I don't know... I don't feel this O is as exciting. I already know who wins... that takes away.
If Heath wins I will never watch the Olympia again. Nothing against him in the least bit, but unless he's '99 Ronnie or has NO competition, he will place 3rd or 4th, Jay will almost deff be 1st, Vic (if he competes) will be 2nd. Kai will probably place 3rd. And Dexter Jackson (if he's even going to compete) will probably place 5th.
And Heath shouldn't win seeing as how he has not paid his Olympia dues. He may be a great bodybuilder and have serious talent, but even Jay deserves to win more because at this point he has earned it in my eyes. Bodybuilding is a sport driven on being bigger and better, and if he is bigger and better than Jay, I'll take back everything I said. But some will argue (and I KNOW people will argue) that Heath is already better than Jay. While that may be fine and dandy to say, the truth is that Phil has come into every show with his competition's mentality hindered because of how much hype he has built up around him. He is so overhyped at this point that people don't realize that he's still a young buck in the game. Phil may have the build, but Cutler has the experiance.
Let's say someone comes in looking better than 2003 Coleman into the Atlantic City Pro, wins that, then goes on to win the Olympia... He shouldn't win because he hasn't paid his dues?
I don't know about your argument...
I Guess we can all be glad that Beefcake is no judge at this year's Olympia.
Other than that I agree with what's been said and what most people know by now,
the outcome of the competition is predictable.
In reality this year's Mr. Olympia is more of a handout than a competition and the only thing interesting about it is to see how much better the "greatest physique" participating is than the newcomers'.
It's not that there is NO hype, just less.
The last Olympia was the friggin King of Hype; Ronnie wants to reclaim his crown, Jay defends his first title, and Vic and Co. biting at their heels.........
This Olympia: No Ronnie, No Vic. The two biggest contenders have dropped out. There's just less to hype with. Dennis and Dex are sharp, but aren't the percieved threat Ronnie and Vic were. So, it would seem Jay has less competition, that's all.
Personally, I hope Dex gives Jay a run for his money, and Dennis squashes everyone else.....
Okay, I'll try and say what I mean as clearly as I can:
Say someone like...I don't know, Brandon Curry enters the Olympia and wins. No matter how good he looks, wouldn't some questions be raised? People would be talking about it left and right in the bodybuilding community. Why should Phil not be treated the same way? Sure, he may have won every contest he entered, save for the ASC's he competed in, but he's never competed in the Olympia. So why should he win, when there are veterans that have looked great for quite some time now (i.e. - Dexter Jackson) and have not won. Like I said, nothing against Heath, I think he's an amazing bodybuilder, but there are others who (potentially) deserve it more.
Just my opinion.