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  1. Harumafuji / Joel Barish

    That was great, thanks. Its really hard not to love Harumafuji. I see that Chiyonokuni goes hell bent for leather every time, even in training.
  2. GTB- the game that plays you..

    Or they don't drop Takakaze and both stay in Juryo. Although the way the press have been asking about Takakaze retiring I think it's a given he's headed to Juryo. You never know with Tamawashi, although I think he needed that 7 wins to stay up. I wouldn't be hugely surprised if he goes to Komusubi though. Who can say? The only one I would flat out say is bad is Nishikigi only going from M15w to M15e with a KK.
  3. GTB- the game that plays you..

    Tachiai.org picks: https://tachiai.org/2018/02/10/haru-banzuke-crystal-ball/ Pretty similar to mine except for the East-West designations. M8-M12 seems to be where the winner will be determined this time. Seems like everyone has the same thing for M14-M17 except for differences in East-West.
  4. Tokyo 150 sumo

    It still would have been better than being the rikishi going head first into the pillar when the shimpan dived out of the way. Just noticed there are mats wrapped around the poles so I guess running into them was an issue. Also, they should definitely go back to fully fringed mawashi.
  5. GTB- the game that plays you..

    As far as salary or benefits there is no difference and just from that point or pride I don't think they care much, especially East or West. But every spot down the banzuke is one spot closer to Juryo. Each spot would require 1 more win theoretically to stay out of Juryo. Every win is tough to get, throw in the fact Ikioi was injured last basho and it's even tougher. Assuming a score, short of KK, is good enough isn't a good strategy and hard on the nerves. A 6-9 is usually okay but now you are relying on there not being many doing well at the top of Juryo. Your fate is out of your hands once you go MK. I'm sure Ikioi is much more concerned about getting his KK next basho than whether he is ranked M13 or M14 . But if he doesn't get it then it always helps to be farther up the banzuke. Especially when you are 31 and there are young guys coming up in droves to take your spot.
  6. GTB- the game that plays you..

    @Gurowake Interesting you seem to have mostly the guy with the lesser wins at the same rank on the East. I see that happened last basho but the opposite the previous one. I wonder what they'll go with this time? I favored the guy who had more wins placed at the same rank getting the East spot.
  7. GTB- the game that plays you..

    Yes, I didn't make any revisions but I kept looking at it thinking I should but nothing seemed better than my first draft. Yours is kinda similar to mine but I couldn't see keeping Takakeisho as high as M2 so that is why I left Giku there. I didn't split up Kotoyuki/Daishomaru either. It was tough doing M8-M12 with the bottom of Maegashira doing so well and the guys dropping to fill those spots so I basically decided to under-promote the M15/M16 guys. My picks: Yokozuna E: Kakuryu Y2e (11-4) Yokozuna W: Hakuho Y1e (2-3-10) Yokozuna E2: Kisenosato Y1w (1-5-9) Ozeki E: Takayasu O1w (12-3) Ozeki W: Goeido O1e (8-7) Sekiwake E: Mitakeumi S1e (8-7) Sekiwake W: Tochinoshin M3w (14-1) Komusubi E: Ichinojo M1w (10-5) Komusubi W: Chiyotairyu M3e (8-7) Maegashira E: Endo M5w (9-6) Maegashira W: Tamawashi S1w (6-9) Maegashira E2: Arawashi M4w (8-7) Maegashira W2: Kotoshogiku M2w (7-8) Maegashira E3: Takarafuji M6e (8-7) Maegashira W3: Takakeisho K1e (5-10) Maegashira E4: Onosho K1w (4-6-5) Maegashira W4: Shodai M4e (7-8) Maegashira E5: Shohozan M9e (9-6) Maegashira W5: Chiyomaru M9w (9-6) Maegashira E6: Kaisei M8w (8-7) Maegashira W6: Hokutofuji M1e (4-11) Maegashira E7: Kagayaki M12w (9-6) Maegashira W7: Yoshikaze M2e (4-11) Maegashira E8: Abi M14e (10-5) Maegashira W8: Daieisho M13w (9-6) Maegashira E9: Yutakayama M14w (9-6) Maegashira W9: Okinoumi M5e (5-10) Maegashira E10: Chiyoshoma M7e (6-9) Maegashira W10: Chiyonokuni M7w (6-9) Maegashira E11: Ryuden M16e (10-5) Maegashira W11: Tochiozan M8e (6-6-3) Maegashira E12: Kotoyuki M11e (7-8) Maegashira W12: Daishomaru M11w (7-8) Maegashira E13: Ishiura M15e (9-6) Maegashira W13: Ikioi M6w (4-11) Maegashira E14: Asanoyama M16w (9-6) Maegashira W14: Nishikigi M15w (8-7) Maegashira E15: Myogiryu J1e (10-5) Maegashira W15: Sokokurai M12e (6-9) Maegashira E16: Daiamami M17e (8-7) Maegashira W16: Hidenoumi J3w (10-5) Maegashira E17: Aoiyama J2w (9-6)
  8. Preparations of the masses- Haru 2018

    So Tochinoshin didn't return to Georgia at all in the interim?
  9. GTB- the game that plays you..

    Hak: "Moshi?" Rijicho "Moshi, moshi! Yokozuna you are supposed to say Moshi twice." Hak: "Why? What senses does that make? Why say the same thing twice? You don't hear Americans saying Hello, Hello or Italians saying Pronto, Pronto do you?" Rijicho: "Well, that's just the Japanese way Yokozuna. I can explain it to you but it may take a while." Hak: "Don't bother. My toes are killing me and I don't have the patience right now." Rijicho: " Please say it isn't so! I'm praying for the health of your toes every day." Hak: "Very kind, thank you. What do you want?" Rijicho: " Well, there it's less than 24 hours to go till the deadline and only a little over 60 players have entered for Guess the Banzuke. We are concerned about the popularity of Sumo and were hoping you could do something about it." Hak: "Is EVERYTHING my responsibility now? Why me?" Rijicho: "You are the Yokozuna! Who could possibly be better?" Hak: " In this case I can only think of one man. I'll call Moti and ask him to post something on Sumo Forum." Rijicho: "Sumo forum? What is that? Do you think it would help?" Hak: "It's an English language sumo fan site and it's sure to help if Moti does it." Rijicho: "Oh! Sumo fans! Sounds interesting. Do you think I should be reading the posts there?" Hak: "You? I wouldn't recommend it." Rijicho: "Very well, you know best Yokozuna. Please appeal to Motisan as soon as possible." Hak: "Sure thing. Gotta go know. My toe masseuse is here. Moshi, Moshi." Rijicho: " Yes?" Hak: " Yes what? " I was going to hang up." Rijicho: "You don't say it when you hang up." Hak: "Whatever." Click
  10. Rikishi or heya support events

    "Any city looking to host a jungyo should pass a law requiring padded controllers in all karaoke joints. "
  11. Preparations of the Y/O Haru 2018

    Name confusion. I made the same mistake. "The top sumo body also said Chairman Hakkaku will forfeit his salary for three months until the end of his term next spring."
  12. GTB- the game that plays you..

    I did the same. The way it worked out there was just no way to move him down. I also only moved Shodai from M4e to M4w.
  13. Takanohana-devil's advocate

    This is accurate. I think it is also similar to most other sports in the USA but shorter events, like boxing, tend to be stricter. As far as paying, any news org can use highlights of the game freely to report for 36 hours after the broadcast. After that they need permission. The video copyright belongs to MLB, etc. The public can film at games and that belongs to them but it can't "reproduce the game", meaning if it's more than a few minutes in a row it's iffy. During the game itself the broadcast rights belong to whoever is broadcasting the game and you can't even show a second of it even if you recorded it yourself. You can't even describe in detail what is happening as that violates radio broadcast rights. Basically the score and stats are okay, that's it. This is actually a big subject in chess right now because the company running the World championships is suing to stop anyone from even broadcasting the moves that are made as they say it violates their broadcast rights. It's a load of garbage though as moves are the same as a score. Anyone is free to report that.
  14. 42nd Grand Sumo Tournament

    So the red guy won?
  15. Relapse Prevention Committee-training week

    Don't they already have rikishi school? Are they going to make this a yearly requirement now?