In my quest for more feedback on the Web Framework Smackdown, I've found this blog entry. I don't agree with the author that it was too nice. In my opinion the idea was to convince people to leave the current MVC or JSP/servlet paradigm behind and create stateful, rich web applications using the component based frameworks of today. And they succeeded more or less.
Having each speaker jack hammering the other's brains out with statements like 'Mine is smaller than yours' (lines of code, that is), or in the case of JSF 'Mine is bigger than yours' (XML files) wouldn't have helped the discussion.
The general sentiment of the panel was: move to component based development or be left behind. Like David Geary said:
"Struts is old school, get over it"