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  1. RabidJohn

    Takakeisho injury update

    I'm not a doctor but Takakeisho's "torn pectoral muscle" seems to me to be different, and possibly a tad less serious, than the "detached pectoral muscle" Kisenosato suffered. Hope so anyway...
  2. RabidJohn

    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    Congratulations to Mitakeumi on his second yusho, but I really hope it's not another flash-in-the-pan result. The bloke is clearly good enough to be ozeki; I just wish he'd get on with it now. A question: how come Tamajiro was officiating the ketteisen, not Inosuke?
  3. RabidJohn

    Bilingual/Trilingual Rikishi?

    I'm pretty sure it's not my imagination that I saw a video with Kisenosato/Araiso saying "Hello*, sumo fans." *Herrow, obviously...
  4. RabidJohn

    Would you throw the Zabuton???

    Given the opportunity, a vanishingly small chance due to the sheer unlikelihood of me: a) visiting Japan; b) managing to obtain tickets for a honbasho; and c) witnessing a yokozuna losing to a sufficiently low-ranked rikishi, I most certainly would not throw my zabuton - in disapproval of the loss. However, I'd definitely throw one to celebrate a plucky underdog defying the odds!
  5. RabidJohn

    Sumo monuments and statues

    After pic after pic of statues with tsuna and kesho-mawashi rendered in stone, this one came as a bit of a surprise. Bit of a manikin vibe for me... My first thought was that 'they shoulda put a tsuna on it', but then I wondered if there's anything in the photos (or if anyone knows) about the significance of the aged looking kesho-mawashi they've chosen to use.
  6. RabidJohn

    Next Yokozuna??????

    Hmm, you can.
  7. RabidJohn

    Next Yokozuna??????

    First and only one so far.
  8. RabidJohn

    Next Yokozuna??????

    Atm, I'd still favour Mitakeumi as the 2nd former collegiate yokozuna rather than Asanoyama. At least Mitakeumi's proven that he belongs at the higher levels, and if it's a case of attrition, he's there.
  9. RabidJohn

    Next Yokozuna??????

    Probably someone none of us expect. I mean, look at the last few ozeki promotions. Shodai was the next ozeki, right? Then Takayasu, who couldn't string back to back KKs together, got promoted; then Tochinoshin, who was on no one's radar until he won that yusho; then Takakeisho, who was too short and one-dimensional to ever make it above sekiwake... Meanwhile, Shodai has turned into something of an also ran. All I know for sure is that the next yokozuna will be an ozeki for at least 2 basho, but I have no idea who that ozeki will be. It could be any of the present incumbents, but it could also be someone still toriteki atm.
  10. RabidJohn

    Natsu jungyo 2019

    Jungyo performance notwithstanding, that reads like the plan of a man who knows the end is nigh. Restaurant and bar sound like a business plan, otherwise... well, for personal use it's just a fancy kitchen and dining room, innit?
  11. RabidJohn

    Natsu jungyo 2019

    In know it's only jungyo, but whatever it was, it was awesome!^^
  12. RabidJohn

    Nagoya 2019 Discussion (here be spoilers)

    I think you're missing the context. It had become a belt battle, which is not oshizumo specialist Hokutofuji's strong point, and Ichinojo had a left hand uwate on Hokutofuji's mawashi, which is usually a win condition for the Mongolith (cba to go back to find who coined that, but I like it!). The commentator was surprised that Hokutofuji won under those circumstances, as was I - pleasantly I might add. Being able to handle yotsuzumo when necessary is probably a prerequisite for Hokutofuji making it to ozeki.
  13. RabidJohn

    Kimura Konosuke

    And you need the salt to enhance the flavour, don't you?
  14. RabidJohn

    Nagoya 2019 Discussion (here be spoilers)

    I think there's also the fact that Terutsuyoshi is small and agile enough to keep up with anything Enho can do, whereas the latter can run rings around much larger. less mobile rikishi - quite literally in Kaisei's case.
  15. RabidJohn

    New kesho mawashi (pics)

    I have to admit to wondering that myself. Google isn't particularly helpful...