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  1. sekitori

    Corona and sumo

    I don't think that's a reasonable solution at all. I believe it's a terrible one. Part of the appeal of a sporting event is not the competition itself. The other part is the reaction of the audience to that competition. Can anyone imagine what it would have been like if Tokushoryu won his yusho with no one in attendance? No shock, no joy--no nothing. If the basho is somehow held without an audience,, I think that if a yokozuna is defeated, several people should be appointed to be zabuton throwers. It could bring a little reality and pleasure back to what would otherwise be a totally uninspiring event.
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    Banzuke for Haru 2020

    My votes go to Wakanosato or Aminishiki. They both had very long, disinguished careers. It's surprising that neither of them ever won a yusho. The closest they ever came to winning were two jun-yushos each. I would also add Terao to that list. No jun-yushos but still an amazing rikishi with a very successful career lasting many years.
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    Corona and sumo

    If the virus doesn't spread widely or even if it doesn't seem to spread at all, the wisest decision for the NSK is to emulate that of other groups planning on large crowds in the near future. That means cancelling the Haru basho. I don't know the Japanese words for the phrase "common sense", but this would an excelllent example of it. Another phrase that comes to mind is "better safe than sorry".
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    Corona and sumo

    T1he NSK has three choices: 1. Hold the basho as scheduled and hope that nothing happens when 8,000 people are packed closely together for fifteen days. 2. Hold the basho, but with no live audience. 3. Call it off and hope that the Natsu basho will be held normally. Option 1 is very risky and option 2 makes absolutely no sense. Option 3 seems to be the best way to go. I agree with Morty that cancelling it and the jungyo following it will benefit many rikishis by giving those with lingering injuries a couple of months to heal and get proper treatment. The thought that holding the Haru basho as scheduled can lead to illness and even death for some of those who attend is a possibility that just can''t be ignored. I expect that some fans will be upset at its cancellation but I believe that the vast majority of them will accept the idea that the NSK cares about the health of the Japamese public and is doing everything possible to preserve it.
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    Goeido to Retire

    There is a good reason for not bringing up this situation again. People refuse to believe that a yokozuna (or yokozunas) would ever try to lose a bout so that the first Japanese rikishi in ten years would finally win a yusho. However, I think that at least Hakuho wanted to do what would be the best for sumo. Another yusho by a Mongolian yokozuna , especially Hakuho, would have meant very little to Japanese sumo fans--and also to those who didn't really care about sumo. But Kotoshogiku's victory made a nation who desperately wanted a championship by one of their own in a sport of Japanese origin extremely proud. In other words, Kotoshogiku's yusho was not just good for sumo--it was wonderfiul. I think that Hakuho and possibly the other two yokozunas , as that fact became more possible, wanted it to happen. I'm also certain that because there is no other proof of match throwing other than Hakuho's extremely unusual total lack of effort, no one will never admit that fact. In his bout against Kisenosato, Hakuho did not make a mistake. In my opinion, he accomplished exactly what he wanted to--but he did it very badly. I think that the idea of conspiracies and secret plots are kind of ridiculous ---but I strongly believe in this one. The facts make too much sense not to.
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    Goeido to Retire

    Ozekis may have lost on purpose to help other ozekis maintain their rank, but at least their efforts seemed legitimate. The one bout that I'm absolutely convinced was thrown was the one before the day Kotshogiku won his only yusho--and I can understand the reason why. There had been no Japanese yusho winner in ten years. During the basho, Kotoshogiku defeated all three yokozunas--Kakuryu, Harmuaffui, and Hakuho. That seemed strange but at least those victories, although extremely unlikely, seemed somewhat plausible. I had a feeling (and still do) that the yokozunas agreed that it was time for a Japanese rikishi to win a yusho and that one or all three of them agreed to let that happen. On day 13, Hakuho and Kotoshogiku were tied for the lead with one loss each. Kotoshogiku won his bout that day and then it was Hakuho's turn. He faced Kisenosato and needed a victory to continue to stay tied for the lead on senshuraku. I'm certain that Hakuho, if he cared to, was skilled enough to perform a believeable yaocho. Instead, he came up with possibly his worst effort ever. At the tachi-ai, he stood erect and allowed Kisenosato to easily push him out of the ring. The only "resistance" he provided was to gentlly put the palm of his left hand against the side of Kisenosato's face.. That meant that to win the yusho, all Kotoshogiku had to do was win his match on the following day-which he did. Interestingly, to keep this post on topic, his opponent on that final day was Goeido. As strongly as I believe that the yokozunas allowed a Japanese rikishi to finally win, I also think that Kotoshogiku knew absolutely nothing about this . Watch the Hakuho-Kisenosato bout. It starts at about the 4 minute, 15 second mark. It was the most "un-Hakuho-like" sumo I ever saw and you can see why I honestly believe that he intentionally threw it. What bothers me even more is that he did an extremely bad job of doing so. Someone with his enormous talent not only can do great sumo but he also should be able, if he wants to, to make poor sumo look reasonably believeable. In this instance, for some reason, he didn't. It could be that he wanted people to know that he actually was giving up his chance to win a yusho so that a Japanese rikishi could. I just wish he could have done it a lot better.
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    Enho - predictions?

    Even if he does go 5-10 and even if he drops out of makunouchi permanently, he will still have done something that hardly anyone with the possible exception of Mainoumi has achieved. He has shown that someone with an unusually small body can succeed in an endeavor dominated by extremely large people. The closest example I can think of is Muggsy Bogues who played in the NBA for many years. He was 5' 3" tall (160 cm), considerably shorter than Enho. He played in a league where the height of the average player is over 6' 6" (198 cm). I also remember Spud Webb who also played in the NBA. He was about four inches taller then Bogues, but still quite small. Each player lasted around 14 years in the NBA, an amazing feat for someone their size. One more thing. Webb actually won the NBA Slam Dunk competition. Then there was Calvin Murphy (5' 9") who stayed in the NBA for about the same length of time as the other two. . He has the distinction of being the shortest player ever elected to the NBA Hall of Fame. I just happen to have a preferemce for athletes who are "Davids" in a a sport dominated by "Goliaths". If your prediction of 5-10 does come true, I hope it will happen ten years from now after Enho has achieved and maintained sanyaku status. Hooray for the little guys!!
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    Goeido to Retire

    I've always admired rkishis who have succeeded after overcoming adversity. They include those who have returned from injury after being at the bottom of the banzuke (or close to it): Ryuden, Terunofuji, Tochinoshin, and Ura among others. I also admire rikishis who because of their small stature, have succeeded beyond expectations, most noticeably Mainoumi and Enho. There is another category of rikishi that I also greatly respect--ozekis who continued to maintain their rank despite often being kadoban.They include Chiyotaikai and Kaio who were kadoban many times during their careers but still still managed to hold onto their ozeki rankings. I would like to include Goeido with them. He wasn't a great ozeki and was highly inconsistent, but anyone holding that rank continuously over five years despite often being kadoban has to be highly respected. It was nice to see him win his one and only yusho. I was never a big fan, but I will still miss seeing him compete. As I said, he succeeded after constantly overcoming much adversity. That fact alone is worthy of the highest praise. I wish him the best.
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    Kobe Bryant Memorial Thread

    Kobe Bryant was loved and respected not just in the USA. He was famous throughout the world. He had a huge following in China and I'm quite sure that he had many fans in Japan as well. I know that he made a contribution to the city of Kobe after the earthquake and was named an unofficial ambasador. Has there been any news of how the Japanese media has reported his death? I know that both yokozunas are basketball fans and I'm sure they must have had some comments regarding this tragic event. His name even has a Japanese origin. His parents loved the taste of the strain of wagyu beef from the prefecture of Hyogo. Kobe is its capital city and they named their son after it.
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    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    If Kisenosato can keep withdrawing indefinitely, so can Hakuho. His injuries are not nearly as severe as Kisenosato's,, so I don't expect that to happen. He hopefully will return soon. And unless he has a really debilitating injury, he definitely will be around for the Olympics. I think that he will be good for one and possibly two more yushos before he decides to retire.
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    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    Possible co-holders of M4 rank in Osaka--Enho and Tokushoryu. A few months ago, that would have been nothing more than a very strange delusion. And if it doesn't quite occur, it at least will be hsppening. Although it has no relation to this topic, I just wanted to add something else--rest in peace, Kobe Bryant.
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    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    I wonder how good he would have been if his knee injury was treated properly. Because surgical treatment meant his absence over several bashos, he and his advisors opted to have his torn ACL heal naturally. That meant that his knee would never be as strong as it could have been if surgery had been performed. Endo was talented enough to at one time to be considered as a future yokozuna candidate. Instead, Kisenosato became the first Japanese yokozuna in many years. What they both have in common is that poor injury management greatly harmed their careers. Endo will probably reach sanyaku status again soon. He may stay there for quite a while and possibly even win a yusho. But I keep thinking what his career would have been like if he had two healthy, strong knees.
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    Ishiura keiko violence - the next scandal

    In the words of the famous LA Laker announcer Chick Hearn, this was clearly a case of "No harm, no foul". A warning to Ishiura would have been more than sufficient but the NSK, I assume in an attempt to show its authority, included a pay cut for him. To me, fining his oyakata makes no sense except to once again establish their authority. I realize that the oyakata is responsible for rikishis' behavior but controlling their emotions during a fight in a training session where no one was injured would be difficult if not impossible to do. I can't imagine that a coach or manager in any sport, if he wasn't directly involved, would ever be held responsible in any way if one or more of his players were involved in a fight. But such is not the case with sumo.
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    Ishiura keiko violence - the next scandal

    Has Kyushu clay always been softer or did this apply only to the most recent basho? I assumed that the materials for the dohyo were standardized so that they would be the same for all honbashos. I guess my assumption was wrong.
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    Ishiura keiko violence - the next scandal

    I don't consider this to be the next "scandal" or even a scandal at all. It's a situation which doesn't even begin to compare with a situation where a sekitori abuses his tsukebito. It's a case of two rikishis who while practicing, became overly agressive. The oyakata did the proper thing by reporting the incident. The yokozuna did the proper thing by breaking up the fight. As for so-called "discipline", I doubt if the NSK willl do anything more than reprimand both rikishis, telling them to never exhibit this kind of behavior again. In more extreme situations, something harsher such as suspension for the next basho would be the correct thing to do. This is NOT one of those situations. It's a case of a punishment fitting a crime. Since the crime was actually quite minor and was stopped quickly by those in charge, the punishment (if there is any at all) should be as well.