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  1. littlebutts

    Basho Talk Haru 2018 (SPOILERS)

    Kakuryu looked a bit too pleased after his win today...
  2. littlebutts

    Construction of a dohyo

    Thank you! I find these pictures completely fascinating.
  3. littlebutts

    Basho Talk - Hatsu Basho 2017 ** (SPOILERS)

    It looks like Yoshikaze made the right choice going back to the red mawashi. Green just wasn't cutting it.
  4. An article was posted on Vice Brazil today about Kaisei. It's in Portuguese, though, but Google Translate did an o.k. job.
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    Chiyonofuji passing

    Very sad, and young too... for the general population, at least. Rikishi definitely undergo a bit more wear and tear than average folk...
  6. littlebutts

    Basho Talk - Nagoya Basho 2016 +++ Spoiler Alert! +++

    A thoroughly enjoyable basho. Many thanks to Kintamayama for his renewed efforts putting together the daily videos. I would also guess that Hakuho is riddled with injuries and may take next basho off to put himself back together a bit. The grimace by Harumafuji after his bout with Hakuho was over may suggest he's in a similar condition, though it seems to me that Harumafuji is a bit more vocal about his injuries and pain than Hakuho is. That being said, all of these guys play their injuries pretty close to their chests. I have to admit though, what impresses me the most about Hakuho and Harumafuji (and maybe this is something that Kisenosato is lacking) is their ability to perform under huge amounts of pressure, both internal and external. Performing while injured seems to be a very valuable skill in sumo indeed, and one that likely takes a lot of really unenjoyable practice. I've broken all the toes on one foot before and continued working a manual labor job and it was not a whole lot of fun. I can't even imagine jumping onto the dohyo to push around dudes who are well over 300 lbs. That takes a certain mental toughness that some people just can't muster (Endo...)
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    Basho Talk - Hatsu Basho 2016 +++ Spoiler Alert! +++

    I still really hope that Kotoshogiku wins the basho... I'd like to think of it as a late wedding gift for him. That being said, I'm a huge Toyonoshima fan so I was really conflicted about his win today. I hope this isn't just another notch on the belt for Hakuho and that Kotoshogiku can keep it together and win. Though, Toyonoshima winning a yusho would be pretty novel. This is a strange basho... but I like it! Side note: Pretty sure Ichinojo is nursing an injured back. I have a tough time believing that he just forgot to show up mentally and no one that big should be forced back so easily unless there is something wrong. The man is built like an oak tree...
  8. littlebutts

    Hatsu 2016 Videos- Days 1-15

    <3 Thank you Kinta. You're a scholar and a gentleman. Hope you're having a great time in Thailand!
  9. littlebutts

    Pre-Hatsu basho 2016 event pics

    These pre-basho event pics are some of my favourites. I don't know why, but I love seeing the process of making the dohyo. Thanks!
  10. littlebutts

    Basho Talk - Kyushu Basho 2015 +++ Spoiler Alert! +++

    Props to Hakuho for discovering the secret to eternal life. Never getting injured or aging must be really boring on an existential level. Can't blame him for getting bored of fighting against all of these mere mortals... This thread is getting a bit too sumotalk-y for my likes.
  11. I don't think Homarenishiki is going to be much of a belt person in the near future. It looks like he's focusing more on pushing/thrusting/striking - also a good use of those long arms.
  12. From what I've seen in sports like American football, more safety equipment does not make a sport more safe. In fact, in that example, the sport has been made even more unsafe because of how much harder these guys are able and willing to hit each other. There is risk of injury in any sport, not to mention a combat sport. I wouldn't mind seeing the reintroduction of kosho but even I'm not sure how they would regulate it to prevent the type of shenanigans that killed it in the first place. I've got this feeling like submitting a doctors note isn't going to cut it. And since you mentioned Tochinoshin and Baruto, two of my favourites, I would also like to point out that they had a hand in their own demise. Both of their styles rely/relied on sheer strength and power. Baruto's penchant for being a human crane and muscling his opponents out of the ring (which was impressive, no doubt) instead of focusing more on fighting on the belt was his demise. Just because you can win with strength and power alone doesn't mean you should. Tochinoshin is cut from the exact same cloth but he made the decision to have surgery and climb back up the banzuke once he recovered as opposed to retiring. I miss Baruto dearly, but at least that's a lesson on what not to do for my fellow countryman Homarenishiki.
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    Basho Talk - Kyushu Basho 2015 +++ Spoiler Alert! +++

    I've always gotten the impression that a a bunch of the guys from Kokonoe have some serious mental downfalls, but maybe that's based on anecdotal information. Kokonoe oyakata always seemed like he would be a really tough and demanding coach (or person in general).
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    Basho Talk - Kyushu Basho 2015 +++ Spoiler Alert! +++

    He's still green, I'm sure he'll look more comfortable on the dohyo in due time. His opponent had experience on his side. As C.S. Lewis once said, "Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my god do you learn."
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    Kyushu 2015 Day 1 matchups

    Maybe it's better to get it out of the way early... Opening day has a lot of good-looking matches, I'm looking forward to it :)