Treblemaker

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  1. Treblemaker

    A very future yokozuna

    Geez... If this threat goes on long enough, we'll be able to ASK Hakuho's son how he pronounces his own name.....
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    Asashouryuu considering intai

    I'm sure this post will get lost in the shuffle of all the P.H.D-doctoral thesis-style of discussion regarding Asa's this or that, and I've enjoyed reading all of it. But maybe the more people discuss, the more they lose sight of the real issue: Losing Asa from Sumo, either temporarily or permantly, and what he means to the sport. Asa is first and formost an entertainer. And a good one. One who for better or worse draws crowds, media, opinions and really long threads to discuss issues that really have no other reason than to show just HOW passionate people are with him and his contributions to an old and venerable institution. He gets paid good $$$ to kick ass. And for many years, that's what he was able to do better than anyone else. People enjoyed, and he has elevated the sport to a level not seen in recent decades. Yes, Hakuho is a supremely talented young man, with incredible potential to go down as the most efficient Yokozuna in history... and possibly the most predictable. Asa is visibly passionate, charismatic, emotional, different. We all understand and know this. If all of this were happening to a "different" Yokozuna (besides Hakuho), let's say it's Mickey - an excellent athelete with a pedigreed track record and impeccable behaviour - would the thread be this long and evoke the passion from fans all over the world? I doubt it. To all the people who with Asa a "hardy goodbye and happy sailing as soon as possible": Who will take his place as the lightning rod that attracts so much attention to the sport? Hakuho? See above. Who else is there? Asa is very important, if not critical, to this sport, culture and "The Way". Until there is someone else to light a fire, he's the man.
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    Asashouryu just got screwed

    Well, at this stage it looks to be academic. Fight just over. Ama out-foxed, out-smarted and out-moved Asa. Brilliant strategy, Asa never saw it coming. Heel in or out - old news... today's result was that a better man beat one who just wasn't that sharp or aware.
  4. Treblemaker

    Asashouryu just got screwed

    An interesting point. Note the location of the Toku-dawara (thingie that sticks out from the tawara) in the above pic. The scuff mark in this pic is too close to the toku-dawara to be the mark in question. I think a red herring has been introduced. Any comments regarding the shape and size of the mark may be off key. (Detective...)
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    Video Stream Aki 08

    Yep, same problem here.
  6. Treblemaker

    Asashouryuu considering intai

    In a sport where big things happen in the blink of an eye, and anything can (and will) happen, so much depends on the little things. And to paraphrase Yogi Berra, it ain't over till the fat guy gets a fork in the road. Asa has hit that fork. Yes, he might have all 11 of those issues to deal with, and a gimpy ankle and a bum elbow. But the last two bouts have shown this much: He's still incredibly fast and incredibly strong, in spite of his injuries. He shows no fear and is still quite capable of taking down anyone he's facing. I'm betting on him improving as this basho goes along and he faces more and more tougher challenges, because the bigger the challenge to him, the nastier he gets. For the good ones, all the problems in the world vanish when they step on the playing field. He might end up 11-4, or even 10-5, but that would still be an acceptable blip on the radar of such an athelete.
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    A very future yokozuna

    A real good Language & Sports Bar might serve and play gin.
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    A very future yokozuna

    To all my linguistic advisors: You are all correct, and the error was mine... I checked with a friend of mine who is a professor of languages at a nearby university - showed her the thread here and she pretty much agreed with everyone... so I owe her a coffee (and everyone else here, apparently... Meet me at the corner Timmy's (I am not worthy...) ) Her take on this issue was like this: macht can mean "to do", but depending on how it's used, it can also mean "to DO!" (implying with more ummph than just lip service, so to speak). She once described her dog (a large full-bodied St. Bernard) as not just a dog, but a DOG!. I've seen that thing. It eats her out of house and home. It sneezes more food than she eats in a meal. So, my apologies if i rattled some bones... was only going by my own experience of using the word for one purpose, and using OTHER words for the other experssions of "force" and "strength/power", etc. Never intended to make such a "grosse macht" about this. (I am not worthy...)
  9. Treblemaker

    A very future yokozuna

    I'm surprised no one has seen this earlier... I'm not entirely sure exactly what "mahato" means, but it does NOT relate to the German word "macht" in any way. "Macht" does NOT mean "power" in German, it simply means "to make". It's a verb, and can be found on the very infamous banner above the Auschwitz concentration camp: "Arbeit Macht Frei" (ironically meaning "Work makes Freedom"). Not wanting to open any discussion in this topic, merely stating that I'm pretty sure Hakuho's son might not have the word "makes" in his name, unless the translation of the name means: "Eternal (Eternity?) makes Happiness" "Happiness for Eternity"? Pretty cool name either way. Better ask a native speaker before making such statements. "machen" in german, as Ragerkawa says, means to do, to make and you use "er/sie/es macht" when you say "he/she/it/ does" And of course "Macht" is a noun, which means "mastery, might, potency, power, force". While I'm certainly not a linguistic expert, and I admit that my german is good, but not great, I had never seen/heard "macht" used in such a way, but I certainly will accept the fact when I'm in error. You live to learn. My German is a dialect, and in that sense (and from my experience) "macht" always meant "to make, to do, etc", as you've already stated. If that's indeed the case, then I stand corrected. It's still a heck of a name for a baby... He might be 20 before he's able to pronounce his full name... (Clapping wildly...)
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    A very future yokozuna

    I'm surprised no one has seen this earlier... I'm not entirely sure exactly what "mahato" means, but it does NOT relate to the German word "macht" in any way. "Macht" does NOT mean "power" in German, it simply means "to make". It's a verb, and can be found on the very infamous banner above the Auschwitz concentration camp: "Arbeit Macht Frei" (ironically meaning "Work makes Freedom"). Not wanting to open any discussion in this topic, merely stating that I'm pretty sure Hakuho's son might not have the word "makes" in his name, unless the translation of the name means: "Eternal (Eternity?) makes Happiness" "Happiness for Eternity"? Pretty cool name either way. I just find it amazing that a young man (Hakuho) who is only just 22 years old, shows incredible poise, restraint, wisdom and an overall mature-beyond-his-years persona. THIS is the face of Sumo as perhaps it should have been, and may be for years to come, barring injury. And as one rikishi stated recently, "He's TOUGH, man..."
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    Video Stream Aki 08

    Is there any access to the VIDEO REPLAY/HIGHLIGHTS of the day's activities? For those of us on the other side of the world. I've stayed up many nights (3-5 am) to watch the live feed sans commentary, but mostly it's just not practical. Would LOVE to find a source that would have replays of the matches. Any and all advice/direction would be welcome. Thanks.
  12. Treblemaker

    Kitanoumi resigns, the brothers are out

    It never makes sense to compare Ozumo to another sport but bringing Ted Lindsay into the comparison even makes less sense. Even after he played with Chicago and retired, he came back and played for Detroit for one season. His old boss was the one eventually thrown out disgraced. In a way Ted was a Tenryu of NHL but the structures of Ozumo are so different to make any comparison reasonable, especially with team sports. Perhaps you're right. I stand properly corrected.
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    Kitanoumi resigns, the brothers are out

    That's true, but there might be other sources of responsibility. For instance, an oyakata raised his deshi and stays his superior throughout the rikishi's career. In contrast (or so I assume, being clueless about baseball), the athletes in other sports sign a contract for a couple of years, i.e. they have a history before and after their current work relationship. Athletes in other sports are like freelancers, whereas sumotori are more like family members, I guess. Interesting to note: In North America, professional baseball, football and ice hockey (before the players union were formed in the 60's - which led to free agency and contract negotiations) players were bought and owned outright by the owners of the various teams. Management could dictate when, where and how these players played, and it was more of a closed set - if a player pissed off an owner, he was turfed and was guaranteed never to play in the league again (blackballed). Ted Lindsey was a classic example. He was one of the top hockey players of the 50's, and for years the heart and soul of the Detroit Red Wings of the NHL, but he made the mistake of speaking out against the owners and advocating a union of players. He was soon dealt to another club, demoted and soon was out of the league. Sumo is very much a feudal life. Not so different fom the olde days of the above mentioned sports.
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    Apres dismissal pics...

    Were he to get onto the dohyo in these duds, he'd go 15-0 just by blinding his opponents. Still, like the 800-pound gorrilla, with that build, those muscles and that "look", I'm betting that no sane person will ever criticize his wardrobe. At least to his face.
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    Asashouryuu- A new turn of events..

    Sorry for the double-post, but I just realized... he's left-handed, isn't he? Yikes...
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    Asashouryuu- A new turn of events..

    Watching the Mongolian videos, I noticed that Asa is really favouring his right ankle and that left elbow. He seemed to have little push off his right leg and gripping anything with his left hand was problematic... I think the Mongolian Tournament came at the wrong time for him (?). I don't see how he can be ready to go through a full Basho in that condition. Comments? Or was I just seeing things?
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    Kotomitsuki hospitalized again-new thread

    Has anyone heard of Kotomitsuki's progress? These things can take time, and some people bounce back quicker than others.
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    Who will be the 70th Yokozuna?

    Considering the requirements needed to even qualify for the position of Yokozuna (let alone being offered the position), don't expect anyone from the current group to even be close anytime in the next year, unless someone really catches fire. With the lack of consistency and the parity that currently exists in the upper Makuuchi group, it's going to be status quo for a long time, unless injury, retirement or someone being hit by lightning plays an unexpected role.
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    Kotomitsuki hospitalized again-new thread

    Having gone through that, I can tell you that it is more painful that anything he will endure in the "ring".