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    Nagoya 2019 Discussion (here be spoilers)

    I suspect that Onosho is simply demonstrating regression back to the mean. I, too, have noticed that whenever Hakuho doesn't win, someone else seems to win. I've tried to notify the local papers of this conspiracy but they don't appear to be taking me seriously.
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    Nagoya 2019 Discussion (here be spoilers)

    I hope Hak wins. I mean, eventually he's got to run out of family and friends he can give cars to, and then he'll give one to me.
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    Nagoya 2019 Discussion (here be spoilers)

    This is good! This is sad! So I had to split the different on my react.
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    Lower Division Schedule Reform

    They could solve the scheduling problem simply by doubling the number of wrestlers in each match. Maybe two each side, kind of like a doubles or team match. If either one of you is defeated, your side loses. They'd still wrestle one on one, but maybe if you get caught in a particularly dangerous morozashi or something you could tag your teammate for help. And they should enclose the entire dohyo in a cage to reduce the risk of falling injuries while they're at it. The cage might also prevent wrestlers from bringing in objects that could be used as weapons, like ringside zabuton or chikara-mizu ladles...
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    Natsu basho 2019 discussions [SPOILERS]

    But what would they say? Kakuryu was the sole yokozuna, he showed up everyday (despite an injury?) and was involved in the yusho race until near the end. Mission accomplished. I honestly thought Kakuryu would take this one, but kudos to Asanoyama for his consistency.
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    Natsu basho 2019 discussions [SPOILERS]

    Nor indeed in their merchandising prospects.
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    Abema TV all sumo live

    For the past week, I've been unable to find a server on my VPN that is not content-blocked by Abema. At first I assumed my IP was bleeding somehow, so I tweaked a few settings. But all the online diagnostics are convinced I'm in Tokyo; it's only Abema that is blocking content. I'm assuming now that Abema is flagging the IPs, unless anyone has other suggestions?
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    Natsu basho 2019 discussions [SPOILERS]

    According to the script I stole from the kyokai, Tochinoshin does not take the yusho. He gets his ten wins, but not before suffering one loss, and then he lets up a bit because, "hey, job accomplished!" and Kakuryu takes another win off him to move two ahead. Kakuryu drops a win, letting Tochinoshin close within one, but Kakuryu goes strong the rest of the way and finishes 14-1. Tochinoshin finishes 12-3.
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    Natsu basho 2019 discussions [SPOILERS]

    My money is on Goeidou Tochinoshin or Kakuryu as the contenders for sure, and I give Kakuryu the tie-breaker because he's....right on schedule for another yusho this tournament or next.
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    Natsu basho 2019 discussions [SPOILERS]

    This is probably one of the weakest sanyaku in a long time, and Tochinoshin really looks like he intends to take full advantage of it.
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    Trump coming to the basho

    Maybe Japan will get lucky and it'll rain.
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    Ex-Kurohimeyama passes away

    They both totally touched. Rikishi just had faster reflexes back then, because the power water was full of methamphetamines.
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    Ikioi’s recovery

    Well, it's debatable whether he would wrestle worse if he was dead, so...
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    The Next Ozeki - Natsu 2019 edition

    It's probably going to be Mitakeumi, because he just needs to tweak his game a bit and he'll get his necessary wins, but I'm voting for Shimanoumi because if he somehow becomes brilliant in a few years time I'm going to look like an inspired genius for picking him, and I'll ride that success to do book tours, rock and roll concerts, speaking engagements, etc.
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    Kyoto sumo yokozuna

    So what I'm hearing here is that Goeidou still has a decent shot at becoming yokozuna.
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    Haru Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Pro-tip: if you put a pancake on your head, it becomes an edible hat.
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    Haru Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    They did. Or maybe I did? It was probably me. Pulling strings. Like a boss.
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    Ozeki promotion preparations

    "Water. Earth. Fire. Air. Long ago, the four nations lived together in harmony. Then, everything changed when the Fire Nation attacked."
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    Haru Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    I also firmly believe it was criminal that the YDC nixed his frog taunt. Decorum, schmorum. Not on this forum!
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    Haru Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    I've read that oshi-sumo specialists tend to use harite most often, but harite is fairly broadly "a strike with an open hand". So, like, ex-Harumafuji's wicked harite was that knock-out head-tap, while Takakeisho so far mostly is shoving the body. The YDC was pretty consistent whining about Harumafuji and Hakuho's swipes as 'unbecoming' of yokozuna; and in Harumafuji's case, when he acceded to the pressure, I feel they essentially took away one of his best weapons by denying him the slap. Is this likely something that Takakeisho has to look forward to IF he reaches yokozuna? Did any of the past oshi-sumo specialist yokozuna have to endure similar?
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    Haru Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    I think it's probably fair to say that Hakuho won the Heisei era.
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    Hakuho Injures Arm Haru Basho 2019

    On the bright side, it's been recently established that a yokozuna can take as much as 7 basho off while healing an arm injury, with occasional middling performances along the way. Olympics, here he comes!
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    Haru Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Only if he's buying.
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    Haru Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Drinking buddies, and I heard they like karaoke, too.
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    Haru Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    I wonder if Takakeisho wins in such a way that Tochinoshin lands on Hakuho and forces the yokozuna kyujo if they'll promote him directly to Yokozuna?