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    Takagenji Caught Smoking Weed

    Wakakirin? He spent some time in jail before he was given bail, though his eventual prison sentence was suspended.
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    Hakuho retires

    A shame that we won't get to see a Hakuho-Terunofuji yokozuna rivalry, however brief, especially as we were robbed through injury of a Hakuho-Kisenosato yokozuna rivalry as well.
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    New Juryo for Kyushu 2021

    His salt-throwing routine was quite amusing too.
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    Hakuho retires

    Yeah, appears I got that bit wrong.
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    Hakuho retires

    Well of course all sumo personnel are completely unbiased :) That's why the shimpan can oversee decisions involving their own rikishi. Anyway, although as Hakuho demonstrated the rikishi can call one, they can't take any further part in it, so any opportunities to take a win away from a rival are limited. I have a vague recollection years ago of Takanonami raising his hand by the ringside - but then denying afterwards that his intention was to call a monoii.
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    Ichinojo acquires Japanese citizenship

    Well, it's a job. Guaranteed income until 65.
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    Long Kachikoshi Streaks - Aki 2021

    Any word on the results?
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    Happy Birthday, Asashosakari!

    Happy Birthday!
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    Hakuho retires

    And Akebono would have entered in January 2001 if he hadn't been injured. He retired after that tournament.
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    Sumo Reference Updates

    Yokozuna hasn't always been a rank on the banzuke though.
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    Aki Basho 2021 - Discussion Thread (Spoilers!)

    For that to happen, Endo, Onosho and Myogiryu would all have to lose (and Terunofuji win of course). Seems fairly unlikely.
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    Asahifuji kanreki dohyo-iri

    It's said that Kokonoe was unpopular amongst some of his fellow oyakata, because of his high handed attitude (it was claimed that he was never able to bow to anybody) and that lack of support was why he was never able to make a credible run at becoming rijicho. But I doubt that extended to Hakkaku, judging by his shocked and emotional reaction to Kokonoe's death. (Not to mention that Hokutoumi would never have become yokozuna were it not for the endless training sessions Chiyonofuji put him through.)
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    Trivia bits

    Aren't the torikumi for low-rankers drawn up at such a late stage that fusen are rare?
  14. Doesn't seem quite so much of an "inevitable march to a fifth Emperor's Cup" after today.
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    Aki Basho 2021 - Discussion Thread (Spoilers!)

    If you look you will see there were no designated East Ozeki for that tournament. For some reason Nayoroiwa is listed as a haridashi, or overhang on the banzuke, so Akinoumi needed to be a YO so there was an Ozeki on the East side.
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    Aki Basho 2021 - Discussion Thread (Spoilers!)

    Nice idea but you don't see shukunsho awarded for seriously troubling a yokozuna, only for beating them.
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    Aki Basho 2021 - Discussion Thread (Spoilers!)

    Don't think so, yes Ura's attempt failed but he still got pushed to the ground.
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    Aki Basho 2021 - Discussion Thread (Spoilers!)

    Rikishi not bowing properly is a particular bugbear of mine. The not-at-all-missed Takagenji was another one.
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    Aki Basho 2021 - Discussion Thread (Spoilers!)

    Yeah will be a long time before anyone beats the OBSC's finest, Kaio and Chiyotaikai.
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    Takagenji Caught Smoking Weed

    I hardly think Takatoriki's sumo career can be called mediocre. Unless you're referring to his oyakata career, but that never really had time to get going.
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    Long Kachikoshi Streaks - Aki 2021

    1. Terunofuji 13-2 2. Ura MK 3. Ichiyamamoto MK 4. Meisei 8-7 5. Shishi MK 6. Fujikawa KK 7. Hagiwara MK 8. Shimoyama MK 9. Chiyoshoma MK 10. Kotoyusho KK 11. Awanokuni KK 12. Akitoba KK 13. Mitakeumi 9-6 14. Kaisho MK TB 14
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    Miyagino beya out of Aki

    I'm beginning to think Hakuho will never again complete two consecutive tournaments.
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    Grand Sumo Breakdown - John Gunning Interview

    When discussion forums come up in Grand Sumo Breakdown they always refer to Reddit sumo rather than this forum, which seems weird to me, but then I think I am about 15 years older than these guys... they know about Kintamayama, but probably more because of his YouTube videos than his posts here.
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    Banzuke for Aki 2021

    The latter, a 4-11 from maegashira 16 followed by a 1-14 from juryo 5 with no obvious injury problems. The jaw fracture in May was his first career kyujo.
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    Takagenji Caught Smoking Weed

    And those who abruptly become oyakata, like Toktisuumi in 2007- apparently he couldn't appear both as a rikishi and Tokitsukaze Oyakata on the same banzuke.