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About robnplunder

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  • Birthday 01/01/1962

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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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  • Favourite Rikishi
    Enho, Terutsuyoshi, Mitakeumi, Ura

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  1. robnplunder

    Next Yokozuna??????

    I agree. Perhaps, the next Yokozuna may end up being someone in Makushita or Sandanme now, someone we don't know.
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    Next Yokozuna??????

    It is now or never for both if they have any inspirations to become a Yokozuna. Takayasu is 29 years old, still in male physical prime. Tochinoshin is 31 years old when injuries and human nature take control of his body. Of the two, Takayasu has the better chance IMO. Sudden intai by Hak and Kak would set things up nicely for Takayasu.
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    Next Yokozuna??????

    Unless the two Yokozuna retire, there isn't anyone to replace their place. Mitakeumi seems to be content at occupying a Sanyuku spot. Takakeisho is just too one dimensional to go beyond Ozeki rank. Tomokaze looks promising but not while Hak & Kak are present. Healthy & mean Ichinojo is a possibility but he never seems to be healthy more than a basho at a time. Takayasu is getting on age so he is unlikely to mount a Yokizuna run. Ditto for Tochinochin. Takagenji looked good for a basho and a half and then lost 10 in a row to finish the last one. If it was due to an injury, I like Takakenji's chance. He has the size, strength, and agility. Speaking of, Hoshoryu also has the aforementioned three ingredients. All he has to do is bulk up at the right places. Despite MK at the last basho, I he will go far. Further down the ladder, it is hard for me to see who has such potential. Having said the above, after Hak & Kak retire, and the current crop of older Ozeki (Goeido, Takayasu, Tochinochin) start to act their age, it may be wide open and someone and put together a multiple yusho run.
  4. robnplunder

    GTB Aki Basho 2019 - 95 entries , 3 hours to go..

    I am 100% sure I will do better for the next game. I guarrrrraaaannnnteeeeee. That's because in my 1st full attempt of this game in the last basho, I finished last. So, this time, I can not finish worse. I can tie my previous finish but not worse. No, never.
  5. robnplunder

    Terunofuji's health problems

    Chuckle. But I really wish him well. He is too young and talented to fade away.
  6. robnplunder

    Terunofuji's health problems

    Tyranofuji was my intention. A typo but an unintended sarcasm ....
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    GTB Aki Basho 2019 - 95 entries , 3 hours to go..

    R: Drrring, drring. K: Moshi, moshi. R: Eh? Nihongo wa wakarimasen. English dojo. K: What do you want? R: Sir. Are we to assume there will be 3 Sekiwake spots? K: You don't know? Bakka desu ne ... R: Sir? K: Never mind. I will let you know soon. R: Arigato. K: Click. R: Click.
  8. robnplunder

    Terunofuji's health problems

    ... and here I was going to rename Terunofuji to Tyronofuji after his fearsome 6-1 showing in Makushita division .
  9. robnplunder

    How Enho got KK & Ginosho, TFIC (tongue firmly in cheek)

    With bout ending antic, Hak impressed on Myogiryu to lose to my little protege or else ....
  10. robnplunder

    How Enho got KK & Ginosho, TFIC (tongue firmly in cheek)

    I thought about the exact thing, too. My theory is that I may have seen too many action films where such a think happen easily but it may be harder to do in reality. If it is indeed "small Mother in the ear," one day, an evil mother or evil rikishi may ... erm ... made the ultimate move.
  11. robnplunder

    Nagoya 2019 Discussion (here be spoilers)

    Agreed, Asanoyama did well. For that matter, any M1 or M2 who finishes no worse than 7-8 has done well, especially, if he was at his career highest rank. Some fans may had higher expectation given his yusho but I still say that was one off.
  12. I am a big fan of Enho and am very happy with his getting Ginosho & KK in this basho. So, I reviewed all his match videos to analyse how the little guy was able to pull it off. Here's the result of my research. It involves his new inventive technique which I named "diving headlong into taller opponent's groin area." BTW, don't confuse Enho's dive with "submarine." Submarine dives gradually, and vertically. Enho's dive is nothing but. For those of you who played basketball in past life, did you ever run into a guy who fake lunging into your mid-section as you pull up to shoot a jumper? The thought of hard head crashing into your favorite body part panics you into missing the jumper, at least 1st 98 times out 100 it happens. Well, Enho must have played basketball before b/c he is using the same tactic. Everyone surely noticed that at tachihai, Enho dives headlong into taller opponent's body section just below the belt. When this happens, the taller opponent's instinct is to protect his critical body part. Lesser men will panic at this point and swat wildly at the little squirrel's hard head. Everyone knows, hard head against the man's body part which we shall not name will end in one result. The head will triumphant. (Ok, that didn't come out right.) Worse yet, the opponent may accompany the swatting with uncontrollable back paddling with his butt leading the retreat. Of course, before he realizes it or have time to settle down, the little pest has grabbed his knee and unceremoniously dumps him out of the ring. This is how Enho get his wins against much taller opponent, using his evil but genius tactic. This was actually devised together with GOAT himself, the man who sold his soul to Lucifer to win 200 yushos before his intai. So, if you understand the tactic, you understand why Enho is having problem beating fellow squirrels like Terutsuyoshi, Kotoeko, Ishiura, .... It's b/c they are not tall enough. It should not be effective against the opponents with huge belly which covers up most of his mawashi. But that is not the case. More on that on part II. Congrats to Enho for his Makuuchi KK & Ginosho.
  13. robnplunder

    Nagoya 2019 Discussion (here be spoilers)

    Endo was a Komusubi last year. I think one Komusubi spot is open. It is either Hokutofuji or Endo who will take the spot. It's not sure thing for Endo to return to Komusubi rank.
  14. robnplunder

    Nagoya 2019 Discussion (here be spoilers)

    Not if Enho was Komusubi and did it against KK seeking Kotoshogiku. I think Mainoumi may be getting senile .