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  1. sekitori

    Natsu basho 2019 discussions [SPOILERS]

    The bad news--Enho was injured and lost his last six bouts, ending up with a make-koshi 7-8. The good news--Since he was ranked at M14, he will remain in makunouchi in July. If Hakuho returns for the Nagoya basho, he will be able to perform the yokozuna dohyo-iri with Enho as an attendant. But since Ishiura will be back in juryo, he won't be. As the saying goes, "Half a loaf is better than none".
  2. sekitori

    Natsu basho 2019 discussions [SPOILERS]

    Hakuho was 15-0 in his last basho and won't return to action until he's completely ready to compete again. That could happen in Nagoya, but if he feels he needs more time, he'll be kyujo again. Such is the privilege of a yokozuna, especially the greatest of them all. Whatever he chooses to do, we'll see a completely healthy Hakuho again reasonably soon. Barring extremely severe injury, he should be active for at least another year. Even though he's getting older and is more prone to injury, he's still far better than anyone else. As long as he's around, this "era of complete dominance" is definitely not over.
  3. sekitori

    Natsu basho 2019 discussions [SPOILERS]

    No matter how good a rikishi's future may seem to be, there are two words that can change everything--"-barring injury". People were talking about the possibility of Takakeisho eventually becoming a yokozuna. But as of now, he will be a kadoban ozeki. Sumo is a very difficult activity and unfortunately, injuries will happen, no matter how talented a rikishi may be. There is a saying that nothing is certain in life except death and taxes. I would add one more certainty--sumo injuries.
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    Low ranked rikishi stories

    Even though he's quite tall, weighing 205 kg would not be okay for him--or anyone else. It's far too much weight to carry around for someone no longer in sumo. Even 165 kg (the approximate weight of an active rikishi) would be too heavy. I believe a much more realistic and healthier goal would be around 125 kg. (275 lb). The object is to lose not just weight. It's to lose fat while preserving muscle tissue. That can't be done by dieting alone. Exercise must be a part of his plan. In Orora's case, I hope it is.
  5. The previous time that Hakuho won a yusho (also zensho) was Aki, 2018. The following basho, Kyushu, he was kyujo. He returned in January with a 10-4-1. He won again in Osaka, again zensho. Notice the pattern so far—zensho yusho; kyujo; return to competition without yusho; another zensho yusho. It appears that if his arm injury hasn’t completely healed, he could very well be kyujo for the upcoming Natsu basho just as he was in Kyushu. If that happens, the pattern would continue and this is what his record would look like: Aki 2018--zensho yusho Kyushu 2018—kyujo Hatsu 2019--10-4-1 Haru 2019--zensho yusho Natsu 2019—kyujo If he is kyujo in May, does that suggest that he will return in Nagoya without winning but will again pull off another zensho yusho in the Aki basho? This doesn't make any sense but based only on conjecture, the idea seems kind of interesting. And if by some miracle this does happen, remember that you heard about it here first.
  6. As of the start of the Natsu basho, that sequence continues to hold up. If Hakuho does enter the Nagoya basho and doesn't win, it will continue. But to complete it, he would need a zensho yusho in September. Is that probable? No. Is it possible? Any time Hakuho enters a basho in even reasonably good health, a zensho yusho can occur. If this all holds up, these events can no longer be considered as cluttering illusions or a couple of strange sequences. They could be called a pattern. And if by some miracle all this happens the way I first mentioned, I'm considering opening a fortune telling business.
  7. sekitori

    Hakuho Odds

    The only reason he would have entered was to perform the dohyo-iri with Ishiura and Enho as his attendants. That would have been nice to see but would also mean that without doing any training at all and having an am that still hasn't completely healed, he would be taking the chance of making his injury much worse. Going kyujo was the proper decision. I doubt if anyone would disagree with it.
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    Ridiculous Predictions for Natsu 2019

    Hakuho enters the basho, does the dohyo-iri with Ishiura and Enho on shonichi, but severely reinjures his arm doing so, thus putting his career in danger. He asks Kisenosato's advisors for help and they tell him that the injury will heal by itself and that no further medical treatment should even be considered.
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    YDC May soken

    Reasons for Hakuho entering the Natsu basho: 1. It's the first basho in the Reiwa era and he would like to win it. 2. He wants to do the dohyo-iri on shonichi with Ishiura and Enho as his attendants. Since they may never be together again in makunouchi,. this could be the only opportunity to do so. Reasons for Hakuho not entering the Natsu basho: 1. He has done no serious training. 2. His injured arm has still not fully healed. I'm betting on kyujo.
  10. sekitori

    Preparations of the Y/O- Natsu 2019

    I don't understand why Hakuho is uncertain about entering the Natsu basho. He may have said that to create an interesting story for the media to follow but it really doesn't make much sense. His injury hasn't fully healed, the basho starts in one week, and he has done no training of consequence at all. I would assume the only reason he would enter is so he can perform the yokozuna dohyo-iri with both Enho and Ishiura as his attendants. He might figure that this may be the only time that both rikishis are in makuouchi at the same time. After a day or two, he can drop out knowing that the ceremony was accomplished. But having even one bout with such an injury, even though it's healing properly, could make it much worse. Knowing that Hakuho and his oyakata want him to return to complete health as quickly as possible, I think their decision will be for him to go kyujo. That makes complete sense. Hakuho must be very proud of these rikishis and I'm sure there will be situations other than a honbasho where he will be able to do the dohyo-iri with them as his attendants. One question. Is it possible for a yokozuna to perform the dohyo-iri only on shonichi even though he will not compete in the basho? I assume that can never happen--but it sure will solve a lot of problems.
  11. sekitori

    Hakuho with heya attendants

    Those are photos I always wanted to see. Thank you so much for posting them.
  12. sekitori

    Banzuke for Natsu 2019

    For the first and possibly the last time, Hakuho's stablemates, Ishiura and Enho, will be in makunouchi at the same time. If Hakuho was competing, they would be his attendants at the dohyo-iri. Unfortunately, Hakuho will probably go kyujo because of his injured arm. That dohyo-iri would have been wonderful to see but unfortunately, it won't happen. Hopefully, they will both stay in makuouchi for the Nagoya basho. But if they are, it's still not certain that Hakuho will be ready to compete at that time. Are there any occasions following the Natsu basho where he can perform the dohyo-iri with both Enho and Ishiura? As I said, it would be very nice to see that ceremony at least once.
  13. sekitori

    Trump coming to the basho

    Hakuho's arm is not fully healed. He has done no serious training, If he entered the Natsu basho, the chances of his winning the yusho, no matter how great he is, would be zero. In addition, if he undergoes further injury to the arm and that injury is severe like Kisenosato's, there could be no more yushos, no dohyo-iri at the Olympics, and no more active sumo career. Winning the first basho in the new era and being presented the Emperor's Cup by the president of the Unied States would be very nice. But neither of those things will happen because competing before he's completely ready to would be way to risky for Hakuho's health. He and his oyakta are fully aware of that fact and because they are, he will be kyujo. I'm not just 99% sure of it. I'm 100% sure. If by some miracle, he does decide to compete, there will be no way to quote this post showing that I was completely wrong. That's because I will delete it before anyone can reply..
  14. sekitori

    Ex-Kurohimeyama passes away

    If a rule is not implemented, it should either be modified or removed altogether. The "both hands on the dohyo" rule should apply to everyone. Since it doesn't, my suggestion would be to change it to something than can be enforced--possibly "both hands close to the dohyo". If the gyoji feels that a rikishi has an unfair advantage at the tachiai by keeping his hands too high, he can call a matta and continue to do so until he feels that the rikishi is conforming to the rule. This new rule may not exactly be ideal, but it's a lot better than having one that is totally ignored and is constantly being broken.
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    Ex-Kurohimeyama passes away

    They are still very relaxed about enforcing the "both hands on the dohyo" rule. There occasionally are efforts to strictly apply it to all rikishis, but they don't seem to last very long. If you want to see an example of how it should be done, look at Yoshikaze.
  16. It's virtually certain that Hakuho will go kyujo for the Natsu basho. It takes time for a bicep tear to heal and other than performing the dohyo-iri, he has not taken part in the current jungyo. Some may take his absence to be some sort of protest against the penalties given to him and his oyakata. But the real reason why he won't compete is that his body is not yet ready to undergo the training necessary to do so. There is even a possibility that he could sit out the Nagoya basho as well. One thing is certain. Hakuho will never return to competition until he feels he's healthy enough to do so. I also think that Miyagino Oyakata's penalty is way too harsh. Some sort of mild censure probably would have been appropriate, but he never should have been fined. I believe that that he will be compensated for his financial loss by members of the koenkai and maybe even Hakuho himself, whose actions started this investigation. Of course, this will be done in complete privacy. There will be absolutely no public knowledge of it.
  17. sekitori

    Trump coming to the basho

    What I don't understand is why women who tried to help a sick person are not allowed on the dohyo because it's considered to be sacred ground. Yet a person who is doing his best to destroy the earth's environment apparently will be. Very strange.
  18. If the YDC decides that Hakuho deserves some sort of punishment for his handclapping call, the ideal one would be to suspend him for the Natsu basho--in which of course, he almost certainly will go kyujo due to his bicep injury. It will look as if they made a decisive move (which wasn't decisive at all) against a rikishi who has seriously ignored sumo tradition (which of course, he didn't). By doing this, the YDC would uphold a tradition that they believe is important (others may not) and Hakuho will miss a basho in which he didn't intend to compete. It would be a case of a very weak charge resulting in an equally weak penalty. As they say in basketball, "no harm, no foul".
  19. sekitori

    Ikioi’s recovery

    If Ikioi (or anyone else, for that matter) hasn't fully recovered from infections like this or other extremely severe medical problems and he and his advisors decide that he will still enter the next basho, does the NSK have the authority, after checking with medical personnel, to ban him from competing, saying that doing so could have extremely detrimental health consequences? And if they can, have they ever used that authority in the past?
  20. sekitori

    Ikioi’s recovery

    This is a quote from the Johns Hopkins Medicine website, one of the best hospitals and medical schools in the USA. Akōgyokuseki is absolutely correct . Complications could get worse--much, much worse. "Complications of cellulitis can be very serious. These can include extensive tissue damage and tissue death (gangrene). The infection can also spread to the blood, bones, lymph system, heart, or nervous system. These infections can lead to amputation, shock, or even death." (The bold print is mine.)
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    Hakuho Injures Arm Haru Basho 2019

    The bicep muscles (called biceps brachii) at the front of the arm are flexor muscles which bend the forearm toward the upper arm. When someone is asked to "make a muscle", they do that by flexing the bicep. The triceps brachii at the back of the arm are extensor muscles which straighten it. In other words, they are muscular antagonists. To bend the forearm, the biceps contracts and the triceps relaxes. To extend the forearm, the triceps contracts and the biceps relaxes. When Hakuho said,. "Little by little I'm starting to be able to bend my arm", he had to be referring to his biceps. How do I know all this? I was a dentist who was requireed to take a course in gross anatomy in dental school. I also had help with some of my wording from my friend, Mr. Google.
  22. sekitori

    Top 10 Sumo Records Haru 2019 Edition

    I believe there have been 89 bashos since Hakuho has been in makunouchi, but he was kyujo in five of them. That led me to the number that he actually entered--84. Again, correct me if I'm mistaken.
  23. sekitori

    Top 10 Sumo Records Haru 2019 Edition

    I believe that Hakuho has entered 84 bashos as a makunouchi rikishi. If that number is not exact, please correct me. Out of those 84, he won 42 yushos. That figure is absolutely astounding. And according to Wakatake's figures, he has 21 jun-yushos as well. That means he has 63 first and second place finishes, a 75% record--which is even more amazing. Nothing that man does surprises me any longer.
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    Hakuho Injures Arm Haru Basho 2019

    There is a huge difference between surgery being an option and surgery being a necessity. Hakuho was obviously infomed by medical experts that unlike Kisenosato, his injury will heal properly without it. Although it will take some time for the healing process to occur, that's the option he chose and I think it was the most intelliegent one. At this stage of his career, he can afford to miss as many bashos as needed for this to occur. The only thing I question is his use of the words that "surgery would take too much time". I think he meant something entirely different--like surgery has some risk and that natual healing, while taking a while to occur, is his best course of action. As for coming back too soon, I beleve that Hakuho won't return until he and his doctors feel that he is healthy once again and that he is in condition to complete at the high level expected of him. For someone who has set almost every record possible and wants to prolong his career up to and maybe beyond the Olympics, how long that may take doesn't really matter.
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    Hakuho Injures Arm Haru Basho 2019

    Since Hakuho can take as long as necessary for an injury to heal without surgery (and knowing that this kind of injury can heal completely without it), this is the wisest decision possible. On the other hand, there are instances where surgery obviously is the primary choice. However, some of those in sumo seem to ignore that fact. The most obvious example is of course, the desruction of Kisenosato's career. Another would be Endo who with surgery on hiis knee, would be a much more successful rikishi than he is now. I somehow can understand the totally misguided thinking of Endo's advisors. They didn't want him to fall well down the banzuke during the recovery process. So instead he missed no further bashos---and with a permanently weakened knee, has remained well below his perceived potential. Kisenosato, unlike Endo, could have taken as long as needed to fully recover from surgery and have no risk of losing rank. Why it was avoided for such a severe injury continues to astound me---and many others as well.