High schoolers and bench pressing

I haven’t learned a thing about weight lifting since they stopped running Charles Atlas ads in the back of comic books so I’m way out of my league when it comes to the plausibility of A-Rod’s bench pressing exploits as described in Selena Roberts’ new book. Shawn Hoffman at Squawking Baseball knows his way around a gym, however, and he thinks it’s totally believable that Rodriguez could go from a 100 to a 300 pound press in the time that he did.

I link, you decide, and then Selena Roberts can tell us all that her side of things is “irrefutable.”


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Total
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Total

So, not going to dispute the facts in Roberts’ book, but only going to link to those “news” items that do?  Excellent.

Craig Calcaterra
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Craig Calcaterra
Total:  see, if I were to dispute that fact myself, I’d be talking out of my ass because, as I admit, I know nothing about weight lifting. By linking to someone who at least purports to have some credibility on the particular subject, I’m pointing readers to a better source that they might not have otherwise seen.  That, by the way, is one of the points of blogging. And I never said I wouldn’t dispute Roberts’ facts. I have said that I haven’t read her book and thus can’t really dispute any facts.  I’ve admitted in comments here that I… Read more »
Sara K
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Sara K

Craig, Selena Roberts is a journalist who is known for her professionalism, so I say look to her for an example.  Include as many counter-claims to your premise as she does for hers.  Sounds fair to me.  wink

Daniel
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Daniel

Sara K,
Wrong. Selena Roberts is known for her blatant disregard for the truth. Here’s what Durham-in-Wonderland, the leading blog on the Duke Lacrosse scandal had to say about Roberts bad reporting on the Duke. 

Selena, “why should anyone believe anything you write about A-Rod? After all, if you saw fit to print false items in one high-profile case—false items that you have refused to correct—what’s to say you might be willing to print false items in another high-profile case?” http://durhamwonderland.blogspot.com/2009/05/selena-roberts-journalistic-credibility.html

Craig Calcaterra
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Craig Calcaterra

Daniel—Sara was being sarcastic.

Sara K
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Sara K

Sorry, Daniel – forgot to post the /snark alert.  For more fun reading, check out this link, from the comments on JoePoz’s “Tip Sheet” post:

http://www.kansascity.com/sports/story/1175681.html

After Costas’s softballs to Roberts last night, it’s nice to know that there are “legitimate” journalists that disapprove and are up-front about it.

Adam
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Adam

From personal experience:
As a high school freshman I bench pressed 185 pounds doing the half-way down business.  So it was probably a 135 full bench press.  My sophmore year I was maxing out at 315.  Combine that with the fact that A-rod is a genetic freak, it is not so ridiculous. 

Also, the 6 month time frame from the former teammate was likely exaggerated.  I consider this last piece of evidence irrefutable even though I have no proof whatsoever.

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Charles Atlas is available on the web at http://www.charlesatlas.com!

Sara K
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Sara K
TLA, that’s a tough question, because Roberts’ history makes accepting what she says as truth exceedingly difficult. And if what she says is true, I still have problems with the content. The most disturbing allegation is the pitch-tipping, which, according to Roberts, occurred as an agreement between players. Well, which ones? How am I supposed to believe that ARod had an agreement when she (or her anonymous source) isn’t able to name the people he had an agreement with? And if she knows who else was involved, why the omission? If what she is saying is absolutely true, we have… Read more »
TLA
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TLA

Question for the commenters: 

For the sake of argument, if we accept everything that is written in the book as true, who makes your skin crawl more?  Arod or Selena?

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