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  1. Gurowake

    Corona and sumo

    The crowds are what pays for it.
  2. Gurowake

    Wakaichiro has retired

    True, although they are both rather close to retiring. I don't think that was intended as the meaning, but it's true nonetheless.
  3. Gurowake

    Coronavirus in China

    If it "spirals out of control" it just means that a bunch of people who had weak immune systems will die prematurely and everyone will be much more likely to get a severe cold than before. It's not like it's the Spanish Flu that's killing young people preferentially - it's just a really nasty cold virus. It'll simply be one of the many that are floating around, and the world will have to deal with it. Immuno-compromised people will have much shorter life spans, people will get a cold very slightly more frequently, and life will eventually return to a new normal not too different from now. And I'm almost certain that's what's going to happen, given that it can spread before you know you're infected, plus there are plenty of people who still travel while infected to help spread it as well.
  4. Gurowake

    Greetings from Michigan

    There's yet another on this forum. I won't give him away, but he's fairly active and doesn't exactly hide the fact he's from the area.
  5. Gurowake

    Greetings from Michigan

    Do you stay up all night to watch live, get out of bed early to watch live, or only watch recorded? It's pretty terrible to try to catch live top-division sumo here in Michigan, and I don't try anymore.
  6. Gurowake

    New recruits for Haru 2020

    He does not look happy to be there. And his footwear seems rather inappropriate next to the others.
  7. Gurowake

    44th Fuji TV Grand Sumo Tournament

    The guys for whom the prize money is a bigger deal compared to their normal earnings will give it their all or most of it. Those that earn (or have earned) amounts such that the prize isn't all that significant don't care and just don't want to get injured.
  8. Gurowake

    Goeido to Retire

    10-4 Kisenosato beat 7-7 Goeido on senshuraku in Aki 2015. Terunofuji already had 12 wins, so the yusho was not potentially up for grabs. Goeido lost his last 3 matches in Nagoya 2017 to finish 7-8. While the first two losses were to Yokozuna in the Yusho race, the last was against 8-6 Ozeki Takayasu. Do you need any more evidence to see OSBC is dead and gone? Perhaps some of his 8th wins in other tournaments were yaocho, but it's clear that they (the Ozeki) definitely stayed well away from it when it was obvious who really needed the win more, on at least those two occasions. I suppose you can counter with "Goeido gave those guys the wins so he could get them back for his zensho next tournament". Sure, whatever.
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    Azumazeki-oyakata has died

    The government renting land on a 50 year contract sounds more like how it works in China, where the "rent" is really property taxes given that it's being paid to the government. I mean I guess it could theoretically happen here in the US, with municipalities owning land and buildings and renting them out to people, but generally if there's any municipal-owned land, the municipality is using it. The only rent received would be short-term things like renting a room in the library for a homeowner's association meeting; if they didn't intend to use it themselves for 50 years, they'd sell it. At least that's how I understand things.
  10. Gurowake

    Azumazeki-oyakata has died

    Do most heya own their premises? I assumed that they all rented, but I don't know what the Japanese real estate market is like.
  11. Gurowake

    Azumazeki-oyakata has died

    There go the Furikake endorsements...
  12. Gurowake

    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    Takayasu started when he was just barely 15 years old, and made it to M1 when he was only 22, when Endo was still in university. Thus Takayasu was a top-division mainstay at the time Endo entered Ozumo, so is easily thought of as a generation before. Shodai entered Ozumo one year later than Endo (being a year younger), but had to start at the bottom, so it took him yet another year to get where Endo started.
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    Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Hatsu 2020

    Given some of their decisions in the past, I wouldn't completely count out Hokutofuji getting the second Sekiwake spot now open, but it definitely would have been closer, and indeed by the numbers be in his favor by a half-rank, if he had won his last match. Shodai having Sekiwake experience while Hokutofuji does not may or may not matter, but would tilt things more towards Shodai.
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    Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Hatsu 2020

    With Goeido's retirement, these situations seem much clearer - all the rikishi will end up in the higher division.