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  1. Benevolance

    Natsu basho 2021

    In the past year, Endo has looked much more like the rikishi he was promised to be. I wonder if he'll get a proper shikona some day soon?
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    Ryuden Scandal

    Remember kids: always practice safe yotsu sumo.
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    Anomalous Yusho Portraits (trivia)

    Yes! The cross marketing there is brilliant!
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    Anomalous Yusho Portraits (trivia)

    In retrospect, it would have been awesome if Hakuho had basically done the exact same yusho portrait, but changed position slightly each time, so that across all 40+ pictures he, like, sees you and waves or something or does the John Travolta look around and wander out thing.
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    Natsu basho 2021

    That look on Enho's face when they ruled the match a do-over...
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    A Million?

    I didn't read this. I'm not doing this. You can't make me.
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    Natsu basho 2021

    He will be promoted all the way to Ozeki 1e!
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    Provocative eye contact

    Oh, man. Goeidou and Shohozan had some awesome ones, too. I especially remember it before the match where Shohozan face-palmed Goeidou out of the ring in Nagoya 2013. That was my desktop wallpaper for a long time.
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    Ichidai toshiyori no more?

    I'm not familiar with Hakurozan, but the rest also involved *not following the law*.
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    New NSK council with Sadaharu Oh

    Canadian backyard pond hockey fisticuffs certainly went downhill after they were expanded internationally via the various hockey federations. Now it's "can't remove your elbow pads" and "can't throw the person underneath a rampaging moose" and it's lost a lot of its cultural significance.
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    Next Most Likely Branch-out

    Six stories. With a canyon-style dive pool and lazy river?
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    Kotoyuuki intai

    I looked up Masunoyama to see when he intai'd and was surprised to see he's been kicking around in the bottom of sumo for the past five years. He had knee problems, right? Ah, I fondly remember our discussions of predicting precisely *when* Masunoyama would keel over from a heart attack on the dohyo due to his shortness of breath. Good times, good times. Oh, man. It's so obvious in hindsight. Kotoyuki and Masunoyama should have merged into, like, Voltron. Kotoyuki's hoots would have given Masunoyama the extra breath he needed, and between them they'd have a good set of legs, and good set of hands, and they'd weigh in at approximately 0.85 Ichinojo's.
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    Have a go at a Haiku!

    Ah, Kotoyuki! I'm sad to see you go, dude. So here's a haiku.
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    Quality of Sumo 2020-2021

    I think "Needs opponents to go kyujo to achieve success" sums up the current crop of joi-jin nicely.
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    Favorite Yokozuna? Past And Present

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    Terunofuji's ozeki promotion formalized.

    Sure, that's two Ozeki promotions for Terunofuji. But I'll be more impressed when he gets the hat trick.
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    YDC meeting after Haru 2021

    This is a binding poll, right? Like, it's practically an election, right? And if we all hustle and vote Gagamaru as write-in, they HAVE to make him a yokozuna, right? So you all know what to do, right? Right???!!!
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    YDC meeting after Haru 2021

    If I were on the YDC, I would be totally surprised if anyone had listened to me, too.
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    March basho 2021

    So...when do we hear about whatever injury Takayasu was battling after the fact?
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    March basho 2021

    I feel like maybe Takayasu was a little too good at learning everything Araiso had to teach him. Edit: To be clear, I'm rooting for Takayasu to come from behind and win this. But I really don't expect it to happen.
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    March basho 2021

    I've always preferred the ozekiwake term, myself. The new crop of ozeki are still pretty unseasoned. Throw enough salt on them and they'll get better. Or, uh, tenderized? Par-boiled? I should probably go make myself lunch. BRB.
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    Trivia bits

    Trivia fact: this will, in fact, be Takayasu's first yusho, despite me absolutely positively being certain that we won once before and wasting half the day pouring over records and matches to figure out why the rest of the world was wrong, and finally coming to the realization that I've jumped timelines and I'm currently in a different reality.
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    March basho 2021

    All the naysayers coming on here talking about a K-K-S-O run for Takayasu when he can still nab it this tournament with just 7 more wins. If Goeidou could do it, then so can Takayasu! Gambare!
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    Corona and sumo

    It's okay. He'll oyakata even harder next basho to retain his rank.
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    Corona and sumo

    Does this mean Takekuma is kadoban next basho?