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    Hakuho retires

    Well, the little hand points to the hour, and the big hand points to the minutes...
  2. As Akinomaki reported Wakatakakage got a new shimekomi. But it was IN A BOX. No colour mentioned AT ALL! This is clearly the BIGGEST SCANDAL to hit us in these dark days of conformity of the neo-Magaki era. I bet it'll be blue.
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    Wakatakakage's new shimekomi colour

    Probably, but I have a Canadian work ethic.
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    Hakuho retires

    With Hakuho towing the line, and nobody getting busted for drugs, or for violating covid rules at hostess bars, or random Olympic speculation...the gap between basho feels longer than ever. I already miss the yokozuna and his wacky antics.
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    Courtesy calls by rikishi and oyakata

    it's not something I paid a lot of attention to specifically, but it seemed like Hakuho and Kise had new swords forged for them and presented as gifts. While still an fine and expensive gift, that act doesn't seem different than fashioning a new kesho mawashi; it's part advertisement, part gift, you know? This is the first time I've noticed a museum relic with some historical significance bequeathed to a yokozuna. Doubtlessly, it's happened a lot; I've just been obtuse in observing previously.
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    Courtesy calls by rikishi and oyakata

    I would assume that the swords are just on loan to the yokozuna while he retains the rank, and Terunofuji would give them back when he retires?
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    Hattorizakura (Shounanzakura)-intai

    I seriously don't know why he didn't try koshikudake more often. Probably his best technique. It's was 100% effective the time he employed it.
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    Hakuho retires

    I remember that! It was, like so much of what Hakuho did, perfectly delivered and executed with a little 'tap' as Kise went by to make it hatakikomi. My friends and I watching could not stop laughing. I've warmed a lot to Kise over the years, but at the time we all felt the villain got what he deserved for roughing up the geek.
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    Hakuho retires

    I loved Hakuho. In a lot of ways, he was the embodiment of what I feel the ozeki/yokozuna rank ought to be: this implacable wall that lesser wrestlers crash against and fail. The fact that he could and would win in so many different ways kept his frequent victories from ever feeling stale to me, and when other wrestlers were able to overcome him, their triumph felt much greater. In some ways, it might have been nice if the ending of his career were more clear cut. But then again, this gradual tapering out does seem to be the norm. No top competitor is going to call it quits until it's absolutely clear they cannot perform any longer, so maybe this was to be expected and simply felt exasperated due to the pandemic. And, perhaps, exasperated by the vacuum of talent I perceive at the top of the banzuke right now. I think what I'm going to miss most, however, is Hakuho's dohyo iri. I thought he had such a smooth, powerful performance. Maybe it's just because he got to practice it so much? But it was always a pleasure to watch. I hope that he's able to find his niche with the kyokai, simply because he seems to be one of those rare people who is not only good at doing a thing, but also at coaching others to do that thing.
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    Trivia bits

    My first thought was Terao, but no. The former Terao did have a stint in sanyaku, even though it was brief relative to his career. And I'd somehow missed Neo-Terao's retirement in July 2020. I plugged the data into an excel spreadsheet and looked for duplicates and there are a surprising number to go through. Dewanohana / Dewanohana are the first pair that seem plausible. Same heya, no career overlap. Not sure how to run down the familial connection angle though, beyond the obvious surnames. I'll go through the rest of the spreadsheet later and post more pairs.
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    Hakuho retires

    I'd would willingly suffer a modest amount of blunt force head trauma to hang out drinking and doing karaoke with Harumafuji and Hakuho. To be clear: it's probably considerably less blunt force head trauma than if I hung out and did sumo with them, so I think all parties involved would call this a win.
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    Hakuho retires

    Yes.
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    Hakuho retires

    Given that a lot of the cost is probably land in Tokyo, wouldn't heya build multi-unit structures and rent out the unused portions of the buildings?
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    Aki Basho 2021 - Discussion Thread (Spoilers!)

    I'm kind of impressed that Kiribayama was able to hoist up Chiyomaru like that.
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    Aki Basho 2021 - Discussion Thread (Spoilers!)

    Takakeisho needs to channel his inner velociraptor and go for the belt like a hungry therapod.
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    Aki Basho 2021 - Discussion Thread (Spoilers!)

    All these 7-7 matchups are going to do is add fuel to the fire that rikishi conveniently happen to win when they've got 7 wins on the last day.
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    Aki Basho 2021 - Discussion Thread (Spoilers!)

    Oh, man. I only just realized that the the equivalent of the folding chair in sumo is the zabuton and Hakuho is going to have to hit Terunofuji REALLY HARD with that pillow to have any effect on the yusho race.
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    Aki Basho 2021 - Discussion Thread (Spoilers!)

    I don't think that Takakeisho is going to willingly make it easy for Terunofuji, but I don't think he's going to represent an obstacle to him, either. So for Onosho and Myogiryu, I think their best bet now is to convince Hakuho to show ringside before the match and hit Terunofuji with a folding chair while the gyoji isn't looking.
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    Aki Basho 2021 - Discussion Thread (Spoilers!)

    I cannot wait for the Onosho vs Myogiru playoff for the yusho on Day 15.
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    Aki Basho 2021 - Discussion Thread (Spoilers!)

    MOOOOOOOOOOT.
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    Aki Basho 2021 - Discussion Thread (Spoilers!)

    Okay, let's say Mitakeumi defies statistics and his own talent and goes 13-2, to jun-yusho Terunofuji. That puts him at 31 wins over three tournaments. Could he get the ozeki nod? The answer is no. And I'm mostly posting this because it'll quite probably make Mitakeumi lose tonight, rendering all discussion moot.
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    Aki Basho 2021 - Discussion Thread (Spoilers!)

    Fortunately, Terunofuji has got another 75 more kimarite to choose from before he is forced to start losing to Hokutofuji.
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    Aki Basho 2021 - Discussion Thread (Spoilers!)

    But then he got promoted and the YDC was all, "You can't go using your secret Mongolian bionic terror eye lasers on opponents anymore because it's un-yokozuna-like".
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    Aki Yusho Predictions?

    Oh. Sure! The yusho pick is easy...once Hakuho is out of the basho. Us early Hakuho pickers aren't going to take this lying down. We are going to form a posse. And we're gonna drive on down to your house, and we're going watch some sumo with you. And we're going to heckle Terunofuji for 2 hours in the form of Broadway musical revue while you watch, helpless to stop us, and the worst songs get stuck in your head. How do you like that now, punk!?
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    Miyagino beya out of Aki

    That is correct.