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    The mono-ii

    If that's true, why have five judges go on the dohyo to discuss the situation at all? Just have the head shimpan wait for the video judges' decision and then announce it. I believe that decisions made by people close to the dohyo should take precedence and that video evidence should be used only if there are doubts as to their correctness. I don't think sumo fans would be very happy knowing that decisions like this are being made solely by unknown people watching TV monitors in another room in the same building.
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    The mono-ii

    I have followed sumo for many years. While I don't consider myself to be an expert like many of you, I have become fairly knowledgeable. But there is one thing I know virtually nothing about. That is what happens during a mono-ii. I know that the five shimpan talk over the gyoji's decision and either approve it, overturn it in favor of the other rikishi, or call for a torinaoshi. I understand that there is video evidence available concerning the gyoji's decision but that it is not viewed by any of the judges. Instead. I belleve that the information obtained from the video is relayed by audio to the head shimpan. So far, I think I'm correct. If I'm not, please inform me. What I'm not sure of is how the final decision is made. It appears that the decision of the five judges always seems to be unanimous. But is it really? What if, after knowing all the evidence presemted, one or two shimpan disagree with the others? What happens if any of them still has doubts? Does the majority rule? Or if there is no unanimous agreement among ihe judges, is a torinaoshi callled for instead?
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    Hatsu Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    He had a serious injury that was managed extremely poorly. He needed surgery and he didn't get it. He ended up with a weakened arm and people with weak arms don't last very long in sumo. Whether the lack of common sense in disregarding surgery was due to this advisors, Kisenosato himself, or borh doesn't really matter. I don't agree that he should have quit long ago. He was the first Japanese yokozuna in many years and I'm sure he knew that he was a great source of pride to Japanese sumo fans---and even some Japanese who know nothing about sumo. He became a national hero. Despite a posssible career ending injury, he tried his best to maintain that position. I never really liked Kisenosato--until he got hurt. He took a very long time and tried extremely hard to compete with an injury that prevented him from doing the sumo he was capable of. I find that attitude to be highly admirable. He did his best and no matter what he tried, things just didn't work out. His body may have been weakened but I find absolutely nothing wrong with his character. I have finally become a Kisenosato fan--not as a rikishi but as a person who even though he apparently has failed, tried to do his absolute best under terrible conditions.
  4. The quotes provided by you and others give sumo a human element that otherwise would be missing. The same applies to John Gunning's comments on the NHK broadcasts. You all supply us with views of rikishis, oyakatas, etc. as highly interesting people taking part in an endeavor we all enjoy following. The same thing could also be said of Doreen Simmons. I loved to hear her fascinating comments about sumo life and I miss them very much. As long as you consider getting this fascinating information as a source of enjoyment, I hope it continues to provide fun for you for a very long time. Without such input from you, Akinomaki, and others, the value of this forum would be greatly decreased.
  5. Having access to the Internet is no guarantee that a person like me can find this specfic sort of information. I look up "latest sumo news" and all I find is information that is already available in this forum. These sites can include events that are months old. As for specific quotes that have been cited by Kintamayama, Akinomaki, and others---I have found absolutely none. After seeing Akinomaki's post concerning obtaining this info, I realize how much time and effort this can involve. As I said previously, I appreciate what he and others are doing to help us receive the most recent news.
  6. I can understand why John Gunning can provide up to date sumo news for us. He lives in Japan and knows many people associated with sumo. I greatly appreciate his contributions to this group and his commentary on the NHK broadcasts via TV Japan. On the other hand, Kintamayama lives in Israel and Akinomaki lives in Germany, Both places are a iong way from Japan, yet they always seem to come up with the very latest news including quotes from rikishis, oyakatas, etc. Other members of this group who live far from Japan also have provided the same kind of news. I've always been curious as to how people who live thousands of miles from Japan can get such timely news. This may have been explained previously, but I was not aware of that explanation. Whoever provides us with such news and by whatever means it's done, I appreciate your efforts very much.
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    Banzuke for Hatsu 2019

    My point was that Ura's increase in rank from sandanme 91 to makushita 23 in two bashos was very impressive to me--nothing more. I knew nothing about other rikishis in the same postion. I merely thought that his increase in rank seemed unusually large--although from your information, it really wasn't. Despite that fact, I still think that an increase of 128 postions up the banzuke in two bashos is quite impressive, no matter which rikishi it may pertain to.
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    Banzuke for Hatsu 2019

    What was not amazing to me was the fact that he was so successful in his last two bashos. That was completely expected. What I did find amazing was that the they would result in an increase from the virtual bottom of sandanme to almost the top third of makushita. I'm sure those in the ranking committee think very highly of his talents, but that still is an enormous increase in rank.
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    Banzuke for Hatsu 2019

    Ura is now at makushita 23, up (way up) from sandamme 33. Chances are good that barring injury, he'll be in juryo before too much longer. Considering that he was absent for just about an entire year and was close to the bottom of sandanme two bashos ago, that's amazing.
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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".
  12. sekitori

    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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    Mouthguards

    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.