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Kuroyama last won the day on December 13 2013

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  1. No, but neither is taking time off for surgery and rehab. And we see where that has gotten everyone.
  2. http://www.sumoforum.net/forums/topic/18078-the-business-of-sumo/ I couldn't find the original article on the site anymore, but it's archived here: https://web.archive.org/web/20090608113129/http://www.askmen.com/sports/business_150/185_sports_business.html While it's short on specifics, it's pretty clear that heya receive payments based on deshi ranks. @Orion probably knows the details better than anyone else.
  3. And my point -- or part of it -- is that they're not exactly individual athletes, even if they do compete individually. A yusho winner's heya benefits at least as much from his victory as he does himself. (Or, where else does all that rice and beer go?) As it also benefits from his promotions, and suffers from his demotions. A rikishi is alone on the dohyo, but there's a very strong sense in which he's part of a team, or a household, which he represents when he fights. Nothing could be more clear than that some kind of major overhaul is necessary. My suggestion might not work (or probably would not work) on a number of grounds, but "it's a major overhaul!" is not a good objection. It should also have been clear that the sort of injury I'm talking about, requiring extensive surgery and rehab, is most probably not the kind of thing a young hopeful is dealing with at all. And if he is, the possible consequences for him of taking several basho off to heal are less serious. What's not merely probable, but certain, is that the young hopeful will not have a household to support. Perhaps they should be forced to then, much as a portion of their kensho is put into a retirement account for them. Or they could be made to participate in some kind of insurance plan that would replace a portion of their income if injured.
  4. I'm not sure why it's important to use other individual sports as guidance, when no other individual sport is organized as sumo is. And my suggestion was about preserving income only, to remove that incentive for rikishi to fight injured when they cannot do without. (Let's face it: they're not exactly compensated a princely sum to start with.) Most of your objections are about preserving rank, on which, now that I re-read my comment, I see I didn't quite make my thinking clear. My suggestion entails no change to the ranking system. What I'm suggesting is a means to ensure salary in those cases where a rikishi must fall out of sekitori ranks to recover from an injury.
  5. Off-topic, today I learned that the Hebrew letter mem occupies the same key as O on English keyboards, and in sans-serif form is close enough in shape that it can be hard to notice when you've accidentally typed one for the other. On-topic, the problem with getting injury properly treated is loss of rank, but why is rank important? Several reasons, I think, but probably not least in how it affects a rikishi's lifestyle. There's the prestige of being high-ranked, but a drop below Juryo means loss of salary too, which can be very difficult if a rikishi has a family dependent on his income. So perhaps a solution might be to insure at least a portion of a rikishi's pay while he's recovering from injury. There would have to be reasonable limits on this, since they should probably not be paying a former sekitori who isn't even fighting for a year or more -- perhaps there would have to be some expectation of intai similar to that for an underperforming yokozuna if it's really that difficult to recover, and some rule for former sekitori who go too long without rising in the ranks again -- but it would cushion the blow for injured rikishi without compromising the ranking system. In general, I think someone able to rise to sekitori rank should have no trouble regaining that rank once he fully recovers from injury. As Tochinoshin has shown, he might even be able to achieve his full potential, otherwise unreachable if he fights injured.
  6. Kisenosato-"I'm putting everything on the line!"

    Yokozuna he may be, but his shisho is still the boss of him. Tagonoura ought to have had something to say about it, and it should have been more forceful than mere advice.
  7. Kisenosato-"I'm putting everything on the line!"

    Of course it is. Sumo's culture of toughing it out rather than treating serious injuries with the best practices of sports medicine has claimed yet another promising victim.
  8. Sumo and Religion

    If every tree in a pine forest fell down and pines grew in its place, you can't say the forest is "unchanged" just because it's still roughly the same extent and density. Who said anything about sumo disappearing? That's not even remotely related to anything you said, which was expressly about the reforms Takanohana wants.
  9. Sumo and Religion

    Absurd. Sumo is not unchanged as it is. Compare it to 100 years ago; it's markedly, noticeably different. Merely moving competition indoors -- an entirely uncontroversial move at the time, to all appearances -- transformed the sport. The size of the dohyo, the number of bouts per basho, the number of basho in a year, are just a few of the other changes that happened over the past century. Even yokozuna as a banzuke-listed rank was an innovation. If nothing else, differences in training methods and nutrition have resulted in rikishi that are stronger and heavier -- and also more injury-prone. Sumo needs to change for that reason alone. Ura is just the latest of the once-promising rikishi who will probably never fulfill his potential because of the ethic of ignoring or under-treating injury. Kisenosato will probably have to retire soon for that same reason. And sumo doesn't exist in a social vacuum. It's surrounded by a changing society. If society can change and still be very distinctively Japanese -- and it is -- then so can sumo.
  10. Anyone here in the healthcare business?

    No one in the healthcare business will venture a diagnosis over the Internet. I hope you took Kintamayama's and Rocks' advice.
  11. Preparations of the masses- Hatsu 2018

    Wakaichiro having his hair straightened, presumably to prepare for receiving his first mage: "After" presumably to come in a few minutes... Edit: More than a few minutes, but here we are.
  12. On reflection, the drunkest I've ever been was a relatively recent after work thing too, but in California. My ex-boss (fired for reasons, and since the settlement required he not talk about it I still don't know all the details, but he's a cool guy) came to town for a visit, and a few of us joined him at a local brewpub. He decided it was a good idea to start drinking Fireball shots. I loathe Fireball, but I drank them anyway. How many? No idea, not because I blacked out but because I simply lost count. That was the closest I've ever come to throwing up from drinking too. Still didn't black out though.
  13. This is something I don't get. I have been very, very drunk at times. When I was younger, I'd drink an entire bottle of wine at a time. When I worked at the Ren Faire, our after hours get-togethers were something to behold. We'd have "wine tastings" where everyone would bring 2 or 3 bottles -- they'd all be gone by the time we staggered off to our sleeping bags. And then there were the single malt tastings -- we wouldn't quite finish off the bottles, but lot of Scotch went past our tonsils. Never once have I been so drunk that I had no memory of what I did. How does a man in late 50s have so little self-control, so much less than a young guy in his 20s, that his drinking is that crazy? I'm tempted to think that he wasn't blackout drunk at all, but is using it as an excuse allowing him to issue a semi-denial. And I have to wonder, never having had the experience myself: Is that really a thing anyway?
  14. And here I thought it was because of his merely borderline competence.
  15. Colonoscopy

    Oh dear. Well, at least you now have built-in flotation.