Phil Heath the next Kai?
By Christian Duque
YeahÖ you read that title right. Hereís the problem I have with Phil Heath. Ok, I have many, but the main one as of late, has been the vagueness in his comments. Is he doing the Olympia or is he not? Whatís up with all the dodgy answers? The Olympia is the biggest contest in bodybuilding. The defending champion remains banned. Kai has not received a special invite. Big Ramy is not doing the contest. At a time when the event could really use a major feather in its cap, Phil is playing Kai Greene.
Do you remember those old Olympia press conference videos whenever theyíd ask Kai a question? Heíd take forever and ever and ever, spouting all kinds of mumbo jumbo, to ultimately not give a definitive answer. Not only did that make Kai the butt of many jokes, but whoever told him that crap was profound, thought-provoking, or eccentric, sailed him down the river, because all it made him sound like, was foolish. Now, 7x Mr. Olympia Phil Heath is engaging in the same elusive, vague, hot air hype.
Phil was not a popular Mr. Olympia. To most he was considered arrogant. He blocked everyone who criticized him. He blocked me for supporting Shawn ďFlexatronĒ Rhoden too loudly. I even followed up with him on Twitter, thinking we were cool, but I remained blocked, and heís ignored me to my face. Mind you, Iíve met him many times before and we were good then, but since I became a loud Rhoden fan, I was done. I donít dislike Phil as a person, I just grew tired of his antics.
If Phil does want to do the contest, he should just say so. I also disagree with some of my peers, in that Phil will NEVER be considered an underdog, even after last yearís loss. People still see him as a champion that was full of himself and while heís tried toning that down, itís still there. He also did that cheesy interview with Patrick Bet-David, which I guess was also part of his PR makeover. I thought the interview was comical. As much as he tried, Phil is Phil, heís the guy who upon winning his last year, nearly walked into traffic berating Luimarco. Now granted, Lui is an _____, but heís a media personality. What Mr. Olympia wins the biggest show in the world and the only thing he can think as he walks off, with his sheepish entourage following behind, is to talk shit into a cell phone at a Youtuber. Also, who can forget Phil whining on and on because Kai signed as Mr. O another year Ė demanding that Greene recognize his alleged wrongdoing. Look, itís all the same to me. Whether itís Brandon, Dexter, or Shawn who beat Phil, thatís great, but I certainly wonít be rooting for The Gift. I wish him well, but Iím not going to be a hypocrite. The sport has moved on.
Could he still win? Of course, but even asking/answering that question means to fall for the trap. Why even bother? Do we know any more now, than 3 months ago, 6 months ago, or even the day after last yearís Olympia? No, we sure donít, so why not just get over it already.
Reposting suggestive posts, using memes, dodging questions and/or waving off questions Ė is WEAK. Do we want someone who half-heartedly wants to be the best bodybuilder in the world Ė or Ė do we want a Brandon Curry or Shawn Rhoden busting their butts in the gym, being ambassadors, and keeping their eyes on the prize? Look at Dexter Jackson!! Every Mr. O is AUTOMATICALLY QUALIFIED, but he still went out there and held off a super impressive Luke Sandoe and WON HIS WAY INTO THE 2019 OLYMPIA!! Now compare those guys to a guy who canít even tell us whether or not heís going to compete, less than SIX WEEKS from the contest. Wtf is so cool about that? Itís weak Ė totally and undisputedly Ė WEAK!
Also, Phil wasnít edged out last year. He was annihilated. Shawn did to Phil what the U.S. did to Panama in 1989.
And if you think Brandon Curry, whoís looking like a FREAK, Shawn Rhoden who continues to train full blast with the HOPE heíll be able to compete, and Dexter Jackson lookin like the Dexter of old again, are just going to fall back for this 7x winner to reclaim what theyíve been fighting for their whole careers, youíre nuts! Right now, there is no defending champion, no ďknock out the champion to winĒ game plan. If Shawn canít compete, THE TITLE IS VACANT; PHIL DOESNíT WANT ANY PART OF THAT, trust me! Itíll be AN ALL OUT WAR for the title and heís just not hungry enough. The guy canít even decide if heís going to compete!!
Thereís two ways to look at everything Ė Iíll give you that. You could look at it as Phil has beat everyone who will be fighting for the Sandow in less than 6ks, BUT, he beat them once upon a time, that doesnít mean heíll beat them NOW. Keep that in mind. The Brandon Curry Phil beat years ago, is not the Brandon Curry who won the 2019 Arnold Classic and is not the Brandon Curry the entire world has dubbed the #1 contender to the title. His physique is INSANE, but Physique aside, Brandon has a fire in his heart that he has never had before. You donít just get in the way of that. Some guy who canít decide if he wants to compete and whoís reposting Nick Strength and Powerís posts for hits will take the stage and not know what hit him!!
If Phil concretely announces heíll compete, then maybe Iíll soften up on him a bit. I DID like him up until 2016. We had no issues. I wrote favorable articles about him, I even have photos with him. I first met Phil in Michigan in 2007 after he won the Ironman. I was a Phil Heath fan, but heís rubbed a lot of people the wrong way. I find this latest phase of ambiguity, particularly annoying Ė canítcha tell? I donít think Iím alone in that, either, I just write articles and do videos, so maybe my voice is a tad bit louder.
Whatís YOUR take? Will he compete? Do you care?
Just a gimmick to get people talking. Heíll be there.
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If there's such thing as a diva in this industry, I'd say he's it. Talk about drama, sheesh!
Never was a big Phil fan.
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It's hard to be a fan of his character, Duque neither is a fan.
Originally Posted by drtbear1967
I have a feeling we will see PHIL on stage this year.
Originally Posted by JackSteel
I am not and never have been a fan of the bloated, hgh gut look.
I think PHIL had an incredible physique until his gut got out of control. Its not an appealing look.
Originally Posted by drtbear1967
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