.  I decided on picked Oreo® Cheesecake; normally I’m all into the chocolate scene, but this week, I wanted something more cheesecakingly cheesecakey, which Oreo® was…

So, that left Monroe, exactly where she wanted to be – “The Decider”!  And Monroe ensured that Cinderella would live another day, and moved the improbable #12 seed into the semifinals to face off against the top seed 30th Anniversary Chocolate Cake Cheesecake.

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Here’s the brackets as they stand today.  This week, we start two weeks of peanut butter cheesecake tastings – first, #2 seed Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake Cheesecake versus the classic #6 seed Fresh Strawberry Cheesecake, followed by a contest between #3 seed Adam’s Peanut Butter Cup Fudge Ripple against the seasonal favorite #7 seed Pumpkin Cheesecake.

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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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