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  1. Nantonoyama

    General Corona Banter

    One co-worker and one family member got infected by the virus, tested positive and subsequently sick, aged 40 and 32. An additional friend, 28, ticked most boxes for symptoms (shortness of breath, loss of smelling and tasting capabilities) but was denied testing because of test shortage in the last weeks of March One of them remained positive for an interminable 35 days. Thankfully they are young and went through it without going to the hospital, but they all told me it was a dreadful experience, they were particularly afraid to endanger their older family members (and patients, one of them is a medical doctor, so on the frontline)
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    Haru 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    I can stress what RabidJohn just said on the non-tournament nature of those bouts is that standard procedure doesn't apply for the east/west sides. Turing the tournament the higher ranked rikishi gets to keep its side and the lower ranked fills the gap. In kettei-sen, the higher rankes goes east and the lower rank goes west. However, the lower division kettei-sen take place before the yumitori-shiki, and the makuuchi one before the dohyo is desacrated, but that may be for practical reasons, I don't know enough of this matter
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    Haru 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    Those bouts are just tie-breakers, nothing more. In a tournament you cannot face heya mates, family members or twice the same rikishi. None of those rules apply to tie-breakers, because of their very nature. It will not affect banzuke moves, there is no kensho on this bout and it comes after the yumitori-shiki. It is just there to break the tie. In football, penalty shoot-out goals are not proper goals, they do not count for the best scorer award nor are reflected in the score of a game (which remains a draw for one-legged games) It must not been confused with the 8th bout one lower-ranked rikishi has to do every other tournament to even the number of involved rikishi, which actually matters for banzuke purposes.
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    Haru 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    Both are correct. It just depends whether or not you take into consideration kettei-sen bouts (Haru 2012, Hatsu 2014, both Hakuho wins).
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    General Corona Banter

    I do. The hint is: I cheer for the only French side to have ever won the CL (which is not going to change anytime soon imho) I am amazed that Italy is actually planning to resume its championship. I like going to the stadium but watching empty stadiums on tv... meh...
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    General Corona Banter

    The Champions League game between Atalanta and Valencia, played in Milan, is believed to have been a catalyser of the spread of covid in Lombardy PSG have disgracefully been awarded the French league title, while they do not deserve it at all, as 2nd, 3rd and 4th ranked teams in the rankings could still possibly win the title, so I would not hope too much for Liverpool...
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    Corona and sumo

    I am no expert of japanese culture, but as far as I untersand, face-saving is a key factor. Cancel a basho because the state of emergency is extended is a perfectly acceptable excuse and doesn't require the NSK to take a decision on its own, that might be critisised by some (no idea who) as the wrong one.
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    Banzuke for Natsu(?) 2020

    The July basho, if held in Tokyo, might be called Natsu basho. Since this banzuke is for Natsu, there would be no need to change...
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    Corona and sumo

    Nothing shocking here. Since the basho is not cancelled (yet?), there is no reason not to put it on TV schedules...
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    Natsu basho banzuke sales

    Obviously! Why would anyone order from abroad?
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    Corona and sumo

    May basho is summer basho. I guess you mean Nagoya. As for cancellation, May may, but May may not (even if it seems unlikely or unreasonable...). Unless they are constrained by law, I can very much see the NSK guys trying to push for the basho to happen.
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    Corona and sumo

    That narrows down to Tokitsukaze, Hakkaku, Oitekaze, Kise, Takadagawa, Isegahama, Kokonoe, Isenoumi, Sadogatake, Tomozuna, Tatsunami, Arashio, Oguruma (and Takasago? is Asanoyama Ozeki? is Asabenkei sekitori?) In bold, 3 heyas have around 10 rikishi Underlined, 2 additional have 15 (still about 10 in a broader sense)
  13. Nantonoyama

    Talk sumo - social discourse for the locked down

    The fact that it is free of charge for its use makes it a freeware, not a free software (or libre). It may seem a detail for those unfamiliar with the world of software, but it is a major difference.
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    What are your "best" SB games?

    Here is my summary on 2016-2019 period (I only update once a year) I think it is pretty clear that I suck at daily games except TTT (CG is another category, not really daily). Nothing in the games that require to be in the top division, I am desperately stuck in upper makushita in both of them. I "won the year" in three games so far : 2016 - Chaingang 2017 - GTB 2019 - Roto Now I have to seriously work on my picking strategy for daily games...
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    Retirees after Haru 2020

    Hmm ok I see your point for the banzuke release date, it makes sense. This third way with the name erased can be a solution, here they moved everyone up half a rank. I guess it is also linked with the hand-drawn version of the banzuke that the gyoji make after the committee meets. But in recent history, name erasing is more or less linked with people expelled from the kyokai. Couldn't it been seen as possibly disrespectful?