Benevolance

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    Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    Since they were probably just happy that people could finally beat him regularly, they felt he could stay as long as he wanted.
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    Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    Now I've got that Dr Hook song stuck in my head again...
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    Harumafuji scandal thread- part 2

    Okay, I can see that interpretation. Fair enough. I'm not sure what to think of the images. The images and truncated video appear to support the author's assertions. The images themselves appeared to simply be screenshots from the video. However, given the tone of the article and a lack of citations, I cannot independently verify its accuracy. So I'm skeptical of the 'evidence' as it were. And that's my problem with the whole piece - it's an opinion piece, not a journalistic essay. If I really cared about this, I would dig through Akinomaki's photostream during the scandal and see if similar images used were included there. To me, Akinomaki's reputation is well established and solid, his posts are timely with respect to original publication dates, and he includes links to the sources used, which are often newspapers or journals. That would present a more unbiased representation. I don't think it's a clear dichotomy. Even Mike having his dates right is still not indicative of actual conspiracy. Sumo wrestlers have a reputation for tenacity. Takanoiwa certainly could have aggravated his injuries later on, yet the proximate cause could still be the initial beating. Regardless of the internal politics of how and when the information was presented, the sumo association itself has visited Takanoiwa in the hospital, and verified that he is sufficiently injured to give him a special warrant against demotion. Takanoiwa got off with a pretty light suspension at the end of it all. Speculating further on those specifics from afar doesn't seem a fruitful endeavor. More information may come out eventually. I'll also add, I'm not a big fan of conspiracy theories. If there is one thing I've learned from auditing, it's that if you're looking for evidence of conspiracy, you can often find evidence of a conspiracy where one doesn't exist. The most common explanation is carelessness and human stupidity.
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    Harumafuji scandal thread- part 2

    No offense intended, but I think it reads like an internet conspiracy theory...it clearly sets up Takanohana as the story's villain in the first paragraph, draws false equivalencies along the way, then centers the discussion on the brave journalist fighting against an obviously rigged system, like the yaocho that only he can see, which is apparently proof enough of his correctness. Also, I didn't see a publication date, but I'm pretty sure that the NSK *had* visited Takanoiwa in the hospital prior to giving out their special "no demotion" dispensation mentioned in the article, which further calls into question the accuracy of the reporting. I think the kindest way to look at it is as third rate journalism. But I found his assertion that Takanohana was removed from jungyo duties at the specific request of *rikishi* interesting. I don't recall that being brought up on the forums or news reports. I doubt the veracity of the statement, given its author and lack of citations, but could someone on the forums confirm or deny that?
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    Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    It's been so long since he's been on the dohyo that Kakuryu's instincts from the OBSC days kicked in: he was powerless to defeat a needy Kotogoshogiku until he remembered that neither were ozeki any longer.
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    Hakuhou injured.

    Darn. I was hoping he'd keep socking it to the NSK with free kinboshi.
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    Hakuhou injured.

    It's such a wonderfully absurd rule. I'm kind of curious about its origins.
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    Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    Yeah, but a yusho means the YDC doesn't hound him to retire for a few more tournaments. So, it's sort of like getting paid...
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    Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    You know, that would be an absolutely brilliant form of protest.
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    Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    All the bicycling made Kotoshogiku too svelt for effective sumo.
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    Towels-Who likes what color?

    Nah, it's just stained with tears.
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    Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    3 wins already, and Mitakeumi just needs 13 more this tournament for a guaranteed ozeki promotion.
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    Towels-Who likes what color?

    I care less about the colour of the towel, and I'm more frequently aghast about the order in which some rikishi choose to towel themselves off. Face should always, always be first.
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    Abema TV all sumo live

    To be fair, I think that almost everyone in Japan has a mobile device, whereas many do not have PCs at home. At least, this is my anecdotal assertion, based on how busy the internet cafes are and how many people wander around taking pictures on phones.
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    Takanohana beya rikishi cautioned

    They could form a committee to evaluate the necessary steps required to form a committee to pay lip service.
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    Takanohana beya rikishi cautioned

    And, though I'm fuzzy on the exact timelines, didn't most of the scandals happen after ticket sales for Hatsu were underway?
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    Shikimori Inosuke sexual harassment and drink talk..

    The blackout thing *is* a thing. And it's not so much that you forget what happens, but that your brain actually stops recording, so you form no memories during that time.
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    Kakuryu Intai Speculation

    If this is his last basho, his basho performance over the last year follows mostly the same exit pattern as most yokozuna in the last 50 years. Or do you have complaints about his fulfillment of off-dohyo yokozuna duties?
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    Harumafuji scandal thread- part 2

    Yeah, it's called assault and battery.
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    Hakuho steps down as rikishi-kaicho

    Why can't Harumafuji still fulfill his duties? Was there a scandal or something? I'm sure there would have been a thread about it here.
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    Takanohana-devil's advocate

    For those critical of Takanohana's recalcitrance to work with the kyokai: consider first that nobody has ever tried to do this before, so he's making this all up as he goes; second, that the current leadership sees little wrong with beating someone until they bleed as a matter of building character and that what the kyokai dislikes here is having it public; third, the old boys thought Harumafuji's retirement was appropriate, while Takanohana called it unnecessary. Maybe what Takanohana is taking aim at is some of the more extreme behaviors and beliefs of the organization? I mean, geez, the top gyoji no longer have to kill themselves over wrong decisions, so progress is possible? But also, I'm still miffed at Homarenishiki's departure because of precisely this sort of behind the scenes behavior that Takanohana is calling out. So, like, I'm totally down with a bit of progress.
  22. One of the things about great competitors, I suspect, is that they are rarely content with their efforts.
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    Have a go at a Haiku!

    Kintamayama, wrote some excellent haiku. They were quite well done.
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    Harumafuji scandal thread- part 2

    Maybe they see this as a way to extend Kakuryu's career...?