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    Nokozuna again?

    With the benefit of hindsight Onokuni's broken ankle in January 1990 (and missing the next four tournaments as a result) extended his career by a year. He did offer to retire after his 7-8 in 1989 Aki but it was rejected. Hokutoumi retired pretty quickly when it became clear his chronic injuries were not going to heal. Again, with Musashimaru, chronic injuries were to blame. Wakanohana was slightly different in that his performance when promoted to Yokozuna never really took off, and with a make-koshi he was on borrowed time. I think Kisenosato's situation now seems to have set a dangerous precedent (in terms of almost indefinite withdrawals, even though he was very unlucky to get injured when he did), and Hakuho and Kakuryu seem to be cynically using kyujo quite liberally. Swami
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    Nokozuna again?

    Kitanoumi was harshly criticised for his many withdrawals in the two and a half years leading to his retirement, but nothing compares to the way Hakuho and Kakuryu have acted, almost shamelessly. Kakuryu should definitely have retired already, both need to call it quits in January if they don't show or can't make it through the first week. Hanging on for a Olympic Games is not a reasonable excuse for dragging out a career. Swami
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    Greetings from Belgium!

    Hearty salutations from the Swami! Swami
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    Another UK sumo fan!

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    Happy Birthday, Fujisan!

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    Sort of new

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    Happy Birthday, Asashosakari

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    Happy Birthday, Kashunowaka!

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    Happy Birthday Ganzohnesushi

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    Happy Birthday, Nekonishiki!

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    Happy Birthday, Pandaazuma!

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    Aki Predictions (Only as ridiculous as you like)

    I reckon Asanoyama will be the favourite, followed by Shodai and Mitakeumi, but the situation is like 1991/1992 where the old guard is fading and the new guard is taking turns to establish supremacy. So another unlikely winner is a strong possibility as well. If Terunofuji gets 10 or 11 wins this time, he'll be doing well. I don't think Takakeisho will be much of a factor, his lack of height plus the dramatic weight gain - I would be surprised if he lasts very long at ozeki. Swami
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    Favorite TV Series

    I never warmed to Yes, Minister really although I accept it is another great sitcom. The sad thing is that so many of those shows would never get off the ground today due to political correctness. Swami
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    Favorite TV Series

    Dallas and Dempsey and Makepeace for me. In terms of comedy, Only Fools and Horses, Fawlty Towers, Porridge, 'Allo 'Allo, Open All Hours, One Foot In The Grave, Blackadder, Are You Being Served?, The Fall and Rise Of Reginald Perrin, Dad's Army, Keeping Up Appearances, The Detectives, The Green Green Grass, On The Buses and Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em. Swami
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    Back Covers of Sumo World on Instagram

    Excellent work, you have done a superb job. Swami
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    Hello (again) from sunny Singapore!

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    Wait!! The weights!!

    Terunofuji seems to have lost a fair bit - 7 kilos. Swami
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    Hello from the U.K.

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    Takakeisho married

    Hearty congratulations to both! Although I'm sure there will be sadness too on the bride-to-be's part in that her father isn't here to give her away, as the saying goes. Swami
  20. How about amalgamating with Nishikido, Asashio's one-time junior at Takasago? Swami
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    Other Runaway rikishi

    He also assaulted a hotel employee in July 1987, shortly before he got promoted to Makunouchi. He had a lot of potential, it was too bad what happened. Swami
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    Other Runaway rikishi

    There was the case of about five or six tsukebito leaving Tatsunami Beya in late 1987 after one of them was hit by Futahaguro, all bar one of them did return, then of course Futahaguro left. Not long after that, Nankairyu left - permanently - after a bust-up with his oyakata. Swami
  23. The current situation does remind me a bit of 1992 after all four Yokozuna retired within a year, and the new generation jostling for position, finally Akebono & Takahanada emerging. Hakuho doesn't do it for me at all, rightly or wrongly he has rattled up records with competition at a very poor level. But where do you draw the line with making exceptions for Yokozuna in terms of kyujo? Kitanoumi withdrew for the first time in November 1981, having never ever withdrawn before, and until his retirement in January 1985, only completed eight entire tournaments after that, 1983 in fact he only lasted the full fifteen days in Kyushu. Swami
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    Back Covers of Sumo World on Instagram

    I have every issue of Sumo World from January 1980 until January 2002, for whatever reason that they stopped coming through thereafter. Perhaps I am more old-fashioned in that I prefer having a hard copy to browse through, the return of a Sumo World website is good news. Swami
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    Hello from Armenia

    Hearty salutations from the Swami! Swami