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  1. Morningstar

    Haru Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Truly a great "Get off my lawn, you wet behind the ears whippersnapper!" type reply.
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    Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Haru 2019

    Not currently, but he has plenty of room to grow.
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    Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Haru 2019

    I agree. There are plenty of past examples of one dimensional Ozeki who were successful. And, I feel he has it in him as well. Hopefully he stays healthy. If he wants to move up, he will need to add more weapons to his arsenal. Yokazona need to be multi dimensional and capable of winning even when their main weapons have been neutralized. Time will tell if he can make that jump. I wish him the best of luck.
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    Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Haru 2019

    My guess for the order of who is going down is: Yutakayama Toyonoshima Chiyonokuni Chiyoshoma Ikioi I think Ikioi will not be demoted, due to lack of candidates for promotion and because they are going to give him some extra credit for not taking the tournament off. The question then, is it going to be 2, 3, or 4 exchanges. I believe it will be 3. The lower half of Makuuchi is going to be super crowded, while the middle part is going to have a hard time being filled. There is going to be a ton of Banzuke luck going around in May.
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    Preparations of the masses Haru 2019

    I wish he would get real medical help, and not quackery. When the temperatures are not high and his back is feeling good, Ichinojou is a joy to watch compete.
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    Trump on senshuraku?

    No the last thing Sumo needs is for Trump to touch it. His Sports Promotions are all failures. Tour de Trump Failed, USFL failed, Ect... His best success was as a Host (not a promoter) for a Tyson bout. A one round dud...
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    Trump on senshuraku?

    Please no! The last thing Sumo needs is the Trump stain. Everything he touches rots away into useless goop. Abe can keep trying to suck up to him to get the stupid tariffs revoked, by stroking his ego and talking up his Nobel nomination. That should occupy his full day.
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    Heisei strongest yokozuna ranking

    I disagree. Only actual results matter, not what if's. Because you can what if anything and there is no method to determine correct what ifing.
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    Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Hatsu 2019

    It is actually very logical, if you understand how Heya organized, ran, and administered. And similar requirements are common in other organizations with similar structure. Basically, the Heya is treated as an extended family grouping. The controlling oyakata is the homeowner/family head. The Rikishi live in his house, eat his food, and practice in his dojo. To bring another member in (by marriage) requires the homeowners permission. The same as if you wanted to have your boy/girlfriend move in with you into your parents house. Having a spouse can greatly disrupt the communal living, if things are not managed correctly. For Sekitori who are allowed to maintain a living space outside of the Heya, this request is generally a formality. Yet, one that should be followed.
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    Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Hatsu 2019

    When I was in the US Navy, a similar rule was in place (it still is as of 2017 when I looked last). Anyone wanting to get married, was required to seek and receive their commands permission to marry. So not really that unheard of in highly structured hierarchical organizations.
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    Yep, political, and best left in the dustbin

    If masculine values override basic tenants of decency, then good riddance! Also, supporting Sumo has nothing to do with not supporting abhorrent behavior. That you incorrectly mix them up says quiet a lot... The only place for violence is in the ring for a match or doing training while doing Sumo. Striking someone, because they pissed you off is not acceptable. Back in the old days you would be lucky if you were given permission to cut open you own belly for such behavior. Rikishi are expected to be on their best behavior at all times. To uphold the highest standards. And to carry themselves like the Bushi class they were part of (when Japan still had a formal class structure). Part of teaching Japanese Martial Arts is instilling this value in your students. We have dismissed students from our dojo for similar behavior in the past, and I expect we will be forced to do so in the future. This says nothing about anyone's masculinity, only that they have no self control and are an asshat.
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    Takanoiwa hits his tsukebito

    I pretty much agree fully with you. One thing I would like to add, is that violence/hazing/ect... of this nature, is not something that is unique to Sumo or even Asia. It is rather common in all organized sports. With maybe Golf being an exception. Maybe... In the last few years, I have helped counsel student athletes who have been both the victim and the aggressor in Football (American), Karate, Tennis, and Wrestling at the college and high school level. It get rather depressing to see the same shit happening over and over, especially from people who should know better. It is fortunately not as bad a a few decades ago, when if you were one of the Elite, you could get away with nearly anything.
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    Hakuhou injured-Kyushu crisis looms

    As he is now in the 1st Yokozuna spot, baring any other Yokozuna withdrawals, Hakuho should face the top ranked Ozeki on day 13. Traditionally (as in the last few basho I looked at), the top ranked fights the 3rd ranked on day 14 and the 2nd on day 15. So Hakuho goes 13-0-2 defeating Goeidou on day 13, withdraws due to has no-fucks-left-to-give-itis and takes the Yusho to match Wajima, and put another feather in his cap. </total Hakuho fan>
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    Aki Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    I fail to see how that was a henka. Ishiura made full contact, then pivoted to his left. Kotoyuki over committed, was off balance, and was simply unable to do basic Sumo. Much like Harumafuji's fames non-henka. Quite frankly, I much prefer this style to the jump out of your opponents way and avoid all contact true henka.
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    YDC convenes

    If he is smart, he will not come back till November at the earliest. September will see several new comers pushing hard to make their mark, Ozeki's trying to make a comeback, and Yokozona's trying to prove they are still up to the rank. I predict a proverbial blood bath.