Kozaru

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  1. Kozaru

    Goeido Yusho!

    Yusho portraits are only for honbasho. Yes, I know. The point being that if they don't win something OTHER than this event, and SOON, they will no longer be represented in the rafters. So who was the moody knob? I'm dying to find out! ;-)
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    Ozumo - sport or not?

    Holy crap. I have a policy to try to be civil to everybody here, so rather than respond to that last post (which could likely not be done in a civil manner), or defend my right to discuss sumo here, I'll vacate the thread. I will not be drawn into telling anybody off, like the militant wing. I hope that others will respect my right to like sumo for the reasons that I do and my right to not agree with their opinion. My opinions on what I like and don't like, are in fact irrefutable, by definition.
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    Ozumo - sport or not?

    I admit I always considered you an inferior to super duper inferior fan and I think you should go back to your K1 or MM2 or whatever place you came from. Now, if I could only remember who you actually are.. Now, to the point-I am a hardcore fan, but do not fellate my entire life with one team, and I actually do not have nothing better to live for, so I guess I am der hardcore fan after all.. What? You're attempting to put fans into 2 categories based on a couple of examples. I know several BIG sumo fans, big enough to create websites and forums on the topic, who hate the henka and all non-forward-moving sumo. By your definition, they are casual. I hate henka, yes because it robs me as a paying fan of excitement, but don't mind backward-moving sumo. My comment about the sports fans and death was NOT directed at you or anybody else on this board. It was an observation about sports in the world which I thought we'd all agree with. As sumo fans, we have no 'team'. That should have been obvious. And if you are not one who would write a team's name on your tombstone, then it should have been obvious that I wasn't talking about you. I HATE K-1, boxing, MMA, UFC, and all other sports in which the object is to beat a guy unconscious or into surrender. I HATE hockey fights. How many serious over-generalisations are you willing to make about me and people like me (or more accurately, people not like you)? And you're telling me to leave? Is this for real? Thanks for your respect for my opinion and what attracts me to sumo. I appreciate it. Super-duper inferior. Ha! Point proven. Note my earlier post in which Nishi and I told each other that we respect each other's reasons for liking sumo. Why does it matter who I am? I don't know who you are. Did I miss the orientation party? Asashosakari must be buttering the popcorn now. I wouldn't have reacted so harshly if you hadn't told me to leave. There seems to be a lot of that going around. Too bad. I also had a feeling that this thread could not continue in the civil manner that Nishi and I began it in, because of the militant wing of Sumo Forum.
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    Ozumo - sport or not?

    I'd like somebody to take a stab at my question. Why is it that the National Hockey League has no less than 4 annual trophies for leadership and human qualities, but sumo, despite all its talk and a well-defined system of material reward and recognition, has none? And why shouldn't they? What's wrong with a new award(s) for such qualities? I'm also half-expecting somebody to tell me that they do have such awards, and I'm just not aware of them.
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    Ozumo - sport or not?

    So a serious fan is one who wants to kill? I figured a serious fan might understand that it's a sport. I knew you wouldnt understand, honest. I meant a fanatic fan, a seriously devoted fan, ask those that want Henry dead, they may speak your language better than it. But I feel you already knowed that.. It's funny, because while I'm a big sumo fan, I fit into your description of a casual sumo fan. And while I understand the sportsmanship you described in your soccer example (qualifying me as a real fan, not finding the sportsmanship amusing), I don't watch soccer at all. So I can only conclude that your examples were over-generalisations. But this is why I wrote in a previous post that I think some people on the board consider me an 'inferior fan' (or second-rate) compared to them. Not that I think it's something to be super-proud of to be a hardcore fan of a sport. Some people define themselves in that way, affiliating their entire life with one team (reaching even into funerals and gravestones), and I find that so sad that people have nothing better to live for.
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    Ozumo - sport or not?

    I agree with that! So a serious fan is one who wants to kill? I figured a serious fan might understand that it's a sport. Who is it?! Can I get some popcorn too? Oh....... What?! No! Sports have competition! Those guys (and gals) are actors, stuntmen. What?! No! Sports have to be athletic! For the less-informed or more-misguided of you, here is the perfect definition of sport: an athletic competition that has no points for style. Note that this excludes figure skating, half-pipe snowboarding, and pretty much half the events at the Olympics. As soon as you have points for style, you become an art. Real sports don't get judged on the competitors' costumes, how well the accompanying music matches their dance steps, or how cool something looked. Can you imagine a homerun being worth more if you smile pretty while you're hitting it?
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    Asashoryu's future? Speculations

    What are the odds on Vince McMahon calling him?
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    Goeido Yusho!

    So is that it for the Japanese? Once every 7 years they'll win this event, and that's all? Soon enough there won't be any Japanese yusho portraits left in the rafters. Nishi, who was the moody knob? I have 2 guesses, Kotooshu or Takamisakari. It was funny to watch Takami stare down Hakuho. That isn't quite an accurate choice of words, but I can't think of another way to describe it. Hakuho was laughing when he turned around, and Kisenosato was having a chuckle sitting next to the ring.
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    Ozumo - sport or not?

    When was the last time YOU saw someone win "priest of the year" or get a "best robes in mass" award? Obviously the non-sport element is not competitive. How could you even think that was an arguement? Actually, I was very serious. The National Hockey League in the US and Canada has at least 4 trophies awarded annually for leadership, sportsmanship, community contribution and dedication. The fact that sumo does not have such awards (they don't, do they?) is very interesting, considering all the talk about how important it is. Lady Byng Memorial Trophy: for the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability. Bill Masterson Memorial Trophy: for the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey. King Clancy Memorial Trophy: for the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and who has made a significant humanitarian contribution to his community. Mark Messier Leadership Award: recognizes an individual as a superior leader within their sport, and as a contributing member of society.
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    Asashoryu INTAI - Feb 4 2010

    Here, Haru 2007 playoff. What a rip-off!
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    Asashoryu INTAI - Feb 4 2010

    Fair point. But perhaps Chiyonofuji was more gifted than even Asa. It's hard to say what Asa's talents would have allowed him to accomplish, minus the personality. The playoff I'm talking about was in Haru 2007 while Hak was still an Ozeki. It was his first yusho with Asa actually present in the tournament. I'd be surprised if it did last 0.5 seconds. Kimarite was hatakikomi right off the bat. Asa kinda deserved it, as he had just henka'd Chiyo a few minutes before to get into the match in the first place.
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    Asashoryu INTAI - Feb 4 2010

    It's arguable that without that personality (which I stress would be quite average in Western sports), he never would have been so good in the first place. It was his fire and intensity that got him to where he was. For example, Asashoryu was 5-1 career in (Makuuchi) playoffs. When he needed to win, he brought the fire! His only loss? That ugly henka by Ozeki Hakuho, resulting in the most disappointing playoff match ever. For comparison, Hakuho, who has much less fire, is a mere 3-4 in playoffs, with one of those wins being the ugly henka of Asashoryu. It could be argued that without the henka, Asa would be 6-0 in playoffs, and Hakuho a mere 2-5. But even without it, the trend seems clear. Now WHO has the personality of greatness?
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    Asashoryu INTAI - Feb 4 2010

    Maybe the press can chase his car and try to kill him with an accident in a tunnel. Then they get to write even more about him and sell the photos of his corpse. That might satisfy the vultures.
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    Ozumo - sport or not?

    Where do you get the nerve to directly quote my wife? She says it to you, too?!
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    Ozumo - sport or not?

    Which is why it's impossible to have a game called "Guess the Banzuke" for example, because everyone would have a perfect score everytime. I know you're half-joking here. Only if it was based on a computer algorithm. You're talking about ranking guys with different amounts of wins and losses at different ranks, and trying to be fair to them relative to the guys around them. Sometimes the slot they 'belong in' is not open. It's tough to do, like making a class schedule for a whole school.