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  1. RabidJohn

    Banzuke day pics Haru 2021

    It's a not-uncommon pitfall of colour balancing in digital reprographics. Daieisho's pics show his garb as charcoal grey in four of the pics, but one is deep teal.
  2. RabidJohn

    Preparations of the Y/O- Haru 2021

    To be fair, Terunofuji has looked more like an ozeki than any of the incumbents since he got back into makuuchi, so an eminently understandable error, IMO.
  3. RabidJohn

    Preparations of the Y/O- Haru 2021

    No big deal, but I wasn't expecting to see him back in this thread until May...
  4. RabidJohn

    Another Sekitori Marriage

    I don't know about "flashy and loud", as I've only seen the above photo, but she does traditional Japanese very well. I wonder if she might one day become the first former Mongolian okami-san.
  5. RabidJohn

    Preparations of the Y/O- Haru 2021

    What's brought this on? Have I missed something?
  6. RabidJohn

    Yoshikaze situation

    I hope I didn't come across as suggesting they do! It's merely the definition of 'incur'.
  7. RabidJohn

    Yoshikaze situation

    Are you trying to say she smacked her kids? 'Incurring' suggests they deserved it/brought it upon themselves, and 'domestic violence' could be anything but it's a phrase I associate with wife/husband beating.
  8. RabidJohn

    Courtesy calls by rikishi and oyakata

    You saved me asking about the very frequent references to Saitama Sakae in recent commentary, but I don't trust the translation of the article (which renders Hokutofuji as 'Kitakatsu Fuji). So, is that a record for the school, or is it a record for all high schools having alumni in makuuchi?
  9. RabidJohn

    Flat Earth Society and Sumo

    And it's covered in sand and salt for the extra graze and sting factor! But that's the dohyo surface, which is not the subject of this thread. Thinking about it, a playbark surround for the dohyo would only be possible at the Kokugikan where I believe the retractable floor is already of composite construction. I don't know what the floor at the Osaka or Aichi Prefectural Gymnasiums is made of, but I suspect it's solid concrete or asphalt.
  10. RabidJohn

    Trivia bits

    +1 for that. Thanks, Pierre. I was unsurprised to find Kirishima (one of my faves back in the day - saw him at London in 1991) confirmed as the ozeki with the oldest sanyaku debut. I was surprised to find Asanoyama as 'runner up'. I think of him as being young, probably because of his relatively short time in ozumo since his Sd100 start.
  11. RabidJohn

    Tokitsukaze under house arrest

    That's what I said yesterday. Stands to reason really. I know I'm ignorant about many things Japanese, but the Kyokai having the power to impose forced labour on one of its shareholders seems unlikely. A financial sanction (significant as it may be) is all they have.
  12. RabidJohn

    Flat Earth Society and Sumo

    Playbark (actually a rubber material) is commonly used in the UK as a flooring surface for kids' playgrounds. It's designed to minimise injury when they fall off swings, roundabouts, slides, etc., so it would seem ideal as a surface to use around the dohyo without overly changing the aesthetics.
  13. RabidJohn

    Tokitsukaze under house arrest

    That doesn't quite tell the whole story (like anything does in ozumo). Abi was instructed to submit his resignation by his oyakata. The fact that Abi accepted his suspension tells me he wants to stay. If Tokitsukaze doesn't want to stay, the Kyokai can't force him to.
  14. RabidJohn

    Tokitsukaze under house arrest

    I got the impression Abi's punishment was intended to push him towards resigning. If so, it didn't work, and he's accepted the punishment because he wants to continue as a rikishi. If Tokitsukaze wants out, the Kyokai can't do much more than impose some penalty on his severance agreement.
  15. RabidJohn

    2021 "Kozumo" Hatsu Basho discussion thread

    This discussion is brought to you by rikishi superstition. At least according to Chris Gould it is. Daieisho started out as Daishoei, but was apparently advised that shikona ending with 'ei' tend to result in lower body injuries!