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  1. dingo

    Shohozan intai

    Already saw from the photos, but Hanaregoma-oyakata is in a crazy good shape.
  2. dingo

    Shohozan intai

    I'll always remember him for the furious brawling matches he had with Yoshikaze. Every time they met you could be sure that you'd be in for some entertaining sumo. I'll miss both of them. This one is a good example: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=W7bd21Ae9ec
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    Shohozan intai

    That's pretty awful, unless he chose this himself. Spending a long and fairly illustrious sumo career peaking at Komusubi and then having nothing to fall back on for retirement. I know a kabu is never guaranteed, but for someone like Shohozan to come up with nothing is pretty sad.
  4. dingo

    Shohozan intai

    The Twitter post basically says that ex-Komusubi Shohozan (real name Matsutani Yuya) has retired and links to his profile.
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    Onsen / Sento in and around Tokyo

    I would recommend the Yumorinosato onsen in Chofu. Been there a few times when I used to live in Tokyo (although it was called Yukari at that time) and it was always pleasurable. Its not very huge, but big enough. There's a lot of different outdoor baths and even a sauna. The ambiance is very nice and relaxing, a lot of wooden materials. It's also very affordable. I used to take a shuttle bus there from Musashisakai Station, but there's also other ways to access. I see the Yumorinosato is also no. 11 on the list you posted, so it seems to be well acclaimed. I can only agree.
  6. I find it strange to look at JY/Y ratio as a measure of performance. I'm not sure what is the thesis/proposal in this case. Since JY is the second best result in a basho, to me the number of JY implies consistency and ability to compete at a top level, not as a component to measure of lack of performance. The rikishi who have less JY did not finish as a runner up in a basho and therefore performed worse than the JY winner. Therefore as a measure of top level performance it would be better to simply add the number of JY+Y, not divide them into a ratio. Regarding Kisenosato as a choker, iirc the reputation came from losing 1 or 2 critical bouts that were needed to challenge Hakuho's results, not losing 4 in a row like Takayasu.
  7. I agree with many who felt this basho was somewhat lacking. While many of the reasons already given are very good, I couldn't put my finger on what exactly it was that exaggerated all the other peeves for me. Then I came back to the realisation that the yusho was taken on the final day with an uncontested 12-3 score. In other words noone else in makuuchi managed to get more than 11 wins. That's pretty underwhelming. Ozeki Kisenosato for example would've wiped the floor with the competition this basho.
  8. Ahh, takes me right back to the Kaio-Chiyotaikai era. I liked those guys.
  9. I know it's easy to forget, but Takakeisho is not actually kadoban yet. And he has a good chance to get his 8th win against Shodai.
  10. Surprising he doesn't have a kabu, being an ex-komusubi and makuuchi mainstay.
  11. Having some kind of informal credit system like a shadow economy would undermine the whole system and turn into a travesty. Wins would be overturned based on some kind of dubious karma. Torinaoshi would be not awarded because someone owes someone else something based on an already questionable interpretation. Noone could count on not having a result overturned against them for murky reasons. It is always a bad idea to play favours in sports where the results need to be as clear cut as possible. Who would want to honestly compete in such an environment?
  12. Well, some Ozeki also turn into Yokozuna...
  13. Is there any info on what's wrong with Mitakeumi? He was on an upwards trajectory until this basho and suddenly he's looking like Takakeisho -- far from his peak power and ability. I find it hard to believe that he simply got a taste of the good ozeki (kadoban) life. There's gotta be a physical issue. Takakeisho himself displayed a stunning lack of judgment by trying to pull oshi specialist Hokutofuji. This bout should've been a gimme, but instead Hokutofuji got a surprise win. And speaking of lack of judgment, Hoshoryuu took the cake from Takakeisho today. I know he has some kind of pride or stubbornness that compels him to try and beat his opponent's strengths, but boy did that backfire today.
  14. Even if it's an Incidental touch of the dohyo, it usually is caused by being out balance due to the opponent's pressure. Which means that the opponent has in a way caused the touch. So it should not be a question whether or not to count it as a loss. But yeah the shimpan team is not doing so well this basho. Do they have collective stage fever or something? Performance anxiety?
  15. I used to watch that, quite liked it too.