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  1. Haru 2018

    Which has actual information, rather than just a spam link to another website (albeit a website I and am sure many SF readers follow already).
  2. Osunaarashi scandal

    Not to make light of a serious post, but the mental image I now have of Chiyomaru trying to drive a kei truck is hilarious.
  3. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    Congratulations to Toshinoshin!! I've been a long time fan and supporter, having met him briefly on a jungyo stop in October 2008 (conveniently, he's the inspiration for the first part of my forum shikona). There's been ups and downs with his injuries and heya troubles, but I've always believed him to be a truly powerful rikishi who could go far, and I'm beyond ecstatic at his yusho!
  4. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    You know the anime gods are serious when they bring a character out of retirement for a final climactic battle.
  5. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    Thank you! I did a forum search that got me three hits and no explanation, but figured it was more sumo specific rather than in general use. I probably deserved a "here, let me google that for you" response.
  6. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    TPTB? The people that...?
  7. Osunaarashi scandal

    Oddly enough, it was exactly this line of discourse that got me into sumo, then centering around Wakanoho, Roho, and Hakurozan for their use/possession of marijuana. That was back in September 2008, so it's unfortunately not a new view that's in need of a whole lot of cement to prop it up.
  8. Takanohana-devil's advocate

    On that we'd agree. Not that mild traumatic brain injuries are ever something to scoff at, but taking an N = 1 approach where N = someone who isn't a rikishi doesn't seem to be the best approach. Every patient is different, but all we're left with at this point is some fairly vague medical certificates and Takanohana's word, which doesn't count for much in my books.
  9. Takanohana-devil's advocate

    I'm not entirely sure what you mean by "undetermined person", but if you mean that the individual in question wasn't determined to overcome their injuries, that seems to be a pretty unnecessary denigration of a forum member's family member given nothing Yatagarasu has said has indicated that individual was anything of the sort, and is uncalled for.
  10. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    I asked the same question, but think it likely got lost in the shuffle with the "combat sport" discussion. Ryafuji helpfully provided the answer above! Sorry for the strange order or quotes, my phone won't seem to let me reorder them. I'm definitely with you though Gospodin, it will be interesting to see what transpires. Given his demotion will be the result of an injury, rather than his completing the tournament with a shoddy record, he may be able to justify staying in, and possibly going kyujo next basho as well if it won't drop him out of juryo.
  11. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    I think the trick is you've lost many of us by stating sumo is at its essence the same as boxing or western wrestling. For all the reasons set out above, by a number of members, it isn't. So whether or not it would be "fair" in boxing or wrestling is irrelevant to whether it's "fair" in sumo. At any rate, we can continue to disagree in PM if you'd like. I think most would prefer just to get back to commentary on the basho. To wit: Tochinoshin - why oh why can't my man just stay healthy and fight like this all the time??
  12. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    Agreed. I'm with you that I don't think the sumo isn't worthy, and I'm not saying that I like that the separate standard exists. But, ultimately, I think it does, and that is important in the sumo world, whether we outsiders like it or not.
  13. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    And now we've moved the goal posts. Before, all combat sports were just about wins and losses, and the banzuke was purely so. Now, no sports are about just wins and losses, which is the point we've all been trying to make to you about sumo. I don't think there's much more to say on the topic if we can't even keep the conversation internally coherent.
  14. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    That certainly isn't how the argument has been framed. It's not whether sumo is a combat sport, but whether as a combat sport it is solely about wins and losses such that putting a restriction on an individual rikishi is acceptable. For all the reasons discussed above, it isn't the same as every other combat sport (if one can accurately say that all other combat sports are essentially the same, which I think is a gross overstatement), and so drawing an analogy to whether it would be acceptable in, say, MMA to limit an athlete's arsenal is inapt.
  15. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    But even if a rikishi can win, without the other qualities, he can't become a yokozuna. One isn't more important than the other. They are inextricably linked. Both are necessary, but neither on their own are sufficient, to put it in formal logic terms. That is something that makes sumo so distinct, and unlike other combat sports, and why trying to analyze it and the goings on in it in the same way one would analyze boxing, MMA, Muay Thai, or any combat sport (all of which I love dearly) is a poor tactic. Except that's precisely not the case. All rikishi are not equal "before the morality". Yokozuna are special cases meant to stand above the rest, and special considerations apply only to them.