So I did this on Wednesday - it was a lot of fun.
I would say Tomcat's post is right on the money. Thanks TC.
I also now "get it." I think it got it's reputation because historically it was probably hard to get too much protection. After all, according to Webster, it was first led with no pro (eek). As I had lots of big gear, I essentially turned it into a "G" and found it to be engaging, but not all that fearsome. I didn't think it was awkward at all, and it didn't feel anymore strenuous to me than say, Black Lung. If you lead it without big gear and run it out, that would be scary for me. Then again if you're a .9/.10 leader going 20 feet between pieces on a 5.8 might not phase you at all. The really big gear wasn't as useful as I thought. The money piece on this climb seemed to be a #4 Camalot. If I could, I would have taken 3 of them.
I still think the worst move on the climb is that last move to enter the crack which is actually P1 of Standard Route and is allegedly a 5.6. Yeccch.
Anyway, bum some big gear, and be sure to get on this thing - it's great.
Thanks for all the beta.