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  2. Amamaniac

    Corona and sumo

    Chris Gould's latest vlog offers some insight on whether or not the May Tourney will take place. The decisive factor may well be whether Abe declares a state of emergency... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FF7fBCzjk4E
  3. Kintamayama

    Corona and sumo

    How do you figure they are failing? 2178 cases so far is pretty good compared to the world.
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  5. hakutorizakura

    Goeido to Retire

    Awesome! It worked against everyone, even a guy with no neck According to the numbers in sumodb, his kubinage frequency is 13x that of other rikishi, on average... Somehow Goeido didn't score a kubinage win within 2017-2019, during which he got defeated by kubinage for the only time in his career (by Chiyosoma).
  6. Eikokurai

    Corona and sumo

    If the basho is cancelled, NHK should broadcast classic basho of old in digest form. Say, 15-20m x 15 honbasho days = approx. 5 hours per basho. They could get through about two basho in a week during their normal allotted basho broadcast a lot. Actually, they should just have a YouTube channel that does this all the time.
  7. Eikokurai

    Coronavirus in China

    At the risk of sounding paternalistic, you should worry about it, even if only because you could transmit it to someone vulnerable. Like you I was never concerned about my own health, but I was terrified of passing it to my asthmatic son.
  8. robnplunder

    Coronavirus in China

    This reminds me. Many who went to Wuhan for a visit, tour, or passing through got stuck there for over two months now. Some ran out of money and/or welcome. They were left to fend for themselves. Only in China ... and some cruise ships. More stories like this to come as many governments start to shut down cities.
  9. Hakuhonofan

    Corona and sumo

    Chris is Andrew's brother.
  10. mt fuji

    Kimarite Statistics - 2020 Haru

    I was just confused about the "backwards" part of fumidashi. I was expecting Hakuyozan to be facing the inside of the ring and step backwards out of the ring, but I guess "backwards" in this context just means out of the ring
  11. Fujisan

    Coronavirus in China

    I am not worried about the virus ,so much as how people and my customers will view me still working. Up to to now though only 4 of my customers have mentioned it and all of them where on the first day after Boris Johnson said we should only work if absolutely necessery.
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  13. Eikokurai

    Coronavirus in China

    I’m fortunate to work in a job that can be done from home so that’s what I’ve been doing for the past 2+ months and will until the third week of April. I feel for people who neither have this privilege nor an employer who can/will cover their wages. Governments have a very difficult balancing act. Public health must come first, but for many the more immediate concern is paying the bills. Many will play the numbers and determine that the chance of not affording rent exceeds the risk of getting sick and go out to work. Here in China the government has the authority to just tell people they have no choice and they can shut down all dissent about the policy. Western governments have been trying to find a solution that doesn’t ruin people. Both approaches have their pros and cons. I only hope the man on the street in all countries doesn’t get left to fend for himself.
  14. robnplunder

    Coronavirus in China

    I am retired and can survive a global recession although my only son and sole heir may not have much to inherit. But some of my relatives own small businesses. They are feeling the pinch already. Other relatives are employed by private companies. They will feel the impact next. The ones who are relatively safe are the ones working for governments, e.g., my niece who is a school teacher. Good luck to us all. Most of our lives will not be the same after this.
  15. Fujisan

    Coronavirus in China

    How as the corona virus affected evryone at work?. Personally I cant afford not to work. If I dont work I dont eat As far as my rent goes it is best summmed up by my landlords reply When I first mentioned the corona virus. He said, "Corona virus,thats just annother excuse for not paying your rent ."
  16. robnplunder

    Corona and sumo

    I think Japan is still running horse racing (no spectator, obviously).
  17. Yamanashi

    Primary School Banzuke 2019 - Grade 5

    Once you see his face, you don't have to explain that Tamiya Aiki is Kotomitsuki's son.
  18. sekitori

    Corona and sumo

    Those running Aussie football apparently had similar thoughts. After one round of play with no spectators, they decided to suspend the season until some indefinite future date. Along with the Haru basho, I had two sources of live sports viewing, sumo and Aussie football. If the Natsu basho is called off, my viewing sources will be down to zero. And with major league baseball and NBA schedules currently in limbo, they are likely to remain that way for quiite a while.
  19. Katooshu

    Primary School Banzuke 2019 - Grade 5

    Ogasawara from Aomori, I'm sure there are probably lots of those, but nonetheless I wonder if he's related to Nishikifuji?
  20. robnplunder

    Corona and sumo

    Having nothing to watch (my favorite is golf), I will take the no spectator broadcast any day. But given how widespread the virus is everywhere, there will be players who will get infected during the season. When it happens, it is season over as the player has likely spread it to his teammates and opponents.
  21. mikawa

    Primary School Banzuke 2019 - Grade 5

    Comments Going into the 2019/2020 season, the biggest question for this year group was - would Primary School Yokozuna and Hakuho Cup winner Toyoda Rinnosuke be able to win the Wanpaku Tournament in October and thus hold all three national titles at the same time? After he came, he saw, and he conquered the Wanpaku national finals, the question then became - would Toyoda Rinnosuke be able to defend his other two titles and thus complete the seasonal grand slam? Five consecutive championships later, the answer to that is a resounding YES! What makes Rinnosuke so hard to beat is that not only is he very strong, being able to just blast his opponents out of the ring, he's even better on the belt. Whether you specialise in push sumo or belt sumo, he will always find a way to win. Take his Hakuho Cup final from February for example. His rival Shigemura Konosuke (on the right) tried everything he could to unbalance the champ, even doing a leg trip, but Rinnosuke was just too good, too strong. It was great power sumo, and one of the bouts of the year: The only time this past year that Rinnosuke has come close to losing was his Wanpaku final against Kotomitsuki's son, Tamiya Aiki. Aiki's strategy going into that bout was on point. By swiping aside Rinnosuke's arm, he was able to attack his opponent from the side and put him in real trouble. However, even in such a bad situation, Rinnosuke still found a way to win. The commentator announced the kimarite as hatakikomi, but hatakikomi doesn't really do the move justice. It was more like a tottari (arm bar throw) but grabbing his opponent's other arm. Whilst it was the perfect year for Toyoda Rinnosuke, it had been somewhat disappointing for his two biggest threats - Shigemura Konosuke and Tamiya Aiki. Both of them were only one win away from winning a tournament, but otherwise their results haven't been as good as the year before. Will they be able to do a Kisenosato this year and end Rinnosuke's winning run? Will there even be three national tournaments in 2020/2021? The biggest surprise on the banzuke was undoubtedly West Yokozuna Ota Ritsuki. He didn't even do sumo a year ago, but qualifying for the Wanpaku finals prompted him and his older brother to train with the kids at Mitaka Sumo Club prior to the tournament. An impressive showing at the tournament and wouldn't you know it, they've now joined Kawazaki Sumo Club and practise sumo every week. That's how future Ozumo rikishi are born folks To see just how good he has become, here's Ritsuki (on the right) facing a very tough opponent in Aomori's Ogasawara Kosuke. That move was beautifully executed. Before we move onto the Grade 6 banzuke later this week, I want to talk a bit about Shizuoka's Aoki Kanta, a kid whom Chris Gould has mentioned a few times in his videos about the Hakuho Cup. He's from the same sumo club as Grade 4's Nakamura Hayato (Yaizu), but hasn't been as lucky. Two years ago, he had a chance to win the Hakuho Cup, only to lose to his local rival Tajima Chiaki in the final, via a mono-ii. His results have been very good since then, but couldn't quite make it to another final. His sumo is very good, almost as good as Hayato in fact, but his lack of height has proved to be a major stumbling block against stronger opponents. However, what he did in this bout, that move at the edge with his left hand, was simply ingenious. It turned a potentially losing position into a winning one. Subtle, yet very effective. (Aoki's on the right)
  22. Yubinhaad

    Kimarite Statistics - 2020 Haru

    At the end of the bout Hakuyozan overbalances and steps out while Tobizaru is some distance away. I suppose it could have been called tsukiotoshi, it seems like that was the push that ultimately led to Hakuyozan losing his balance, but given the separation between the rikishi I can see why they chose fumidashi instead.
  23. sekitori

    Corona and sumo

    Not only do I follow sumo but after being introduced to the sport on TV, I also enjoy watching Australian rules football. It's played on a oval field approximately twice the size of an American football field. Those in charge have decided to play theiir current season in stadiums with no spectators. If you think that watching sumo in an empty 8,000 seat arena is weird, the idea of seeing 45 people including players and referees on this huge playing field in an empty stadium that has a capacity of over 100,000 is absolutely mind boggling.
  24. mt fuji

    Goeido to Retire

    I have some extra time now that I'm stuck at home so I cut together a bunch of Kintamayama videos to make a Goeido Kubinage highlight reel. Gonna miss the champion of Kubinage
  25. Amamaniac

    Corona and sumo

    One man's crap is another man's gold. Your contributions are always spot on and appreciated...
  26. WAKATAKE

    Corona and sumo

    Hmm wondering why they were reporting it was Andrew
  27. mt fuji

    Corona and sumo

    I haven't seen a report about Andrew, but I believe his brother Chris is the one who has tested positive, for now
  28. WAKATAKE

    Corona and sumo

    NY governor Andrew CNN Anchor Chris Cuomo now has the Corona virus
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