Are you the same Julius from the Dragon Door board I talk to over there?
I haven't gotten my issue yet. I think it is ridiculous to call him out like that. I think the whole raw vs. gear thing is beginning to be the most ridiculous debate ever. I am an absolute PL newbie, first meet in a week and a half, and this is the ONLY thing that turns me off to the sport. The whining and crying about RAW is better than equipped and vice versa. Who cares? There is a FED out there to suit everyone's wishes, raw, 1-ply, 2-ply, drug-free, non-tested. No one should have to complain at all, but the debate goes on. The funny thing is, how many of the people on net' forums doing the bitching actually compete?
Why can't the challenge go the other way? If benching in a shirt is so easy, why can't one of the strongest raw benchers throw on the magic shirt and go beat Gene at his game? It is ridiculous in my opinion. On one hand I don't think Gene needs to prove anything to anyone other than the fact that in an equipped meet he is the man. I can't speak for him, but I am willing to bet he doesn't give a damn what he can do raw, that isn't his game. So who cares? On the other hand, I would LOVE to see Gene do this and smoke 600lbs. to shut some people up.
RAW, equipped, it is all good man. Powerlift to powerlift and support each other regardless of choices. Who cares, just get out there and have some fun.
Just my $0.02