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  1. Injury would have been a significant issue in this impromptu (?) encounter. Professionals (athletes and otherwise) often have insurance clauses that prohibit them from engaging in risky activity outside their respective workplaces. Viewing the clip posted by Inhashi above, I ask myself: was this little more than an Underarmour commercial? Otherwise, why didn't Brady man-up and don a practice mawashi like other foreign visitors given similar opportunities?
  2. Don't forget that Ura spars with Gagamaru on a daily basis in their heya...
  3. For the purposes of completeness, this post is meant to draw fellow Forum users' and Yamamotoyama fans' attention to another cameo by the "disgraced" wrestler in popular culture in the West. I just became aware that Yamamotoyama appeared in the official music video for Ed Sheeran's 2017 song, "Shape of You". In terms of chronology, the music video was released just a couple of weeks before the movie, "John Wick Chapter 2". Clearly, the video maker's intent was to draw on Yamamotoyama's size as an (un)intended pun related to the song title. If that wasn't stereotyping enough, Ed Sheeran, dressed in a sumo-suit, takes on the sumotori in an underground fight. Can't say that the portrayal of sumo was positive..., but a little light-hearted fun still brings sumo to the fore outside (and inside) Japan especially for the young generation to whom Ed Sheeran's music appeals. I love how the credits simply list YMY as "Yama".
  4. It’s fortunate that they went with the Hokuto-no-ken theme. Just imagine, a Yokozuna’s kesho-mawashi set featuring Hello Kitty! Do Yokozunas have a say in the designs? (A similar question has been asked before, but I did not see an answer.) More importantly, do the designs have to be approved by the JSA before they are made? If not, I’m assuming the JSA would have the power to ban the use of an inappropriate kesho-mawashi or one unbecoming of a Yokozuna.
  5. When life gives you gobo, make chankonabe. Back in 2011, Yamamotoyama was implicated in the bout-fixing scandal that rocked the sumo world. After being forced to retire, Yamamotoyama did not roll over and fade into obscurity. He made something out of his notoriety as one of sumo's heaviest wrestlers and ended up on the Indian reality TV program, Bigg Boss (perhaps meant as an embodiment of the title character). But his decision to relocate to Los Angeles has paid off. I just finished watching the John Wick Chapter 2 DVD, and was delighted to see Yamamotoyama playing one of several professional assassins who attempt to kill Keanu Reeve's character. His was a non-speaking role, but a memorable one. He takes several kicks to the groin, and even revives after taking a bullet to the top of his skull. Perhaps stereotypical (the difficult-to-kill giant), the role brings sumo back into the consciousness of Hollywood-movie goers. As some people say, there is no such thing as bad publicity. Despite being disgraced at home in Japan, Yamamotoyama is doing more for sumo internationally than your average sekitori. I'd love to know who his agent is!
  6. You raise an interesting issue. Is there any list of sekitori who have a tsukibito for whom they used to be (a) tsukibito? I guess you are only safe abusing tsukibito if you are a Yokozuna, otherwise demotion could wind you up getting abused as a tsukibito of the wrestler you used to abuse. That potential works as a deterrent for such abuse, I would imagine.
  7. Given that one can't see Takayasu's practice mawashi, it looks a little more disturbing...
  8. Judging by the NSK poll results over 15 days, fans seem to be drawn by the (smaller,) unconventional wrestlers: Ura in the Top Division and Satoyama in the Juryo. With no weight classes, sumo inspires hope in the underdog à la David and Goliath. Most sponsors, however, take a more measured and pragmatic stance. But doesn't it make sense to sponsor wrestlers that most fans get excited about so as to get the most out of their advertising yen?
  9. I really appreciate you sharing all your great photos on this forum. You have probably already been asked this question (I'm relatively new to Sumo Forum), but what have you learned about taking photos during asageiko? The lighting tends to be poor and stables usually prohibit the use of flash. I guess my question is: what is your preferred setting on whatever digital camera you have?
  10. Just curious, but has there ever been a sekitori who has won a 15-day zenshoyusho with all yorikiri? Somehow I doubt it...
  11. This was the first tournament in many tournaments in which there were more oshidashi (84) winning techniques than yorikiri (81) winning techniques seen in the Top Division. Hakuho utilized yorikiri frequently (5X + 2 yoritaoshi) as is expected of powerful Yokozunas – only resorting to oshidashi once. From whence came the extra thrusting in this tournament? Fellow Yokozuna, Harumafuji, was partly to blame. He resorted to oshidashi 4X in May, whereas in the previous two tournaments, he only used that technique once. Clearly, he changed his strategy hoping to bring about his first championship win in five tournaments. But the tournament ended with an epic yotsuzumo battle, and Hakuho proved he was still the master of yorikiri.
  12. I completely agree!
  13. Good point. He really cashed in on those two bouts. But he was regularly attracting 6-7 kensho per bout, which puts him in a very respectable position. He's no Endo or Ura, but consider this: On Day 4, Giku won 7 kensho (one more than his usual/fixed 6 kensho because his opponent Tamawashi added one to the equation), whereas Harumafuji only received 4 – 4 for a Yokozuna! With a regular stream of 6 kensho per bout, that isn't only incentive to win each bout, but also incentive to stay in sumo ... at least for another tournament or two or three - until the cash dries up. The test will be to see if he still attracts sponsors once he drops out of the sanyaku.
  14. Now there's a quote of the day!
  15. Hakuho managed to surpass sumo's new "golden child" Yokozuna in kensho, with 39 more than Kisenosato. That probably would not have been the case if Kise had not withdrawn from the tournament and won one or two of his final five bouts... For Kotoshogiku to end up in the top ten should also silence critics who want him to retire. By the logic of prize winnings, 34 other Top Division wrestlers should retire first. Giku is still bringing home the bacon ($$). I'm not saying he is the force in the ring that he used to be, but why should he walk away from sumo when they are still throwing prize money his way?