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    The Ultimate Sumo Information Repository, Version 2.0

    I think a "wiki" approach is more likely to succeed. Perhaps jumpstarted with an initial framework, maybe. A comprehensive sumo information repository is more of a "life's work" sort of thing, and is a monumental and heroic undertaking. Seriously. It would, (and will, in effect) take several lifetimes. The amount of information contained in this forum alone, pictures, opinions, stats, and writings at all levels is an impressive thing. Some kind of archiving of this forum would be a fine beginning to the "framework".
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    Azuma: I am thinking of the "Unthinkable."

    I think we are in for a year of changes. Tochiazuma's body is so torn apart, I am amazed that he has gone this long. He won't be around in 2008, I think. Kaio is not doing good keiko, and is losing a lot of muscle in the last 2 years. A LOT. He's still stonger than anyone, but time is not on his side. Now he is talking about being the "gatekeeper" . It is not a role that suits him, and it won't satisfy him. I think a loss of drive, and a bit of some contentment outside the dohyo is the end of the Tsuna, and Kaio is finally there. I hoped so much that we see one more solid run at the tsuna out of him this year, but we won't. Tosanoumi is losing his shine, a little bit more than last year. many of our guys are on the north side of 30. In sumo that is like being 65. Eligible for social security. Tochi is "only" 30, but an old 30, even for a rikishi. He will be happy to be a young man again when he is Oyakata. Kaio is 34. He will be a fine young man again, when he is oyakata, too. Taikai and Mickey are not so old as Tochi , even though they are the same age. Miyabiyama is getting older now too. He was younger last basho, and felt "indian summer" . Maybe not anymore. 'Zakura's are not getting any younger. Younger brother is soon 33. They are too fun to intai though. Otsukasa looks slightly fresher than "use by" date, but still is fading fast.
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    Featured Rikishi - Kisenosato

    Kisenosato... :-P He seems consistent. There is something about him I just don't get. Is he at his peak? He seems rather well suited to be Komosubi/Sekiwake, but I have a hard time envisioning his sumo as Ozeki. It just doesn't have that "pop" yet. Fundamentally, he is sound, I guess, but his aura on the dohyo does not seem extraordinary. Much like Kotomitsuki, perhaps more like Wakanosato. Recognizably strong, and technically sound, but just not the type that inspires awe. he is so young, it is impossible to tell. He has come so far in such a short time, that we haven't had a great sense of his true potential. I think he is heating the wall. His level is higher than many, but not as high as some. And perhaps he is perennial Sekiwake. I just don't see his level rising that much anytime soon. It is a big jump to go from continuous 8-7 at this level, to 11-3. Surly attitude notwithstanding, he is no Ama in fighting spirit, and is not Yokozuna's level in power and skill. Needs momentum, and doesn't have any now. Consecutive 8-7 records are not momentum. he goes easily better than 98% of rest of sumo. but last 2% is not his. Generally seems to lose lately to anyone ranked at or above his own rank. This is not a good sign. Very young, but soon will be 21, and then 22. Needs to get better soon.
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    Missing persons

    Wherethe heck is Adachi/Mark? I haven't seen much of him lately. Speaking of missing persons, I haven't seen much of Burainoan, Dejimasama, Hoshifransu, Kashunowaka or Yoavoshimaru, either? QTTP either. (perhaps to the benefit of some?) Not so long ago, these were quite active voices here on the forum, and now quiet. I wonder about Leela as well? Did she ever find out about boyfriend? And also, Kagami Ifumi. He was a sumo, and now we hear no more from him. Potentially interesting conversations, and insights are missed.
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    Day 15 Pics - Hatsu 2007

    "ONE! TWO! Two sansho! Ah-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha! (Showing respect...) That fit's disturbingly well....
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    Kotooshu loses tamely to the Yokozuna

    Did he just bring the devastating "keyboard warriors" gambit into Sumoforum? (Showing respect...) I thought the throw was lovely. It would be hard to resist that kind of powerful twist/throw, even if you WEREN'T Kotooshu.
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    I saw many gaijins on TV during matches. There were some blondies that were easy to spot towards the right side of the screen, a couple seats back. Three(?) gaijin guys at the very front on the left side. Got a very good view of Asashoryu's backside during the NHK interview. One Indian lady, in a sari? I didn't see Nishinoshima, or maybe I did and don't remember, but someone else did. Forumers? Must be very nice. I will do it soon. Sumo is a very good thing, as a wise man says. To be there, close enough to feel the power of it, is quite nice. Dohyo Iri from directly in front of Asashoryu must be a very humbling experience. Nice you all were there.
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    Sumo almanac

    something like this? Don't they come out every basho? There's a good pic of Bart with short hair in this, and a lot of b&w stuff. Nice poster, and some color stuff of the upper guys and gyoji's. I'll scan some of the pages and post them sometime.
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    Imada dai-yokozuna tariezu!

    It's true, to some degree. Three of the Ozeki are chronic basket-cases, one is just accident prone, and one of them has the quality of something plastic at walmart. The rest of the batch are mediocre compared to Asashoryu. For a long time, I was not so hot on Asashoryu. I just thought he was the best of a bad crop. Which is, to a certain point, true. But nowadays, I think more of him. Sure there is a bad crop, and little to challenge him, but he really tries. I think it must really bother him to feel that he has no rival. Every time we turn around, he is saying so. He wants a rival, the more the better. He knows his legacy will suffer. Thus far in his career, there will be an * next to his name. The foot note will read, (*records established in a time when sumo was at it's lowest level ever), in a great many people's eyes. 100 yusho would be the worst possible thing, legacy wise. Who wants that record. It's like dancing 100 dances at the prom with the ugliest girl in the county.
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    another one

    I thought you didn't like "giving a man a fish". Perhaps you can teach me to draw instead? :-) Seriously thank you for your generous offer. I will indeed accept a free picture, but please allow me to send something sumo in return. Giving a sketch to a friend, even an imaginary "cyber-friend" just because it's nice, and will maybe add a smile, or a nice moment to his world, is a whole lot different than giving an imaginary person a welfare check, because "society owes it to them." Some day when I am in Tokyo, you can take me to meet Wakanoho, or Homasho, and after, we can share a nice argument about social issues over a Kirin Ichiban. That I will accept as payment.
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    Juryo Yusho

    It seems that unless Tochiozan and Kobo manage to win all their matches this week, we can expect a 10-5 yusho in Juryo. Or maybe an 11-4 is more likely, huh? but then again, a 12-way playoff at 9-6 isn't really such a stretch, is it?
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    Featured Rikishi - Homasho

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xeaWAbANdGA This is Nishi's video of Homasho and Asashoryu. Asa seems to like him as well.
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    another one

    Sounds dangerous. :-) pm me the required info, and it's yours.
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    another one

    Sorry, I don't do prices. You may only have one if you agree to accept it for free. Wakanoho is a very interesting face, and your story about him makes him even more interesting to study carefully.
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    Featured Rikishi - Homasho

    The first part says less than you probably think it does...28/29 pretty much is the average age for Makuuchi rikishi to reach their peak. If Homasho really is "young" in the physical sense, he should still have some room to improve even in his early 30s. At any rate, we're just starting to get a sense for how collegiate rikishi might age, now that the glut of mid-1990s tsukedashi rikishi is in their early to mid 30s...my early impression is that their peak isn't significantly later (maybe at most one year on average, as a semi-educated guess), but that the reduced wear on their bodies allows them to have a more drawn-out decline phase. Of course, assuming the amount of ex-college rikishi in Makuuchi remains as high as it is right now (and that's probably a good assumption to make), there won't be much of a comparative advantage in that for Homasho unless he really does manage to shift/extend his peak. BTW, I'm not sure that Takanowaka and Shimotori are particularly apt comparisons to make the point you're trying to make. Takanowaka isn't just "a couple of years older", but rather five (!), and Shimotori is a collegiate rikishi (his age at entry was just 9 months lower than Homasho's) so he's actually a perfect example of how it is possible to be washed up even if you're still on the right side of 30 and had a comparatively low amount of wear and tear. Maybe we are talking up Homasho a little bit, but it seems for good reason. He's got a lot of potential, and I was just saying that he is more of a "special case" than is often thought. He maybe isn't so young chronologically, but he is extremely young, Ozumo-wise, and he shows a lot of potential. That's all. Maybe he doesn't go to Ozeki in the next year, but he certainly has the physical tools to do it. Seems determined and committed as well. Bad examples, you are right. Homasho's story is sort of cool too. He was a college rikishi. Maybe was good? But he quit and now comes back. So, I guess he did not experience the full course of college sumo either, so he is not as refined as he might someday become. I think he will hang around at upper makuuchi for a while, and get experience. He didn't do so bad this basho. Takamisakari is unusually good this basho. Losing to Ama is not reason to dismiss him. Kotomitsuki is strong this basho. No disgrace there. The "boy wonder" Kisenosato lost to some of the same names Homasho did, and it doesn't go against him even though he looked worse in doing it. I know, I know. Bad comparison. But still. Maybe we should actually let Homasho turn into "the new Asasekiryu" before we pronounce him such. Besides, I like that he bows and is respectful.
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    another one

    Still no takers?
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    Doreen Simmons Hates Us!

    (I am not worthy...) quoted from the SML, pretty harsh words from the cranky old luddite. While we are on the the word "hate" - I hate her dull boring commentary on NHK English broadcast. I sometimes feel there is certain snobbery at times held by some of the gaijin elders of Sumo, its pretty disappointing. I enjoy reading her contributions to KTO magazine in Japan and her few and far betweens offerings on the the SML but I feel its a real shame Doreens vast sumo knowledge wasnt possesed by someone more generous and affable like our own Jonosuke. What a waste. I "love" the Sumo forum and I "love" the format and as far as the atmosphere goes it mostly very good and while we have some clowns alright, we also have the ability to block them. I will be contributing here long after other sumo "fans" are gone. To each, his/her own, I suppose. I like sumoforum. I like that we have disagreements, and the we are all allowed our opinions, even if they are against the majority. Doreen is entitled to think as little, or as much, of me as she wants, right? It's all ok. I enjoy that our little sumoforum is a conversation that has lasted us several years, and it isn't just a one sided thing. Maybe it isn't all polite, and gentle, all the time, but that's ok by me. If it doesn't suit Doreen, then that's cool too. Her disapproval of our brand of enthusiasm toward sumo doesn't detract from my enjoyment in the least. In fact, it validates sumoforum if you ask me, that we are even worth mentioning. Anyway, don't go down that path...you don't need to respond in kind. Even if her commentary is not so great, you're better off without joining the hate fest.
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    Day 14 Pics - Hatsu 2007

    very nice (I am not worthy...)
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    another one

    Kaiho? Really??? It's supposed to be Kisenosato. It a little bit of a relief, I should say, that you guys could tell I was thinking of him when I did it.
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    Persistence Watch

    He did have a good match, actually. That wasn't such a bad loss. He just has poor balance, and, ummm...Light contact? on the doyho. Not much traction. Maybe he can learn it, or maybe not, but at least he fights. That's good, even if he doesn't go anywhere. I generally like the lowest ranked guys, because they are doing sumo without any reward, sort of, and often it is just a very personal thing. Not everyone will make it to any level in sumo, but it's cool to see a guy who is battling his own way through, and little else matters. At least he's trying. But Sugishita didn't even try. You guys were talking about how hard it is, and that "you should try it", and so on. Well, I think that it isn't so easy to generalize on the positive side either. I suspect that there are a whole lot of "disgruntled" guys in sumo, like Nishi said. And maybe a lot of them "break" and go away. Some of them break, and don't go away. Like Sugishita here, he really should consider his options, I think. I admire perseverance. In fact, I live by the principle. But when it goes beyond perserverance, into whatever, then it is time to rethink.
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    Persistence Watch

    Oh, honestly. >(Sign of approval...) Sugishita was falling down BEFORE the tachiai. Nobody is that pathetic. He's doing it on purpose. It's some kind of "attitude" thing. All he's going to to is get his name in the record books (if there is such a record) and then ditch sumo. That way he can tell his idiot friends at the Family Mart that he was a rikishi, and that he holds the record....blah blah. He's just a slacker with an attitude, and he's an insult to sumo.
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    Featured Rikishi - Homasho

    He doesnt' seem to be heating the wall just yet. Honorable wins, so far. Only one spot of bad sumo manners, and he's just hanging in there. He may be 25, but in sumo years, he's just a baby. Quite a late bloomer, in fact. He only just started Ozumo in March of 2004, and has worked his way up rather quickly. His record is "only" 115-58, though not as impressive looking in makuuchi at 41-32. His body has just not taken the pounding of someone like Hokutoriki, Shimotori, or Takanowaka, even Miyabiyama(who are only a couple years older, but each have hundreds and hundreds of matches more in Ozumo) Asasekiryu is basically the same age, and has hundreds more matches in sumo, and signed up 4 years earlier. That's four years more wear and tear, that Homasho doesn't have, and he's already higher up the banzuke. I think he has no sumo sense yet, and is sitting at Maegashira #4 on natural ability alone. In the next couple of years, he will hone his skills, and become really a threat to make Ozeki. I think his skills are better than the newer ozeki already, but not as good as the older ones were, once upon a time. And at the moment, he is not "the second coming of Asashoryu" , for sure. But give him some time, and he should develop into a good match. He's just going to be hitting his peak around 28-30, and should sustain at least 3-5 years after that. Hakuho is hitting his stride early in his life, but already at his 21 has more than twice as many matches as Homasho. I think his peak will have come and gone before Homasho's begins. Age has less to do with it, for all sumo's probably, than cumulative injury effect, and wearing out mind and body.
  23. I think they put the silicone implant in the wrong place??? kidding.... Ouch
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    Rikishi Talk Day 7 Hatsu 2007

    did he really? Please tell me this is a "loose" translation....please? Ugghhh. It's like Dumb and Dumber, I swear. He's got the refinement and tact of a sledgehammer. Combine these types of "un-humble" remarks with his brother's behavior, and you have all sorts of fodder for anti-gaijin factions to work with. I don't side with the anti-gaijin forces, at all. But I can see where they get their ammunition. (Shaking head...) A little sensitivity to the situation, would be nice.