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  1. Hakuho's dominance to continue?

    Hakuho himself made the comparison after winning his 36th yusho, which he regarded as equalling his father's six Naadam championships.
  2. Ozekis and Yokozunas for January 2019

    Hakuho Y Mitakeumi O Takayasu Goeido O2
  3. Mitakeumi in 2018

    You said it! I believe he's the only makuuchi rikishi who managed 6KK in 2017, the last two or three while fighting with injury at sekiwake. That takes a measure of doing! Definite ozeki material if he can get back to full fitness.
  4. Harumafuji scandal

    I'd forgotten about that stuff - haven't seen it advertised for years!
  5. It's all about context. The first time I saw Chiyonofuji's koenkai celebrating one of his yusho with a round of "Banzai!"s, I thought "Yikes! Isn't that what the Japs screamed as they charged with bayonets?" At the same time, however, it was obvious that it was a celebration akin to the western three cheers - the "Hip hip" call with a "Hurray/Hurrah!" response (which incidentally also has a martial context evidenced by the US Marines' use of "Oo-rah!"). Leaving aside the continued use of 'Banzai!' in WW2 video games like Call of Duty, I have only seen Japanese people using it in the celebratory context. That was how Hakuho used it, and I have little doubt that if he hadn't prefaced it with his ill-advised comments about the scandal, he would have received little or no censure for it. Bringing the audience into the celebration of his 40th yusho was, I thought, a quite appropriate and popular move - they clearly had no qualms about joining in.
  6. On the dumbness (or lack thereof) of Akua's shikona

    You missed out the option for 'I really don't give a fuck what he's called'...
  7. Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Kyushu 2017

    I'm not a GTB player, but this is a subject that interests me. It strikes me that recently they have been favouring sanyaku incumbents over ostensibly better performing hiramaku just one or two steps below, so I would expect to see: Mitakeumi S Onosho Tamawashi K Takakeisho Hokutofuji M1 Ichinojo Or possibly: Mitakeumi S Onosho Tamawashi K Takakeisho Hokutofuji K Ichinojo M1 And maybe even: Mitakeumi S Onosho Tamawashi K Takakeisho Hokutofuji K Ichinojo However they decide to juggle it, I'm expecting to see Onosho at S1W.
  8. The crowd seemed very enthusiastic about the "Banzai!"s, inappropriate or not.
  9. Basho Talk Kyushu 2017 (SPOILERS)

    Congratulations to Hakuho for yusho number 40. I haven't been bored at all watching this basho. There've been some great results for the likes of Hokutofuji, Takakeisho, Tamawashi and Aminishiki, and I was extremely pleased for Mitakeumi making it a full house of KK for the year and for Onosho pulling out a senshuraku KK in what I suppose was his first proper joi basho.
  10. This is the first time I've watched a basho during an ongoing scandal. Do winning yokozuna often give their opinion during the yusho, or is that just Hakuho pushing the boundaries again?
  11. Apology accepted* for my part, if by "that kind of sumo" he means the kind where yokozuna prematurely stop trying because they mistakenly believe a matta has taken place. I was amazed to see Harumafuji do almost exactly the same thing last time, and I was gobsmacked when Hakuho did it. Something I'd never seen before has happened twice in two basho! It wouldn't surprise me to discover Hakuho has been mercilessly ribbing Harumafuji about his Wacky Aki f*ck-up with Kotoshogiku (which HRF subquently took out on Takanoiwa!), only to suddenly find himself having just made the same stupid mistake with Yoshikaze. I suspect Hakuho was mortally embarassed and he had nothing in his extensive armoury to deal with the situation, hence his rationality temporarily deserted him and he looked to the timekeeper hoping he could somehow turn back the clock... *Not in the Darth Vader and Captain Needa sense.
  12. Basho Talk Kyushu 2017 (SPOILERS)

    Congratulations to Takakeisho on his first joi KK - but that's surely more than just a fat lip he's got there. The whole side of his face is swollen and he's obviously in a deal of pain with it. Yoshikaze also looked to be in agony with his big toe, which didn't look pleasant in the replay, so we have situation where the two active sekiwake can only muster one big toe each! Takayasu looked injured again, too...
  13. Font Day sneaks in unannounced, but it's still there.
  14. Sekitori Torikumi Kyushu Basho 2017

    I know it's not de rigueur to reply to this thread, but I tried to PM you and got an error saying you can't receive messages... There are quite a few spurious *-*-4 kyujo showing in the makuuchi section of today's post. Kagayaki, Myogiryu, Aminishiki, etc.
  15. Basho Talk Kyushu 2017 (SPOILERS)

    Where have you been? Takakeisho had his opportunity against Hakuho on day 3, but failed to take it.