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    21 Kyushu 19, The Results

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    New Takanofuji Scandal

    I certainly agree that in its abstracted/idealized form, the tsukebito system has much to offer (see, for example, Enho and Hakuho, at least as that relationship has been portrayed). However, like many other systems designed with one senior individual holding power over a junior, in practice it can be prone to abuse and misuse, as we've seen on occasion. That isn't to say the system needs to be abolished, as that would be a knee-jerk overreaction that overlooks the good in the system. But it seems a system that could use some minor reforms, as well as checks on balances, to bring out the ideal while limiting the potential for abuse. That isn't to imply I have any specific reforms in mind, and I think those far closer to the system than I (read: not some shmuck in Canada who's merely a fan) would be better placed to comment. But still, I would be interested to hear those comments.
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    New Takanofuji Scandal

    I hope my comment wasn't taken as critical in any way, as I greatly appreciate all the article posting and translating you do for the forum! And to be fair, Takanofuji does seem like enough of a dolt to have meant "if they let me stay, I'll apologise to chickens 1, 2, and 3.", so your initial version may be spot on.
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    New Takanofuji Scandal

    The verb he used can mean either "to forgive" or "to permit/to allow" . So an alternative translation would be "If the Kyokai will allow it, I'd like to go to the deshi's homes to apologize." I'm just pulling from the articles, not the video though. While he's undoubtedly an ass, and I think the sumo world will be better off without him, I wouldn't read too much into that one sentence.
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    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    I think you're likely right. Which I suppose means, by default, weight as a rikishi is a good thing, at least to a point, regardless of style.
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    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    Interesting, I'd actually think the opposite. To me, for excellent yotsu sumo someone like Kitanoumi comes to mind, who is hardly a lightweight. Once you've locked into a yotsu position, it's hard for a lighter rikishi to generate forward momentum, as they've essentially been locked into a standstill. Wrapping someone up and using your weight advantage to walk them out seems amuch more predictable to win than staying disconnected from your opponent while moving forward and thrusting, as that gives your opponent much more maneuverability. Extreme light weights like Enho stay disconnected and then dart under and in to try to get into a position where they can move a heavier opponent. But if you picture them going straight in, seiseidodo style, they'd never overcome the weight disadvantage. Interesting to read a very different take, and many seem to agree with you, so I may well be completely off in my take on things!
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    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    Don't know about always, but there is at least a history of female sumo fans, particularly when there are promising and attractive rikishi (see: Chiyonofuji, Endo, etc.). For a recent article on the phenomenon:
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    21 Aki 19, The Results

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    Preparations of the Y/O- Nagoya 2019

    While I assume he remains the king of the keikoba, things have been oddly silent on him in the lead up to this basho!
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    21 Nagoya 19, The Results

    Honoured to be an underling on that crew!
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    21 Nagoya 19, The Results

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    Hakuho Injures Arm Haru Basho 2019

    To my mind, the leg grab is too low for the "mata" in komatasukui, but I'm definitely no specialist. Or even generalist. I am, however, happy to see Hakuho having some fun with technique! I just wish he'd bust out the occasional yobimodoshi again :)
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    Hakuho Injures Arm Haru Basho 2019

    I would think some form of ashitori.
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    Natsu basho 2019 discussions [SPOILERS]

    Well, I suppose that all involved can hope that Tochinoshin simply (though likely not easily) secures his 10th win over the weekend and seals his return to ozeki. Failing that, given the botched call I would say the thing to do as the Kyokai would be to simply re-promote him at any rate. As I understand it, promotion to ozeki is discretionary. While that discretion is generally exercised after a wrestler wins 33 or more matches over three tournaments while ranked at sekiwake, or winning 10 matches after being demoted to sekiwake, is there anything (aside from lack of precedent) stopping the Association of exercising its discretion to bump him up to ozeki? He's kachikoshi at sekiwake and has likely proved he should be ranked at ozeki with what should have been a 10th win. Entirely the pipedream of an aggrieved fan, I appreciate, but hey, one can always fantasize about some justice in the world.
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    O2eHD, and similar ranks

    No worries. I've been a hanger on for nearly 11 years now, and not too long ago just posted my own question about some of the shorthand in the database I hadn't seen before, so know the pain!