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  1. Is a knee in the Kintamayamas legal?

    Yes, fair enough, I agree with that. I watched Curtly Ambrose destroy the Australians at the WACA in the early 90s with great short pitched fast bowling. One of my best live sporting experiences - just a privilege to watch. But it wasn't Bodyline, you are correct. Also, don't forget arguably the scariest of the WI bowlers, Andy Roberts. And leggies get all the advantages already, so stop grumbling. I know, I was a wicket keeper...
  2. Is a knee in the Kintamayamas legal?

    Yes and no - in Test cricket at least the bowler can still attack the body with short pitched bowling (which was the point of bodyline) if they are accurate enough and fast enough. Mitchell Johnson destroyed the British batsmen with good fast accurate short pitched stuff in the last Ashes series in Australia, and the 80s and 90s West Indies teams were masters at it. They just have to mix it up a bit and can't do it every ball due to the bouncer limit per over. (And this post will leave all the people from non-cricket countries scratching their heads in perplexity...)
  3. Basho Talk Kyushu 2017 (SPOILERS)

    Poor Kise. His main enemy has always been his brain
  4. Basho Talk Kyushu 2017 (SPOILERS)

    Hakuho proving once again why he is the GOAT using his leg to turn Shohozan's throw against him. He's looking imperious
  5. Basho Talk Kyushu 2017 (SPOILERS)

    Does Hak really hate Tochiozan or something? It is always him he seems to make look the most stupid.
  6. It is also his style of power sumo. He is a huge guy trying to lift and carry out other huge guys. The pressure on the knees doing that is immense.
  7. Basho Talk Kyushu 2017 (SPOILERS)

    Yoshikaze has been my favourite rikishi for a long time. But he deliberately head-butted Onosho 3 times in their bout today, and tried another two (they missed). He has always led with his head, but at this rate he is going to end up punchier than the worst past-his-prime boxer ever is, with more shadows on his brain than the average retired NFL lineman, and with more brain damage than Chris Benoit. He has so much scar tissue over his eyebrows it just opens up at the slightest contact these days. It is probably too late for him now - the damage is already done but I would kind of like him to stop before he really, really ends up not able to count beyond the number of fingers on his hands.
  8. Basho Talk Kyushu 2017 (SPOILERS)

    And Hak beat Tamawashi there simply by mystique. He huffed and puffed a bit and Tamawashi went "aaaargh" and didn't know what to do and then Hak won. That's what it looked like anyway.
  9. Basho Talk Kyushu 2017 (SPOILERS)

    Endo vs. Kaisei was a thing of beauty. Great sumo
  10. Basho Talk Kyushu 2017 (SPOILERS)

    I hate to say it, but as I was watching that bout I was thinking to myself "he will never now be Yokozuna". I hope I'm wrong but I think the injuries are insurmountable
  11. Aki jungyo 2017

    Me too, and I'm Australian
  12. Basho Talk - Aki 2017 (SPOILERS)

    There was a long and quite angry discussion about the possibility of steroids in sumo on this forum a few years ago. It covered a lot of this ground. The basic arguments were a) without testing all rikishi would be mad not to use steroids or other PEDs; b) without testing some rikishi will definitely be using steroids and other PEDs; or c) are you mad, this is sumo, tradition would stop anyone using. Go here:
  13. Basho Talk - Aki 2017 (SPOILERS)

    Bad Wig Man was there today but he wasn't in his usual seat and he didn't have any of his (numerous) daughters with him. He did have a good pick of his nose though after one of the bouts, so there is that I guess
  14. Basho Talk - Aki 2017 (SPOILERS)

    He knew he had lost it immediately. The instant he missed the tachiai he would have known he was done
  15. Basho Talk - Aki 2017 (SPOILERS)

    Goeido tried pulling yesterday and lost. Goeido tried pulling today and lost. Any guesses what he will do tomorrow...