Was it just me, or were ya'll "scared" watching him lower that weight? I understand chasing records and all that shit, but there has to reach a point where reality sets in and you say to yourself "This is fucking stupid". Watching his arms tremble like that made me concerned for the dude.
How one solid (the bar) came very close to going right thru another solid (Mendy)
Yes, I know he's one of the best (when he can hit attempts) out there, but when you can count his successful attempts in any given span of time on one hand, while holding something in said hand, it doesn't help his reputation
The 25 man recovery attempt after the dump looked solid. Pretty sweet camera angle there too. Here are my thoughts on the Mendlebomber: I understand when you get to that point, its all about the WR. I can appreciate that. What I don't get is the gross infatuation with his ATTEMPTS. He swings and misses all the time. Call me crazy, but I don't think that 2 bad misses with any weight is really newsworthy.
The only aspect that I can see as "newsworthy" would be publicizing it prior to the competition for hype. That said, was there even a dozen people other than spotters there?
The "hype" aspect really plays more to when this is an component of a bodybuilding show such as Gene R. at the Olympia a few years ago or as part of another event. It's something interesting for the event promoter to put on the poster.
As for your first point, I agree. It's similar to seeing the results of a bench championship when the top 2-3 guys all bomb. They have no interest in putting up a token/easy lift, they're after gold.