ScreechingOwl

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About ScreechingOwl

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    Asashoryu, Ama, Myogiryu, Osunaarashi

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  1. Order of the Rising sun for Doreen

    Doreen has done so much to increase Westerners understanding of the history and culture of sumo. I always enjoyed the days she was on the NHK broadcast and appreciate all the interesting information she gave which enriched my appreciation for the sport. The honour is well deserved.
  2. 21 Kyushu 17 - The Results

    1. A2. X3. A4. X5. A6. B7. B8. A9. B10. A11. B12. A13. B14. A15. B16. A17. B18. A19. A20. A21. B ScreechingOwl
  3. NSFW GTB - Kyushu 2017

    You know you are watching far too much sumo when you can actually identify the rikishi just from a small (well, comparatively small) portion of his chest. It took me about three years just to recognize some of these guys from their face....
  4. Intai notice

    A dozen years filled with greatness: that rivals a real sumo career. This earth-shattering intai gives us all a chance to reflect on how intelligent and analytical Randomitsuki is as well as what a genuinely nice guy he is. I hope retirement is as fulfilling as the games once were and that we get to enjoy his company on Sumo Forum for years to come.
  5. Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Aki 2017

    The notion that Goeido has started a yokozuna run is ludicrous. Even if Goeido were to win by zensho yusho in Kyusho he wouldn't be promoted to yokozuna. Goeido's performance in Aki was awful - he resorted to henka at least twice, often won by back peddling and pulling down his opponent, and blew a two win lead (three wins ahead of Harujafuji) with only four matches to go. Goeido defeated zero yokozuna and zero ozeki. Eleven wins is almost always meaningless for yokozuna promotion - and it's double meaningless in this case. (Well, it's probably impossible conceptually for anything to be double meaningless. But if it were possible, this would be it.)
  6. Thank you for all the time you put into TUG, Achiyama.
  7. Basho Talk - Aki 2017 (SPOILERS)

    Abi is way too far down the juryo banzuke for a 10-5 to produce a promotion to makuuchi. Aminishiki, Kotoyuki, Daiamami, Myogiryu and, possibly (but by no means guaranteed), Homarefuji will be the promotion pecking order.
  8. Ozeki demotion

    Kosho - with limits - should be reinstated. "Forcing" injured rikishi to wrestle or lose rank simply produces bad sumo and creates more severe injuries. No sport does well when its stars are injured. (Even sumo recognizes this, as it continues to let yokozuna go kosho.) To help make up for blanks in the banzuke the makuuchi division should be increased by two rikishi (from 42 to 44) and juryo should likewise be increased by two rikishi (from 28 to 30). Both divisions have been larger in the past - and the small additional monetary cost to the JSA would be more than made up for by having healthier sekitori (including fan favourites) and better matches.
  9. Harumafuji Intai Speculation

    Harumafuji doesn't look in great shape this basho, but, as the only yokozuna competing, he seems to be staying in this basho for the sake of sumo and the paying customers. I don't see any reason he'd go intai now, or even be criticized for a poor record, under this circumstance. I've been concerned about Harumafuji going intai every year since 2013, and, happily, he continues to exceed expectations. His injuries don't seem to ever fully heal, and he's almost 33 1/2 now. I guess it's hard to see how he'll still be competing after 2018, but on the other hand, none of the yokozuna are under 31 and I wouldn't be surprised to see one - or two - of them retire before he does. At least I hope so - long live Ama!
  10. Basho Talk - Aki 2017 (SPOILERS)

    I'm pretty sure no Makushita wrestler has ever slapped a yokozuna. As for maegashira, the way to handle that is how Asashoryu did it: throw the offender off the doyho the next time you are matched against him. Of course Harumafuji doesn't have the bulk to do that, and may not have the meanness required to do it either. He's not in top form, but I'm certain he's under a lot of pressure to stay in the basho as the sole yokozuna standing. I don't imagine he'll be criticized even if he ends up 9-6, under the circumstances.
  11. Preparations of the Y/O-Aki 2017

    To follow up on what Pandaazuma noted, Japanese baseball players playing in the United States often apologize after sustaining an injury for which they were in no way responsible. Hideki Matsui broke his wrist attempting to catch a baseball in a game in 2006, and after surgery to repair his wrist he apologized for being unable to help the Yankees. More recently, in 2014 Masahiro Tanaka was diagnosed with a partially torn ligament in his throwing arm, which caused him to miss a large part of the season, and stated: "I want to apologize to the Yankees organization, my teammates and our fans for not being able to help out during this time."
  12. Feliz cupleanos!

    1. Leonishiki

      Leonishiki

      THank you very much. Sorry for the delay, I have just read it

  13. A few random questions about Sumo in general.

    There are lots of photos of inductees standing on their tippy toes too. But of course this sort of thing has gone on in other places too. I know someone who got into the U.S. Army back when the height requirement was 5'0" and he was only 4'11". He said that at the inspection the sergeant (who knew him) told him to keep his shoes on when he was measured. No one said boo....
  14. 21 Aki 17, The Results

    1 X 2 A 3 A 4 B 5 A 6 B 7 B 8 B 9 B 10 B 11 B 12 A 13 B 14 A 15 B 16 B 17 A 18 A 19 A 20 B 21 B ScreechingOwl
  15. BASHO TALK -- Natsu 2017 -- SPOILERS

    Here's a table showing ozeki performance: Wins 10+ 9 8 mk Miyabiyama 0 2 2 4 Dejima 5 2 2 3 Kotomitsuki 5 4 6 2 Baruto 8 4 1 2 Goeido 2 3 6 5 Those are the numbers. Goeido and Baruto each won one yusho as ozeki. (Kotomitsuki and Dejima each one one yusho prior to being elevated to ozeki.) Everyone is free to interpret the numbers as he or she chooses to, but from my vantage point Goeido has been a poor ozeki.