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  1. sekitori

    Trump coming to the basho

    What I don't understand is why women who tried to help a sick person are not allowed on the dohyo because it's considered to be sacred ground. Yet a person who is doing his best to destroy the earth's environment apparently will be. Very strange.
  2. If the YDC decides that Hakuho deserves some sort of punishment for his handclapping call, the ideal one would be to suspend him for the Natsu basho--in which of course, he almost certainly will go kyujo due to his bicep injury. It will look as if they made a decisive move (which wasn't decisive at all) against a rikishi who has seriously ignored sumo tradition (which of course, he didn't). By doing this, the YDC would uphold a tradition that they believe is important (others may not) and Hakuho will miss a basho in which he didn't intend to compete. It would be a case of a very weak charge resulting in an equally weak penalty. As they say in basketball, "no harm, no foul".
  3. sekitori

    Ikioi’s recovery

    If Ikioi (or anyone else, for that matter) hasn't fully recovered from infections like this or other extremely severe medical problems and he and his advisors decide that he will still enter the next basho, does the NSK have the authority, after checking with medical personnel, to ban him from competing, saying that doing so could have extremely detrimental health consequences? And if they can, have they ever used that authority in the past?
  4. sekitori

    Ikioi’s recovery

    This is a quote from the Johns Hopkins Medicine website, one of the best hospitals and medical schools in the USA. Akōgyokuseki is absolutely correct . Complications could get worse--much, much worse. "Complications of cellulitis can be very serious. These can include extensive tissue damage and tissue death (gangrene). The infection can also spread to the blood, bones, lymph system, heart, or nervous system. These infections can lead to amputation, shock, or even death." (The bold print is mine.)
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    Hakuho Injures Arm Haru Basho 2019

    The bicep muscles (called biceps brachii) at the front of the arm are flexor muscles which bend the forearm toward the upper arm. When someone is asked to "make a muscle", they do that by flexing the bicep. The triceps brachii at the back of the arm are extensor muscles which straighten it. In other words, they are muscular antagonists. To bend the forearm, the biceps contracts and the triceps relaxes. To extend the forearm, the triceps contracts and the biceps relaxes. When Hakuho said,. "Little by little I'm starting to be able to bend my arm", he had to be referring to his biceps. How do I know all this? I was a dentist who was requireed to take a course in gross anatomy in dental school. I also had help with some of my wording from my friend, Mr. Google.
  6. sekitori

    Top 10 Sumo Records Haru 2019 Edition

    I believe there have been 89 bashos since Hakuho has been in makunouchi, but he was kyujo in five of them. That led me to the number that he actually entered--84. Again, correct me if I'm mistaken.
  7. sekitori

    Top 10 Sumo Records Haru 2019 Edition

    I believe that Hakuho has entered 84 bashos as a makunouchi rikishi. If that number is not exact, please correct me. Out of those 84, he won 42 yushos. That figure is absolutely astounding. And according to Wakatake's figures, he has 21 jun-yushos as well. That means he has 63 first and second place finishes, a 75% record--which is even more amazing. Nothing that man does surprises me any longer.
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    Hakuho Injures Arm Haru Basho 2019

    There is a huge difference between surgery being an option and surgery being a necessity. Hakuho was obviously infomed by medical experts that unlike Kisenosato, his injury will heal properly without it. Although it will take some time for the healing process to occur, that's the option he chose and I think it was the most intelliegent one. At this stage of his career, he can afford to miss as many bashos as needed for this to occur. The only thing I question is his use of the words that "surgery would take too much time". I think he meant something entirely different--like surgery has some risk and that natual healing, while taking a while to occur, is his best course of action. As for coming back too soon, I beleve that Hakuho won't return until he and his doctors feel that he is healthy once again and that he is in condition to complete at the high level expected of him. For someone who has set almost every record possible and wants to prolong his career up to and maybe beyond the Olympics, how long that may take doesn't really matter.
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    Hakuho Injures Arm Haru Basho 2019

    Since Hakuho can take as long as necessary for an injury to heal without surgery (and knowing that this kind of injury can heal completely without it), this is the wisest decision possible. On the other hand, there are instances where surgery obviously is the primary choice. However, some of those in sumo seem to ignore that fact. The most obvious example is of course, the desruction of Kisenosato's career. Another would be Endo who with surgery on hiis knee, would be a much more successful rikishi than he is now. I somehow can understand the totally misguided thinking of Endo's advisors. They didn't want him to fall well down the banzuke during the recovery process. So instead he missed no further bashos---and with a permanently weakened knee, has remained well below his perceived potential. Kisenosato, unlike Endo, could have taken as long as needed to fully recover from surgery and have no risk of losing rank. Why it was avoided for such a severe injury continues to astound me---and many others as well.
  10. The previous time that Hakuho won a yusho (also zensho) was Aki, 2018. The following basho, Kyushu, he was kyujo. He returned in January with a 10-4-1. He won again in Osaka, again zensho. Notice the pattern so far—zensho yusho; kyujo; return to competition without yusho; another zensho yusho. It appears that if his arm injury hasn’t completely healed, he could very well be kyujo for the upcoming Natsu basho just as he was in Kyushu. If that happens, the pattern would continue and this is what his record would look like: Aki 2018--zensho yusho Kyushu 2018—kyujo Hatsu 2019--10-4-1 Haru 2019--zensho yusho Natsu 2019—kyujo If he is kyujo in May, does that suggest that he will return in Nagoya without winning but will again pull off another zensho yusho in the Aki basho? This doesn't make any sense but based only on conjecture, the idea seems kind of interesting. And if by some miracle this does happen, remember that you heard about it here first.
  11. sekitori

    New Ozeki Takakeisho

    Asashoryu was an amazing athlete. While he was able to adopt yotsu-zumo techniques and perform them very effectively, I doubt if the vast majority of rikishis (including Takakeisho) could even begin to do anything like that. He was an extreme exception to the rule that rikishis can't develop new tecniques--and master them to the degree that he did. While Takakeisho may be an excellent rikishi, he's not close to being the athlete that Asashoryu was. Very few people are.
  12. sekitori

    New Ozeki Takakeisho

    Positive predictions regarding the future of any rikishi should always contain the words "barring injury". Example--Tochinoshin who won his first yusho, looked great doing it, and was promoted to ozeki. He then got hurt and he's never been the same. He'll be a sekiwake in May. An even worse scenario applies to Kisenosato who also won his first yusho, was promoted to yokozuna, immediately won his second one and then---disaster. And what about Terunofuji and Baruto who had extremely promising futures at one time? They are just a few of many. I keep thinking of what Endo might have become without an ACL injury that was allowed to improperly heal on its own without surgery, thereby weakening it permanently. With successful surgery, would he have reached the very high echelons that many people were predicting for him? Who knows? But he definitely would be more successful than he is now. There have been countless rikishis whose careers were either slowed or stopped completely because they got hurt. I can only hope that Takakeisho (or any other rikishi for that matter), never becomes the victim of a severe injury. But they're playing a very difficult game against very strong people and injury, often career hindering and sometimes career ending, unfortunately happens to be a part of it---a very big part of it.
  13. sekitori

    Hakuho Injures Arm Haru Basho 2019

    From what I've learned, bicep tears at the pectoral area are far more severe than those toward the center of the muscle. Nevertheless, it can take time for the tear to completely heal--possibly two months and sometmes longer. He may do the dohyo-iri at the jungyo but I doubt if he'll do much more than that. There's a very good chance of his going kyujo in May and if the injury hasn't completely healed, possibly Nagoya as well.
  14. sekitori

    Hakuho Injures Arm Haru Basho 2019

    He has undoubtedly seen more than one of them--probably several. Hakuho must have an army of personnel taking care of his medical needs. I'm sure he's getting the best advice possible and if that includes waiting a while for the injury to improve on its own, that's good enough--at least for now. If the medical experts thought that this was an extremely severe injury, he certainly would have already undergone additional medical tests. They still may have to be done but at the moment, they probably feel that they aren't required. No matter what the prognosis may be, he may very well go kyujo in May. Hakuho and other yokozunas have the option of missing bashos without penalty so that injuries can completely heal. In the military services, it's known as RHIP--"rank has its privileges".
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    Haru Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Although Hakuho may occasionally lose focus, he never loses it in matches where the yusho is at stake--unless as in the Kisenosato bout, he apparently never had it in the first place. Kotoshogiku had already won the yusho by the time Hakuho faced Harumafuji. His match was meaningless and a loss meant absolutely nothing. I think his only goal was to get it over with as quickly as possible and wait for the next basho--which by the way, he won.