MrGrumpyGills

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    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    I'm sorry, but isn't the last part of this quote uncalled for?
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    Women in sumo? Around the world and in Japan

    As for my irrelevant 2 cents: I don't watch female athletes for one simple reason. To me they are boring to watch. For the same reason I don't watch soccer, tennis or racing sports, regardless of the participating athletes' gender. Am I suppressing women or discriminating against them because of my preferences? No, of course not. Am I afraid of them? No, LOL. I guess I'm one of those folks ;) Enho isn't the only small rikishi. His size doesn't matter to me, I enjoy the diverse body types and wrestling styles in sumo. I just don't like the arguably overblown hype about him, especially by new sumo fans (to quote a Youtube comment: "Enho basho or we riot!" - ehhh? XD).
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    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    Haha, true as well :)
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    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    That's definitely true. I simply thought - finally there's an opponent equal in size and here Ishiura goes and henka's. Perfectly ok but extremely boring.
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    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    Ok, that was just lame, Ishiura...
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    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    Thank you very much! I checked the database first, but I'm really bad at using those queries :/
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    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    I don't really have an opinion about Takakeisho's Yokozuna chances at the moment, but I was wondering - would he be the shortest Yokozuna ever?
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    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    Congratz to Takakeisho! What a relief :)
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    Enho - predictions?

    I didn't get to see much of Takanoyama since I only started watching Sumo in 2013 but I was and still am one of Ura's fans. The Ura bandwagon, while it admittedly could be a bit too much, didn't irritate me the way Enho's does. What annoys me the most is the comparison of Enho with Hinomaru (from Hinomaru Sumo, which, let's just say, is not my cup of tea), which I think especially some new fans of Sumo like to do. At least I keep reading about it in comments on Youtube and in livestream chatrooms. On the other hand of course it's great that popular rikishi like Enho are drawing more attention to Sumo. I'm just going to wait for the hype/craze to die down a bit ;)
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    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    Wow, how on earth did Asanoyama survive that?? :O
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    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    Enho didn't put both hands down either :O (just wanted to mention that for the sake of completeness, not in order to start a flame war or something)
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    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    I don't have the required inside knowledge but your reasoning seems plausible to me. At the very least the added weight increases the risk of knee injuries (and of course other long-term ailments). Maybe if/when Hakuho becomes an oyakata and continues to raise slimmer, more muscular and agile rikishi he could gradually affect some change?
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    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    That was beautiful. It's great to see that such a wonderful and sincere friendship between men is still possible. Heartfelt congratulations to Tomokaze for his second kinboshi!
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    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    Yeah, that would s*ck really bad
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    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    I didn't notice that while I watched the livestream and feared Takakeisho's knee was giving him trouble again...
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    Takakeisho injury update

    I'm fearing that as well :/
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    Takakeisho injury update

    If I remember correctly, he used to say "neither good, nor bad" about his training results when he was in top form... I'm trying to not lose hope, but "extremely good" doesn't sound good at all.
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    Enho - predictions?

    7-8 at most.
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    Would you throw the Zabuton???

    Pretty sure I wouldn't. I'd be a guest in a foreign country and to me it'd seem disrespectful if I threw the Zabuton. If that makes any sense :O
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    Osunaarashi scandal

    The association of "religion" with "enlightenment" caused my "confused" reaction. That's all there is to it :) Yes, peace out.
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    Nagoya 2019 Discussion (here be spoilers)

    I'm not a fan of his per se, but Abi is one of the young rikishi I'm following. He's likable, at least to me, and I think there's still potential to grow. While he can be overeager and has some balance issues, he also has a lot of energy and speed, and I usually enjoy watching his frantic bouts. As for the henka he used against Kotoshōgiku, I don't mind it one bit, even though I usually can't stand henka'ing. However, this isn't the first time Kotoshōgiku lost an important match in this way (Haru 2017, vs. Terunofuji comes to mind) and yet he seemingly refuses to address this weakness and keeps rushing in blindly. So it was a perfectly fine way to win in my book. Having said that, at first I was quite disappointed with the way this basho evolved, but that changed in the last few days, which were very entertaining. The yusho race was open until the last day and decided in an absolutely satisfying showdown between Hakuhō and Kakuryū. As for many, THE match of the basho for me was Endō vs. Hokutofuji. I don't even like Endō that much, but his balance and footwork are out of this world.
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    New Ozeki Takakeisho

    Something about the little boy Takakeishō is holding reminds me of a Monchhichi XD (sorry for OT)
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    Hakuho Applying for Japanese Citizenship

    I'm sorry you feel that way.
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    Videos Natsu 2019

    I agree with Rainoyama 100 %! I've been watching live coverage now and then but I always watch your daily digest, every day of each basho (been doing that since 2013).
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    Trump coming to the basho

    Surely, this thread will be entirely different than this one: http://www.sumoforum.net/forums/topic/38684-trump-on-senshuraku/ /ironyoff Welp, at least I'll be able to expand my ignore list.