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    Takanoiwa hits his tsukebito

    Wearing bandages and doing henkas may appear to be some sign of weakness to an oyakata. However, they are not general warning signs indicating that a sekitori is going to knock his tsukebito around. The advantage of wearing bandages or having taping is that it somehow makes the rikishi feel better knowing that an injured are has some support around it, even if that support is minimal. As for opponents using that fact to their advantage, I assumed that virtually every rikishi has injuries of some sort and I'm sure it's common knowledge where those injuries are located without having a bandage or tape to indicate the exact area. Unless there is some sort of rule indicating situations when support can or cannot be worn, what's to keep a rikishi from appying tape around a perfectly healthy area? A rikishi can say he wears it for no other reason except that it makes him feel better. His opponent can go for that area, and then find out that that instead of having an advantange, he is now put at a disadvantage. This sounds somewhat devious but is it illegal? If there is a rule concernng use of tape and/or bandages, what is it?
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    A few questions to you guys about Yokozuna

    He didn't come to my forgetful mind when I made up the list. I therefore am renaming the list to "The Six Elite 20+". Wajima was one of my favorites but unfortunately, "only" 14 yushos doesn't qualify. Maybe the next list should be called "The Outstanding 10 and more". But since I also like Harumafuji and he was one yusho short of that number, I'll change it to "The Outstanding 9 and more".
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    A few questions to you guys about Yokozuna

    The Elite 20+. Only Hakuho, Taiho, Chiyonofuji, Asashoryu, and Takanohana II would qualify.
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    From views I've seen of him on the dohyo, it appears that Onosho is wearing one. If he is, are there any other rikishis who wear them as well? Their great advantage of course is protection of the teeth and soft tissues of the mouth. They also can act as shock absorbers between the upper and lower teeth, protecting against jaw fracture, concussion, and possible neck injury. I can see them having great value in an activity such as sumo where head trauma can often occur. On the other hand, they may be uncomfortable for some athletes to tolerate and that could affect their performance. Then of course, there is tradition. I'm sure many sumo purists would consider wearing mouthpieces similar to wearing helmets--absolute sacrelige of a very old, highly respected activity. They will say that proper training should be enough to protect a rikishi's face and head and that mouthguards are unnecessary. They were never around for hundreds of years, so why should rikishis begin wearing them now? An argument against them could also be made that since a rikishi who wears one is better protected than a rikishi who doesn't, he could have an unfair advantage. The American Dental Association (ADA) and the Academy for Sports Dentistry recommend that athletes wear a properly fitted mouthguard for the following sports. I can even understand that some non-contact sports such as acrobatics. equestrian events, volleyball, and squash are included, because there is a possibility of facial injury in all of them. If sumo was widely practiced in the USA, I'm certain it would be included in that list. Acrobatics Baseball Basketball Bicycling Boxing Equestrian events Extreme sports Field hoc Football Gymnastics Handball Ice hockey Inline skating Lacrosse Martial arts Racquetball Rugby Shotputting Skateboarding Skiing Skydiving Soccer Softball Squash Surfing Volleyball Water polo Weightlifting Wrestling
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    Rikishi Status Kyushu 2018 - D14 Late Withdraw

    >He had injuries which he didn't properly address. He either tried to come back prematurely or foought with injuries. He may have had little or nothing to say about treatment of his injuries and when to compete or to go kyujo. Chances are very good that those decisions were made by others. >That was unwise (or stupid). I agree. >He gets no admiration from me. Occasionally, a rikishi may decide on his own whether or not to have medical treatment, including surgery. He may even decide by himself whether to compete in a basho or go kyujo. But for the most part, such decisions are made in conjunction with his oyakata and other advisors. In the case of a rikishi with chronic physical problems lasting over a long period of time, the fault for not addressing them must lie with people who supposedly look out for his welfare--and completely fail to do so. Terunofuji has had to follow advice from a group of people who at least so far, out of seemingly total neglect, have destroyed his career.
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    Hakuhou injured-Kyushu crisis looms

    He had surgery on on both his knee and ankle less than a month ago. Despite the fact that it was minimally invasive, it will take time for him to fully recover. As of now, he obviously hasn't. I wonder what his decision will be.
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    Banzuke for Kyushu 2018

    I'm as big an Ura fan as anyone. Very few, if any rikishis are as entertaining. However, the most positive aspect of his career which I call acrobatic sumo, can also be negative. It opens him to even more possible injury. He needs to understand that he can't continuously use unorthodox techniques that could lead to further injury. He must rely on more conventional sumo in the future and save the acrobatic stuff for occasions where it will be most effective. Traditional sumo isn't as crowd pleasing and it could still lead to injury, but it's safer. Ura is a very talented rikishi. Improving his basic sumo to a level where he can rely on it more may take quite a while but it will pay off in the long run. If it has and if he stays injury free (a very big "if"), I believe his amazing athleticism will take him a long way up the makunouchi ladder. I wish him the very best.
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    Banzuke for Kyushu 2018

    Ura , after a 6-1 basho at Sandanme 91, is now up to 33. It's possible he'll be in Makushita in January. He has a long way to go but so far, so good.
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    Hakuhou injured-Kyushu crisis looms

    Compared to other types of endoscopic knee surgery, removal of a bone chip is one of the most insignificant of all. The fact remains however, that Hakuho's knee underwent a surgical procedure and surgery, no matter how minor it may be, takes time to heal. The fact that Hakuho wants to compete really doesn't matter. The question is whether he will be ready to compete. His primary goal is to stay healthy enough to be active iwhen the 2020 Olympics arrive. Pushing around strong people weighing over 160 kg. on a knee that isn't totally sound doesn't seem to be a very smart way to achieve that goal. If a rikishi in this situation was a kadoban ozeki or a juryo rikishi in danger of dropping to makushita, entering a basho so soon after this type of surgery, while not being the wisest choice, may be a necessity. But for someone who has the most successful sumo career ever, has nothing more to prove, and wants to prolong his career as long as possible, it makes no sense to take a chance entering a tournament in which the most sensible thing to do is sit it out.
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    Hakuhou injured-Kyushu crisis looms

    Planning on entering a basho and actually doing so are entirely different. If he does enter, that means that he'll be competing less than a month after having surgery. Even though the surgery was endoscopic and seemed quite minor, I would have guessed that Hakuho would have gone kyujo. Just about everyone seems to agree that would have been the wisest decision. I think that he and his Oyakata will realize that it's still too soon to return to competition and that he will still sit the next one out.
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    Weeks between Honbasho

    Akebono did it in the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics of 1998 in Nagano. There is no reason to believe that Hakuho won't do it in Tokyo. Takanohana, who won more yushos and is Japanese, was scheduled to perform it at Nagano but he was ill and was replaced by Akebono. If this same practice holds true in 2020, there will be only one dohyo-iri. Although Kisenosato is a Japanese yokozuna, Hakuho has had a far more successful career and it seems logical that if there is a dohyo-iri (and there probably will be one), he will be the person to perform it. Kisenosato and Kakuryu may no longer be active by July of 2020 but if all three present yokozunas still are, they could be Hakuho's attendants.
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    Weeks between Honbasho

    I realize the importance of starting the 2020 Nagoya basho a week early. That had to be done to avoid conflict with the the Olympics which begins five days after senshuraku. But I don't understand why the Nagoya and Aki bashos started so early in the Olympic year of 1964. Aki basho senshuraku would have been on September 20th. However, the Olympics didn't start until October 10th, about three weeks later. There must have been another factor involved other than avoiding Olympics conflict. I have some idle speculation about Hakuho's appearance (or lack of same) in the 2020 Nagoya basho.. Because the risk of injury is always present in sumo and since his goal is to be healthy for the opening Olympic ceremonies five days after the close of Nagoya, I wonder that even if he's injury-free, he'll go kyujo in Nagoya and possibily even the Natsu basho as well, in order to remain that way. Considering the unimportantce of appearing in Nagoya in 2020 compared to how very momentous doing the yokozuna dohyo-iri at the Olympics will be to him, sitting out the Nagoya basho may be a very wise thing to do.
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    Hakuhou injured-Kyushu crisis looms

    Despite its wit, clarity, diversity, and general mischief concerning hamburgers and the excellence of several cole slaw recipes, this topic started out as a discussion of Hakuho's knee injury. Returning to that topic, although his oyakata stated he would talk with him about entering the Kyushu basho, I would think that Hakuho, even if his knee is almost completely back to normal, will go kyujo. And he may do the same in the Hatsu basho. He has already achieved the goals he's aimed for except for one--to stay active and healthy so he will be able to perform the yokozuna dohyo-iri at the Olympics. That probably means that during the next year and a half, he can elect to compete in some bashos and go kyujo in others. Such is the privilege of greatest yokozuna ever. And I still think that french fries go better with hamburgers than cole slaw--as long as the fries are well done and crispy. Soggy fries are another matter.
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    Hakuhou injured-Kyushu crisis looms

    The term for abstaining from food is called fasting. Since no food is entering one's body and nothing is being metabolized, should't that term be changed to "slowing" instead? This topic has deteriorated from a discussion about knee surgery to one referring to people's aging and to triple burgers with cole slaw on the side. My comment about the more proper term for not eating has obviously deteriorated this discussion even further to a point where it no longer can be saved. I believe it should be ended now. One more thing. The only proper side dish that goes with a triple burger (or a burger of any kind) is fries--well done, of course. If old people who live in Israel prefer cole slaw instead, they have a lot to learn about the art of burger eating.
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    Hakuhou injured-Kyushu crisis looms

    In 2019, the Nagoya basho will begin on the first Sunday in July--July 7th. I've seen the 2020 schedule and ll also will begin on the first Sunday just as it did in 2019--July 5th. The basho will be over on July 19th and the Olympics will begin on Friday. July 24th. That way, there will be no conflict with the Olympics at all.