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    Too many to mention. Interests and hobbies come and go. Currently, my hobbies include golf, stock trading, reading books, learning Japanese, learning/playing piano, gardening, sumo watching, meditation, ..., and lazying around.


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  1. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    If Mitakeumi gets the yusho with 14 or 15 wins (that's a big IF), why not the promotion in March.
  2. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    How many wins in this basho is needed for promoting Mitakeumi to Ozeki? 13, 14, or 15?
  3. New recruits for Hatsu 2018

    Harumafuji, Kak, Hak ... they are tall and muscular, almost lanky in today's standard.
  4. Kakuryu Intai Speculation

    I don't think Kakuryu cares much about keeping the dignity of Yokozuna rank. If so, he'd intai already.
  5. Kakuryu Intai Speculation

    Even if he's not forced or asked to, if he is healthy enough and can only muster 8-7 or 9-6 record, he should retire on his own. He's being paid an Yokozuna salary and needs to earn his keep.
  6. Kakuryu Intai Speculation

    Sure, 10-5 would be good enough. I say we won't see 9-6 or 8-7. He will go kyujo before that. Then, what?
  7. Kakuryu Intai Speculation

    Thanks for catching it. A lot depends on how his recovery is from the injuries he had. Not only that, what kind of shape is he in? Perhaps, people in the know here knows how he has been training.
  8. Kakuryu Intai Speculation

    Takanohana had much more illustrious Yokozuna career than Kak can only dream about. I say Takanohana got the benefit of doubt that he deserved when he went kyujo for 7 straight basho before coming back with a jun-yusho.
  9. Kakuryu Intai Speculation

    Kakuryu is 32 years old, and has won only 13 times in the last 6 basho. He went partial or full kyujo in 5 of the last 6 basho. Before that, he was the weakest yokozuna among them to begin with. I am speculating that he can't fully recover to where he was a year ago when he got the yusho with 10-5 record. How long can he keep this up before it becomes ridiculous to hang on? I give no more than 3 bashos before he goes intai. Perhaps, he would like to go out on a good note, with an yusho or a respectable basho (10 or more wins).
  10. Banzuke for Hatsu 2018

    Hokutofuji was very impressive in the last basho. If he repeats his performance in this basho, who is to say he is not an Ozeki contender. Shodai ... hmm ... he was keeping up with Mitakeumi for a few years but seems to be topping out at joi level. He may occasionally claim a sanyuku spot but that's just about it. I feel he needs to improve Tachi-hai before he becomes a serious contender for an Ozeki spot.
  11. Banzuke for Hatsu 2018

    He also had a few fusen wins I believe. But he is still the closest contender for the next Ozeki rank. The other likely contender IMO is Terunofuji provided that his health is at 100% and he stays healthy for the next 6 bashos.
  12. Banzuke for Hatsu 2018

    In this basho, Mitakeumi would need a Goeido or Kotoshogiku like yusho run to have a chance at Ozeki rank. They went 15-0 and 14-1, respectively, out of the blue. And they did so by beating the likes of Kisenosato, Hak, Kak, etc.. Frankly, did anyone guess either could have done that? Not likely. Can Mitakeumi pull out such a feat? Possible but not very likely. But strange things have happened seemingly in every basho. So, why not give him the benefit of doubt for starting an Ozeki run?
  13. Banzuke for Hatsu 2018

    33 wins in the next 3 bashos would do it. In his previous Sekiwake rank, Tamawashi could only muster 27 wins. Not bad, but a way off of the Ozeki run. Mitakeumi would need 24 wins in the next two bashos. If he wins less than 24, I'd guess he would need an yusho to be considered for an Ozeki rank. That's not going to be easy. I'd settle for 33 wins in the next 3 bashos. Even that will require some help from the current batch of aging san'yakus. Takakeisho & Onosho's immediate task is to keep their san'yaku rank, move up to Sekiwake, and pile up enough wins. I say, of the aforementioned, Mitakeumi has the inside track.
  14. What did/does sumo like in 8k video?

    YouTube has a few 8k videos posted. They can be viewed with my 4k TV and the videos appear very good although they are SW'd down to 4k. They look like 3D videos with 4K sharpness. I can only imagine the 8k sumo video would look very real. Of course, to make it more real, one would need 100+ inch screen ....
  15. Persistence Watch - 2017 edition

    This doesn't bode well for Bando. Mutsumi's height seemed topped out at 165 cm. Bando at 165 cm, may not grow any taller than his brother.