I was just about to say that, Catch. Do you think the judges were wayyy too lenient and/or gave the white sorority a handicap in the competition, which later helped them to win.I don't think the judges were lenient at all or gave a handicap. When they walked in the bldg, they were probably written off before they even had a chance to take of their sweats and stretch.
The best way I could equate this would be from a discussion we had in the gym Monday. Pretty much everyone who has been in a powerlifting competition has been dusted off by the person they least expected. You size up your competition and try to get a feel by asking questions or guessing their opening lift, never once paying attention to the skinny kid with the pencil neck and bony arms.
While all the "threats" are sizing each other up, the skinny kid with the pencil neck and bony arms makes a lift that automatically puts you on the defense, trying to refocus your energy and play catch-up.......but it's too late.