Benevolance

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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!
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    Pictures from the Kyokai - 2013 Nagoya, Day 6

    I was noticing that, too. Oiwata did kind of look falling-down drunk in their matchup yesterday...
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    Lower-division Torikumi Day 7 Nagoya Basho 2013

    That is an awesome bit of trivia! I'll be cheering Hokuho!
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    Nagoya 2013 new recruits

    So for Musashikuni et al they'll do maezumo again in September?
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    Pictures from the Kyokai - 2013 Nagoya, Day 5

    First, either Bushuyama has lost some weight, or white is the new black when it comes to slimming people down. Furiwake oyakata might give that a try. Second, that's probably the happiest expression I've ever seen on Bushuyama's face. Third, that yokozuna fan is awesome, and I'm a sucker for a nice folding fan.
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    Makuuchi Winning Streaks

    I'm very curious how far Hakuho can extend his streak this time. The first time through, the competition wasn't nearly so good and it felt like he couldn't be stopped. This time around...there are enough wrestlers that could end his streak yet to face. I think he can make it to 40 but after that it might get dicey...
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    Nagoya 2013 new recruits

    Good match today between Koike and Mushashikuni.
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    Nagoya Basho 2013 discussion thread

    Kisenosato could secure a yusho. Particularly if Harumafuji is hurt and Hakuho is being all weird*. None of the ozeki have looked really good, except bumpity bump giku. *I harbor suspicions that Hakuho's massive PR run before the tournament and not practicing keiko was a subtle way of giving Kise a chance at the yuusho. It's a little less obvious than Kakuryu's pirouettes or Hak's previous 'hand' injury, but as is pointed out often, "Is anyone better at anything than Hakuho?"
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    Nagoya 2013 Videos- Promo and All Days

    I always love Chiyotairyu's post-bout interviews. A few times he's had reversals go in his favour, and is response is usually, "Well, that was lucky, I was totally losing!"
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    Musashimaru's nephew

    Question about the maezumo. Since it only runs for a few days, do all shindeshi fight each day? Or is it staggered, like the lower divisions?
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    Video Stream - Nagoya 13,

    Working good here in Canada. I find that if I watched the previous tournament on my computer, I have to delete all the cookies before the current tournament streams will work. I really don't know WHY that is, but it fixes the problem each time.
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    Video Stream - Nagoya 13,

    I've watched mae-zumo on the video feed before.
  20. Aww, I was having fun imagining that every rice plant that Hakuho plants springs up in 30 days as a mongolian wrestler.
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    Nagoya 2013 new recruits

    The Japanese are pretty advanced in robotics. And robotic appendages would be the perfect counter to the current Mongol dominance! But would this be a nagete or a kakete technique?
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    Arena Preparation - 2013 Nagoya

    I have to admire a sport whose venue is assembled largely by using beer bottles.
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    Preparations of the masses-Nagoya 2013

    He looked fine last tournament, considering he missed the previous two. I don't think it's a problem of getting back to makuuchi, but whether he can get back up into the sanyaku and stay there.
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    Preparations of the masses-Nagoya 2013

    I'd like to hear more about Goeido's upcoming ozeki run. He only needs 16 wins in Nagoya to make it, right?
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    Atsuta shrine dohyo-iri

    The surface of the dohyo is covered by sand. That's why we get the occasional slippiotoshi win.