Atenzan

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  1. re: Hakuhou's arm: Nikkan reports that he said that it hurt to throw Kakuryuu today and that "it hurts a little" - that was at the yusho interview. How that's translated into his actual injury status is unknown, but my wishful thinking says it's nothing as major as Kisenosato's.
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    Trump coming to the basho

    Everyone has one and mine is demonstrably the superior one**
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    Trump coming to the basho

    Well I just told the Syrian refugees living in my neighbourhood in decrepit housing about the hullabaloo this Trump person is causing at the honbasho and they seem a bit miffed about the office of the American president. They said that this goes against the principles of solidarity his country has operated under.
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    Natsu basho 2019 discussions [SPOILERS]

    Has the fanfiction contingent ruled on whether thigh infections can be sexually transmitted?
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    Ikioi’s recovery

    Do you have any kind of source at all?
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    News of abdication and new reign

    In the year Reiwa 25, if man is still alive, if woman can survive, they may find...
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    Hakuho Injures Arm Haru Basho 2019

    Is he going to do any bouts? The fact that the pec is OK is very encouraging, but I wouldn't sleep on a torn bicep, literally or otherwise.
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    New Ozeki Takakeisho

    @Kintamayama Bon appétit, monsieur.
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    Hakuho Injures Arm Haru Basho 2019

    Come on now, some of us are semi-pro pool players here. I was at, er, work. Sure. Didn't have time to properly get my shot in. But otherwise very well said. Now to get my shot in: If any of you think that Hakuhou would ever bend so much as to play theatre to some random geriatric YDC guy (who could never tell a sport-related injury if it hit him in the face, presumably) by getting a zensho yusho while bitching about it, we live in a completely different world. Firstly, it's unreasonable of you to assume that the YDC can have any meaningful power over the guy who has now TEN yushos more than Taihou. Especially when the only other yokozuna hadn't completed a basho of his last 5, and said "reprimand" was over Hakuhou pulling out while 10-2 or something. Secondly, if Hakuhou wanted to make a statement about something, he'd actually come out and say it. I have an EXTREMELY hard time believing that he'd act weak on purpose in any circumstances, he more than any other rikishi on the banzuke right now. Finally and most importantly, I fear for the end of Hakuhou. Maybe they'll do the unthinkable and let him heal and come back well-rested in November or January. But knowing the sumo world, I fear for the worst.
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    Haru Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    I can feel your pain, I went through the same thing last week. So far the report on me is all tooth and no wisdom.
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    Sansho for Haru 2019

    Ah. I really thought Ichinojou deserved the Gino-sho; he's really imposed his technique on his opponents throughout the basho. Gurowake's statement (or was it yours?) that it's become a Kanto-sho for high-rankers rings true once again.
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    Haru Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Yes, I was implying that at that moment Hakuhou already hesitates or feels. out of sync. They get 4 minutes to prepare; you figure that something might need calibration after 3:55 sometimes.
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    Haru Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    The kosho system, or lack thereof, may explain part of that.
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    Haru Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Here comes the Hakuhou Apologist Press to tell you that you're all wrong again. I think that Hakuhou's "fake mattas" happen when the wrestlers are uncoordinated so that Hakuhou forces the matter so that the tachiai is a synchronised affair. This whole thing started after a bout against Yoshikaze in Kyushu 2017 when Hakuhou was dissatisfied with a tachiai and tried to call a matta on his own bout (and was promptly and rightly denied). It looks like he's trying to avoid a non-matta that leads to such a tachiai. e.: And by the way, I trust Hakuhou's judgement for what an in-sync tachiai is more than either of the two latest Inosuke.
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    Haru Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    re: Ichinojou not facing Hakuhou- bear in mind that they're already altering the usual schedule in having Takakeishou face Ichinojou instead of the out-of-form Shoudai. I think they're actually doing the best thing they can here; Takakeishou vs. beastmode Ichinojou is a fixture that legitimises both the potential Takakeishou promotion and the Ichinojou yusho campaign. Besides, there's only two yokozuna, so there was no plausible chance of them scrapping Hakuhou vs. Kakuryuu on Sunday.
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    Haru Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Yes. Yes. I was being sarcastic. No way it's deliberate. The man is just an untouchable craftsman. From now on please note that when I refer to something that came from my own thoughts, any of the qualifiers "serious", "correct", "accurate" etc. are code for "this is what my inner tinfoil hat man thinks". No way I'd unironically be that pompous and cocky. Except when it comes to the eating of hats.
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    Haru Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    What? Athleticism? No way. That was pure awareness and mastery of his craft, as was his bout today on day 10. This is a man who is recently showing every one of his 34 years, not to mention his tens of thousands of sumo bouts in bashos and keiko alike. Kintamayama said it's becoming a routine, my contrarian, very correct and completely serious take is that it's a deliberate move. "The big maki-kae" or even "the prestige"...
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    Haru Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Kakuryuu's hands not remotely close to being down today. I can't blame him for trying to juice whatever minor advantage he can get, seeing as he hasn't completed a basho in a year- his sumo is looking decidedly iffy. My perhaps obvious take is that he's worried about aggravating an injury.
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    Haru Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Kotoshougiku looks very solid this basho, good tachiai and awareness. Still seems weaker than in his heyday, but it would be nice to see him have a resurgence of some sort.
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    Haru Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    He's had a couple of years of practice.
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    Haru basho ozeki run

    Hi! I have three very correct opinions to offer tonight. 1. If Takakeishou gets 10 wins he will be promoted, because not promoting him on the back of such results will make me personally quite sad and disappointed. The Kyokai know this and will want to avoid it. 2. I think the telephone is another person when it talks to me. 3. The sun disappears at night and nobody can ever prove where it goes.
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    Takakeishou injured

    Internal bleeding from an injury to the sole of the foot seems both extremely unpleasant and difficult to achieve.
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    YDC convenes-Hatsu 2019

    Christ, I was just joking with my "yaocho even in keiko" post. The last thing I was expecting was a serious debate on the subject. Gurowake covered the Kisenosato leg of the debate excellently at the top of this page. How can you identify a *mukiryoku* bout anyway? As opposed to an undisclosed injury or six, or the guy getting dazed from the tachiai, or, god forbid, a rikishi having a really poor bout one time? And if there still is a yaocho circuit, do you really think that they would risk blowing their cover on a Mitakeumi keiko session whose followers are probably this forum, Mitakeumi's mum and seven beat writers for newspapers' sports sections? And not, say, a 3-6 J14 on day 10 of a honbasho, whose projected quality of life for the following two months really depends on a low-interest bout? And, for heaven's sake, we're talking about practice, to quote Allen Iverson. Maybe Takakeishou wanted to practice his yotsu against the single greatest yotsu man of the last 50 years (probably) because it's PRACTICE and he wanted to PRACTISE one very significant sumo discipline, which he happens to be uncomfortable engaging in, with the best possible partner. This isn't a personal attack against Dapeng or YBF or anyone. I just think that some of you are blowing some things way out of proportion.
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    YDC convenes-Hatsu 2019

    A certain site that *talks* *sumo* will actually disagree with that.
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    YDC convenes-Hatsu 2019

    Personally I agree- I only go surname-first if I know that everyone who is reading/listening speaks some Japanese. I was just posting to clarify, since no member of the forum would ever refer to Akinori Asashouryuu. Shikonae are a different beast.