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  1. dingo

    Akebono in memoriam pics overview

    Thank you for the very comprehensive pics overview! Great to see some of the rarer ones.
  2. I personally am agnostic, I don't really care what's the background of the next rijicho as long as he's capable. However, I do believe that the Kyokai will choose exactly according to those criteria that you lined out. The mess with Hakuho will only reinforce this.
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    Akebono dead at 54

    Rest in peace big man. Way too young.
  4. It seems to me that post Asakayama they'll most likely fast track Nishonoseki for rijicho, unless he messes up big time.
  5. dingo

    Haru jungyo 2024

    As I guessed, we are now finding out the issues that caused Kirishima's awful basho. Why he didn't go kyujo is beyond me -- I did read here that apparently he couldn't have attended the post-basho party and bid farewell to his shiho if he went kyujo, but still...
  6. dingo

    Haru 2024 discussion (results)

    So not only has Hakuho been cut from his heya, but also the Toyota Century? Oh the ignominy...
  7. dingo

    Haru 2024 discussion (results)

    But he sure looked like he enjoyed winning the Olympic golds and shattering world records.
  8. dingo

    Haru 2024 discussion (results)

    I know he's yokozuna and has made an astonishing recovery, but I'm not sure Terunofuji is really the best source of inspiration. The man is a walking collection of injuries and cannot do sumo without knee supporters. That he actually continues in sumo despite significant risk to his health should not be looked up to. If Takerufuji does that he gets the wrong approach for his own future.
  9. dingo

    Haru 2024 discussion (results)

    Congratulations to Takerufuji on a heroic achievement! Time will tell whether showing up was bravery or stupidity. Still, I hope his career won't suffer because of the decision today. Kotonowaka vs Kirishima was exciting, but I had a distinct impression that the regular Kirishima would've finished the bout three times over during the time it actually took him. The positional advantage was so much in his favour during the bout that a couple of times the win was just a push away yet Kirishima wasn't able to move another inch forward. He won eventually, but the struggle seems to continue. Onosato is good, but not quite at the top level yet. But his physical gifts make him very promising, provided he's able to learn from the experience and put it to practice. It was a basho to forget for most of the veterans, only Sadanoumi managed a last day kachikoshi in the end. The slow but steady departure of the old guard continues. Finally, I tried jinxing and reverse jinxing Shodai and nothing seemed to work. But he slowly built up enough wins and summoned a final spark to end up with a minimal kachikoshi. The sumo gods smiled on him this time, but they may not be as kind next basho unless Shodai gets his act together even a bit more. In the end, a great basho with plenty of unexpected drama -- not just Takerufuji, but also Kirishima's unexplained slump as well as Endo's makuuchi farewell. There's plenty of young talent in makuuchi, but who will actually manage to make use of it is time still quite unclear.
  10. dingo

    Haru 2024 discussion (results)

    I hope he doesn't show up. It would be painful to even watch, not to mention how painful it must be for him. Unless he's high on painkillers.
  11. dingo

    Haru 2024 discussion (results)

    Maybe Takakeisho can come out of kyujo and they can have a no contact staring contest until one falls asleep. (too soon, I know. Sumo can be very cruel. This applies to both Takerufuji and Takakeisho).
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    Haru 2024 discussion (results)

    A bit weird decision in giving Endo the outright win vs Sadanoumi. In my eyes it was close enough to warrant a mono-ii and Sadanoumi would be right to feel a bit disgruntled, not getting at least another shot at kachikoshi. Mitakeumi has settled back to his usual mid energy pace after showing some spark in the first half of the basho. With 8 wins on hand let's see if he bothers to make an effort for the ninth tomorrow. Takayasu showed Rouga the makuuchi rookie how things are done. Even though he dropped from the yusho run pretty early, Takayasu has had a good basho and can make it an excellent one by getting the 11th win tomorrow. Ditto for Gonoyama who got to double digits as well today and should be pretty happy with his basho. Asanoyama the yusho spoiler! He beat Takerufuji with good sumo, but the leg injury Takerufuji picked up is very unfortunate. I didn't notice any particular time in the bout where his leg moved unnaturally, so I wonder what's the cause. Yusho is a very powerful motivator, but Takerufuji should go kyujo and not aggravate the potentially serious injury more. He'll have plenty of yusho chances in the future. How about that Ozeki club now? Kotonowaka flattens Hoshoryuu with an excellent reaction to a direction change and throw attempt, holding on with his arm and smothering any ozeki yusho thoughts for this basho. Double digits is not a bad result for the shin ozeki. At the end of the day we are back where we started with two rookies in the lead. Takerufuji is a big question mark and if Onosato loses can even pick up the yusho by going kyujo! Not that would be something. Do they deliver emperor's cups to hospitals?
  13. dingo

    Haru 2024 discussion (results)

    Kirishima can still aim for that target at the senshuraku.
  14. dingo

    Haru 2024 discussion (results)

    I'm glad you said it. Can't believe the reactions I'm reading.
  15. dingo

    Haru 2024 discussion (results)

    What kind of pride does a 10-loss ozeki have to protect?