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    Hakuho retires

    Well, what to say... I was never a big fan either. But his presence, impact and legacy is unquestionable. I'm glad he went out with a zensho yusho bang and not with a whimper (the covid thing doesn't count IMHO). And I'm interested to see what he's gonna do as an oyakata. The one thing I can't let pass is the YDC comments though. That was absolutely unbelievable and uncalled for, especially after the retirement news. I can't understand the mentality of wanting to belittle and dirty Hakuho; nevermind anyone's opinion, he still deserves respect for his achievements. As per the wise words in this thread, if you don't have anything nice to say, keep it to yourself. The YDC would be wise to understand that.
  2. Except today's Ichinojo was far from struggling. You never really know which Ichi will show up on a given day.
  3. I automatically thought wait where's Hakuho... and then realised he's only completed one basho this year. Which he won with a zensho yusho. And is Ura slowly turning into the next Aminishiki? Both knees blown out yet pulling off wily wins every so often.
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    Nagoya Basho 2021

    Shodai is really a mystery. The first two days he did good sumo and won, but his last two bouts have been a total turnaround in the worst possible direction.
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    Ikioi retires

    Wow, this post deserves more likes than anyone can give. Edit: and to stay on topic, good luck to Ikioi in his future oyakata career. I wonder if anyone is looking for a pet crow? It's generally well behaved and can read the banzuke out loud.
  6. I get that frustration too, but imo all that counts for the Kyokai is that Tagasago was the head when this happened and that's it. From the kyokai's point of view he will have to bear responsibility, be it fair or not.
  7. It may be unfair, but that's how sumo and Japan in general works. The leader has to take responsibility, even if it was not in his power to do much about it. The leaders are supposed to instill the right values, give guidance etc so a failure of a subordinate is by extension a failure of the leader.
  8. That sounds like an excellent idea. They could call him the Six Million Dollar Hakuho. (or 658 227 000 million yen Hakuho if you take today's conversation rate).
  9. That sounds exactly like a secret project to create a genetically enhanced super-soldier, er, super-rikishi who will dominate sumo for the next 50 years and reach at least 200 yusho. He's probably gonna be spending a lot of time in that secret lab underneath Mt.Fuji.
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    Ryuden Scandal

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    Natsu basho 2021

    Being slapped silly by a huge rikishi tends todo that to you. Takayasu easily handled Daieisho today, wasn't even threatened by him. His sumo has been solid, even if you don't like it much.
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    Ryuuden's kyujo- violation of Corona protocol

    Mahjong or massage parlor?
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    Natsu basho 2021

    I can think of a reason - they'll want to make sure he'll be able to stay healthy while putting up yokozuna numbers consistently against top level competition.
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    Preparations of the Y/O- Natsu 2021

    If we're talking about qualifiers you can always add more of them: - As long as Terunofuji doesn't reinjure his knees (can happen out of the blue really) - As long as Hakuho doesn't heal up - As long as Asanoyama keeps losing easy bouts - As long as Gagamaru won't reenter sumo and finally gon on his Ozeki run (that one might be a stretch)
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    Preparations of the Y/O- Natsu 2021

    I think that remains to be seen.