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  1. Preparations of the Y/O Haru 2018

    You are correct. I wanted Kyokutenho to win the yusho so badly that I mistakenly gave him that extra win. In addition, 13-2 followed by a mirror 2-13 seems more dramatic than a 12-3 followed by a 2-13.
  2. Preparations of the Y/O Haru 2018

    Good post, but with one correction. In Sep 2007, Kyokutenho did indeed have a 12-3 and he followed it up with a 4-11. However, he didn't win the tournament in 2007. His 12-3 at M12 was only good for a jun-yusho. Kyokutenho's yusho occurred in May 2012 at M7 with a 13-2 playoff win. The next basho in Nagoya was even worse than his 4-11 in 2007. It was a mirror 2-13. There is a saying in sports that you're only as good as your last game. I guess that saying also holds true for sumo.
  3. Despite his desire to compete while injured, the final decision whether or not to go kyujo belongs to the oyakata, not the rikishi. If an injury is so severe that competing could make it worse and even possibly career ending, the responsibility for that result lies with only one person--and it isn't the rikishi.
  4. If the kosho system is reinstated, it must be done so that cheating is avoided. The only way to do this is to have the injured rikishi examined by a group of medical specialists. Only if they feel that if his injury is severe enough to keep him from competing in the next basho will kosho be granted. I also agree with orandashoho that the injury does not necessarily have to have occurred during a honbasho. A torn ACL in practice is just as debiltating as one sustained in an official tournament. Concerning a serious injury not due to sumo activities, the decision must be made whether that injury was caused in any way by the negligence of the rikishi. If it wasn't, kosho should be granted. If it was, it should be denied.
  5. Sansho for 2018 Hatsu

    I can imagine how good he could have been if his torn ACL was repaired properly by surgery instead of having it heal on its own, thereby leaving it weakened. An Endo with two strong knees might actually have met the expectations of those who at one time were predicting him to be much more than someone who is striving to finally get KK from a high maegashira rank.
  6. Guess a rikishi - win a tegata

  7. First new Yokozuna during 2018-2019

    It's very possible, even probable, that both Kakuryu and Kisenosato won't last the entire year. But Hakuho's situation is different. It's true that he only completed three of his last six bashos. But of the three bashos he did complete, he won them all. His injuries have not been nearly as severe as those of the other two yokozunas. Unless he is seriously injured, I expect him to stay around long enough to set all the records he is trying for. He has said he wants to be active when the 2020 Olympics are held in Tokyo. At one time, that seemed impossible, but now I'm not so sure. The only question is if he can be competitive and put up yokozuna-like numbers for sixteen more bashos. If he is able to, even if he doesn't appear in every one of them, he may be able to remain active until late July, 2020. Age can catch up with a rikishi pretty quickly, but If Hakuho does show up at the Olympics as an active yokozuna, that would be quite a story.
  8. Kisenosato-"I'm putting everything on the line!"

    Although this type of surgery has a doubtful prognosis for an active rikishi, I can see why Kisenosato may still want to have it done--after he retires. If he stays in sumo (which I'm sure he will), he will be training rikishis. That will include facing them on a one-on-one basis. Since his ruptured pec is in a weakened condition, that could be difficult for him to do on a daily basis. Because the injury will undergo considerably less stress during training sessions than it would in competition, the surgery should allow it to become strong enough to allow him to instruct others the way he would want it be done. Just a thought.
  9. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    That was a generally held belief before the basho began. Ten days later, Kakuryu was undefeated and was looking very good. The consensus seemed to be that he was in complete control and the was basho was his to lose. Unfortunately, he did. We now seem to have returned to that same generally held belief before the basho began. Tochinoshin is now starting an ozeki run. The same feeling prevailed when Kyokutenho won his only yusho at 13-2. He had a similar looking record the next basho but it unfortunately was 2-13. Tochinoshin's record in the Haru basho should be a lot better than that. The big question is how much better.
  10. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    Jason may know quite a bit about sumo but I believe his statement was wrong. I doubt very much if Kisenosato elected not to have surgery. A rikishi can inform people how he feels, but I doubt if even a yokozuna can make decisions regarding whether to have or avoid surgery for an injury. I think the only person who can make such a decision is his oyakata. Even after receiving medical advice recommending surgery, if the oyakata determines that it should be avoided, his is the only decision that counts.
  11. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    His moves didn't work because he was injured. When he's healthy, they work better than anyone else's.
  12. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    The object is not to win quickly. It's to just to win. Hakuho never seems to be in a rush. If he can't gain an immediate advantage, he just stays in control until he does. The fact that it may take a while for him to do so doesn't prove that his skills are diminishing or that his opponent is really as impressive as he might seem. Ichinojo's main asset is being very large while having no technique to speak of. Unless his technique improves significantly (and chances of that happening are slim to none), his "ability" to lean on Hakuho or anyone else for a long time won't get him very far. I think the primary result of Hakuho's technique being restricted will be that he'll only win two or three yushos this year.
  13. Kyujo Updates - 2018 Hatsu

    According to the American Heart Association, the term arrhythmia refers to the presence of an irregular heartbeat. Most arrhythmias are considered to be harmless and are not treated. However, there is a possibility that it could be clinically significant. If that's the case, a treatment plan will be started and in Toyohibikis's case, probably already has been. If his oyakata says he might return during the basho, regardless of what the doctors say, such an attitude is similar to that of oyakatas who allow rikishis to compete despite the fact that they are injured and not ready to compete. Only this time, the result could be far more serious than having a rikishi reinjure himself. I hope Sakaigawa Oyakata has enough sense to listen to the advice of health professionals and not make an unwise (a better word might be "reckless") decision that could possibly severely affect Toyohibiki's health.
  14. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    After just the first day, Hakuho has already been described in this thread as looking chubby, that time is catching up with him, and that he looked shaky in his bout. That description applies far, far more to other rikishis than it does to Hakuho. People seem to forget that he won his bout by using very smart sumo against a talented opponent. Why will he AGAIN be The Man? Since he's won 40 yushos, the last one at 14-1 (his closest active competitor, Kakuryu, has won exactly three yushos), and at present there is no one nearly as good as he is, I would say that he already IS The Man.
  15. Your "hearts banzuke"?

    Endo's "mediocre" sumo is primarily a result of the stupidity (let's charitably call it ignorance) of his advisors concerning his torn ACL. They suggested that he avoid knee surgery which medical experts state is an absolute necessity to continue activities where extreme stress in placed on the knee. They instead opted for natural healing which would not drop him nearly as far down the banzuke as post-op rehab would. They were correct in that he didn't drop down as far as he would have if his knee was rehabbed after surgery. What they got completely wrong was that their extremely poor decision has caused his knee to be permanently weakened. Endo at one time was touted to be the next Japanese yokozuna. He's now nothing more than a decent mid-maegashira rikishi. He could still possibly reach sanyaku for a basho or two, but he will never be the outstanding rikishi that people once predicted he would be. Endo doesn't bother me at all. I personally feel very sorry for him. On the other hand his advisors, who made a terrible decision which greatly harmed his once promising career, bother the hell out of me.