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  1. Kirinoumi

    Trump coming to the basho

    [Deleted. After further thought, I agree my original post was inappropriately political for this forum.] I am pleased that today’s event went smoothly, and I hope the publicity results in more people becoming knowledgeable sumo fans.
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    Games Bugs

    I’m not sure this can be called a bug, but my sub in the Hoshitori Game replaced Takakeisho for days 6 and 7. Then he covered for Ichinojo in days 9-11. However, he doesn’t seem to have moved back to Takakeisho ‘s slot now that Ichinojo is back. Is this perhaps because Ichinojo’s return still needs to be manually entered into the system?
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    Rikishi Status Kyushu 2018 - D14 Late Withdraw

    Yes, of course, I see that now. Sumo Reference tricked me again by defaulting to Day 6. (There goes my Sumo Game lineup. At least I’m ready for tomorrow!)
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    Rikishi Status Kyushu 2018 - D14 Late Withdraw

    Interesting that he is not in the torikumi for today. Rikishi usually pick up one more loss on the day they withdraw.
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    Games Bugs

    It's great to hear Randomitsuki will be continuing all of his efforts with these games. However, my particular group of friends is most concerned about the Hoshitori, which we have all played together for well over a decade. We are now spread all over the globe, and participating in this game has been a wonderful way for us to stay in touch every two months and enjoy sumo together. I greatly appreciate Doitsuyama's many years of hard work in keeping the game running, but not getting the results until Day 7 or even later really takes the fun out of participating. If it is true that our longtime leader is no longer playing the games himself, then maybe it is time to pass the baton to another more invested volunteer. I personally lack the computer expertise, but I know I speak for all of my friends when I say we would be very appreciative if anyone were to take on the task of keeping the Hoshitori alive. Unfortunately, if things continue as they are, we will likely have to let our tradition die and look for other ways to enjoy the basho. Many thanks in advance, Kirinoumi/Kiriazuma
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    Games Bugs

    Over the last few years, the reboot of the Hoshitori Game has been consistently late, but this is the worst I've seen. I have a group of six friends playing, and we really enjoy watching our fortunes go up and down over the course of the basho. Having no results for a full half of the tournament is a real bummer. I'm sure I speak for many when I say I greatly appreciate everything Doitsuyama does for us sumo nerds. (The Sumo Reference site is amazing.) But if real-world obligations have started limiting his time, would it be possible for somebody else to take over this one responsibility -- or at least be a backup so we don't get to nakabi with no results? I'd offer to do it myself, but I don't know what's involved, and I probably don't have the technical skills to do it.
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    Natsu 2015 Basho Talk (spoiler alert!)

    The last Makuuchi playoff I remember with more than two rikishi was in 1997 with Takanohana, Akebono, Musashimaru, and Kaio. You can see what happened here:
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    Rikishi Status Hatsu 2014 - Final

    Wow, your grandfather has good intel. :-)
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    Nagoya 2013 Videos- Promo and All Days

    That was certainly funny, but it also raises some interesting questions. I'm wondering how a rikishi can be "nokote iru" (still in the match) if his hands are touching the dohyo, as Kaorufuji's clearly were when the gyoji was indicating it was game on. How long could he sit there in his shikiri pose before the gyoji would have to say the match was over?
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    2013 Hoshitori Game

    There is usually a slight lag at the beginning of the basho, so I didn't think anything of it the first few days. Now I'm wondering if Doitsuyama even knows about the problem. Has anyone contacted him directly? I hope he is not down with the flu or anything like that.
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    Videos Aki 2012- Days 1-15

    In twenty-plus years of watching sumo I've questioned a few calls, but that may be the first time I've seen absolutely conclusive evidence of a botched call in an official tournament. That's unfortunate for Baruto.
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    Videos Natsu 2012

    There are 2 fundamental styles of sumo, oshi and yotsu. Oshi sumo is pushing, pulling and thrusting. Yotsu sumo is grappling, usually involving mawashi holds and throws. In recent years, oshi sumo has replaced yotsu sumo as the predominant style taught to new recruits. It has been tagged as "forward moving sumo", and it includes both push me and pull you. I'm not sure I agree with this. It depends on what you mean by "in recent years." If you mean the last 20-25 years, I would agree. Oshizumo definitely dominated in the era of Akebono, Konishiki, Musashimaru, Musoyama, Dejima, etc., and this seems to be in contrast to earlier periods. But in the last 5-10 years, I have noticed a distinct preference for yotsuzumo with the dominance of Mongolian rikishi such as Asashoryu, Hakuho, and Kakuryu. If you are just speaking about the youngest recruits in the lower divisions, though, then maybe it has changed again.
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    Pre-bout ritual questions

    Wow, what an excellent, comprehensive answer. Thank you. Any idea about the sand?
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    Pre-bout ritual questions

    Today, as I watched the gyoji and yobidashi performing their duties after the dohyo-iri and before the bouts commenced, I noticed two things I had not noticed before. The first occurred as the gyoji was reading the torikumi for the day. At two points near the end of the list, a yobidashi stepped onto the dohyo, chanted a few words, and then left. Does anyone know what he says? My guess would be something about the following bouts being sanyaku, but I really have no idea. The second thing that puzzled me was that as the yobidashi were dampening and sweeping the dohyo, a man stepped up with what appeared to be a broom and dustpan. He shoveled two or three pan-fulls of dohyo residue into a tray and left. Can anyone explain this? Is he just cleaning the dohyo of excess sand, or will the sand be used for something? I know these are very trivial questions, but I would be thankful if someone could satisfy my curiosity.
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    Ex-rikishi Sentoryu

    Here are a few Daily Yomiuri articles I came across about ex-rikishi Sentoryu. He was the black rikishi from St. Louis who retired a few years ago. It appears he is doing mixed martial arts now. (Sorry if someone else already posted about this. I did a search and couldn't find anything.)