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  1. Katooshu

    AR Sumo Game - Sort Of

    Interesting....thanks for sharing
  2. I imagine that being obese and having diabetes didn't help...unfortunately rikishi are generally very unhealthy.
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    Favorite Yokozuna? Past And Present

    Kisenosato Also Akebono. in his prime one of the most daunting and intimidating rikishi I've seen, the pinnacle of oshi blasting, and without being a total dickhead like similarly intimidating Asashoryu.
  4. 3-7ish 'feels' about right to me in a series of 10 matches. I don't think anyone would blank Akebono at his best, but these two have enough technique and strength to exploit long tall 'Bono's weaknesses more often than not. I also think that, while Hak is undoubtedly the most accomplished rikishi ever, prime Asa was very close in quality to prime Hak.
  5. Obviously mobility would be an issue, but vs an NHL player I think pretty much everyone thrown into goal like that would struggle to stop anything. It takes a while just to get used to the pads (the first time I wore pads I felt like a mummy) and masks (they obscure vision and make breathing more difficult), and picking up the finer points of goaltending takes years. On another note, I must applaud the mental strength of goaltenders in all sports who persevere in the position. It's a super high-pressure role where your mistakes are more visible, where you are prone to undeserved blame, and where it's easy to overlook your contributions when it's others who score the goals.
  6. Pretty good record of pro success there, especially from 89-94!
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    Wall of Boxes!

    That was great, thanks for sharing
  8. Katooshu

    Banzuke for Natsu(?) 2020

    Sumo with face masks anyone?
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    Does Asashoryu Still Have It?

    Last I heard of him doing sumo was in preparation for a TV match vs Kotomitsuki in 2017, which he won. Kinta posted about him getting the better of Kaisei in keiko: "Asashouryuu trained at Tomozuna beya today, facing Kaisei. "I beat him 10 out 14 times,"said the ex-Yokozuna. Reminder-Kaisei now weighs 205 kilos.. Asa seems to have gotten a lot of confidence from this training session. as reported earlier the rules are no harite, no henka at the tachiai, no kachiage. Other than that, regular sumo rules apply. All participants will don a mawashi. "
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    University Banzuke 2019

    I hope at least part of the year is salvaged, Nakamura was on track that first year for a college career right up there with the all-time amateur greats!
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    University Banzuke 2019

    The Kariya final got a bit tense there before the 3rd match finally started! That's always a very exciting moment in amasumo--championship team match tied at 1-1 or 2-2 and everything riding on the last pairing.
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    Corona and sumo

    Incidentally, after the longest ever period of there being no professional boxing, a pro card is finally scheduled again to take place this week in Nicaragua. I think that country has been pretty lax with precautions though.
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    High School Banzuke 2019

    Dawaaninji has some of the ugliest sumo I've seen, but it sure was effective last year (vs usually far smaller opponents). I contrast him with Hanaoka, whose style is very skillful and easy on the eye; I hope he grows some more. Shame that the latter and the other 2nd years will likely have their senior year in high school ruined. I guess for the competitors going to university a year off might not be as damaging, as most don't feature prominently in the college scene as first-years anyway (some obvious exceptions, as I'm sure the university banzuke will show). Hanada has joined NSSU and I believe Kusano is at Nihon--not sure on the others. Hanada seemed pretty eager to turn pro and was very confident when he talked about it in 2018, mentioning his goal of winning the All-Japans as a high schooler and then becoming an ozumo yokozuna. I wonder if 'only' winning 1 event last school year had any part in his decision to go to college instead... Many thanks for these banzuke, they give a great shot of the amateur scene and we've already seen how interesting it is to look back when some of the competitors turn pro.
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    Primary School Banzuke 2019 - Grade 5

    Ogasawara from Aomori, I'm sure there are probably lots of those, but nonetheless I wonder if he's related to Nishikifuji?
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    The young generation (japanese rikishi only)

    I think Tomokaze was upper maegashira material with a K/S ceiling, a bit like Hokutofuji. Good but not great. Hopefully he returns strong and rises with all the speed he did previously, I hate to see injury ruin careers.
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    General Corona Banter

    Cruise ship sumo....push your opponent into the water, maybe they will finally find the panacea to injury
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    University Banzuke 2015

    The maegashira ranks are just as interesting, with an abundance of current pros there--some who are sekitori, some who are trapped in makushita or headed back after paid stints. It's interesting to look at cases where a guy was right up there as an amateur (such as Ikegawa/Hokutoyo), but then fails to cut it in the pros and ends up surpassed by numerous rikishi who were significantly less accomplished in college. Injury is definitely playing a part, but I wonder what other factors may be at play.. Wakatakakage was also active in college sumo at this time but evidently didn't make the cut for 2015. Incidentally, there seems to be a bit of an injury issue with recent Toyo grads--Murata and Terasawa have both been set back by this, I think Shiraishi has a shoulder or elbow issue, and perhaps the one with the best potential, 2017 and 2018 banzuke topper Shiroyama, didn't even make it out of his final year at college due to a rumored injury. If college events end up being cancelled but the pro tournaments continue, I wonder if we will see a larger than normal group of college dropouts joining ozumo.
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    Kiribayama - New Kid on The Block

    He's mentioned in the video as being short of stature, but 184cm isn't short and he's in the 140kg range. Much more of an Asashoryu or Harumafuji body (to go the Mongolian route) than an Enho or Ishiura one. He has some nice skills and could do well at the highest levels if he can add more power to go with them.
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    Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Haru 2020

    With all the discussion about Asanoyama, it reminds me that coming up the ranks he was beaten for the sandamne yusho by Kotodaigo, who I really hope is promoted in the end. I always feel slightly pained when I see rikishi who spent so long battling it out in makushita, often beating many future sekitori, yet never able to make that leap themselves.
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    Haru 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    They give out conditionals, so why not require that Hak actually does win it then? He could well have an 8-7, without a win over the champ, without ever being in the yusho race. That's not so outstanding! He's also a former komusubi, not someone on their first run up the ranks. This isn't the first time they've been generous to Onosho with sansho selection...
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    Haru 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    Onosho unconditional? He could well lose to 11-4, awardless Mitakeumi to end up 8-7 at M5, without a win over the champion and without ever being a serious yusho contender....seems generous. Shodai beat Hak too and has just as many wins at a higher rank.
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    Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Haru 2020

    This discussion makes me wonder who took the most consecutive losses right before their ozeki promotion...I think it's a few who are tied for 2. Asa could be a new record holder if they do promote him anyway.
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    Lower division celebs results

    Since Ura's already got the zensho and a playoff win is irrelevant to his next ranking, I am pulling for Nankairiki to win the playoff. After nearly 20 years in the sport a yusho would be nice!
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    Haru 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    Agreed, and I'm baffled that people can watch that and think that Kak was 'dead' in the situation. He has a double inside grip and is still exerting force, which is why the turning motion of Asa's throw gets arrested about halfway, Asa starts to fall with Kak, and Asa ends up touching down first.
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    Haru 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    I don't like that argument. Being able to turn the tables at the very last minute involves much skill and is a huge part of sumo, and the yokozuna level competitors are generally excellent at this. This isn't a sport like boxing, where rounds are scored on the overall competitiveness of the action; it is who touched down or went out first, and that means you can score legitimate wins whether you dominated the entire contest or were dominated for 99 percent of it. The right call was to give it to Kak. He was not a passive participant, and was able to use the double inside grip and superior balance to his advantage. Helps not to stick your arm out too---you gotta take the fall Asa! Shinitai? Not at all