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  1. 3 hours ago, Fujisan said:

    We all know professional Westling is fake but when did they decide to make it fake ? And why did they ?

    I'd suggest "fake" is the wrong word. @Randomitsuki 's "worked" is better. What you're seeing in a pro wrestling ring is really happening. What it is not (with the occasional rare exception; look up "shoot" in this context) is an actual competition. And these days, there's little pretense about it.

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  2. 11 hours ago, Fede said:

    This is a fake news.

    At the moment no hospital chooses who to save and who to let die. And I don't think it will happen. It is not in our culture. Unless the situation goes towards a real catastrophe. 

    I suggest, be very selective about who gives you the information and their sources. It is not criticism agaist you but, if we believe in everything media say or we read elsewere, we could end up with a greater damage than the one caused by covid itself....

    In Italy the situation is serious but not dramatic. At present.
    The government has banned all unnecessary activities, leaving those indispensable.
    The situation is evolving hour by hour.

    We'll see.

    http://www.siaarti.it/SiteAssets/News/COVID19 - documenti SIAARTI/SIAARTI - Covid19 - Raccomandazioni di etica clinica.pdf

    I do note that these are just recommendations and I can't find any confirmation that implementation has yet been necessary. (Clear confirmation, anyway. A few quotes in this article seem to imply that it's being done, but they might be hypotheticals that didn't come across properly in translation.) Let's hope it won't be. It still serves as a cautionary tale for the US, which has fewer hospital beds and doctors per capita than Italy, and where many communities are underserved with both.

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  3. 14 minutes ago, Eikokurai said:

    For me the most fascinating thing is seeing the numbers coming out of Italy. 167 dead yesterday. 196 today. That’s a 6.6% death rate. Wuhan, epicentre of the outbreak and worst hit region, only reported a one-day toll that high once, when it changed the way it records deaths. I think Italy’s data gives us a clearer insight into the true virulence of this disease and suggests Wuhan’s numbers weren’t entirely accurate/honest. I don’t see how one city with overwhelmed hospitals could keep its rate between 3% and 4% but the whole of Italy can’t. Note I’m just talking about death rate here. China may have done a good job containing the spread, but that shouldn’t make much of a difference on the death rate percentage.

    It's worth noting that one reason this has hit Italy so hard is that they have an older population than the rest of Europe on average, also older than China. (Median age of population for China vs. Italy is 38.4 vs. 46.) The average age of Italian victims is 81, even given the high mortality rate. They also don't have China's flexibility to erect new facilities on an emergency basis, and don't have the industrial capacity to ramp up production of supplies as does China. The health care system in Italy is now in a state of collapse, and they're having to triage patients, frankly leaving many to die in favor of saving those who can be saved. This is also greatly increasing the mortality rate.

    Note too that even according to China, as of 20 February the mortality rate in Wuhan was 5.8%, much closer to Italy's. The 3.8% figure was nationwide.

    So to an extent, comparing mortality rates between the two countries is apples and oranges. Different populations, different situations. South Korea, which has been extremely proactive in testing and treatment, has a mortality rate of less than 1%.

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  4. 10 hours ago, Gaijingai said:

    From the article:


    “‘Long ago it was believed that when rikishi performed the traditional shiko before a basho, they had the power to crush evil spirits into the sand of the dohyo under their feet.’  So began Sunday’s greeting speech of current Sumo Association chairman Nobuyoshi Hakkaku [formerly Yokozuna Hokutoumi] – which brings to a reader’s mind the long historical relationship between Sumo rikishi and infectious diseases.

    I think we can now say, with a reasonable degree of certainty, that disease is not caused by evil spirits.

  5. 19 minutes ago, since_94 said:

    I actually suspect we'll see less injuries as fighters ejected from the dohyo will be able to breakfall naturally and let their momentum dissipate on it own, as opposed to mincing and gingerly sidestepping elderly ringside spectators. If my hypothesis proves correct, I hope the NSK will take notice and consider making changes to ringside seating arrangements. But they would never do that, would they?

    Or maybe more injuries, without a nice, soft cushion of senior citizens to break their fall.

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  6. 18 minutes ago, robnplunder said:

    Here's a question.   If a rikishi suspects he has a fever, what would he do?  Report himself? Go kyujo with a fake injury?  Take a temperature lowering pill?


    Would or should? Under the rules, if he has a fever and wanted to go kyujo he'd have to fake nothing. The fever alone would force his withdrawal, and it would not go undetected under the regimen they'll be using. He's more likely to take an antipyretic if he's doing well, the fever is truly mild, and wants to avoid kyujo at all costs.

  7. 2 hours ago, Kintamayama said:

    The question is what exactly happened and how it is essentially different from the regular flu that takes its yearly toll. I think it is another strain, the difference being there is no treatment yet. That fact in itself doesn't guarantee a worldwide pandemic. It causes uneasiness, but  setting the  epicenter aside, is there any sign of a worldwide catastrophe so far? Even a remote one? And the comparison of an infectious flu to a one hit tsunami is.. well.. 

    There isn't really a question. The main difference between COVID-19 and the seasonal flu is that it's not a flu. Influenza is caused by a different sort of virus.

    As far as whether a global pandemic will result, it appears to be highly contagious in the same way a cold or flu might be and can be carried asymptomatically for a week or longer. Individuals can be spreading the disease well before they're aware they're infected. As we've seen in Wuhan, once it reaches a population it's capable of infecting numbers of people on an exponential trend. This is not inevitable, I think, and transmission can be substantially reduced by ordinary hygiene such as regular hand washing, but it would be foolish to pretend there's no risk.

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  8. 6 hours ago, Eikokurai said:

    I don’t see how that resolves the central problem of crowds gathering in one place.

    It wouldn't. But they could hold a perfunctory basho at the Kokugikan with no audience and without the extra expense of an out-of-town venue, travel, and lodging.

  9. On 09/02/2020 at 03:55, Benihana said:

    Well, when even 2 fieldgoal attempts by John Wick can't down an ex-sumotori, the myth has to be true...


    I'm sure most will recognize the ex-sekitori, but just in case, that's Yamamotoyama in his post-NSK career.

  10. On 21/10/2019 at 00:56, Akinomaki said:

    That's basically just your personal zabuton - these are allowed. You only have to take care not to block the view of those in the boxes behind you, which is guaranteed if the thing is not much wider and higher than your shoulders while sitting.

    Just use caution when flinging it after a yokozuna defeat.

    On 08/02/2020 at 06:17, since_94 said:

    I have seen Japanese bring in stacks (literally) of their own personal cushions to supplement the provided zabuton 

    Which is understandable, because the zabuton they supply are basically the thickness of cardboard.

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  11. Well, that's another thing. I don't remember much discussion about the OBSC being outright yaocho. Wasn't it always presumed to be more like a kind of tacit understanding among participants?

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  12. On 03/02/2020 at 09:58, ALAKTORN said:

    It indeed was before the time of some members. OBSC is old news. This happened when Kotoōshū and Kakuryū were still ōzeki. The new guard doesn’t care to do it.

    I was also noticing there seemed to be much less back-scratching going on.

    I don't know if it's that they don't care to do it so much that the current ozeki seem much more vulnerable to injury. Kaio or Kotooshu or Chiyotaikai might have been able to avoid kadoban or demotion with a favor or two, but for the most part the new guard's losing records come with a pretty serious collapse, and a favor or two from a fellow ozeki won't save them anymore. Looking over the past year or two, the only time it might have helped was Tochinoshin's 7-8 score in Osaka last year, when one win would have saved him his rank, and both Takayasu and Goeido could have well afforded to give it to him. In all other cases it would have been either futile, or other ozeki couldn't spare the loss.

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  13. I have to say I'm a little puzzled by those insisting Enho's opponents will "figure him out" at some point. He's very far from a one-trick pony. If anything, it's Enho who will figure out approaches against opponents where he's been unsuccessful. He's extraordinarily adaptable, and is perfectly willing to meet a tachi-ai full on if it's the right approach for his specific fight.

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  14. 5 hours ago, Benevolance said:

    I cannot see either of them retiring before the Olympics. There are only three tournaments left. If each competes in at least one of those, they can both delay retirement until the post-August festivities. And given their lackluster performances last year, they'll each both win only one of those three tournaments, like the washed-up, dried-out, incompetent has-beens they are. 

    I bet Hakuho will even suffer multiple losses -- as many as two or three! -- in one of his yusho tournaments. Clearly, well past his prime. Might as well take him out back of the barn.

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  16. 8 hours ago, Kaminariyuki said:
    11 hours ago, dada78641 said:

    Just wanted to post this screenshot of Enho's amazing ashi-tori. I'm sure no one will bet against this appearing in the highlights reel when the basho is over.



    Again, it's going to be tough to wait until NHK highlights this evening...

    I cheered Enho's amazing ashitori as loudly as anyone at that moment, but I have to wonder just what's going on with the gyoji's ass in this picture? That's quite a bit more badonkadonk going on than I expect from these guys.

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  17. I've been keeping an eye on Midorifuji for a couple of years now, and I hope he can get one more win to ensure a good juryo spot for March. He's a smaller rikishi -- the last weight for him in the sumodb is from his debut in 2016 unfortunately, and I'm sure he's added at least a few kilos since then, but he's not huge and has probably benefited greatly from Harumafuji's instruction.