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Benevolance last won the day on May 5 2016

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  1. Bearded gyoji/wrestlers

    Apparently they used to be more common. From Wikipedia: "Bearded gyoji are very territorial sub-genus of sumo. As they grow, they establish social hierarchies in which displays of aggression and appeasement form a normal part of their social interactions. Bearded gyoji display a hand-waving gesture to show submission, and a head-bobbing display to show dominance between gyoji. The beard is used for both mating and aggression displays. Bearded gyoji can produce a mild venom, originating from primitive venom glands. Though generally harmless to rikishi, it is effective against the shinpan in establishing territorial dominance during a mono-ii. In the early 1900s, they were found throughout much of Japan in a wide range of habitats such as stables, karaoke bars, and stadiums. Today, bearded gyoji are extinct in the wild and may only found in captivity."
  2. Basho Talk - Aki 2017 (SPOILERS)

  3. Basho Talk - Aki 2017 (SPOILERS)

    I will snort my sake if Harumafuji takes this basho from Goeidou.
  4. Basho Talk - Aki 2017 (SPOILERS)

    I love Wakachiro's little self-slap ritual at 2:08. Something I'd expect to see in boxing or football, but it was hilariously out-of-place in sumo. Does he often do that, or was he just sending a warning to his opponent?
  5. Basho Talk - Aki 2017 (SPOILERS)

    But it's quite good for Goeidou...
  6. I don't really know. My armchair observation is that the oshi guys tend to wear out quicker, as just being older really seems to slow them down and rob them of their power. The argument kind of presupposes that the 50kg he gained was only fat, which I'm not sure I'd accept. But I'm not sure we can look up that stat. His record against Takanohana was pretty give-and-take over their careers, and his record against Konishiki solidly improved in the latter part of his career. By that isolated observation, the extra weight probably helped him out? Or else the extra weight really hindered Konishiki. So I stand by my original, definitive response: I don't really know.
  7. Quite obviously a nod to the sumo forum there. After all, without our tacit armchair support, any sumo success would be impossible.
  8. Basho Talk - Nagoya 2017 (SPOILERS)

    Actually, every time Hakuho beats someone really convincingly they award him two wins. I mean, how else could someone possibly make it to 1048?
  9. Basho Talk - Nagoya 2017 (SPOILERS)

    Tension over who gets jun-yusho, maybe?
  10. Basho Talk - Nagoya 2017 (SPOILERS)

    That was pretty nice of Goeidou to do Kotoshogiku a real solid there, and pretty clever to stage it when Goeidou's kachikoshi is far from guaranteed. Makes it look all up and up, like Goeidou wasn't intending to let Kotoshogiku win. Nudge nudge, wink wink.
  11. Basho Talk - Nagoya 2017 (SPOILERS)

    Oh, I argue with Asashosakari all the time. Just never where he can hear me. Or respond. I find I'm more likely to win that way.
  12. Greatest of All Time

    Eh, Hakuho's got this tournament all wrapped up. Just starting the interbasho boredom conversations a bit early.
  13. Greatest of All Time

    I would consider being in the top 1% as elite. Given that there is about 650 people active this tournament, that makes it the top 6 and a half guys, which basically encompasses the yokozuna and ozeki. That seems appropriate, as it includes Goeidou as point 5er. So I suppose if you wanted to consider the best of the best, you'd probably look at the career performance (probably just winning percentage numbers?) of yokozuna and ozeki at those respective ranks and take the best 1% of that? Bam! Thread solved.
  14. Basho Talk - Nagoya 2017 (SPOILERS)

    I like Goeidou's odds of a kachikoshi this basho.
  15. Basho Talk - Nagoya 2017 (SPOILERS)

    The Great White Phoenix Soars above the Blue Mountain; Hakuho zensho.