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About robnplunder

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    Bay Area, CA, USA
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    Too many to mention. Interests and hobbies come and go. Currently, my hobbies include golf, baduk (game of Go), reading, gardening, sumo watching, ..., and lazying around.


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  1. robnplunder

    Trump coming to the basho

    That figures. If it were a left leaning administration, I wouldn't think Trump will be invited. Birds of a feather flock together so to speak.
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    Trump coming to the basho

    ... and he will do his best to have all the attention on him, not the basho and/or rikishi. Let ozumo be ozumo, not a showcase for a megalomaniac.
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    Trump coming to the basho

    I really wonder if Trump's attending the basho will help sumo or alienate some would be fans. Regardless, I don't like politicians attending sports event to steal spotlight. The spotlight should be on the players (in this case, rikishi). For sure, I will skip watching the show on live on the day Trump is attending. Instead, I will stick to Kintamayma san's video, provided that he does not show Trump's face anywhere in the video.
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    Ikioi’s recovery

    Perhaps, Higa can put some sense into him.
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    Ikioi’s recovery

    The amputation won't stop Ikioi. Death may.
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    Ikioi’s recovery

    No one benefited from Ikioi's last basho, not Ikioi, not the fans, and not the sumo. He is supposed to be a professional and that comes with taking care of his injury & career. He did neither. I hope he comes back healthy and develop saner approach to his career.
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    New Ozeki Takakeisho

    True. Takekeisho held his own against the sanyukus either way. If he maintain his current level, he will be an average Ozeki. If he wants to an yusho or two, make a run for Yoko status, he needs to have decisively winning record against the sanyukus. For now, it's too much to ask for the young kid. Let's see how he goes from here.
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    New Ozeki Takakeisho

    No worries. Takakeisho has a slight winning record against all the sanyukus in the last few bashos Takakeisho was on the Ozeki run. Things will balance out for Takakeisho as he matures in the new rank.
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    Ikioi’s recovery

    That just confirmed it. He should have been kyujo. Someone should check his common sense IQ.
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    Shikona meanings, take 2

    I don't believe so although a few may deserve the kanji in their name.
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    The Next Ozeki - Natsu 2019 edition

    Over 10 sanyuku appearances (healthy or unhealthy), Mita only had one double digit win basho. One, that's it. He needs to string at least two double digit win basho together. With Ozeki run on the line, he failed multiple times, seemingly against lesser opponents. OTHO, with Sanyuku rank on the line, he came through multiple times against tougher opponents. Perhaps, it's mental with him. He sure got the goods IMO.
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    60th Yokozuna Futahaguro passes away

    Wow. Even if the article exaggerated a bit (common practice by media), that's one sick dude. I suspect he has a serious personality disorder (narcissistic or psychopath would be my 1st guess). Thanks for the link.
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    Hakuho Injures Arm Haru Basho 2019

    At 34, injuries will take more time to heal, and take more training to come back in shape. Motivation to come back? He already broke all the ozumo records & should be very well off financially. So, he may not get another yusho for 3 - 4 bashos. He will be 6 months older. It may be that we just witnessed his last yusho unless the current crop of rikishis still won't be good enough to beat the returning Hak.
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    University Banzuke 2018

    Daiki, Ryota, ..., are they related to the ones in Makuuchi division?
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    The Next Ozeki - Natsu 2019 edition

    I think many would go for Ichinojo given how strong he looked in the previous basho. But can he (and/or his back) sustain it for 3 - 4 bashos in a row? I don't believe he can. The history is not behind him. Mitakeumi had one run at it but he seems to be on and off in every basho. No double digit win consistency at all. Most others have been at it for a while without getting close to being an Ozeki. Other newbies seemed they are going to be perennial Maegishira rikishi. I like Tomokaze & Shimanoumi b/c they have been rising up the ladder and I don't yet know what is their limit. In the end, I voted for Tomokaze only b/c he is 1/2 step ahead Shamnoumi.