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    Surviving at work :), music (all kinds except pop), cards, dominoes, board games, weather, skiing, jogging, Civ4 and SUMO!


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  1. Ack!

    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    If Aoiyama is nursing an injury, does that him Owie-yama? Not so bold prediction: Okinoumi will NOT take the yusho.
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    What rikishi do you miss the most?

    I miss Baruto. He won the first basho I attended. Also the powerful Terunofuji.
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    Crowdsourced injury report

    Yep -- the list can be very lengthy. Most, if not all of these injuries were pre-basho. However, Hakuho, Kakuryu and Enho have a combined 9-0 record, so it doesn't seem to be affecting them much, at least not yet. On the flip side winless Tochinoshin appears to be headed for kyujo/kadoban. I'm not a good enough judge of sumo technique to break it down further. Ichinojo's back is chronic and is likely the reason when his "strategy" seems to simply become the immovable object
  4. Since there is no such thing as an injury report in sumo, I thought we might crowdsource one here and discuss how a perceived injury may or may not be affecting a rikishi. Anyone game? I'll start with day 3. List a rikishi and the the injury you saw and then others can add comments below the name/injury. Day 1: Day 2: Day 3: Kaisei - right (?) elbow Takayasu - back
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    PR for Nagoya 2019

    I haven't seen a picture banzuke for some time. Has anyone else found one?
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    Promotion Discussion thread - Natsu 2019

    It looks like the banzuke-makers have scheduled several sanyaku playoff bouts for senshuraku. Winner of Asanoyama vs Mitakeumi would likely take a sekiwake spot, as would the winner of Abi vs Tamwashi. Ryuden vs Aoyama for the west komusubi spot if Abi loses.
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    Preparations of the Y/O Haru 2019

    Well, I caught the humor in it anyway...
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    Banzuke for Haru 2019

    While the subject of former sekitori held a good deal of interest over the last few bashos, with all of the returnees there isn't a whole lot left, IMO. I think the one story of interest is Masunoyama's second return to Makushita. Hopefully he will be more successful this time. Fujiazuma is on the verge of a return after a two-year absence, but I found myself asking, "who is that?" The noteworthy names are all still on a downward trend, and I don't see any immediate sign of a significant reversal for any of them -- not that I would mind being pleasantly surprised if that should happen! I'm happy to celebrate the return of my "hometown" boy Daiseido, shusshin from Hachinohe-shi. Congratulations on a hard-fought promotion from Ms2e to Ms1w to Ms1e and finally to Juryo! Ganbatte!
  9. And that, my friends, is the type of analysis you won't get anywhere else but here!
  10. The last 3 cases of 13-2 at J11 ended up in Makuuchi. I know history is not the only consideration...
  11. I'm expecting a Shimanoumi for Chiyoshoma exchange. Yutakayama will benefit from the return of M17e. Also, there are going to be a lot of new eager young faces at the top of Makushita next basho!
  12. This has probably almost certainly been asked/answered elsewhere, but if Takakeisho is promoted to ozeki after this basho, how will he rank among youngest ozeki promotees?
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    Future is bright (U20 rikishi)

    The "Wall" has also been on hiatus for some time...
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    Hatsu Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    So I'm waiting for the "I survived Hatsu 2019" T-shirts...