This one is as fresh as today's headlines. Have you been keeping up with the news? Planning on visiting family or friends over the holidays? Can't wait for the leagues to release next year's event dates so you can get your plane tickets in advance. No, Millennium, yours don't count. They need to be dates, not months. And really, April, May & July with nothing after that until October? How 'bout that TSA? (Transportation Security Administration.) I don't know about you but I don't feel safer now that I know we'll all be subject to the naked x-ray or the full body patdown. And when I say all I mean a "random" selection (wink, wink, nudge, nudge) of grandparents and children and hot girls but statistically thin on hijabs, burkas, guys in robes with scraggly beards or those carrying passports from State Department identified terrorist states 'cus, well, that would be profiling and that's just plain wrong. Never mind the gross violation of personal privacy of millions of ordinary citizens.
While bigger than paintball--what isn't?--it is something that will end up affecting lots of people who do play MLP and I'm curious what, if anything, y'all intend to do about it. (Pick as many answers as apply.)
Did'ja know Homeland Security is purchasing 500 mobile naked xray units--for a start. Hey, if it's good enough for the herds at airports how many other places can they be installed for your safety? Malls. Sporting events. Schools.
The Monday Poll in Review
Last week's Monday Poll generated some interest--thanks to all who participated. VFTD wanted to know what you thought of changing the early release date of event layouts. Included in the list of optional answers was do not release the layout at all prior to an event. A policy advocated by VFTD as a cost savings measure. Also included were maintaining the status quo and a series of in-between choices. Surprisingly only 11% voted to keep things the way they are. Perhaps equally surprising only a slightly larger percentage (16%) were ready to halt release of the event layouts completely. The largest voting block clearly favored the most extreme compromise however as 38% voted to release the layout the day before only. That way teams would have more time to plan and prepare but would be unable to actually pre-play the layout. That means that 54% of all votes were in favor of teams not pre-playing event layouts while the remaining votes were divided over how much time should be given for pre-play covering the status quo (11%), 4 weekends (7%), 3 weekends (3%), 2 weekends (7%) & the weekend before the event received 15% of the vote.
It's clear that of those voting an overwhelming majority favored limits on pre-playing a competition layout and the 3 largest voting blocks (equalling 69% of the total) split the difference but still strongly favored very little to no pre-play. Time will tell what MLP thinks.