Benevolance

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    Yokozuna/Ozeki preperandum - Aki 2013

    I gather there is a rule about wrestlers having facial hair? Because Harumafuji is rocking that balbo like a swashbuckler.
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    2013 Nagoya - Kimarite Statistics

    I think the technique summary is one of the best posts to come out of each basho. It's a bloody shame I'm only allowed to like this once.
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    New Recruits from Natsu

    I'm going to assume 2-5?
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    Nagoya Basho 2013 discussion thread

    He has a shikona, but it's entirely rendered in interpretive dance. It's why it takes so long for him to line up.
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    Pictures from the Kyokai - 2013 Nagoya, Senshuraku

    I like how we get a forward-facing Hakuho dohyo-iri and for Harumafuji we get nothing but ass. I know it's just because of the side the photographer was sitting on, but it seems somehow a fitting estimation of both yokozuna in the YDC's eyes... Also, Kasei: "Wait a minute. Do I even own a cat?"
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    Shouldn't they better retire ?

    Me, either. Takanoyama's assets are speed and technique. Charging people that outweigh him by 50 kilos isn't 'honorable', it's stupid. And in matches where he doesn't blindly charge forward and get blown away, we're rewarded with some of the most entertaining back-and-forth matches in sumo. He'll never be one of those plodding belt-fighters, why should he be constrained to fight in such a 2-dimensional way?
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    Promotion/Demotion discussion Nagoya 2013

    I like everything about Endo except his 37 minute tachi-ai line-up routine. But at least he gives me time to get up, stretch, do some cardio, make dinner, read a book, learn a foreign language and then run to the liquor store to get more sake when his match starts. Almost makes me pine for the days of watching Akiseyama slowly try and get into his crouch. That only took 22 minutes.
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    Nagoya Basho 2013 discussion thread

    It's apparently enough to start a tsuna run next tournament. But it won't get Kise anything this time around. Prolongin' the pain! Also, I totally called a Harumafuji 15-0 Nagoya basho and that it would be Harumafuji that stuffed Kise's chances of the tsuna. Boy, was I wrong or what?!
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    Nagoya Basho 2013 discussion thread

    Endo did a pretty nice circle of the ring there. Good ring sense, or just plain lucky? :)
  10. If you made the other things equal, then yes, skill would probably be the thing that differentiates wrestlers. Someone has to win somehow, and if a wrestler cannot win by height advantage, or by weight advantage, he's going to have to look into something else. Personally, I agree with wanderer. I don't think that would make sumo more exciting. The fact that there are numerous ways for a wrestler to win, means there are numerous advantages that a wrestler can employ, and that means that surprises and upsets can happen. It's very rare that there is someone of Hakuho's stature in any sport where everything that makes a person good at that sport comes together in one person. The fact that upsets can happen so readily is something I love about sumo. Most of my friends think sumo is weird until they come over a watch. At first, they're all 'meh'. Until that inevitable fight, where someone is on the ropes and pulls a brilliant last minute reversal to win the match. And you cannot help but cheer.
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    Shouldn't they better retire ?

    Takanoyama looks quite determined to stay in Juryo.
  12. Sagatsukasa has technique and weight, but no height. Takanoyama has height and technique, but no weight. Hakuho is big and tall and he's got it all. I don't think height or weight are limiting factors in developing technique. I think the amount of time one has to train to become technically good is the factor, and spending the time is no guarantee you'll actually be good.
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    Nagoya 2013 Videos- Promo and All Days

    The channel does feature a lot of nearly naked men who can't keep their hands off each other...
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    Nagoya 2013 Videos- Promo and All Days

    And you need to slap an NHK (Now Here's Kintamayama) broadcast logo on the feed.
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    Nagoya 2013 Videos- Promo and All Days

    The blue box makes it looks like a professional sports broadcast. :-) Now you need some haughty-sounding British fellow to do voiceovers and call the matches and you'll be all set.
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    Nagoya 2013 Videos- Promo and All Days

    The way that Tochiozan was blinking when he got up, he might have caught Goeidou's shoulder with his face the wrong way. But it didn't look like very hard contact, sooooo....conspiracy!
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    Nagoya Basho 2013 discussion thread

    Ha ha, true! But it's sometimes nice to get past day 12 and not have the yuusho already decided. Now I've got to pin my hopes on Aoiyama and hope that he...I can't even type that without laughing. Plus, as long as Harumafuji is around, the YDC will have someone to complain about. It might actually ease some of the pressure on Kisenosato!
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    Day 11 Pics - Nagoya 13

    The smile on the gyoji's face is priceless. "Hee hee! I bet they thought I was going to stop the match!" "I'm sorry, but I can't hear you over the sound of my awesome."
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    Nagoya Basho 2013 discussion thread

    After mulling it over all day, I realized I'm more upset at Harumafuji ruining the yuusho race with his quasi-henka on Kotooshu than I am upset about HF's lackluster performance. It'd be one thing if he'd beat Big K head on. Or hell, had even actually fought Kotooshu. But this...this was just disappointing. Kotooshu was having a great tournament and deserved better.
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    Nagoya Basho 2013 discussion thread

    What a genki pengi! But small? Nonsense. I have a feeling that if Tamanoi-oyakata measures him, he'll meet the 167cm minimum height requirement.
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    Nagoya Basho 2013 discussion thread

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUzeb5b7-k8'>Harumafuji vs Goeidou in Fukuoka 2012. I only recall that because I was sitting ringside. :-) Edit: Beaten to the post...
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    Nagoya Basho 2013 discussion thread

    Not a comparison I would willingly make about a wrestler I like. :D I think Osunaarashi will be good. I think Endo will be good. Maybe one will be better than the other, and maybe they'll both be great in their different ways. I don't care. I'm excited about seeing both rise in the ranks and pushing some of the mediocre guys out of the makuuchi. As someone else mentioned earlier, right now it's not a question of who is going to win the yuusho, but whether anyone can challenge Hakuho. I'd like to see a tougher talent pool at the top for him to face. And to that end, I doubt the association will demand Harumafuji's retirement for one simple reason: right now, he's the only rikishi that has consistently tested Hakuho in the past year.
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    Nagoya 2013 Videos- Promo and All Days

    So, what's up with Gagamaru? This is more than being out of his depth on the banzuke. Getting tossed about by Hakuho and the ozekis is one thing, but now he's being forced out by rikishi that shouldn't be able to push him around like this. Is he injured? Deliberately tanking so that he can move down into lower maegashira for a few tournaments?
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    Nagoya Basho 2013 discussion thread

    Blind tachi-ai is the name of my Stevie Wonder cover band. I think Takarafuji and Aran win my vote for most boring match ever. It looked like they were both hung over and were waiting for the other guy to win the fight.
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    Nagoya 2013 Videos- Promo and All Days

    This is what popped into my head when I read your comment: (to the tune of Frosty the Snowman) Gaga the Georgian, was a rolly polly man He was big and round and he often frowned, Earth wobbled when he ran. Gaga the Georgian, was rikishi they say, He would push and thrust, winning oshi-dash; that's his favorite kimarite. There must have been some magic in that old silk belt he wore, for when he donned his new brown threads, he acheived a rotten score. Thumpety thump thump, thumpety thump thump Look at Gaga roll Thumpety thump thump, thumpety thump thump Over the whole dohyo!