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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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    Satoyama, Mitakeumi, Ura

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  1. Harumafuji scandal

    I admit that it makes a good conspiracy theory. It's plausible but not likely. There is other ways to punish a rikishi rather than going to that extent.
  2. Harumafuji scandal

    No, I wasn't.
  3. Basho Talk Kyushu 2017 (SPOILERS)

    A year ago or so, it was Mitakeumi & Shodai taking turns in climbing up the ladder. The former has taken a firm grasp on Sanyuku spot and will be a regular member. With some luck, he will challenge the Ozeki spot. Shodai seems to in the elevator mode unless he gets better technically and/or bigger physically. Takakeisho & Onosho seem to taking turns in their way to being Sanyaku regular (or be in the elevator with Shodai). I wish them luck but I am afraid that their one dimensional style will be detrimental to going beyond Sekiwake.
  4. Basho Talk Kyushu 2017 (SPOILERS)

    He did? I got Onosho and Takakeisho confused. I thought it was Onosho who lost to Hak. My bad, thanks. Then, it will be beautiful if Onosho thrashes Hak in their match. I will settle for that.
  5. Basho Talk Kyushu 2017 (SPOILERS)

    There has been absolutely no check on hands down before tachi-hai rule. Some didn't even came close to touching down and yet I didn't hear any mattas by shimpans. Yeah, I wondered about the Hakuho's antic in the last bout punctuated with the extra push at the end. Again, he acted like a bully and he will probably take the yusho. It would be beautiful if Takekeisho records his 3rd kinboshi in this basho against Hak. I am crossing my fingers on that.
  6. Basho Talk Kyushu 2017 (SPOILERS)

    I used to hate Aminishki's henka full of trick plays. Now, I don't care how he does it. I want to see him win, win, win, .... How many of us thought at age 39, he'd come back from dead (age, juryo & injury)? Not me. Aminishki for the Prime Minister in the next election! If he can come back from the dead, he can do anything for Japan.
  7. Basho Talk Kyushu 2017 (SPOILERS)

    Even with a win today, Kisenosato does not look good/healthy. His side stance after Tachi-hai can't be good in my opinion. We are going to see Terunofusji at low Maegishira level at the next basho. Wow. Shodai is not looking like a future Ozeki candidate. Is he injured or reached his limit already? I am thinking either Onosho or Takakeisho will get there before Shodai.
  8. Basho Talk Kyushu 2017 (SPOILERS)

    O no show ... can't resist saying that. Yeah, the kid is impressive. His twin brother Takakeisho is also impressive and can someday be an Ozeki. But I think Mitakeumi will get there before the barrel brothers.
  9. Basho Talk Kyushu 2017 (SPOILERS)

    I sure hope there is no more long kuyjo by key rikishi. The last basho was a dud b/c of that. So far, Kak & Ura are out. It will only take another 2 - 3 rikishi going out on injury for this basho to become uninteresting. Yeah, Aminishki! There were so many younger looking Shimpans on day 1 or was it just me?
  10. Persistence Watch - 2017 edition

    Hattorizakura's 1-82-1 record stands out by far. I would think one would win more than 1 out of 83 tries even accidentally (opponent loses balance, opponent kuyjo or fighting with injury, etc.. ). No such luck for HZ, eh?
  11. Sansho (non-speculative) Aki 2017

    Shunkun-sho for Takakeisho? Hmmm. I also think Koto deserves it better. If not, at least, he deserves Kanto-sho after stopping his slide from Ozeki -> Sekiwake -> Komusubi.
  12. Basho Talk - Aki 2017 (SPOILERS)

    Yes, Harumafuji impressed me by keeping his yusho hope alive after starting 2-3. I was sure that he will go kyujo but he kept on.
  13. Basho Talk - Aki 2017 (SPOILERS)

    That's it, then. Goeido has to get the yusho . Personally, I give Gowaydo a better than 50% chance. Harumafuji is not at his best and Godo has a decent shot at taking at least one of the two (if there is a playoff) matches. He can even make thing simple by beating him in regulation.
  14. Basho Talk - Aki 2017 (SPOILERS)

    Let's not be carried away by Onosho's good showing in this basho. The majority of Yokozuna and Ozekit are either out or fighting injured. There were bashos when all these guys were in fighting form. If that was the case in this basho, Onosho's record hitherto may be 4-8 or 5-7, not the 8-4 his is now. Also, note that Onosho's fighting style is one dimensional (IMO). Joi rikishi will figure him out soon enough as they did so for the Ishiura's torpedo style. Can he be an Ozeki someday? Maybe. Comparing him to Hakuho or any of the current Yokozuna? Nope. Not in my book.
  15. Basho Talk - Aki 2017 (SPOILERS)

    Takakeisho has proven that he can beat any rikishi and poses a danger to Goeido's run for the 2nd yusho. And against Ichinojo, Goeido is only 5 - 5. If the breaks go against Goeido, he can end up with 10-4 record entering the final day. But I admit, it is Goeido's Yusho to lose. He's the odds on favorite for now and the only reason I am watching this injury devastated basho.