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  1. paolo

    Asa's danpatsu

    Sorry, I surely must have missed something. Is she his divorced wife or a new one ?
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    I think that a Yokozuna run must start from the Ozeki rank. If this is true, you could not be promoted to Yokozuna even if you were a Sekiwake/Komusubi and you won two bashos in a row, not even if you had been promoted to Ozeki after your first win. I am not sure that this is correct though (but did anything similar ever happen or have a chance to happen ?).
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    Yokozuna Asashoryu Scandal - The Final Chapter

    I find everything correct. And I would just add that he was the only Yokozuna for a long time, and apparently nobody was able to let him understand how big a difference it made when a second Yokozuna was promoted and was there to make it possible for people to make comparisons....
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    Asashoryu INTAI - Feb 4 2010

    I had a dream: the naughty boy had retired alone in his house, closed all the doors and the windows, unplugged the phone and the TV set, and then cried, cried, cried. One little meal a day (eaten with his right hand), no drinking at all but plain water (sparkling water would be considered no hinkaku). Beating his chest with his fist (right fist) and repeating "mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa". He thought to leave, but he could not pack up, because he had to take his suitcase down from above the wardrobe, and doing that with both hands would be considered a guts pose...So he was purifying himself until his adieu cerimony...
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    Yokozuna Asashoryu Scandal - The Final Chapter

    The description reported in madorosumaru's post is very plausible and at the same time terribly sad: it describes men who had probably been waiting for an opportunity like this for months or years ... All things apart, a bad picture of a board of directors (or should I say two, including YDC ?).
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    Asashoryu INTAI - Feb 4 2010

    Interesting? That was the most tiresome part of the last few years for me. There are dozens of aspects of Ozumo that I can easily work up more of an interest for, and if anything perhaps Asashoryu's departure will finally wean a few more people off the cheap thrills. .... Anyway, as long as Ozumo continues to hold that national icon status, any true renaissance of the sport will require a yokozuna with strong hinkaku (well, probably more than one) who can capture the attention of the wider public, and so all the "but Hakuho is sooo boring!" cries are completely missing the point. It's no coincidence that, for all the on-dohyo excitement Asashoryu brought, it never really resulted in strong business for the Kyokai, even after Hakuho arrived to provide a good guy counterpart - all the while plenty of people here and elsewhere always acted as though Asashoryu should have been capable of drawing in the masses by his sheer charisma alone. That's just not how it works. Once more I may think that life is beautiful because people and opinions are so different...
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    Asashoryu INTAI - Feb 4 2010

    One mans boredom is another mans hinkaku. I think he's referring to the inevitable Hakuho yusho clinched on Day 1 of each basho. It was like that with Asa for a long time. Everybody was desperate for some excitement until Kotooshu, and later Hakuho, came along. Not exactly my point. For years I have been waking up in the morning and rushing to this forum to see "what has happened yesterday and what is happening today", even when there was no basho going on. And 90% of the interesting things were "Asashoryu did this" or "Asashoryu said that". How much of this will survive ? Does somebody really mean that we will be overwhelmed by reports of what Hakuho or Harumafuji does or says, apart from the trivial "I will do my best", "Thanks for your support" and so on ? Or by polemics about an extra-shove or a left hand or a guts pose or whatever else ? Augh, Big Boredom is here to stay....
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    Asashoryu INTAI - Feb 4 2010

    Asashoryu is gone... is boredom here to stay ?
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    Yokozuna Asashoryu Scandal - The Final Chapter

    I find it ironic that the best or perhaps only solution that would fix almost everything (Asashoryu, Kyokai, earnings, fans and so on) is the only one that is considered impossible... After all Asashoryu is the only Yokozuna that was disqualified in a bout and the only one that was suspended. If he is not considered worth of the title of Yokozuna now, he could well be the only one demoted to Ozeki, maybe with the chance of regaining the title of Yokozuna in the usual way (winning two consecutive bashos). Is the rule of "no demotion for a Yokozuna" so strictly official ? Couldn't there be an exception due to the exceptional case ?
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    Yokozuna Asashoryu Scandal - The Final Chapter

    The "soccer" case was a "crime" internal to the sumo world: the Kyokai considered Asashoryu had tried to make fun of them and punished him severely. It was just a behaviour internal to an environment; nothing bad, external to sumo world, had happened. Here there is nothing internal, only an external action in which no direct sumo involvement is there. Then from the Kyokai point of view, should this be evaluated more or less severely ?
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    Ms. Uchidate-farewell words

    Quoting from the article: Quoting from a post of mine in "Sayonara Michico" thread Isn't it lovely that a Yokozuna thinks to follow my recommendations ?
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    Help needed

    Everything correct. I am a big fan of Asashoryu's. But without a good training you can't keep your power, your speed, even your technique. Asashoryu's sumo was very good all along this basho, with some moments of magnificence. With that kind of training ? Going back to the talent point: agreed. But one of the best pianists ever, Artur Rubinstein, so answered a lady who asked him if he really practised every day: "Yes, of course. If I didn't for a day, I would hear it. If I didn't for some days, you would hear it too". And it was an activity where there is no direct comparison with other people. Here you can be pushed and pulled all around the dohyo or thrown away by another guy who weighs 150 kilos or more ....
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    Suppose Baruto....

    I for my part think Baruto still ranks behind Harumafuji and Kotooshu--notwithstanding the head-to-head victories at this basho--in particular as regards their ability to put pressure on the Yokozuna. I'm not even sure whether I'd consider Baruto having bypassed Kotomitsuki. It's not that Baruto is winning regulalary against these guys. ... I must admit that perhaps I was taken by too much enthusiasm seeing Baruto execute a technical move (makke-kae) against Hakuho .... Kotooshu's technical ability even if not big is still greater than Baruto's, and Harumafuji's technical and tactical ones are much much greater. Baruto has still a lot (or two lots) to learn. But curiously, this notwithstanding, there are some interesting points: Considering the results of the last three basho (their opponents are about the same), the four are very close (I hope I am counting correctly...): Kotooshu 32/45 Harumafuji 27/45 Kotomitzuki 29/45 Baruto 32/45 including the current one (this line and the 4 lines that follow amended at the end of the basho) Kotooshu 41/60 Harumafuji 37/60 Kotomitzuki 30/53 Baruto 44/60 direct meetings including current basho: Kotooshu-Baruto 2-2 Kotooshu-Harumafuji 3-1 (line amended at the end of the basho) Kotooshu-Kotomitzuki 0-0 Harumafuji-Kotomitzuki 2-1 Baruto-Harumafuji 3-1 Baruto-Kotomitzuki 2-1 From numbers above one could think that there is a certain balance between Baruto, Kotooshu, Harumafuji in this order, while Kotomitzuki stands clearly below. If and when Baruto learns some technique and some more intelligent tactics, he could become a stronger rikishi than the other two. An Ozeki for sure...
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    Help needed

    Over and over again, it happened once more. Please let somebody explain: Little/unsatisfactory training + Bad soken with a lot of losses to Hakuho + Bad last training session with a lot of losses to Kakuryu + Gain of 4 kilos ( possibly pure fats ?) = Yusho (with some brilliant sumo, too) Please let somebody explain, I'm getting crazy ....
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    Sayonara Makiko!

    If Asashoryu manages to win this basho he would be wonderful if he gave her a bunch of roses. She is his opponent or even his enemy, but she has many merits towards sumo; about which, I insist, she says what she thinks (rare behaviour in that environment, as far as I see). He would earn a million points. Being great does not mean only being a great athlete ....