sumojoann

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  1. Frankly, I am stunned by these rumors of Hokuseiho’s cruelty, sadism and kleptomania. It just seems so at odds with so many people’s perception of him, including mine. To me, he seemed annoyingly passive and lacked the aggression needed to be a successful rikishi. I do have a question. Where was Magaki Oyakata (ex-Ishiura) when all this was presumably occurring right under his nose? Wasn’t he at the heya pretty much all the time? Another question — Is Hokuseiho officially out? I know he submitted his intai papers. I haven’t had time to watch the videos yet but in reading all of this thread, I haven’t seen anything confirming if he’s definitely out. Does anyone think Miyagino showed favoritism toward Hokuseiho because he is a fellow Mongolian? A comment was made that it seemed as though Hokuseiho didn’t really want to be a rikishi. If all these rumors are found to be true regarding his cruelty, sadism and kleptomania, he sounds like one really disturbed individual in need of treatment (which I hope gets, preferably post-ozumo).
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    Sekitori Sweepstake - March 2024

    I’d like to register my friend @Kaminariyuki. He’s been busy out of town and hasn’t had time to keep up with the goings-on on SF. He wouldn’t want to miss out on something this important!
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    Sekitori Sweepstake - March 2024

    Definitely count me in, please. This game is fun because if I’m not familiar with the rikishi I’ve drawn, I am more motivated to learn all I can about them. I drew Gonoyama while he was still in Juryo. I saw his potential then and was already rooting for him when he got promoted to Makuuchi. At this point, a number of SF members were not familiar with him, so I felt like I got a head start. So yes, count me in!
  4. I thought it was interesting that one of the sumo wrestlers Andrew Freund brought to Australia to participate in the Sumo International Down Under event was Ichinojo (pictured).
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    Hatsu 2024 discussion (results)

    Terunofuji sure didn’t look like he’s one step away from retirement! Totally dominated Onosato who looked stunned for a moment as he lay on his back outside the dohyo. I loved that “business as usual” look on Terunofuji’s face afterwards. A great day of sumo!
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    Hatsu 2024 discussion (results)

    Kirishima is absolutely amazing! Somehow he managed to keep Tamawashi’s hands completely off of his neck. Totally disarmed him and then just stood back watching him do that wild flip. Brilliant sumo.
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    Hatsu 2024 discussion (results)

    I love Ura. Never a dull moment. Great bout with Gonoyama.
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    Hatsu 2024 discussion (results)

    Amazing bout between Atamifuji and Nishikigi. I NEVER would have guessed the result!
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    Hatsu 2024 discussion (results)

    Why wasn’t there a torinaoshi (and not even a mono-I!) in the Wakamotoharu/Kotoshoho bout?
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    Hatsu 2024 discussion (results)

    Hokutofuji is kyujo.
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    Hatsu 2024 discussion (results)

    Asanoyama is kyujo!
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    Sekitori Sweepstake - January 2024

    In, please!
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    Kyushu 2023 discussion (results)

    Nice to see Kaisei as guest announcer today. Oho almost lost his mawashi. I didn't know at one point if I should look away. I didn't, of course! I noticed the gyoji checking him out front and back, front and back. Thank goodness Oho won the bout when he did. What an awful landing by Tamawashi! I am very concerned that our Ironman might be kyujo tomorrow for the first time in his sumo career. His upper spine was bent backwards. On his way back to the dressing area, he held onto his tsukebito's shoulders with both hands and I could feel the pain in his eyes. OMG again! This time it was Tsurugisho picking up Hokuseiho and depositing him outside the dohyo. Are these rikishi making bets now to see who else can do this?? Or did Tsurugisho just say to himself, "Well, dang! If Nishikigi can do it, why not me??" Takanosho's win looked good but when he exited the dohyo, his right leg was bothering him. Hopefully it won't hold him back. Takayasu vs Midorifuji ----- WTF???? WOW! Definitely the Makuuchi Bout of the Day! Just excellent sumo from my favorite Little Guy. It's too bad that both Endo and Onosho are MK this early in the basho. I wish Shodai would fight like this every day. Even though he ultimately lost, he fought hard and his loss was nothing to be ashamed of. I had really looked forward to Kotonowaka vs Gonoyama. I thought it would be a hard-fought battle between an on-his-way-to-becoming-Ozeki and a very promising up-and-comer, but it was anti-climactic as Kotonowaka made dispatching Gonoyama look easy. Daieisho continued his winning record (12-7) against Asanoyama. Daieisho had cupping on his back which I had never seen on him before. Their bout was over in 2 blinks of an eye. Wakamotoharu hasn't looked confident this basho. I was glad to see Hoshoryu not playing any silly mind games today. Hoshoryu won as I expected but that sure was a hard fall, one of several hard falls today. I was pleased to see Hoshoryu showing concern for the possibly injured Wakamotoharu afterwards. There was only one matta today (in Makuuchi) and it was the Nishikigi vs Kirishima bout. Kirishima waltzed Nishikigi out quickly and easily. Kirishima is looking good this basho. I really didn't know what to expect between Takakeisho and Abi but I was hoping for a little more excitement. The highlights for me today were the Tsurugisho vs Hokuseiho and Takayasu vs Midorifuji bouts. I love the element of surprise and I always love watching Midorifuji. So now we've got a 4-way tie for first place with 6 others nipping at their heels. Exciting but of course way too early to call.
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    Eat Breakfast While Watching Sumo

    So interesting! And if you scroll down, there are other sumo-related stories from the past, including the infamous Abi/Wakamotoharu "bondage" picture incident.
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    Kyushu 2023 discussion (results)

    I definitely agree. He strikes me as quiet, unassuming, friendly and likeable away from the dohyo, (but of course fearless once he steps onto it). I'll see if I can find a particular Youtube video that supports my opinion. It was filmed at the Oct 2022 Sumo Fan Appreciation Festival in Tokyo. In this video, a large number of Makuuchi rikishi were called to the stage and introduced one-by-one. The rikishi that were already on the stage generally maintained neutral expressions on their faces as the newly-introduced ones passed by them. However, it was very interesting to see some warm smiles(or lack thereof) shown by the rikishi that were already on the stage towards some of the rikishi that were being introduced. EDIT TO ADD VIDEO, make corrections and add comments. The picture quality is very poor but in watching the video again, I noticed that the following rikishi received warm smiles --- Takanosho, Nishikigi, Midorifuji, Tobizaru and Shodai (although it's possible they were laughing at Shodai!). The Makuuchi rikishi became quite stone-faced when the following rikishi were introduced --- Endo, Ura, Meisei, Abi and especially Takakeisho. And to a certain extent Terunofuji. These are just my impressions. Your opinions might differ.
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    Kyushu 2023 discussion (results)

    You have a very good memory. Thank you!
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    Kyushu 2023 discussion (results)

    Thanks! My little folding kimarite guide tells me that that is an "over thigh scooping body drop." It must be quite rare. I don't think I've ever see it before.
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    Kyushu 2023 discussion (results)

    This was an amazing night of sumo! My jaw hit the ground when Nishikigi of all people actually picked up Hokuseiho.
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    Kyushu 2023 discussion (results)

    What was the name of that kimarite that Takayasu used in his bout with Hoshoryu? It was great!!
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    Kyushu 2023 discussion (results)

    The first time I played "Sekitori Sweepstake, I drew Gonoyama, who was in Juryo at that time. I knew nothing about him but was happy with his 9-6 result. What I like the most is his jutting jaw. Not a tall rikishi, but he just has a certain look about him --- tough, scrappy, determined, relentless, a fearless fighter. He looked surprised when he lost last night. Barring serious injury, I see him going far.
  21. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vbwy49xd_YU&t=1398s Jason of Jason's All-Sumo Channel is having a contest, the winner of which receives an ORIGINAL Tegata from Kirishima!! The contest consists of a game (see the link in the description of the video). Entrants pick one rikishi from each of 5 groups to make up their "team". The groups are ----- Yokozuna/Ozeki ----- Sekiwake/Komusubi ----- M1-M5 ----- M6-M11 ----- M12-M17. Good luck to the person who has the winning "team!" (Edited to add note -- Jason said the cutoff date to enter is Mon, Nov 13, but I would have thought it would be before the start of the basho).
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    Jason's All-Sumo Channel Contest (Game)

    I received a detailed response from Jason to my email regarding the cutoff time for game entries. I was pleased that he took the time and made the effort to help me understand things from his point of view. As follows -------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sun, Nov 12 at 2:13 AM Joann - Thanks for the email and I appreciate your thoughts. You're not the first person to bring this up. You have to look at it from my point of view and maybe it will make more sense. Some of my viewers, like you, are dedicated SUMO fans who keep up with all the latest developments. But many are more casual fans or even brand new fans. The main reason to have the contest is to get newer fans interested in lower ranked riksihi and maybe they'll discover a wrestler they want to root for every basho instead of just focusing on the top ranked sekitori. And of course to have fun as well. So I'm not so strict with the rules to encourage more people to join in the fun. Yes, that cutoff time allows some to see if their choices are winning on Days 1 and 2 and what kind of shape they're in, but you are free to change your choices as well. Since I live "in the future" most viewers don't see the matches until well after they happen live. Good luck in the contest and I hope your team puts up lots of wins! Best, Jason ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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    Kyushu 2023 discussion (results)

    After Midorifuji lost to Shonannoumi and was walking back to the dressing area, he was greeted with a smile by Chiyonokuni, who was in a blue jacket doing security duty. A few quick friendly words were exchanged. It was nice to see.
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    Rikishi or heya support events

    A fast-moving nearly invisible lethal mold begins to grow on it until it is completely enveloped.
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    Jason's All-Sumo Channel Contest (Game)

    You've made some good points, particularly about the opportunity to see how well they are fighting on Days 1 and 2. If they have new injuries we can see how much that might impact their performance. With all that being said, I still prefer that the cutoff time should be the Makuuchi bouts start time on Day 1 (4 PM Japan Time on Sun, Nov 12). But after all, it's Jason's game, not mine. And it now doesn't seem as unfair as I originally thought. Thanks @Sumo Spiffy