Koorifuu

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  1. Koorifuu

    Hakuho retires

    The interesting part is that, back then, there was complete radio silence coming from NSK and YDC both. No complaint about Kisenosato's attitude, for obvious reasons - but also no hinkaku complaint whatsoever regarding Hakuho's henka. How times have changed.
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    Hakuho retires

    Funny how languages work... I'm Portuguese, that's a Portuguese expression, and yet no Portuguese person would ever say it. That's what 200 years of separate evolution does, ever since the Brazilian independence. But back to the topic... I had sworn to myself that I wouldn't post here again, for reasons I shan't disclose, but it feels this event definitely warrants breaking my oath to myself. I had always been one of the first people here to condemn Hakuho for his perceived underhanded tactics, however, this piece of news gave me some rose-tinted glasses. The ending's almost romantic: a man who defied logic and time, continuously setting all-time records on such a long sport, noticing and acknowledging his increasingly damaged body - took some measures to adapt it to his determination and motivation (which, unlike the physical part, was not waning at all) for a few more records before he went out with a bang in so many levels. He will sorely be missed and, even though we've had some years to acclimatise to what ozumo is going to look without him on the dohyo, it'll still take years to set in. Now - my favourite memory of Hakuho - having watched sumo in its Eurosport runs (back to the Hanada vs Hawaii feud, and a few years later, Asashoryu's ascent to the throne), but most importantly back for good upon hearing of Kaiou's retirement about a decade ago... Remember when Kisenosato went on his mean streak a few years ago? I can't put my finger on the specific year right now, but he went on a deliberate matta + intimidating shove rampage. There was, specifically, Kotoshogiku - whose gentle heart immediately crumbled in the face of that bullying and got pushed out quite quickly. I remember @Kintamayama's comment on his digest video even if I haven't watched it since then: "Not sorry, and here's an extra shove to the neck!!" Current Araiso, for some reason I can't fathom, decided that trying the same stunt on Hakuho was a decent idea... And duly got treated to a faceful of clay within seconds, as Hakuho delivered a blatant henka that'd make Takanoyama proud. Lesson on manners taught. If there's any solace to the fact the NSK/YDC is screwing him up and that he'll probably be kicked out for a very minor (at best) forged (at worst) infraction as soon as the situation calms down, in between one year / two years' time... it's that 白鵬 翔 is his official name now, so he'll trigger some beautiful meltdowns on Yano, Shibatayama & Co when he inevitably sullies the sacred name by using it on puroresu or something similar.
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    Terunofuji Story Creates Awkward Silence

    This is not surprising at all and will always happen. Some people won't have enough knowledge about a specific sport to make statements on it, and plenty of things will just come out wrong to a blood-boiling, gargantuous level. In fact, we've had much worse than this happen in this very forum just a few days ago.
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    Terunofuji is the 73rd Yokozuna.

    This is a brutal understatement and I don't even like Doohan. https://www.motorsportmagazine.com/articles/motorcycles/motogp/motogps-greatest-comeback
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    Nagoya Basho 2021

    "I'm also a neurologist and have something to say."
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    Terunofuji is the 73rd Yokozuna.

    This is definitely up there, but Mick Doohan after '92 is on the same scale for sure. I rate it higher than Lauda's. I'd also say Brian Baker, even if he was never a true force, his story is about as inspirational.
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    Nagoya Basho 2021

    Ichinojo on Takakeisho a couple of weeks ago. But then again this might explain why Ichinojo is not quite the yokozuna some pundits predicted he'd be at this point. That reminds me of a discussion @Tigerboy1966 had back to Hatsu, when Akiseyama was known backstage to have a broken jaw and the likes of Chiyoshoma and Ishiura went for the slap across the face - two good examples of ruthlessness / fierceness.
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    Takagenji Caught Smoking Weed

    Gentle reminder that this isn't even Takanohana's first set of problematic twins... Cue to 7 years or so ago... The following lads were given the choppy chop and I seem to recall it was due to their involvement with the yakuza being too serious. This and that.
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    Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Nagoya 2021

    Thanks a lot, @Kashunowaka & @Gurowake. So the current situation isn't abnornal in the bigger picture, we were just used to an unique decade of utter Y/O dominance for the best part.
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    Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Nagoya 2021

    Thanks - I got to admit this is a shock to me, it sure hasn't felt like it. Maybe I should've included K/S in my statement, as having underperforming / understaffed Y/O ranks also makes it theoretically easier for junior sanyaku to KK and keep their spots, thus not opening their slots to good joi KKs. I guess that a few years ago there were a bunch of joi KKs, sure, but slots would open up as sekiwake - and especially komusubi - kept getting battered by the Y/O... More than nowadays. But I'm sure data will prove me wrong again. I sure remember those times were getting promoted to sanyaku / joi area would be an almost guaranteed kiss of death... if your shikona wasn't Toyonoshima. Hakuho, Harumafuji, Baruto, Kotooshu, Kotoshogiku, Kisenosato, eventually Kakuryu - all in good shape - didn't leave a lot of room for heroics.
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    Takagenji Caught Smoking Weed

    It was an apparently failed attempt at making a joke by ending with a punchline that was the complete opposite of what I really meant.
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    Nagoya Basho 2021

    That's actually because the Youtube URL was pasted with a timestamp so it starts at 625 seconds (&t=625s). It means that everyone who opens the video will be starting from the point where the user who copy-pasted the link was at the time. Easily fixable by removing that tag!
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    Takagenji Caught Smoking Weed

    Which is overcompensated with industrial plant levels of tobacco consumption... Oh, is it only used as an excuse to kick problematic people out? Takagenji is safe then.
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    Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Nagoya 2021

    Might it be because the Y/O corps have been more unreliable than perhaps any other time in recent history? Not having 4 or 5 pretty much guaranteed losses to superhumans could make the difference between 3-12 and 8-7. I mean, I've been following ozumo for about 10 years and I sure feel like there's been more joi KKs in these last few years than in the rest of the time put together.
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    Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Nagoya 2021

    Won't get lower for Mitoryu than staying in juryo altogether. A plot twist!
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    Bright colored mawashi, Ura among them...

    Superstition. He'd racked up a few kuroboshi on the trot at the time. EDIT: The comment above is about Natsu this year - if you mean he changed his mawashi at Nagoya, then I'm afraid I didn't notice.
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    Bright colored mawashi, Ura among them...

    I'll add Kotoeko's shade of lavender to this fine list.
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    Terunofuji is the 73rd Yokozuna.

    I'm sorry but I find the contrast between your positive comment & your avatar, where the man in question is down on all fours under a celebrating aite, hilarious. My sense of humour could be more politically correct, I'd say. Only the most optimistic people did, as far as I recall. We may or may not have found it delusional, especially as he kept struggling past jonidan bouts, being shoved nonstop while unable to move - winning on the account of his upper body weight and strength alone. ---------- Congratulations to Terunofuji! An amazingly inspirational story. May he thrive under the rank and go into history as a worthy yokozuna.
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    sumo jokes/memes

    Sad to look back at it and feel like ozeki run Tochinoshin was three times the ozeki that ozeki Tochinoshin was.
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    Nagoya Basho 2021

    The bit I find the most curious is that nearly everybody - if not all - people who've got recognisable SF usernames and avatars is on the "Hakuho's antics = bad" side of the barricade, while usernames & avatars that I barely ever see here (if at all) are on the "Hakuho's antics = perfectly OK" bench. It's almost as if general fans of the ozumo world feel one way, and on the other side, the dedicated fanboys of an individual popped out of the bushes to make themselves heard. But then again, this is how it works in most sports, honestly. The difference here is that ozumo isn't a sport per se and shouldn't be viewed the same way. One could look at Hakuho's antics being the equivalent of a footballer/soccer player diving for fouls or a stockcar driving slightly nudging somebody else out because "oops didn't see you there" - you're determined at the being the best, no matter how many grey areas you need to exploit or how many rules you need to bend, and how many gentlemen agreements you disregard... but the cultural repercussions are at least ten fold and shouldn't be overlooked nearly as much.
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    Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Nagoya 2021

    Jumping out of the spoiler talk - which, by the way, reminds me of the people who stuck their heads out of a 100mph train's window, earned some head injuries for their troubles and decided to sue the trainline... I am overjoyed that Murata is making it. He won a fan for life after his treatment of Shonanzakura on their Ryuden bout a while ago. Sure, he trucked the lad, but he immediately reacted as if he was both surprised at the outcome and concerned with him.
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    Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Nagoya 2021

    I might jump ship to the non-haridashi hype train if it means Chiyonokuni has a higher chance of makujiri'ng his way back to the makuuchi section of the banzuke, honestly. I hadn't considered that.
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    Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Nagoya 2021

    Banzuke making is my area of least expertise here, but... Would you say the fact we know Asanoyama isn't competing at all, is likely to influence the decision? As in, put him as haridashi since there's be a de facto gap in the titled ranks.
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    Hokuseiho - Shot at a record?

    The sumo version of "brace for impact". This matchup against Ishizaki for the yusho is going to be a very intriguing one.
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    Nagoya Basho 2021

    At the risk of going overly anatomical and sullying your fine joke, a lot of padding can absorb blunt impacts, but it won't help when there's so much evenly spread pressure applied on it!