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  1. Washuyama

    Rikishi Talk Day 8 Nagoya basho 2007

    Now that's interesting! First time I remember hearing any scorn from the bigwigs about Sakke's antics. This sounds like Yokozuna Kitanoumi talking as opposed to Kitanoumi Rijicho. In the 70's and early 80's, Kitanoumi defined (to me) what a yokozuna should be. On the dohyo, he was the king... Occasionally lower ranked rikishi would attempt to stare him down or other such "psych-out" attempts. In those matches, it seemed Kita took special effort to remind everyone that HE was the Yokozuna. :-D
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    Nagoya 2007 - Data Stream

    I apologize for being such a neubee, but "what data stream?" The NSK wesite isn't up yet and NHK is showing the weather.. (I am not worthy...)
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    Great Sumo Debates

    Look here. Thanks... I almost got a tear in my eye. Not about Futahaguro, but just reading Sumo World again.. Felt like running into an old friend that you haven't seen in years as I have every issue from 11/74 - 7/86.
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    Great Sumo Debates

    Can someone please explain what exactly happened to Futahaguro? I was semi-following sumo at that time and remember him as Kitao. I remember hearing something to the effect of he disrespected his oyakata but don't know the specifics (or non-specifics for that matter.)
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    Back after a 29 year hiatus

    I understand the issue of not using an active or highly popular shikona (Taiho, Takanohana, Hakuho, et.al.) but I chose this one for a couple reasons: First, Washuyama was one of the smaller rikishi of his day and I am vertically challenged as well. Second, and primararily, hoping people that remember him would initate conversation and we could talk "old school" sumo.
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    Kotomitsuki's Focus

    Restating that I have just returned to Japan (and sumo) after a 30 year absence (yes... 30 years) and am not yet familiar with all the rikishi, my first impressions of Kotomitsuki is quite good. Obviously the 5-0 start has helped, but he seems to act "like an Ozeki" on the dohyo. From what I've seen, he looks and acts like he expects to win. I've also been trolling this forum long enough to know that he's had his Ozeki chances before and hasn't cashed in. I am also curious to see how he handles a loss and if he still maintains that outward confidence/arrogance that great/good Ozeki and Yokozuna possess. Hakuho and Asashoryu as well as Kitanoumi from the 70s are perfect examples.
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    New guy adding his 2 cents (or Y2.45 if you prefer). I could even agree with limiting their drop down the banzuke to the top/middle of Makushita. Here, when they return, if their injury has properly healed, they would return to sekitori status after one basho. Also the return tournament would be basically a test phase of only 7 matches as opposed to the grueling 15 bouts for sekitori. If you use Baruto as an example, give him 6 months or so of recovery, he returns at, say Ms 15 and goes zensho as most of us would expect, his 2nd basho back he would probably be J10 or 12. Another convincing Juryo yusho like last May would put him right back on track. (I am not worthy...)
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    Back after a 29 year hiatus

    I agree... My favorite matchup was Kirinji-Fujizakura. That was a tsuppari-fest if there ever was one. I appreciate the welcome and look forward to fcontributing in some small way. Still trying to "pick" new favorites. I'm leaning toward some of the young guys from Tomozuna-Beya due to their nice english website. Surprised Azumazeki doesn't have an English version considering who the stable master is. (Sign of approval...)