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  1. GTB- the game that plays you..

    Drring drrring.. Drring drring.. Hak: "i gotta change my ringtone-it's so 1960s.. Just as I'm listening to Hendrix. I love the break where he sings 'Excuse me, while I kiss this judge!' Damn phone. OK, OK, yes?" Rijicho: 'Hello Yokozuna. Everyone is wondering how you are.." Hak: "Who is everyone? Well, i haven't slapped or elbowed anyone lately, so I'm pretty good, except for the two toes. They're calling me 'Two- Toe Phoenix', I hear." Rij: "Never!! No one would dare!" Hak: "Well, the sport is going down the drain with everyone hurt or 'hurt' as it were. We even had a Georgian hiramaku yusho. Imagine that.." Rij: "Listen, the pre-basho ticket sales are a bit slow compared to the last few bashos.." Hak: "The Egyptian is driving you crazy, huh? Get it? Driving you crazy?" Rij: "This is no laughing matter.." Hak: "indeed. The cool guys bringing in the crowds are out. Shall I count them? Ura, Ounoshou, Kisenosato and who knows who else is hiding secret injuries. It's time you figure out a way to make them heal properly, or you'll soon have a Daishoumaru yusho. And you guys squabbling with each other like three year old kids because of the elections.. By the way-what is it you actually called about? Are you selling a new line of scarves?" Rij: "We taught HIM a lesson, didn't we.. I was just checking in on your status, that's all.." Hak (Godfather impression): "I'll tell you what my status is. No pay, no play. It doesn't take a genius to figure that out, yes? When my salary starts appearing in my bank account, my toes will start appearing in the ring. Capice?" Rij: "Sorry, non comprende Italiano. But from your tone, I sense you are threatening me. I do not deal well with threats !!" Hak: "Then good luck next basho with Nishikigi and some more oshidashis!!" Click. This never happened. It's just a very, very belated invitation to play GTB, the only sumo game played between basho when some people are in Thailand having fun, supposedly. Rules: Guess the Banzuke. Simple. You get two points for a bulls-eye and one point for just getting the rank right. You get no points for cooking Pad Thai. Tiebreakers - Most total guesses, then, we check the banzuke backwards - getting the lower half right will be important. The most correct guesses in the last ten places will win the tiebreaker. If still tied , we go up a ranking at a time like a penalty shootout. Then some fresh coconut juice. It's up to you to check if you are on the list of entries. It's going to be your fault if you don't notice that your entry went missing in the Internet void. No late entries will be expected or accepted. For rules, standings and happy endings go to: For the nifty entry form: http://sumodb.sumoga...b/GTBEntry.aspx For the "new" archives: http://sumodb.sumoga...gtbarchive.aspx Free online live sumo for foreign sumo fans as well!! Deadline- MONDAY, February 19th, 2018 which is too soon, at 18:00 GMT ("Great Massages, Thailand") - PLEASE NOTE-THIS IS ONE WEEK BEFORE THE OFFICIAL BANZUKE ANNOUNCEMENT!! NEW!!! The Awesome GTB Helper, conceived by Tsuchinoninjin - makes making an entry a piece of cake!! Special thanks to Andoreasu who runs it, Doitsuyama who automates and maintains it and to speedboats that can take you anywhere.
  2. A Kasugano beya rikishi (23) beat up on another rikishi(22) and was sentenced to three years in prison and 4 years suspended sentence, back in June 2016. Kasugano Oyakata did not tell anyone about it. He just became riji in January of that year. "Well, he was retired then.. so.." explained the Oyakata. Except that the attack itself happened when he was active and under Kasugano's care.. This is definitely going to be an issue and will certainly reflect on the coming elections, says the reporter. The Kyokai acknowledges they heard about it, but do not know the exact details, they say. The younger rikishi had his jaw broken and lost his sense of taste and retired. "I'm pretty sure there is a lot of violence between the lower rankers. The Kyokai knows this and they have to bring it out in the open," said the victim. "It was wrong of me to hit him. It's my personal bad and it is not the heya's fault. I was never ordered to not talk about this," said the assailant. He entered sumo in 2013 and retired in after July 2015 and is from Fukuoka. He attacked the younger rikishi (who entered sumo 7 months prior to the attack) on the night of September 5th, 2014. He punched him in the face and kicked him in the stomach after telling him that he was not happy with his cleaning of the heya. The diagnosis was a year and a half to recuperate. He then went to the police in October 2014 to file charges. The attacker was found guilty in June of 2016. Kasugano oyakata was charged with negligence as he did not take steps to provide the victim with the necessary medical treatment and as the caretaker, it was his responsibility to protect him . The charges against Kasugano were dropped later.
  3. Hakuhou has started training today but refused to declare that he will be participating in March. He did some shiko and suriashi and is still worried about both toes. He tried doing small jumps and sonkyo. "The left toe is still swollen and I feel some pressure," he admitted. Last basho, he seemed to have faded after going out of his way not to use the slap and grab or the forearm kachiage, as per the request of YDC chairman Kitamura. "Right now I'm only thinking about how to heal my injuries. Nothing else matters. If I don't do that, my thoughts and mental state will not follow.." he said. Next basho, he will break yet another record - the most bashos as a Yokozuna- 64, passing Kitanoumi. "Everyone may think I'm strong, but I think I'm weak. That's why I'm training every day," he added.
  4. Heya moves

    2 heya will be moving to new locations. Takanohana beya is leaving its historic residence in Nakano to a building closer to the KKan in Kotoku. The move will happen in June. The historic location which housed Fujishima beya that turned into Futagoyama beya and that is now Takanohana beya is located in a quiet neighborhood off the beaten path of other heya. I was there in 1998 and got to meet Takanohana and Wakanohana in their prime. Famous graduates - Takanohana, Wakanohana, Takanonami, Takatouriki and Akinoshima -the 5 guys who regularly populated sanyaku/the joi ranks at the same time, creating the famous Futagoyama Factor. Azumazeki beya is planning to move next year from the current premises in Sumida-ku close to the KKan to Katsushika-ku, and I have no idea where that is other than that it is in Tokyo.. The current place which was run by ex-Takamiyama before he bequeathed it to the current Oyakata (ex- Ushiomary), does not have space for the Oyakata to live in, so he was essentially looking for a new place where it would be easier for him to work. "Young guys are joining. I shall gambarize dutifully," said current Azumazeki. Famous graduates- Akebono and Takamisakari.
  5. Preparations of the masses- Haru 2018

    38 years old Takekaze’s drop to Juryo is almost certain. but will he continue? He has decided to remain active. " My heart has come alive again. I can still gambarize, but if I retire, I can't return," he said. 9th place in all time Makuuchi bashos (85) and it will be the first time since Haru 2005 that he will be ranked in Juryo. "I thought about this and worried a lot but I have reached my decision," he added. Today he went to Takadagawa beya for degeiko and faced 23 year old Kagayaki and Ryuuden. "Every day is different now ," he summed. He will be using the mawashi he used when he first entered Juryo in Aki 2002.
  6. GTB- the game that plays you..

    70-ish with two hours-ish to go.
  7. OK, so I guess part 1 is gone forever. To kick off part two, we should be hearing a lot of news tomorrow, Monday, as both the YDC and the rijikai are convening. Latest rumors: Takanohana and Isegahama will lose their riji status and will receive a fine. Hakkaku will personally convey to them their punishment, say guys in the know. . "It's a possibility, and it all depends on how the discussions go," said someone. And there's that YDC demand to punish Hakuhou and Kakuryuu as well for not doing enough to prevent the violence. Possible punishments, in order of severity: Dismissal Intai recommendation Demotion Suspension of duties Suspension of appearance Reduction in salary Censure Half of the Kyokai is for taking it easy, or at least waiting for the Kyokai's investigation to end, while the other half wishes to deal severe punishment. That being said, Isegahama is probably in for a demotion. OTOH, some are saying it's going to be very difficult to demote Takanohana and are suggesting a "suspension of duties". If this suspension will be for long, it will have a strong bearing on the coming elections in January, so tomorrow will be an interesting day indeed.
  8. GTB- the game that plays you..

    Today's headline-Deadline today!! Deadline today!! Deadline today!! Click.
  9. Takanohana-devil's advocate

    I've been thinking about this a lot lately, reading your thoughts and having my own, and at this point, I'm switching sides, fashion sense notwithstanding. I think, as an Oyakata, Takanohana did the right thing every step of the way. An Oyakata has the obligation, first and foremost, to be a father figure to his deshi and as such, protect them from any dangers etc.. The minute he found out the extent of the assault, he did the right thing as a human being-he went to the police and filed a complaint. It was the wrong thing to do in the eyes of people inside the sumo world, since "it's the way of sumo etc.. etc.." but in any other universe, it was the right thing to do. Ever since he became an Oyakata, he has said time and again that he wants to change things in sumo. He caused a rebellion which resulted in his establishing an ichimon under the noses of the other Oyakata, bringing with him 4 other heyas. Going to the police and not leaving "the boys to sort it out among themselves" is exactly in line with his way of thinking. The double health certificates have not been explained yet, and the non-certificate for the jungyo is an enigma, but it seems to me he is telling everyone else that he will protect his guys regardless of what rules he has to break in the process, and that this time, as he sees it, the assault was of a grave nature that cannot be labeled as "boys will be boys" any longer, and he is willing to face the consequences for "blowing the whistle". Of course, the coming election and the political bantering involved surely is playing a role in what transpired, but bottom line, strange as he may seem or actually be, I think he did the right thing. There is a reason for his not being punished today. The Kyokai has all the facts. This "we still haven't finished our own investigation" is total bull to buy time. Takanoiwa was interviewed, everyone knows what happened, the Kyokai has clearly established that Takanoiwa is the victim and even given him unprecedented leeway concerning a possible demotion if he misses the next basho. Is it really important to know the extent of his injury? Maybe the emotional side is a factor as well? We still don't have the full picture regarding his injuries and a lot of shady stuff seems to be going on, but I'm on Takanohana's side here. Simply put, the Kyokai has no case against him. The only thing I can see as a reason for some punishment is the fact that he was the jungyo chief and this happened during his watch. Still, he adamantly says he knew nothing until he found out, and he did what he did when he found out. Well..
  10. Harumafuji isn't the first active Yokozuna to get in trouble. October 1949- 39th Yokozuna Maedayama-= Seen at a baseball game with the san Francisco Seals while kyhujo-had his picture taken with the manager.Called to intai, and did. May 1965- 47th Yokozuna Kashiwado and 48th Yokozuna Taihou- returning from a jungyo in the US, tried to smuggle guns into Japan. Rebuke from the Kyokai, police investigation. May 1972-52nd Yokozuna Kitanofuji- Flew to Hawaii while kyujo and was seen surfing. Reprimanded by the Kyokai. 1985 - 54th Yokozuna Wajima, inherited Hanaregoma beya after retiring, and used the stock as collateral for a loan. Forced to cease existing in the sumo world, and cease he did. December 1987- 60th Yokozuna Futahaguro thrown out of sumo for attacking his oyakata and okamisan. 2010-during the January basho- 68th Yokozuna Asashouryuu- got into a drunken brawl in Roppongi, police involved, called upon to retire, and did. There was that soccer scandal as well where he was suspended for playing soccer in Mongolia while skipping a jungyo due to injury, and then seemed to have lost it for a while.
  11. Preparations of the Y/O Haru 2018

    Yes, that would be my repeated error. The punishment was so dumb I guess I wished it would be for a basho and a half, and not for a month and a half. If you're going to punish, punish, don't be ridiculous. Which doesn't excuse my madness.
  12. Mr. Hardy: http://www.yomiuri.c...122TDY24104.htm
  13. Preparations of the Y/O Haru 2018

    Exactly 1 month from tomorrow.
  14. Takanohana-devil's advocate

    1. Who is Kintayama? 2. If there is already a whole book about it out, it must be true. 3. I promise to do so slavishly-nothing less will be good enough.
  15. Preparations of the Y/O Haru 2018

    Hakuhou went for new check-ups regarding both toes yesterday and I will now steak with eggs that he will not enter Haru. The worrisome little big toe is the left one. "Not good, not bad," he said, cryptically. Real meaning as I see it? "No pay, no play!" Not that there is no injury, just that I don't think he feels he needs to go out of his way to enter Haru this time around. It can wait. His punishment should have been "Salary cut for the next basho and a half HE ACTUALLY ENTERS." It wasn't so it isn't. Asked directly if he is entering, he answered: "I will undergo treatment and we shall see.." Anyone wiling to bet?
  16. The Kyokai Relapse Prevention Committee has organized a "training week" with all sekitori to help prevent bad things happening. They are lectured on how to conduct themselves in public, reminder not to drive, no gambling etc. "I have no questions.." said Hakuhou later. "The rikishi should go about their business as usual and not think about this too much. If they will be honest, there will be no problems," said Oguruma Oyakata senior executive manager. A new platform will be created where the rikishi can bring up their grievances and make requests. BTW, Takanoiwa did not show up.
  17. NSK sues a former advisor

    The cosultant's witness did not show up for the hearing today. No reason given. Next session on the 27th. The Kyokai side will have Hakkaku and Oguruma testifying, while Kobayashi himself is slated to testify.
  18. Takanohana-devil's advocate

    Well, part of my real life job is linked to this, and I would be quite surprised to find out that this includes videos of actual matches that can be re-broadcast freely. How long is a free excerpt? As no limit seems to be attached, this is very strange indeed.
  19. Takanohana-devil's advocate

    Every news channel that broadcasts even a few seconds of a sporting event without having the rights, always pays for it or at least gets express written permission. There is no such thing as showing even a few seconds without permission from the holder of the rights, even in Europe. Many times you will see interviews and stuff from an important match, but nothing from the match itself. That's because they didn't get permission/refused to pay.
  20. Takanohana-devil's advocate

    I doubt that would be considered a quote. If that were the case a few of our friends would still be uploading.
  21. 42nd Grand Sumo Tournament

    The old boys thing is all for show and Takamisakari will be there till he’s 60. The former rankings and current skill have no bearing here. It's an elderly comedy sumo thing which the fans seem to enjoy more than all the other bouts put together.
  22. 42nd Grand Sumo Tournament

    It is indeed bull.
  23. Takanohana-devil's advocate

    That sums it up very well, sir. Very well.
  24. Takanohana-devil's advocate

    In every televised sport, even in America, you get the "images may no be rebroadcast without the permission of XX" message. The rikishi images/videos whatever belong to the Kyokai. You can't use them without the Kyokai's permission. It's called copyright. Now, THAT'S irony, coming from me. Yes he does, and he isn't telling us what.