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  1. I watch Day 1 and every day after it the same way. The NHK broadcast begins at midnight in Los Angeles, so I record it on my DVR and watch it on the following day. And like Rabid John, I avoid looking at this forum or any other source of sumo information until I've seen the results on TV. This usually works very well but occasionally, it may not. There was one basho that Hakuho won on the last day and I had not yet seen senshuraku on TV. I was looking at the ESPN website (which never covers sumo) and I saw a story at the bottom of the page titled "Hakuho wins sumo tournament". Since then, until I know the results, I have avoided watching ESPN as well. :-(
  2. Kisenosato Kyujo

    People go kyujo either because of illness or while having injuries heal. Kisenosato's injury has healed long ago and without having proper surgery, he has a permanently weakened arm. The reason for his sitting out bashos is different. I'm sure he is a very proud man, the first Japanese yokozuna in many years, and he is trying as hard as possible to get back into good condition, so far without any success. No amount of training, no matter whom he trains with, can overcome an arm that doesn't work the way it should. I'm sure he wants to be regarded as a yokozuna who has the possibility of returning to competition, even though he hasn't done so in a very long time. As long as he goes kyujo, he is still the center of news. Once he retires, he no longer will be. I was never a Kisenosato fan but I greatly admired his efforts which finally ended up with his promotion to yokozuna. His career has been cut short by mismanagement of an injury that could possibly have been successfully treated. And that makes me feel very, very sad.
  3. Preparations of the masses- July 2018

    >If he never comes back to his former self, may be regarded as a great ozeki, full of yokozuna potential. When it comes to great ozekis I have followed since I first began watching sumo, I think of Takanohana I, Chiyotaikai, and Kaio. I do not include Terunofuji in that list. He was an ozeki for two years and won a yusho as a sekiwake. I consider him to be a good ozeki, but nothing more. "Potential" refers to qualities that if achieved, can lead to greater success. Many rikishis have potential, yet few of them achieve success that such potential can bring. Terunofuji belongs to the vast majority of those who haven't. Unfortunately, many of the reasons why he hasn't were not his fault. >Terunofuji, like a lot of other people, could take a page from Tochinoshin's playbook. Tochinoshin's playbook is far different from Terunofuji's. Tochinoshin had one extremely severe injury, a torn ACL, which required surgery, and he amazingly came back from makushita to become an ozeki, from severe adversity to great success. Terunofuji's situation is much worse. He has had to contend with a multitude of injuries, illness, and poor management from his advisors. Can he even begin to approach Tochinoshin's success? As stated previously, a comback of any sort, even a very minor one, would seem to be a miracle.
  4. Training pics overview June 2018

    I think you meant Kisenosato's expression--which could be typical of anyone on the wrong end of okuridashi.
  5. Banzuke for Nagoya 2018

    Ura is now at Sandanme 30. The good news is that he should do extremely well at such a low level. The bad news is that he has a long, long way to come back to his highest rank of M4 and with his acrobatic style of sumo, it's quite possible he could get injured again.
  6. Basho Talk Natsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    Henkas don't just "happen". Despite his denial, Kakuryu obvioulsy planned it. What he did not plan for was the total derision it evoked. If he did it against a rikishi who could have provided strong competition, that could somehow be taken into account. But he did against an M5 rikishi who seemed to be no threat. He wanted a win and he got it in the easiest way possible. And despite his "totally unhappy" comments, I'm sure he didn't feel nearly as bad as he seemed to. A win, no matter how cheap it may be, is a lot better than a loss.
  7. Preparations of the Y/O- May 2018

    I disagree with the phrase "pull a Kisenosato". Very poor judgement resulting in the total mismanagement of his injury is not Kisenosato's fault. The decision not to treat it properly lies squarely with his oyakata and others advising him. The phrase should instead be "pull a Tagonoura".
  8. To receive sumo in English on a Spectrum Cable DVR, do the following: Click on "Settings". Then select "Audio/SAP" When you do, you will see "Digital". Click on it. You will have a choice of primary or secondary languages. Select "secondary language". Exit the page. I would imagine that the procedure with a non-DVR Spectrum receiver would be the same. I just switched from TV Japan on Dish Network to TV Japan on Spectrum Cable. Because I'm new to TV Japan on Spectrum, I haven't had the chance to try this yet with an NHK sumo broadcast. But I did try it with an NHK bilingual news broadcast and I heard it clearly in English. If it worked then, it should work with a bilingual sumo broadcast as well. In a few hours, I'll find out if it does.
  9. Live Streaming - Natsu 18

    NHK World also has a 25 minute highlight show which can be seen several times a day. Following it is a five minute show called Sumopedia which highlights techniques, traditions, and rikishi from the past. If free live streaming is unavailable or if you care to watch sumo in a shorter digest form, this is a pretty good substitute. For those in the USA and Canada who are willing to pay 25 USD a month for it, TV Japan has daily live NHK makunouchi coverage with English commentary. It's available through various cable services as well as DirecTV in the USA.
  10. Preparations of the Y/O- May 2018

    I doubt if there is anything remaining of his career. It probably ended on the fifth day of the Hatsu basho. He hasn't appeared since then and unless he has some sort of miraculous recovery, it's quite possible that he won't appear again. This is a story of total mismanagement of an injury that could have been treated properly. Instead of opting for the obvously most effective treatment possible, surgery, his advisors suggest letting the injury heal on its own. As a result, he ends up with a permanently weakened arrm. This stupidity has literally destroyed the career of the first Japanese yokozuna in many years. Very, very sad.
  11. Weigh-ins for Natsu 2018

    Aminshiki's loss of 6 kg may not seem like very much but the decrease of even those few kilos should ease a little of the strain on the badly beaten up legs of a rikishi who has been a sekitori for over eighteen years. It doesn't seem possible that it's been that long, but he first appeared in juryo in January, 2000 and has remained a sekitori ever since then.
  12. Banzuke for Natsu 2018

    I agree that it's possible, but Ura has a problem that Chiyonokuni (or anyone else for that matter) doesn't have. For lack of a better description, he's an acrobatic rikishi. Acrobatic moves can occasionally be very successful in sumo but if they're used on a regular basis, a rikishi can be much more prone to injury or re-injury. Ura is the most entertaining rikishi I have ever seen, with the possible exception of Takamisakari, who was a favorite of mine for an entirely different reason. I want him to succeed as much as anyone but as long as he continues to use such an unorthodox style with regularity, I worry about him.
  13. Banzuke for Natsu 2018

    Ura is now at Makushita 50 and there seems to be no indication that he's ready to return for the Natsu basho. If he doesn't, he'll be in Sandanme. When he does start to compete again, I'm sure he'll do very well at such a low rank. But I wonder if we'll see the same spectacular Ura we saw before or a rikishi whose sumo is somewhat more orthodox and less prone to injury.
  14. Doreen Simmons' Passing

    What I remember most about her was that on the English language broadcasts of bashos, she would explain things of interest that normally would never be discussed by other broadcasters--subjects such as the gyoji's costumes and the akeni, the box which carries the equipment used by sekitoris. I doubt very much if anyone else could have made the construction and use of an equipment box sound so absolutely fascinating. I looked forward to her descriptions of such offbeat yet extremely interesting sumo related topics. She added greatly to my enjoyment of sumo and I too will miss her very much.
  15. Japan Times Sumo Column Request

    It seems to me that proper medical care requiring surgery or least lenghty periods of rest has been avoided in order to keep rikishis from falling too far down the banzuke. Oyakatas are not doctors yet they seem to make medical decisions that should only be provided by qualified health professionals. Is the power of the oyakata so strong that final decisions regarding the health of rikishis in his heya lie solely with him? In addition, I would like to hear more about the prevalence of chronic brain damage or CTE among retired rikishis due to many years of head to head contact. John has mentioned this in the past and from what I understand, it could be as prevalent as it is in retired Americnan pro footballl players.