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  1. rzombie1988

    Something needs to be done about part-time Yokozuna's

    Kakuryu and Hakuho out again this basho. Between the two of them, they have completed 3 total bashos in the last year.
  2. rzombie1988

    Something needs to be done about part-time Yokozuna's

    >are competing at the peak of their sport?! Half the time, when they actually complete tournaments. >And who wins? A Maegashira 17 Can you tell me more about this Maegashira 17 winner? Has he ever won titles before or has he ever been a higher rank?
  3. rzombie1988

    Something needs to be done about part-time Yokozuna's

    > EXPECTED to retire if they can no longer compete at the peak of the sport, or uphold the dignity of the rank There it is. How can you say they are competing at the peak of the sport when they can only do it half the time? And what is dignified about missing so many matches? > clearly they can both compete, given the number of recent Y/J I think a lot of wrestlers would have better records if they only had to wrestle as much as Hakuho and Kakuryu do. And I think both of those two would have a lot worse records if they had to wrestle as much as everyone else does.
  4. rzombie1988

    Something needs to be done about part-time Yokozuna's

    Well that's not true at all. Corporations and governments frequently cave in to public pressure. One idea is that Yokozuna(and Ozeki for that matter) should be forced to compete in a minimum amount of matches in a 1-2 year time period to keep their rank. Ask Harumafuji and Asashoryu about that one.
  5. rzombie1988

    Something needs to be done about part-time Yokozuna's

    >I want all of the Yokozuna to show up on day one every tournament and compete for all 15 days. Is that realistic when they get above the age of 30? If they can't handle the same schedule as everyone else, maybe they shouldn't be wrestling? You know that life sometimes is not fair. There's different kinds of unfairness. Man-made and non-man made. Kisenosato getting injured right after his promotion to Yokozuna. That's a non-man made unfairness and there's nothing that can be done about it. Hakuho and other Yokozuna getting to miss tons of matches and tournaments while others can't, is a man-made unfairness. And fortunately, it could be fixed in record time.
  6. rzombie1988

    Something needs to be done about part-time Yokozuna's

    No? Both Hakuho and Asashoryu were great, but they were the only real competition each wrestler had for large portions of their careers. I'm sure both would have done well during the golden periods too, but they would have had fewer titles with better competition. Kaio, Kotooshu and Chiyotaikai are not Akebono and Takanohana. I'd be interested to see how Hakuho/Kakuryu would hold up right now if he were forced to take on a regular schedule like everyone else is. All those extra matches and falls do a number on your body and I think it's unfair that Hakuho/Kakuryu can avoid them without consequence, while people like Terunofuji get sent to Sandanme for taking the same time off. I honestly think both would probably be retired now if they couldn't take breaks.
  7. rzombie1988

    Something needs to be done about part-time Yokozuna's

    Sumo history changes if various people aren't around. Asashoryu was helped by having bad competition just as Hakuho was helped by having bad competition from 2010-2013. Without Hakuho, there's no doubt people like Harumafuji, Kisenosato, Kakuryu and Terunofuji would have had a few more titles. And without him now, we'd probably have people like Shodai, Mitaekumi and Terunofuji around the Yokozuna level.
  8. rzombie1988

    Something needs to be done about part-time Yokozuna's

    If everyone could do it, it wouldn't be a problem. But only Yokozuna can without punishment. Meanwhile, people like Terunofuji get to go through Sandanme again.
  9. rzombie1988

    Something needs to be done about part-time Yokozuna's

    I disagree. Tons of wrestlers would no doubt be able to perform better if they were only going to compete in a few bashos a year. These guys get beat up out there with the dohyo falls and with the training. All of that takes a toll on how well you can perform.
  10. rzombie1988

    Something needs to be done about part-time Yokozuna's

    There's little doubt in my mind that Terunofuji would already be Yokozuna if he could have taken the extended breaks without punishment that Hakuho can., for instance, and I'm sure many wrestlers feel the same way about their promotional dreams.
  11. rzombie1988

    Something needs to be done about part-time Yokozuna's

    I get that everyone gets injured sometimes, but unless Hakuho and Kakuryu get pressured by the JSA, I could see this going on for another 2 years. And I don't want to see that, and I don't want to see the next Yokozuna to start copying them and take it easy too. There's really been no one else in history who is missing like these guys are regularly now. These two have missed or failed to complete even more tournaments than Kashiwado. I also think this stuff hurts sumo. It makes the basho's look less competitive, taking away from victories and it makes it harder for new stars to emerge when these guys are still in the spotlight.
  12. Hakuho hasn't successfully completed two bashos in a row since May/July 2017. Three years ago. Kakuryu has only done it twice in the same time span. I'm not saying these guys aren't skilled or still aren't good, because they are. But it does not seem fair to me that 99% of rikishi have to wrestle every tournament or risk getting demoted while Kakuryu and Hakuho can be almost part-time wrestlers at this point and not face any consequences. What good is a yokozuna who is only around some of the time?
  13. rzombie1988

    Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    The pot calling the kettle black here.
  14. rzombie1988

    Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Hatsu 2018

    Exactly. 8-7 at J1 would have been enough in any other basho. It's been a LONG time since I can recall no one from M14 on going makekoshi.
  15. rzombie1988

    Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Hatsu 2018

    We'll see what happens, smartypants. And this is how you spell "loses".