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  1. Tsuchinoninjin

    Non-K-November basho 2020 Discussion (spoiler space)

    The older 20th century kimarite are not even determined by the NSK right? I thought that reporters from the newspaper would put the kimarite on their own in the paper reports.
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    Japanese Yusho Resurgence? (A second drought)

    There might not be a big difference in perception of a hick from Jargalant or a hick from Hokkaido If a tract of land doesn't have a building, mountain, or rice paddy on it, the big red INAKA stamp comes out.
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    Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion November 2020

    I've switched to google sheets. It's a bit on the light side of features but the cloud save and access from any device has been invaluable.
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    Mitakeumi in 2021

    The whole question revolves around whether or not Mitakeumi can turn around his recent slump or not. I think to try to come to a conclusion about that is to investigate why he is slumping. Is it due to some amalgamation of injuries he is carrying? Or is he just trying to incorporate too much into his sumo? Mitakeumi finds himself transitioning from the newbie to grizzled veteran at lightening speed, as all the wrestlers around him are shuffled out for baby faces. This is going to be his struggle, defending against these genki guys who have fresh bodies while his own sumo is still undecided. Whatever he is dealing with will push him down the banzuke a bit. It might be a needed wakeup call.
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    Gagamaru retired

    I think he was successful at his personal goal: Eat as much natto as possible.
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    Who Is This Woman?

    I'm pretty sure that lady is old enough to be Takakeisho's mom....
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    Non-K-November basho 2020 Discussion (spoiler space)

    I don't think its really him checking out (I don't think anyone in makunouchi checks out during a honbasho, they have 45 other days to mentally check out). There might be some pep talk someone is successful at giving him but they might also be breaking out the stronger pain meds on some days.
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    Non-K-November basho 2020 Discussion (spoiler space)

    Our household theory is that when Ichinojo mounts the dohyou with laser-eyes the other guy has no chance. You can see it in his face sometimes. The whole second half of the basho he had the laser eyes.
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    Rikishis' Topknot In Danger

    Yeah I think it was the caked head aspect. If I remember correctly shampoo recommendations from ex-rikishi and then washing it all out of the hair after retiring was a Big Deal. Showers and washing hair can feel pretty spiritual after a hard days work so it must feel other worldly after a hard 10 years work.
  10. I was watching this music video, Weird Al - Headline News today, and at the end there is a sumo wrestler. Since he seems to be sporting a real chon-mage and a purple mawashi he seems to be an actual wrestler instead of a poor stand in usually used. If its actually not a real wrestler, my bad. Unfortunately doesn't seem to be credited in imdb.
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    Rikishis' Topknot In Danger

    In a book I read, the author asked several ex-rikishi what the best thing about retiring was and it was almost unanimously getting rid of the bintsuke. So I bet rikishi avoid reapplication as much as possible if they aren't going out anyway.
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    Kotoshogiku retires

    The few training videos I've seen with Kotoshogiku, it seems he is really active with the youngsters and does his best to train them. Looking forward to see how he does as a coach/oyakata. Anyway, I'm sure rzombie is debating with himself if Hakuho has really done enough in his career to warrant a sekiwake title or not.
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    Foreign Born Rikishi?

    With Hokuseiho, another thing to consider that if he has the 'typical' ozeki career and retires in 15 years, how will the view of naturalization of assimilation change within Japan? Of course oozumo is very traditional but there's always a chance for lightning fast changes. What influence will Hakuho have? In 15 years maybe he'll be forced out like Takanohana or maybe be very powerful. Already half of our managing officers are born outside of Japan (some getting citizenship), 15 years ago it was basically zero.
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    Names, shikonas and haircuts in Sandamne

    Don't forget the big man Ichinojo, real name Ichinnorow.
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    Non-K-November basho 2020 Discussion (spoiler space)

    The hiragana font on the right side is a crime against humanity.