Treblemaker

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  1. Treblemaker

    Basho Talk - Hatsu Basho 2016 +++ Spoiler Alert! +++

    With all the major sports getting into Analytics, looking at past records in specific situations, and applying the same sort of thing to sumo over the last year or so, there's NO way anyone predicts a Geeku yusho. Wasn't this guy on the ropes, both in rank and health not too long ago? Now, don't get me wrong - I'm NOT saying things are pre-determined, or that this was "in the works" (and the next person that refers to me as a ST - Ancient Aliens - Crystal Skull - Backscratching Theorist gets a poke in the eye!), don't you find this scenario totally out of left field? A little weird? Geeku was the LAST person I would have put a shekel on to even come close to a yusho, much less being on the cusp of Not Losing It. I mean, I hope he gets to hoist the trophy and wave the flag. It would be a refreshing, welcome sight rather than all those boring Hak, Kak, HF yushos. (Like Harry Potter movies - you've seen one, you've seen them all...) I just wonder: Did The Geek get that tough, mentally and physically? Or have other people become that much, for lack of a better word, unprepared? To knock off THREE Yoks in succession, and we then watch the same Yoks go on and still be dominant over other opponents (so, it doesn't LOOK like they're injured, lame of predisposed to lapses in concentration...), what's going on here? We still have 3 days to go. While my heart's with The Geek, my money's not on him. I think we pay close attention to, not only how he does over the next few days, but how the Yoks go about their own business. How can you reconcile them getting knocked off with relative ease, and then they put up the usual epic bouts with each other, if that should happen? Know what I mean? (I don't even know what I mean.....)
  2. Treblemaker

    Basho Talk - Hatsu Basho 2016 +++ Spoiler Alert! +++

    You know how you don't miss something until it shows up? (Well, my car keys are the exception...) With this basho being in Tokyo and all, notice what's missing? All the slipping and sliding and belly flops and pratfalls. Everyone seems to have substantial footing and with that comes lots of throws because feet are anchored to the clay. Maybe they're throwing sugar instead of salt? Then watch what happens in March, when they throw ball bearings.
  3. Treblemaker

    Basho Talk - Hatsu Basho 2016 +++ Spoiler Alert! +++

    I can understand mistakes being made by referees, judges, etc.. but you had 5! ringside, and one watching the replays, PLUS the Gyoji, and everyone got it wrong? Oh, wait... it's possible for the masses to collectively screw things up. (See United States Electoral System.) (Or ANY episode of American Idol.) More and more, Ichinojo really is becoming a clone of Yamamotoyama. The only way he's going to get wins is if he's the only one on the dohyo. Endo and Terunofuji are definitely injured. The latter's knees were buckling through the whole match. And there are obvious others. Nobody's gaining from injured people limping through bouts. And the fans are getting cheated. Solution: Take some time off to heal properly. Drop down in the standings a bit - won't hurt. On the way back, they'll be feeding off the lower-ranking goldfish and be back to where they should be soon enough. Still waiting for Kise to make good on his promise to go for the yusho this time. Well, things could change, but at this very early stage, I give this basho to Hakuho, who seems as good as ever.
  4. Treblemaker

    Basho Talk - Hatsu Basho 2016 +++ Spoiler Alert! +++

    Boy, lots of bodies flying around today. Not many throws, just bodies flying... Things you notice: (ok, things "I" noticed:) - Nojo is beginning to look like YMY in his (lack of) movement, (lack of) attack strategy, (lack of) drive, (lack of) _________ . (Fill in the blank. This is the interactive part of the post.) - Yoshi got a new Mawashi. Cool. But... How will I ever tell him apart from the other guys, like Aminishiki, Gagamaru, Sokokurai and Kaisei??? - Hibiki, while not necessarily one of my favourites, is looking more like his younger self. Too early? Too much coffee? - Using Moti's videos as a guide, all of today's action took place in under 9 minutes. And for this people spend a lot of money on tickets? For 9 minutes? To watch grunting, pot-bellied men push each other around, for 9 minutes. That's 540 seconds. Collectively. In total. Wow. For 9 minutes, maybe you get more bang for your buck in Amsterdam or New Orleans? (Bang being the operative word here.) - More and more people are sporting the latest in dohyo fashion: Aminishiki-like leg warmers. I wonder if it will catch on in the Shibuya area. - If they're going to sink a few items into the dohyo when they build it, they should also install a microphone. That way, you'll have better production values when someone like Gaga hits the dust. - While they're at it, maybe sink a seismometer in there, too.
  5. Treblemaker

    Banzuke Day Pics Hatsu 2016

    I thought I heard the scale screaming all the way over here... Which brings me to another question I've always wanted to ask: What did they use to weigh YMY? A grain scale? Anything smaller would have caused a scalar nervous breakdown.
  6. Treblemaker

    Another new guy--A foreigner in Japan

    Welcome from Canada!
  7. Treblemaker

    Sumo app

    Here I am, late for the party again. I just discovered this app and absolutely love it. Have it on my iPhone and iPad, and for a few bucks a month (compared to the ridiculous stream cost, or even paying for the japan TV channel on cable for $20/month, it's worth it, I think. The videos are HD, and you can replay them as often as you want. Considering where this comes from, I'd say the Kyokai finally got something right. (Still not anywhere as entertaining as Moti's videos, for which there will never be a replacement.)
  8. Treblemaker

    Basho Talk - Kyushu Basho 2015 +++ Spoiler Alert! +++

    He reads Japanese? (Blowing up furiously...)
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    Funny videos and photos of rikishi at play

    I can't get over how young ex-Chiyotaikai looks! Holy broccoli. He could pass for maybe 23-24. Kotooshu looks like he could still go a few bouts. It's always wonderful to see these people out of context. It just adds to the enjoyment factor.
  10. Treblemaker

    Basho Talk - Kyushu Basho 2015 +++ Spoiler Alert! +++

    Colombo fan? So the guy with 19,000 posts is double shocked by the guy whose shtick is misinterpreting things though the lens of his own culture? C'mon! Wait, what?
  11. Treblemaker

    Sansho Kyushu 2015

    Well deserved.
  12. Treblemaker

    Basho Talk - Kyushu Basho 2015 +++ Spoiler Alert! +++

    Ok, I would like forward the motion of putting all this stuff to bed and save the energy for the excitement of the final day. Any seconds?
  13. Treblemaker

    Basho Talk - Kyushu Basho 2015 +++ Spoiler Alert! +++

    I digress a bit here, but which goal did Joe Hart screw up in? All I saw was Demichelis and Mangala got handed an ass whoopin' by two tiny Brazilians. The man's frustrating. Makes a fingertip save one minute. Let's the Titanic in between his legs the next.
  14. Treblemaker

    Basho Talk - Kyushu Basho 2015 +++ Spoiler Alert! +++

    I am utterly shocked you still are looking for these "signs." Wow, ST is really powerful. But I'm NOT looking for signs. Or Wonders. It simply LOOKED weird. That's all. As I had said, after watching Hak dance all basho long, it's seemed very uncharacteristic that he APPEARED to be pushed out WITH WHAT APPEARED TO BE minimal resistance. And I haven't frequented ST for many ages, and frequently disagree with tone of the reports. I've made that known there, recently when I attempted to restart sumo discussions on a sumo forum. So, ST has nothing to do here. The fact that I am questioning the result of a bout that ended with an unexpected finish, and trying to analyse why such a thing occurred comes natural to anyone seeing things fall up, trees coloured blue and snow in Arizona in August. I'm shocked that you're shocked.
  15. Treblemaker

    Basho Talk - Kyushu Basho 2015 +++ Spoiler Alert! +++

    What's with this compulsion to find a "definitive reason"? Stuff happens sometimes. Top-level athletes screw up in really obvious situations all the time, and even moreso top-level athletes on the wrong side of their career peak. I'd ask why some people find it so difficult to accept that sumo isn't immune to that, but I suspect it indeed does come down to what Kintamayama already said: Some fans simply can't fathom the idea that dai-yokozuna aren't infallible. Congrats to the NSK for getting Western fans to buy into quasi-religious notions that Japanese fans stopped believing centuries ago (if they ever did to begin with).(Or congrats to Sumotalk; it's sometimes hard to figure out how much credit should go each way.) Well, Human Beans, by and large, seek to find definitive answers in all things unexplainable. Like, the Meaning of Life, Why is the Sky Blue, and How in the World does a Dai-Yokozuna get backed out of a critical bout in the middle of a yusho race? Then again, after watching Joe Hart screw up in the Manchester City goal yet again, I get the point of $h!t happening. Still, how DO they fit that piece of paper inside the fortune cookie?
  16. Treblemaker

    Basho Talk - Kyushu Basho 2015 +++ Spoiler Alert! +++

    With all the conversations regarding the Hak/Teruno bout, there's little I can add, except for the knee-jerk reaction I had when I saw the video. Yes, a good long belt battle - the kind I haven't seen Hak in for quite a while - followed by what looked like an unusually graceful exit from the salon floor by two ballroom dancers. NO muss, no fuss, no one stepped on his partner's toes, the only thing missing was Terunfuji's lack of presenting Hak with a corsage after the dance, with the promise to call her in the morning. My reaction was WTF JUST HAPPENED???? I literally threw my hands in the air. An ostrich could have flown into my mouth, it was open that wide. I replayed the bout about 5 times in slow motion, and I still have NO idea what happened. And the first thing I thought of was that Hak gave this one away to a one-legged fellow countryman. Then I thought, it's a yusho race. What is he doing? Was Terunofuji THAT strong? Did he just out-muscle The Greatest Yokozuna out with minimal resistance? So, I'm seeing both sides of the argument, but I have to admit that accepting this bout as is, after watching Hak play and dance all basho long, and knowing Teruno IS injured, well, it sure looked strange. And, I have yet to read anyone's really definitive reason for the result we watched. I'm pretty sure I wasn't the only one with the same reaction. Late edit: Saying that it was youcho outright is NOT a definitive reason. For more marks, please give a more complete answer. Papers will be taken up in class tomorrow.
  17. Treblemaker

    Basho Talk - Kyushu Basho 2015 +++ Spoiler Alert! +++

    HF is one smart customer. Before the bout, either he realized he wasn't set up properly, or ready, or maybe he spotted something about Hak. Either way, rather than just dive into the bout, he stood up, backed off, and bowed to reset/align himself. Wasn't a matta, Simply smart ring sense and you know the man never stops thinking. And the way to get to Hak is through a lightning assault before he gets a hand on you. Higher centre of gravity, longer legs. How Akebono survived as long as he did with those flamingo gams is beyond me. HF, lower to the ground, faster, more mobile, and it's all in the tachi-ai. Good to have a HF/Hak dance once in a while.
  18. Treblemaker

    Basho Talk - Kyushu Basho 2015 +++ Spoiler Alert! +++

    I honestly think that touching down with two hands is mostly symbolic. And frankly, I'm not sure not touching down has its benefits either. On one hand, Yoshikaze always has both hands down and has an excellent tachi-ai. Kotomotsuki, who never, ever, put both hands down had possibly the fastest tachi-ai ever. Today, both HF and Kakuryu briefly touched both hands down and came out like cannons. So, it seems to be a toe-may-toe/toe-mah-toe sort of thing. For Gaga, and others with that particular build (and the ultimate is Orora), getting both hands down can be a bit of a challenge. When you haven't seen your feet (or other parts of your body - I'll just let you play with those images - ok, maybe "play" isn't the exact term I meant, but you get the idea - don't or you'll go blind!) for a number of years, and in Gaga's case, If he were in Ontario, he might need to get a licence plate for his belt, bending over is not an advantage. The Kyokai has to make up it's one and only collective brain cell (they all take turns using it) and decide either to call it or not. I figure if the hands are within an inch or so of the clay, that's good enough for me.
  19. Treblemaker

    Basho Talk - Kyushu Basho 2015 +++ Spoiler Alert! +++

    This Ura guy.. I like him. Very cool character, a LOT of Mainoumi in him, but he's still young, thin, muscular, thin, young, creative, has good knowledge of throws, technique, young, thin... Those head somersaults - very cool. Let's see Ichinijo or Gagamaru try one of those, shall we? All these techniques are wonderful to a certain level. All of these work because he's the right size and shape and age for them to work. He has no mass to speak of. He also knows what kind of leverage his body will take. Fast forward 5 years, and things change. 5 more years and they change again. And he's going to gain weight. And get bigger. By the time he hits Juryo, he'd better have the knowledge and technique of Mainoumi, plus gained knowledge of how to defend himself against real guys who know what they're doing, either climbing up the ladder, or on the way back down. Knowledge of offence is one thing, especially against opponents where he currently is, who are essentially walking dead looking for branes! He's going to need to learn, not just offensive techniques, but more importantly, defensive approaches. Failing that, he's just going to get pounded. So enjoy him while he's young, thin, agile, creative, thin, has most of his marbles, young, thin.... good looking, sort of. But as we speak, I wouldn't put shekels on him being an Ozeki any time soon.
  20. Treblemaker

    Basho Talk - Kyushu Basho 2015 +++ Spoiler Alert! +++

    Oh come on, conspiring to do what? Give Hakuhou a yusho that he so badly needs? Even for ST, that is really reaching.. He got slapped so hard he didn't know his name-that's why he let his guard down.. Well, when seen in the moment it just seemed a little weird. So I went back and had another look, and yeah, there was a lot of slapping and stuff. And getting slapped by those large steaks that Hak has for hands, it's no wonder.
  21. Treblemaker

    Basho Talk - Kyushu Basho 2015 +++ Spoiler Alert! +++

    Gagamaru! Great recovery, a turn as graceful as a dump truck, and a great throw. And was it just me, or did appear that Kise basically let his guard down before Hak's final throw? If I was a Conspiracy Theorist, I'd be on my soapbox about that one. Then again, things happen so fast up there it's hard to say.
  22. Treblemaker

    Basho Talk - Kyushu Basho 2015 +++ Spoiler Alert! +++

    Something I noticed today, and I'm not sure if this is usual... When Kise is backed up against the rails, he seems to panic. I think I've seen this before, but I'm not sure. Is this a trait of his?
  23. Treblemaker

    Basho Talk - Kyushu Basho 2015 +++ Spoiler Alert! +++

    You know how, at parties, you might crack a joke with one of the super-serious people who are there, and because they don't get the joke, you lead them down greener pastures, have more fun with them (at their expense) until you finally have to break the news that you were kidding all along. Well, that was Hakuho and Tochiozan. I think Ozan is still looking for his marbles. That was fun!
  24. It's an on-going joke that the only ones who can afford the ringside seats are the old and frail. I've suggested that when (in the days of really big guys like YMY, Iwakiyama and others, or even today with the likes of Gagamaru or Ichinojo) the first five rows of spectators sign waivers in case these guys roll off the dohyo and create human salsa. I forget which unlucky soul got thrown/pushed/heaved/booted 6 rows deep by a then-perfectly wired Asashoryuu. But then, you takes your risks. Major league baseball is finally getting around to extending its screening around home plate to protect people from thrown bats, balls and umpire spit. Hockey put up nets long ago when a young fan was killed by a puck at an NHL game. But I can't see the NSK doing anything of the like. Stuff like this rarely happens. And most injuries in the ring occur IN the ring. Perhaps the two most famous were when, in winning the bout, Mainoumi (the size of an average jockey) managed to pull Konishiki (the size of an average triceratops) on top of himself, breaking his leg. Or when Yamamotoyama (another fairly large omnivore - see my avatar) took himself out by sitting on himself. I DO think there should be a grace period for injured rikishi, so as not to punish them for serious injuries. This, however, will be discussed until the 3rd coming of Zrouthdinvsghey The Grey, or the Toronto Maple Leafs win the Stanley Cup, or when Mercury plunges into the Sun, whichever comes first. The concept of a circular dohyo with equal space around the ring has also been discussed, but since this would play havoc with the seating don't look for this to happen either, And foam pads? One could argue that most of these guys carry their own padding with them. Besides, I would bet that if one did put down nice soft wadding around the dohyo, these guys wouldn't land anywhere near it. (See Murphy's Law.) Who was it (Baruto? Kotooshu?) that got tossed halfway down the hanamichi(?), that hallway/lane that the guys come out of for their matches.