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  1. Bench World Cup 2018

    I had to do the 2nd part twice as I forgot to pick my counterbalance team South Korea the first time around. Sorry about that. Please disregards my 1st entry of the 2nd part.
  2. Bench World Cup 2018

    Great! Put me on the lisr as a player please!
  3. Akebono gravely ill (activities thread)

    I agree. There has been no update anywhere at all. I somehow doubt he's still in a coma, but maybe that's just me being optimistic. If he has been in a coma all this time I would have expected some kind of official statement about that by now. No news at all is indeed bizarre. I can understand that his family would want to keep the medical details private, but out of respect for his fans I would have expected some kind of update by now.
  4. Hakuhou injured. the latest news as of January 18 East Yokozuna Hakuho (Miyagino Beya) has withdrawn the 5th Day of the January Tournament.
  5. Bench Sumo Quiz - Part 1 (of 5)

    Yes, that was insider knowledge on my part. I have been keeping track of my own career wins and on and off also of those of the other players in the top 6 (I didn't currently know the exact numbers). I knew that I was on 805 wins right now, so as soon as that number came up in the question I knew it has to be me. I didn't know that I had already tied with Doitsuyama for the overall lead, though... I really wish Doitsuyama would come back as a player!
  6. Basho Talk - Aki 2017 (SPOILERS)

    If we end op with a playoff for the Makuuchi yusho between Harumafuji and Goeido, the yusho will be won by a rikishi with an 11-4 record for the first time since Kyushu 1996, when then Ozeki Musashimaru won the yusho (his 2nd) in the famous 5-rikishi playoff against Yokozuna Akebono, Ozeki Wakanohana, Ozeki Takanonami and Sekiwake Kaio! I vaguely remember that basho and that playoff. it was in my first full year of following Ozumo via Eurosport. If this was "Wacky Aki" then that basho was "Crazy Kyushu". The big difference was that most of the excitement was in the 2nd half of that basho. After 11 days Musashimaru and Akebono were in the lead with a 10-1 record. Both ended up with 11-4 and were caught by the other 3 to get to that 5-way playoff. Here is that 5-rikishi playoff on Youtube (part of the DVD "National art of Sumo, volume 7: 1993-1996", as posted by Dosukoi, le site du sumo): In other news, if Onosho wins his final bout against Takanoiwa tomorrow and finishes with a 10-5 record for the 3rd consecutive time straight after being promoted from Juryo, he will be the first rikishi to do so. Nobody ever went 10-5, 10-5, 10-5 in their first 3 Makuuchi basho. Only 1 rikishi ever matched this (and even did better), namely Terukuni (later the 38th Yokozuna), who went 11-4, 12-3, 11-4 in his first 3 Makuuchi basho (1939/5, 1940/1 and 1940/5), 3 basho later he was Ozeki, 2 further basho later Yokozuna. And no , I am obviously not saying that if Onosho wins tomorrow he will become Yokozuna.
  7. Basho Talk - Aki 2017 (SPOILERS)

    Yes you probably were the only one. Whether many of us though he would go kyujo is another matter...
  8. Basho Talk - Aki 2017 (SPOILERS)

    I too saw many contenders (false pretenders even) come and go in the 22 years I have been following Sumo and the last rikishi I could see would become truly great from quite early on was Hakuho. I'm definitely not yet saying Onosho is as promising as Hakuho was in about 2004 when he had just entered Makuuchi. Many of us could already see by then that Hak was highly likely to become at least an Ozeki. It's much too early to make such bold statements about Onosho. We need to wait at least 1 or 2 more basho before we will know his true potential and he still has a lot to prove this basho and the next. What I am seeing (and my sister is the one who spotted this first early on 2 basho ago when Onosho made his Makuuchi debut) is that he seems to have a certain something ("je ne c'est quoi") that most rikishi of his age lack. I would call it "ring sense". During his matches it almost seems like his reactions are just that tiny bit quicker than most, that's he watching the other rikishi moving in slow motion and still has ample time to react to whatever move his opponents make against him. His main problem at this point is probably his small stature, being only 176 cm tall, but so far he's coping well with that. So there! If I haven's thoroughly jinxed him now he definitely IS the real deal!
  9. Basho Talk - Aki 2017 (SPOILERS)

    I fully agree. At this point I think the yusho is between Onosho, Goeido and Kotoshogiku. If Goeido wins he would become the favorite (despite him relying too much on henka so far). If Onosho wins I truly believe he can go all the way and is unlikely to falter in the second half of the basho. Sure, he may lose 1, 2 or even 3 bouts and is unlikely to get a zensho yusho, but he really doesn't strike me as someone who will succumb to pressure. So -for now at least- I am fully on the Onosho bandwagon. In fact I think I may be the bandwagon's driver! I put Onosho in my 4-point slot today in Bench Sumo and that got me the win. I also picked him to beat Harumafuji in Sekitori-Toto.
  10. Basho Talk - Aki 2017 (SPOILERS)

    Yes, in the modern era (since the yusho system was established in June 1909) it happened 3 times that a rikishi won the yusho in only their 3rd Makuuchi basho or even before. In fact at Natsu 1914 Ryogoku won the yusho in his very first Makuuchi basho ranked at Maegashira 14 East! At Haru 1922 Tsurugahama won the yusho in his 3rd Makuuchi basho ranked at Maegashira 4 East. At Natsu 1961 Sadanoyama (later the 50th Yokozuna) won the yusho in his 3rd Makuuchi basho ranked at Maegashira 13 West (you could even say it was actually his 2nd active Makuuchi basho, as he was kyujo (0-0-15) the basho before that.
  11. Basho Talk - Aki 2017 (SPOILERS)

    The lowest ranked winner of the Makuuchi yusho was Dewaminato who won the Haru 1939 yusho while ranked at Maegashira 17 with a 13-0 zenso yusho. Needless to say that record cannot be broken...
  12. Basho Talk - Aki 2017 (SPOILERS)

    I somehow saw the upset coming. Both the fact that Kotoshogiku is looking better than recently and Harumafuji is not looking genki at all made me a firm believer that bumpy would pull off the upset today, though I obviously did not see the way the bout (or lack thereof) would go coming... I was 1 of only 3 players in Bench Sumo who put Harumafuji on the bench and also picked Kotoshogiku to win the bout in ISP and Sekitori-Toto.... Go Onosho and Kotoshogiku!
  13. The information thread on Akebono's current illness is here:
  14. My sister just pointed this article in the Japan Times out to me (published earlier today): Harumafuji (left) has inflammation in his left elbow that may require surgery. | KYODO Sumo Harumafuji may need to undergo elbow surgery Kyodo Yokozuna Harumafuji may require left elbow surgery, a move which would not only rule him out of the summer regional tour beginning this weekend, but also the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament in September, his stablemaster said Thursday. “He has inflammation in his left elbow and can’t extend it,” stablemaster Isegahama said. Harumafuji is set to miss part of the regional tour but could join up (later on) “depending on how it heals,” Isegahama said. Isegahama, however, also spoke about the possibility of an operation and said Harumafuji “would not make it in time” for the Autumn Basho starting on Sept. 10 in Tokyo should he have to go under the knife. Isegahama was speaking a day after Japan Sumo Association deputy director Tamanoi said three of the four current yokozuna would miss part or all of the summer regional tour. Kisenosato and Kakuryu are both carrying ankle injuries that forced them to withdraw from the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament. Harumafuji was the only yokozuna other than title winner Hakuho to compete in all 15 days of the Nagoya Basho that wrapped up on Sunday. Kisenosato has now pulled out of two straight grand tournaments. In May, a lingering upper-arm injury forced him out. This month, Kisenosato hurt an ankle while not fully recovered from the arm injury suffered in March. His stable master Tagonoura on Wednesday said fans may be able to see the Japan-born grand champion in action if he is able to speed up his recovery. “He has to get his body into top shape if he wants to take part in the tour. It all depends on how things go,” Tagonoura said. The summer edition of sumo’s regional tour, which includes ring-entering ceremonies, matches and sumo-related exhibitions around a sumo ring, starts in Gifu on Sunday and ends Aug. 27 in Tokyo, the 21st stop. Isegahama also said Thursday that Mongolian ozeki Terunofuji is expected to sit out the entire tour to focus on getting fit in time for the Autumn meet. Terunofuji has not recovered as well as expected from left knee surgery he had after May’s Summer Grand Sumo Tournament. He pulled out midway through the Nagoya meet and is currently hospitalized. At the Autumn Basho, Terunofuji will be fighting with his rank on the line as a kadoban ozeki for the fifth time in his career. Kind regards, Jan de Veen aka "Chijanofuji"
  15. You need to get weighed..

    Yes, it never ceased to exist. It just became hard to obtain for those of us (including me) who do not live in Japan... Apparently it is still sold at the Kokugikan during the basho and theoretically (according to the inside of the magazine itself) it is even possible to subscribe in and outside of Japan "by sending cash by registered mail (dollars or yen) or by international postal money orders. This saves time and money both for Sumo World and subscribers".. yeah right... I (and many other former subscribers outside of Japan who had a subscription in the past and then suddenly stopped receiving issues) am not going down that road with Clyde again, though...