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  1. When I try to enter my selection for the ISP bout, I receive the following error message:

    ISPBout error '800a9c68'

    Application-defined or object-defined error

    /ISP/ISP.ASP, line 13

    PS: I tried with Firefox and IE.

    So just in case it did not go through, my selection for day 2 is West.

  2. For those who worry they are losing access to sumo videos while one particular provider pouts, Google is your friend ;-)

    That's all very nice, but I am now left with a slight problem: a good connexion at work with a firewall that prevents me frome accessing torrents sites (as well as the NSK streaming) and a low ADSL connexion at home that makes it unrealistic to downoload (and store) files that are between 500M and 1G. This is why I have been more than appreciative of the editing work of the webmasters at banzuke.com or info-sumo.net.

    I will more than likely indulge in the Sumonow DVDs, but it is more interesting to watch the bouts at the time they are being discussed in this forum than weeks later.

    Finally, I don't think there is anything to say about copyright issues, yet the only legal way to access the NHK broadcasting of the Basho where I live is to subscribe to JSTV for a -modest?!- monthly fee of

  3. He'd not really be sharing the rank just with Asashoryu though, but with every yokozuna who came before them. SalParadise made the point already, of course, but again: Asashoryu is an exception, both in the context of today's competition as well as historically.

    Nobody thinks Kashiwado was a bad yokozuna because he had to play second fiddle to Taiho most of the time.

    I agree that this is likely to be an endless discussion, but I would just like to add that:

    (1) Asashoryu seems to become more and more exceptional with every basho. Someone on the French forum who is in Nagoya for the first time stressed yesterday how there is something special about him that makes you understand that it is logical that he be the Yokozuna. He added that this could only be paralleled - among those he saw there - with what emanates from Chiyonofuju and Takanohana (see arturo's comment on Info-Sumo). Until now, Hakuho - but we all agree that he is still young - does not seem to have this charismatic dimension.

    (2) I don't think the parallel with Kashiwado is appropriate. Kashiwado and Taiho were both promoted after the 1961 Aki Basho, Kashiwado as the 47th Yokozuna and Taiho as the 48th. Looking back at Kashiwado' results, the question may be - rhetorically and respectfully - asked whether he would have been promoted to Yokozuna one year later, Taiho having won 4 of the following 6 basho (77-13) while his own performance was 66-24 with 2 jun-yusho. Another parallel could have been envisaged with Torinoumi Yokozuna, but he was injured after his 4th basho and never fully recovered until he retired two years later. So the most appropriate one would be Sadanoyama Yokozuna who - sadly - won two of his three basho as Yokozuna when Taiho was injured.

    In conclusion, there is still time to see if Hakuho (or anybody else) will be worthy of becoming a Yokozuna, but it seems obvious to me the promotion has to be based on the most objective criteria possible. It looks like until now the Kyokai has generally avoided promoting to Yokozuna a Sekitori that could not consistently compete with the existing one(s), and FWIW I would rather suffer the pains of the waiting than those of the possible disillusion.

  4. The winners for each division are:

    Makuuchi - Mariohana, 2029 pts, 11-4

    Juryo - Oshirokita, 2178 pts, 11-4

    Makushita - 2225 pts, 12-3

    Since 12-3 is my best ever Salarycap result (Sign of approval), this the first time I win a division yusho (Applauding...) , and I have the best record of all divisions (Yusho winner...) , I hope you will forgive me for being narcissitic (Applauding...) and egocentric (Yusho winner...) enough to fill the missing information :

    Makushita - Tameiki, 2225 pts, 12-3

    Thanks to Gusoyama for the great game. (Applauding...)