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  1. 14 hours ago, Katsunorifuji said:

    Out of curiosity, can a Yokozuna be forced to retire if they keep missing basho? I know that the powers that be can reprimand or recommend retiring, but if Hakuho or Kakuryu want to sit out three or more basho, could they theoretically do that with out being forced out of sumo?

    Takanohana and Kisenosato missed or didn’t complete multiple tournaments in a row (albeit after injuries) before they were “recommended” to retire

  2. 3 hours ago, Yamanashi said:

    The key to look for is the "frame".  It is a joint that can bend one way (the way the knee usually bends) and not in the perpendicular direction.  Ligament damage and reinjury usually involves getting a blow to the side of the knee.  He seems to have frames on both knees.

    I had a meniscus operation on 1 knee and use the very same bandages while playing basketball. It allows me to perform at 90% of my “normal” capacity without risking further injury. Even with 2 bad knees, a former “near-yokozuna”’Terunofuji at 90% explains his last yusho.

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  3. 3 minutes ago, Jakusotsu said:

    A 12-3 Yusho would put him in exactly the same spot, don't you think?

    I believe the main argument in the case of Terunofuji’s promotion to ozeki is the fact that a 13-2J - 12-3Y can be enough for a yokozuna promotion, so it certainly is enough for an ozeki promotion, the 8-7 record at M2 has nothing to do with it

  4. 23 minutes ago, Yubinhaad said:

    How come Komusubi Abi had the third-to-last bout on senshuraku, with Sekiwake Tamawashi fourth-from-last? Obviously I see that there was more on the line in the Abi-Kotoshogiku 7-7 bout, but I didn't think that could override the rank privilege.

    Because of the arrows. The are never given to a MK rikishi

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  5. 41 minutes ago, RabidJohn said:

    And of course former sekiwake Kotonowaka is now Sadogatake-oyakata, boss of the heya of which the new Kotonowaka is a member. How often has a rikishi trained in his father's stable and inherited his father's shikona?

    Tochiazuma, Takanohana, Masuiyama

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  6. 29 minutes ago, serge_gva said:

    We already discussed the fact that Takayasu can hardly become an ozeki next basho if he finishes with 13-2, despite 33 wins in 3 bashos, because he started his run from M5.

    But what if he finishes 13-2 +Y? At that point, what will make the difference with Terunofuji's promotion? An obvious one is his M5 start versus Terunofuji's M2 start. At M2, Terunofuji beats 2 Ozekis, and lost to 2 Yok.

    But in terms of progression, Takayasu's 9-11-13 is better than Terunofuji's 8-13-12. And his last performance of the 3 will be more impressive (beats 2Y+2O, versus 2O only for Terunofuji).

    I don't think his chances are great. But can we say 0% ?

    In Terunofuji's case it was a 13-2 Jun-Yusho followed by a 12-3 Yusho, both in Sanyaku. As an ozeki, these days this would be enough for a Yokozuna promotion (if you are called Kisenosato) so they could hardly deny him an Ozeki promotion. Takayasu "only" scored a 11-4 last basho...

  7. 35 minutes ago, ronnie said:

    Did I read somewhere that Bruges now has an underground pipeline supplying beer to various outlets?

    Partly correct, a 3km undergroud pipeline connects the ancient brewery in the center of the city with another part of the brewery where the beer is bottled.
    No direct supply to bars or shops...

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  8. 1 hour ago, McBugger said:

    Visited in 2013. Did go to the historical centre, in fact I saw as large a portion of the city I could by day, walking 5+ hours every day for 5 days. Apart from the Grand-Place and environs, the area with the many museums whose name eludes me, and a large, green cemetery adjacent to the Universite Libre near Ixelles, the city was decidedly smelly and dirty.

    On the other hand, I loved Bruges and (especially) Ghent to bits. Would visit again in a heartbeat.


    Having lived in Ghent for 5 years and having worked in Brussels for over 8 years, I agree that Ghent is far cleaner and has a totally different atmosphere. 

    Have been to Greece too (several times) and I totally loved it, my favourite spot is a restaurant in Molivos harbour on Lesbos.

  9. 1 hour ago, McBugger said:

    Thankfully it was in Tokyo and not Brussels. That city is downright filthy, and this is coming from a Greek.

    Have you seen all of Brussels? I doubt it. Some parts of the city might be "filthy" but the historical centre certainly isn't, and most of the city has been renovated in recent years. And this is coming from a Belgian


  10. When reading the name Baraki, this came to mind:

    Définition de: "Baraqui": Expression belge, wallonne exactement. Mot désignant une personne peu cultivée venant d'un milieu social défavorisé.

    English translation: definition of "Baraqui": Belgian expression, Walloon exactly. Word designing a poorly cultivated person who comes from a socially defavorised environment.

    The name Baraki comes from a Charles Bronson mafia film the father liked, The Valachi papers, "Baraki" in Japanese. The oyakata saw a slogan in a train "Ibaraki genki" and thought Genki to be the first name going with Baraki. Baraki 爆羅騎 would be the shikona with the most strokes in the Kanji of all present rikishi.