Benevolance

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  1. Though I don't really have plans to travel yet, I keep an eye on the exchange rate and usually buy some yen when my dollar is higher "for eventually". I've heard from various other sources that the Japan borders might open up more come autumn. But as someone who works in risk management and follows pandemic data more than is probably healthy, I think I'm still two or three years away from flying to other places. 


  2. On 15/06/2022 at 13:26, Yamanashi said:

    Gee, it's a little early to award the Most Darkly Cynical Take Award for 2022, but this might have already scared off the competition.

    Hey, I think I figured a work around! Isn't Asa still assistant coaching at Isegahama beya with Terunofuji? 

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  3. Personally, I didn't think Asanoyama would actually sit out the whole suspension. I was sure he'd quit. 

    Coming in at Sandanme lets him shake off some rust without presenting overly much opposition, and my hunch is he'll be back to sanyaku in one years time. Terunofuji won't last another year and Asanoyama can already wrestle with the likes of Takakeisho and Mitakeumi and Shodai. And so, yeah, Asanoyama will be getting on 30 when he hits O2EKI (trademark pending) but I don't think he's going to have credible opposition on his way there.

    Given that he was the most consistently good Ozeki before his suspension (and, uh, maybe still since?) I'm more curious whether someone else can make it to Yokozuna before he does. 

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  4. Okay, okay. The truth is, they did the oichomage and the sheer splendor of it blinded the tokoyama, the stable's cat, and three elderly passerby. Since the kyokai did not yet have a kimarite for "opponent blinded and knocked over by sudden awesomeness" they asked for a one-basho reprieve to update the list of winning techniques. 

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  5. On 10/05/2022 at 12:14, Benevolance said:

    The yusho winner gets at least 13 wins. 

    Thank goodness my ridiculous predictions remain firmly in the realm of ridiculous predictions, for should such events ever come to pass, it would test the sanity of the noblest minds and bravest hearts. 

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  6. 5 hours ago, RabidJohn said:

    Oi, I'm British and I have no problem either writing or saying Wakatakakage.

     

    2 hours ago, Naganoyama said:

    I also have no trouble with saying or writing Wakatakakage despite being British. 

    Yeah, but when you Brits pronounce it it sounds remarkably like 'wooster cage' 

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  7. I rarely expect Shodai to show up for his important matches. Post-kadoban clearing yet again? My money is that we'll see Week One Shodai on senshuraku. 

    Still, I'm cheering for Takayasu to grab this one, because it's probably one of his last, best shots, and the Waka kid has looked pretty good for a while now and I'm sure he'll get lots of chances in his future. 

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  8. 5 hours ago, Amamaniac said:

    Forgive me if I overlooked someone's post, but a survey of comments made after today's Top Division action shows that future star Kotonowaka is not getting much love.  

    I cannot abide anyone who advertises his lack of Waka so blatantly. A curse upon his goats and hockey pucks! 


  9. I'm not sure why they would start making Takayasu face upper ranked wrestlers at this point, as opposed to continuing their usual scheduling? Because he's been at the top before? Isn't it more usual to expect him to face someone in the running, but higher up the banzuke, around day 13 when they actually need to settle the yusho race? It feels to me that's how they've done it for a while now. 

    9 hours ago, Eikokurai said:

    Repeating that matchup was almost match-fixing by the schedulers. Total waste of time. Aoiyama just turned up to lose and I don't ever remember him getting close to an upset. He knew his role.

    Poor Aoiyama. But I dare you to find a rikishi vs Hakuho not named Harumafuji or Kisenosato that would be considered fair odds during Hak's reign. I remember very heated* discussions on the forums as to whether Kise was 'good' or 'bad' based on the fact that he won about 1 in 3 or 4 times vs Hakuho, and he had the second best record against the daiyokozuna. 

    *as heated as an outdoor hockey rink in Red Deer

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