Benevolance

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  1. Benevolance

    Nagoya 2022

    Just to clarify, since Asanoyama went 7-0 in Sandanme, he gets automatic promotion to makushita. If he wins the Makushita yusho next time, the auto-promote would bring him to...upper makushita? I forget how it's usually handled.
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    Nagoya 2022

    Oh, no! I just had a terrible thought! What if that zabuton bonk undoes the Hakuho bonk and resets Shodai B back into Shodai A? It would mean the announcers were right all along!?!?
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    Nagoya 2022

    Shodai! Okay, I gotta know now. When Hakuho had his 'talk' with Shodai, what size of empty bottle did he use? This could open up a whole new field of sports psychology in sumo.
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    Nagoya 2022

    SPECIAL NOTICE FROM THE KYOKAI: ALL BASELESS YOKOZUNA SPECULATION IS TO BE RESTRICTION TO INTERBASHO BOREDOM TIME AND STOP HAVING OF THE THROWING OF THE ZABUTON.
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    Nagoya 2022

    I'm rooting for Takakeisho, because we need some wild yokozuna promotion speculation between basho.
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    Nagoya 2022

    Or maybe the mawashi was too tight?
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    Nagoya 2022

    Those announcers can stuff it. I always throw whatever I'm sitting on at the TV for a kinboshi.
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    Nagoya 2022

    At a quick glance, Shodai's head to head against the sanyaku is about even for wins/losses. His sumo is lackluster, but he could be a lot worse. When Goeidou was doing kadoban whack-a-mole, he was doing it in a top division saturated with talent and his frequent flirtation with demotion was a side note. Shodai has the misfortune of performing sumo with relatively similar results whilst standing on a very empty stage. For myself, after a decade of watching some very dominant sumo, it's a bit hard to get used to watching ordinary results.
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    Nagoya 2022

    Rather than watching Teru & Ichi stand unmoving at the center of the dohyo for 8 minutes, maybe they could set up, like, a 4 minute tea ceremony and then they settle the match with some jan-ken-pon.
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    Nagoya 2022

    The NSK always seems more willing to under-promote than over-promote.
  11. As Akinomaki reported Wakatakakage got a new shimekomi. But it was IN A BOX. No colour mentioned AT ALL! This is clearly the BIGGEST SCANDAL to hit us in these dark days of conformity of the neo-Magaki era. I bet it'll be blue.
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    Shohozan intai

    At this time, I'd like to reflect on Shohozan's greatest moment: face palming Goeidou off the dohyo on day 5 of Nagoya in 2013. The match isn't the most incredible, but the Asahi shimbun got the most amazingly timed photo, which ended up being my desktop image for years. In the after interview, when asked about his attack, his response was something like, "His [Goeidou's] face was right there and I felt I needed to hit it."
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    Travel to Japan Today

    Though I don't really have plans to travel yet, I keep an eye on the exchange rate and usually buy some yen when my dollar is higher "for eventually". I've heard from various other sources that the Japan borders might open up more come autumn. But as someone who works in risk management and follows pandemic data more than is probably healthy, I think I'm still two or three years away from flying to other places.
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    Preparations of the Y/O Nagoya 2022

    Champagne probably works better in therapy.
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    Preparations of the Y/O Nagoya 2022

    Hey, I think I figured a work around! Isn't Asa still assistant coaching at Isegahama beya with Terunofuji?
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    Preparations of the Y/O Nagoya 2022

    Japanese sumo sports psychology mostly involves hitting lower ranked wrestlers with empty booze bottles and telling them they're worthless, and I think Terunofuji doesn't drink because of his diabetes, so, alas, no therapy for Shoudai.
  17. Personally, I didn't think Asanoyama would actually sit out the whole suspension. I was sure he'd quit. Coming in at Sandanme lets him shake off some rust without presenting overly much opposition, and my hunch is he'll be back to sanyaku in one years time. Terunofuji won't last another year and Asanoyama can already wrestle with the likes of Takakeisho and Mitakeumi and Shodai. And so, yeah, Asanoyama will be getting on 30 when he hits O2EKI (trademark pending) but I don't think he's going to have credible opposition on his way there. Given that he was the most consistently good Ozeki before his suspension (and, uh, maybe still since?) I'm more curious whether someone else can make it to Yokozuna before he does.
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    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    Okay, okay. The truth is, they did the oichomage and the sheer splendor of it blinded the tokoyama, the stable's cat, and three elderly passerby. Since the kyokai did not yet have a kimarite for "opponent blinded and knocked over by sudden awesomeness" they asked for a one-basho reprieve to update the list of winning techniques.
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    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    Thank goodness my ridiculous predictions remain firmly in the realm of ridiculous predictions, for should such events ever come to pass, it would test the sanity of the noblest minds and bravest hearts.
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    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    Way to jinx him.
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    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    I would bet that all three make it, even if it feels undeserved.
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    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    Is that what it was? I thought he was just trying a double harite with those t-rex arms.
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    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    And now that Kiribayama has lulled Takanosho into a false sense of security, it's time to unleash HIS TRUE POWER! MWA HA HA HA!
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    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    Unless the sumo association is selling something at a loss, then it's a KOENKAI NAGE! ...I'll see myself out.
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    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    Hakuho flexing his muscles and causing his suit bursting off leaving him in only a mawashi is actually the sort of programming I'd expect from Japanese television.