Cedar Point says it’s closing The Mantis. Cedar Point must think we’re idiots.

SANDUSKY, Ohio — Cedar Point announced Tuesday the closing of one of its rides with a cryptic YouTube video. In it, troubled guests scream, “Why would you do this?!” as the Grim Reaper roams through the park. The video reveals “Mantis gets squashed Oct. 19.”

You’re kidding right? How many people actually believe the Mantis is closing forever? 4? 5? Um, hello does no one remember this tweet from Cedar Point in July?

But then I put on my Google Search hard hat and dug a little deeper:

And I found this quote from Bryan Edwards, the PR Manager at Cedar Point talking about how they would rename the coaster- “We haven’t really determined to what degree we would do it,” Mr. Edwards said. “It could be just a fun weekend renaming, or rename a coaster for the season, or perhaps at the end of the year, rename one permanently”

“A fun weekend renaming.”  “Perhaps at the end of the year.”

That’s all you need to read right there, guys. Anything big happening around October 19th? Anyone have a season starting around then? Any big athlete making a return? The Cavs season starts October 30th. What better way for Cedar Point to gain some publicity and good PR than to have the renaming of their coaster coincide with the beginning of arguably the most anticipated season in Ohio sports history? You think that’s just a coincidence?

Pretty sure little ol’ Bottlegate.com just scooped everyone in America.

My guess is it’s called “Return of The King” and I bet Lebron is even in attendance.

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