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  1. Basho Talk Kyushu 2017 (SPOILERS)

    He may be nearing the end of his prime, but that end still seems pretty far away. Right now, he appears to be the same dominating yokozuna he always has been. He said that he wants to remain active while the summer Olympics of 2020 are held in Tokyo. I thought that idea seemed unlikely but I'm now beginning to believe that barring severe injury (always a possibility), he will appear at the Olympics as an active yokozuna and then retire soon afterward--or maybe continue a while longer and add a couple more yushos to his record. That would be an amazing story concerning an amazing yokozuna.
  2. Preparations of the masses -Kyushu 2017

    These are excellent ideas. I think you should submit them to the NSK and call them either the "Gurosakari" or "Asashowake" rules". The present system for dealing with injured rikishis is totally inadequate and unfair. Unfortunately, whether the NSK will do anything about it in the foreseeable future is at best, questionable.
  3. Preparations of the masses -Kyushu 2017

    I don't understand why a rikishi has to suffer a severe loss of rank because he was injured during a honbasho and couldn't compete in the next one. I always thought the kosho seido rule was very fair, allowing the injured rikishi to keep his rank for the following honbasho. I realize such a rule can be abused but if it's utilized properly, I see absolutely no reason why it shouldn't be reinstated.
  4. Order of the Rising sun for Doreen

    I have followed Doreen for many years on the NHK English language broadcasts. She is a very entertaining commentator whose remarks have greatly added to my knowledge of sumo. She has my most sincere congratulations for achieving such a great honor.
  5. Shotenro is fighting cancer

    Many years ago, the word "cancer" indicated that someone was under some sort of death sentence. That is no longer true. Although it still can be a deadly disease as it was in Tokitenku's case, survival rates for most cancers have increased markedly. There are many types of cancer which now can be successfully treated and cured. Hopefully, Shotenro's illness falls into these categories. Please give us more information when you have it. It hopefully will be positive.
  6. Basho Talk - Aki 2017 (SPOILERS)

    To very loosely paraphrase Charles Dickens, "It is the best of bashos, it is the worst of bashos". It started out as being possibly one of the worst in recent history with three yokozunas and two ozekis missing. But because it has been so amazingly interesting, it's ending as one of the best bashos in a very long time. Although there is a huge lack of talent because most top rikshis are gone, that has been made up for by its great unpredictability. Among other things, who could have predicted that Onosho would be considered as one of the favorites early in the basho? And who would have thought that instead dropping way down the Makunouchi ranks on the road to going intai, that Kotoshogiku would return to Sanyaku? Or that M16 Asanoyama would be a contender until the final day? Or that Aminshiki would again reach Makunouchi at age 39 after suffering what to many rikishis would have been a career ending injury? "Wacky Aki"? Absolutely. Exciting and fascinating Aki? Yes, that too. On senshuraku, the title will be won either by a yokozuna who is such a physical mess that he should have been kyujo (the word "intai" has sometimes been used in reference to his condition) or one of the most inconsistent ozekis in memory. That to me is an absolutely fascinating story and it's one of several reasons why Aki 2017 can be called "the best of bashos".
  7. Basho Talk - Aki 2017 (SPOILERS)

    A ruptured achilles tendon is a possible career ender and I think many if not most people expected both of them to retire. That statement was especially true concerning Aminishiki who will be 39 years old in a couple more weeks. They are successfully recovering from a terrible injury that many never recover from. Their progress is absolutely amazing. This is the best sumo news I've heard in a long, long time.
  8. Basho Talk - Aki 2017 (SPOILERS)

    Don't be annoyed at Ura. Instead, be extremely annoyed at his advisors. Most rikishis will want to compete with injuries, despite the fact that resting them could be in their best interest. But the desire of the rikishi to compete can be overruled by the oyakata and others in his heya. In Ura's case, the advice he received was that it was okay to compete with his injury instead of going kyujo to give it proper rest. That caused further, possibly worse injury. If the aim of his advisors was to do what's best for the rikishi by avoiding doing something that could harm his future career, they failed miserably.
  9. Preparations of the Y/O-Aki 2017

    The closest an American sports organization ever came to making an apology was when when the NFL decided to play its full schedule on Sunday, two days after President Kennedy was assassinated. And it was not a true apology but more of a statement that things would go on as normally as possible during a very sad period of time. Commissioner Pete Rozelle stated that while postponing games on that day would be a very respectful thing to do, he still gave the okay for them to go on. The main reason was that he thought Kennedy would have wanted the games to continue as scheduled because, "It has been traditional in sports for athletes to perform in times of great personal tragedy. Football was Mr. Kennedy's game. He thrived on competition." He made this decision with the advice of Pierre Salinger, Kennedy's press secretary, and others close to Kennedy. Rozelle hoped the public would understand his decision. They didn't. It was generally regarded as a poor reason to play games that no one wanted to play and others did not want to watch. Despite many protests from both the public and the press, the games went on as scheduled. Rozelle said in later years that his greatest regret as commisioner was allowing them to be played.
  10. Preparations of the Y/O-Aki 2017

    Despite your suggestion that they do, I'm sure foreign fans do not think the worst of "every single Kyokai statement, no matter the actual content". That statement makes no sense. I do believe that cultural differences between Japanese and foreigners do play a part in the interpretation of some comments made by the Kyokai, especially this one. After reading this thread, I now realize stating that the absence of the yokozunas being "inexcusable" was meant to be an apology by the Kyokai to the public and I'm sure it was taken as such in Japan. Suppose however, tnat this happened to athletes competing in American sports. What if Clayton Kershaw, Tom Brady, or LeBron James were sidelined by injury for quite a while and Major League Baseball, the National Football League, or the NBA stated that their absence was inexcusable? It would lead people to believe that becoming injured happened because the athlete did something wrong and therefore is to blame for it. Whoever issued such a statement would be condemned by the the press, the fans, and virtually every else. "Inexcusable"--to Japanese a word of apology; to Americans and other foreigners--a word of blame. Same exact word, totally different interpretation. If nothing else, I learned a little more about Japanese culture and I'm thankful I did.
  11. Preparations of the Y/O-Aki 2017

    Both of these people are in a position of great influence. People in such a position who make public statements should choose their words very carefully. I agree that they should have specifically stated that the absence of three yokozunas is inexcusable for the Kyokai--but they didn't. Instead, their words somehow seemed to question the willingness of three grand champions to compete. If Shibatayama only stated that, "a Yokozuna is a human being. Showing up in bad shape will not do any good for anyone" and said nothing more, that would adequately have described the situation of three people who desperately wanted to compete but were physically unable to. Instead, both he and Hakkaku used words that I'm quite sure unintentionally cast some doubt about that fact. They may only be saying that this is a bad situation, but using the words "inexcusable" and "extremely inexcusable" to describe it without further explanation to me were completely "inexcusable".
  12. Preparations of the Y/O-Aki 2017

    Without three yokozunas present and the other yokozuna and an ozeki not in the best of shape, winning this yusho may not exactly be considered as a "shining" moment. Because of the lack of competition, this basho could be known as one of survival of the fittest. If nothing else, it could be the most interesting one in recent memory.
  13. Aki Basho weigh-in

    Average weight can be somewhat deceptive. Konishiki's presence was an example. When his heaviest weight (approximately 630 lb or 285 kg) was included, the average weight of all Makuuchi rikishis increased by about 7 lbs (3 kg).
  14. Preparations of the Y/O-Aki 2017

    The results of his MRI should have nothing to do with his decision. What's far more important is that since he still can't step normally on the foot, the fracture hasn't completely healed. Since the basho begins in just a few more days, it seems obvious what his decision will be. The word kyujo comes to mind. However, because some advisors believe that the best way for rikishis to recover from injuries is continuing to train and avoid rest, I qualify that prediction just a bit.
  15. Banzuke for Aki 2017

    Consistency is something that just can't be changed. It's the ability to perform at a decent level and remain at that level. Strategy however, can be changed and if it's successful, that can lead to consistency. The question is how can someone who is so one-dimensional can change his strategy. If he can keep his opponent in front of him, he's okay. But if he is forced to move laterally, he has problems. The big change for Aoiyama this basho will be that he had to face much more severe opposition than he did in Nagoya. Can he do anything to become successful against that sort of opposition? Unless he discovers the mobility he never had before and becomes less Gagamaru-like, the answer is no.