What about those attempts was “solid”?
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.