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    Video Stream - Availability

    Niji is jumping around like crazy. You get a bit of action, it then freezes, and goes back about one minute and replays the same segment, then continues until it has the jitters again, freezes, rewinds again and replays the same stuff.... Anyone else have this issue?
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    Promo + Daily videos- Natsu (May) Basho 2014-Days 1-15

    Entertaining stuff so far. There's such parity in the upper ranks that for the most part, it's hard to pick one guy as a shoo-in. Except for an obvious mismatch, bouts could go either way. The fun, as always, really starts next week. With the banzuke being so top-heavy, and in spite of Hak's unbeaten streak, it should go right down to the wire. Thank you, Kinta, for the videos. (Punk rocker...)
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    Happy birthday Treblemaker!

    Thank you to all for the wishes :) Well, after having supper at my wife's aunt's house (she not good cook, she Typhoid Mary of Family cooking), I feel like a gas giant.... And I'm avoiding jokes about Uranus........
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    East versus West

    In Latin, Right is dexter(ous), and Left is sinister. So, a window that refuses to open is a Sinister Fenester? No, a sinister fenester would actually be a window left open. Right.
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    East versus West

    In Latin, Right is dexter(ous), and Left is sinister. So, a window that refuses to open is a Sinister Fenester?
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    Kyokai to form seniors' tournament

    In addition to Power Water and Power Paper in the corners, they'd probably also need Power Oxygen Tanks, Power Defibrillators, Power Ibuprofen, Power Mawashi Depends (for the real runny ones) and of course, Railings. Also, Power Blood Pressure Readers and Power Substitute Salt. (Cause, you know...) And inflatable bumper pads surrounding the dohyo, which would be treated with a special rubber/foam surface. And did I mention the Velcro Self-Stick Mages? I assume they'd also be bringing back the retired Gyoji, equipped with special walkers and rubber knives. And the Sikorsky Helicopter Company has agreed to supply portable winches, for those senior Rikishi who can't get back up from their squats...
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    Longest ever tomoe-sen

    Wouldn't it be simpler to group all the contestants in the ring at the same time (like a Battle Royal) and have them duke it out until there's only one left standing? It would take less time, and I'm sure the crowd would love it.
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    Kakuryu as Yokozuna

    It seems when someone loses a lot of weight, especially in a hurry, they seem to look much older. Not always the case, but I've noticed it in a few people that I know.
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    Kakuryu as Yokozuna

    I actually like Kakuryu's dohyo-iri. Definitely brings back memories of Asa's, but with a more fluid motion. And no bouncy-bouncy stuff on the "tawara". And from watching videos of Takanohana's routine, I have to say that I really liked his approach. Very fluid, few stops, each element flows into the next, perhaps as it should be. By comparison, I think Hakuho's routine is/may reflect his own personality. Slow, each element separate, almost ostentatious, almost too pompous. I liked it at first, then over time found that I didn't like it. Too slow. Too many separated parts, ya know? Perhaps there's something to be said for a Yokozuna to do it that way, as relating to his status and all that. My own preference, if I were ever asked to perform it (and I have the body of a mini-yokozuna, so still waiting for that phone call...) I'd probably prefer the flowing, no hesitation version. And Kak's grip on his emotions (facially, at least) is like having it carved in stone. Totally inscrutable.
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    Haru 2014 discussion thread **probable spoilers**

    I like everything about him except his habit of standing up straight at the tachi-ai. He never puts his head down. As a result, he's already at a disadvantage. He's also got the long legs of Osh and Tenho, and a very high centre of gravity. In any match, he's all legs and arms.
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    Kakuryu as Yokozuna

    Fay, even though you're in the back, you still stand out. :-)
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    Haru 2014 discussion thread **probable spoilers**

    Call it the Kisenosato 'rule'..... ;-) ? Kise wouldn't have been promoted but one thing he has (had) that Kakuryu still lacks is consistency over an extended period. What???!? The only thing Kise's been consistent at is losing key bouts and/or not showing up for the ones that should be an easy over. His promotion was done out of sympathy; emotion-driven. Talent he has. Consistent (as in winning when he needs to), he's certainly not. He's as reliable as the Rhythm Method. The only thing Kak's done is be a real consistent threat over the past two years, AND, oh yeah, he just won a tournament! Beating both Yokozunas. And all remaining Ozeki. And everyone else in Sanyaku. What did Kise do this basho (and every other basho)? Lay eggs. If Goeido gets promoted to Ozeki, I put down a bet of a steak dinner right now that says he'll become a Yokozuna before Kise does.
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    Haru 2014 discussion thread **probable spoilers**

    Needless rematch. HF clearly lost. But his tachi-ai in the rematch was a fastest and most aggressive I've ever seen! Literally blew Hakuho off the dohyo. It was almost a matta. Hak was certainly NOT ready for that. Congrats to Kakuryu. Great basho. The customers certainly got their money's worth.
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    Haru 2014 discussion thread **probable spoilers**

    Yoshikaze fighting with a swollen left eye. Still great bout with Endo.
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    Haru 2014 discussion thread **probable spoilers**

    Looks good. Nice suit.
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    Kakuryu as Yokozuna

    Yeah, well, here we are on the Eve of day 15, and I think Kakuryu has demonstrated his skills sufficiently to warrant enough attention for promotion. Even if he doesn't make to The Belt this basho, knocking off both Yokozunas and Kise, hey, I'd say that was a good few day's work. Loved going back and reading the comments above. Yup, Kak is doing "crap" sumo. (Sarcasm is cool.)
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    Pictures from the Kyokai - 2014 Haru, Day 14

    Thanks for this. Good stuff.
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    Haru 2014 discussion thread **probable spoilers**

    Agreed. I've been saying this for years. And here, someone finally took advantage of this detail and had enough power to drive him back to the point where he had no chance to go for the belt. Hakuho is still the top dog, and will continue to chow down on most of his opponents, especially in the first week and some, but there is a degree of parity forming at the top that will challenge him in the closing days of each basho.
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    Haru 2014 discussion thread **probable spoilers**

    I'm not sure what's in Kotoshogiku's cereal these days, but it seems that after Osh announces his retirement, Giku wakes up and starts doing some real damage. I'm sure he's still a physical wreck, so where is this fighting spirit coming from? Now, logic dictates that Kakuryu beats on Giku, for many reasons. But we've seen logic fly out the window in this basho. If Kak beats Giku, it's a done deal. If Giku beats Kak, and Hak beats HF, I really don't see Kak trumping Hak twice in one basho. (Monosyllables are cool.) Whatever happens, it's gonna be fun to watch. Anyone with any money on any fighter at this stage is crazy. Send me your money. I'll take better care of it.
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    Haru 2014 discussion thread **probable spoilers**

    Boy, my timing was perfect, eh? I dismiss Giku, and he then takes Hak to the cleaners. Frankly, he was "up" for it, and he played his game perfectly. And For The Love Of Broccoli, what goes through Kise's mind with those Florida tactics? He's trying to psych out Kak? Really? The only man more Zen than Kak is, maybe, Kitataiki. Playing the mind game against someone like Kakuryu is like trying to do a card trick on Stevie Wonder. HF losing was a surprise, but it makes for a very good final two days. Conspiracy theories aside, at this point, it's anyone's game. HF wins two, he's got a chance. Hak loses another one, we have scrambled eggs. Best finish to a basho since Kim Kardashian's third implant.
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    Haru 2014 discussion thread **probable spoilers**

    Seconded. Would have been nice if he snatched an out-of-nowhere yusho some time, but perhaps he's still good for one when he has recuperated. I've never understood the Kotoshogiku Appreciation angle. I like him as a good KK man, but I've never been convinced that he was Ozeki material if you view this as a possible Yokozuna candidate. He is/was never going to get belted; he just doesn't have the arsenal of moves and the mental toughness of, say, a HF or a Hakuho, and maybe a Kakuryu. Giku is essentially a One-Trick-Pony. Even when healthy, he's very one-dimensional, along the lines of Chiyotaikai or similar. When "Plan A" fails, there's no real "Plan B". And can someone please explain to me what goes on in Kise's mind when he goes decides to pull mind games with Hakuho (and previously with Asa). Granted, he's one of the few who could beat Asashoryu and was always a threat to do so, but as we stand now, what was the point of cranking up Hak's furnace? It's exactly this brain-cramp stuff that has stunted his avenue for promotion. Perhaps he should take a page from Kakuryu's playbook. Go out there and be as consistent as possible. No mind games, just good, creative sumo. Late edit... I realize that Kise's been consistent and he certainly deserves to be an Ozeki, but - like Giku - he has similarly consistent gaps in his mindset that frustrate and defy explanation. Deciding to yank on Superman's Cape might not be a move that would aid one's promotion. So, the question: would Kise have pulled today's schtick with Hak had he actively been in the running for the yusho? With so much on the line? If the answer is "yes", then it's just the stuff of needless foolishness.
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    Promo + Daily videos- Osaka (Haru) Basho 2014: Days 1-15

    Actually laughed out loud at the massive henka by Aminishiki. If there ever was a perfect henka, that was it. Great stuff!!!!!! (Applauding...)
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    Promo + Daily videos- Osaka (Haru) Basho 2014: Days 1-15

    Today was "Henka Day"! I miss "Henku"ba. You always knew exactly what he was going to do. Henkas I enjoy. What sometimes irks me is the significant lack of the old "Two Fists Down" rule. That's just my OCD kicking in. Does that bother anyone else?
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    Haru 2014 discussion thread **probable spoilers**

    I think it's a good thing that the matchmaking is moving on with the times. I mean, it's really what you want to see right now: A bit overwhelmed future star versus an over-performing future star. If you look at Endo's last basho at M10W, he fought Kotoshogiku. We're not the only ones realizing not only the potential in these two, but the potential in their rivalry. This is basically a trailer to a future sanyaku feud. I will call awesome on this. By all conventional standards, Endo should take this one. Better tachi-ai, more skills, etc., but this one should be a real fight.
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    Haru 2014 discussion thread **probable spoilers**

    There's an old saying in sports that goes something like, "You are what your record [ie. standings] says you are." From what I saw on the videos above, Takanoyama isn't exactly plowing through guys at that level. He might make one more trip to Juryo, but I think we've seen his better days. Rashi still getting the job done, but he really has an aversion to putting his head down at the tachi-ai. Goes in almost straight up, and by then you need strength and agility to win, which he's doing, and doing well. Did a good job on Masunoyama, but I think the latter takes part of the blame on that belly-flop. Rashi should take a page out of Hibiki, Aoiyama and Gaga's books and just bulldoze right through... The lead-up to the Aminishiki-Kitataiki bout was fun to watch. The former likes to get down to business, and the Sumo Rain Delay wasn't in any rush. The resulting matta was funny. Beautifully executed pull-down by Endo. I think Osh is past his expiry date, which I think is too bad. For me, he's the final link to the days of Kaio, Chiyotaikai and Kotomitsuki and the OBSC. That was a great group. And every day we get a different Kise. Before the bout, I might have put a few shekels on Toyonoshima, but then, the Real Kise shows up and shows why I always lose at the casino. The Kak-Waka bout was nothing more than sheer perseverance on Kakuryu's part. Looks good on Kak. This was not an easy win. HF's win was characteristic of the way he plays his game. He had Takayasu twice, and lost him both times. Then the agility and ability to think on the go took over. And I don't think that last shove was deliberate. The momentum of both buys was going to carry them over the edge anyway, and in hockey, there's the expression, "follow through with your check". Newton's Law. Good thing Taka only landed 6 rows deep. And Kaisei's chances of beating Hakuho were slightly greater than the proverbial "snowball in a furnace".