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  1. since_94

    Rikishi Status Natsu 2019

    So Takakeisho looks to be coming back to compete on day 8 according to many sources.
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    Natsu basho 2019 discussions [SPOILERS]

    Sounds eminently plausible.
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    Takakeisho injury update

    I’ll save others the need to google: The knee pit, known in medicine as the popliteal fossa, is the hollow region located just behind the bone forming the knee joint So yeah, it’s a thing. Who knew?
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    Natsu basho 2019 discussions [SPOILERS]

    15 minutes? 5 minutes of actual fighting in makuuchi, more like it. If that, barring any marathon battles on the belt.
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    Natsu basho 2019 discussions [SPOILERS]

    I concur it was a mostly lackluster day of bouts (although I only watched Makuuchi so can’t speak to lower divisions). A day at the Kokugikan, however, is about much more than the fights, which make up only a tiny fraction of the whole experience, at least time-wise. Watching rikishi come and go. Smelling the Bintsuke-abura. Getting autographs and photos. Shopping for souvenirs. Drinking beer. Eating delicious food. Reveling in the vibe knowing you’re at the heart of the sumo universe. It would be very hard to take in a day of live sumo action and come away feeling “totally robbed” IMO.
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    Natsu basho 2019 discussions [SPOILERS]

    Here's my hot take on today's action: A bunch of guys punched the clock and got paid, but never really showed up for work. I'm talking about Takarafuji, Shodai, and Aoiyama in particular. Chiyotairu gets an honorable mention for phoning it in. On the other hand, Tochinoshin, Hokutofuji and (even in defeat) Okinoumi reminded us of why we watch. Kakuryo and Matakeumi also provided fans with good value for the money.
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    Natsu basho 2019 discussions [SPOILERS]

    Seriously, that Aoiyama slap upside Tamawashi’s head, though... One for the ages.
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    Natsu basho 2019 discussions [SPOILERS]

    Tochinoshin: Old school dominant beast form, like from his Ozeki run. Imagine burly Chiyotairu helplessly kicking in the air while being lifted out from mid-dohyo and forced out. How’s that for a visual. Takayaso got belly bumped out by a charging aggressive Kotoshogiku.
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    Trump coming to the basho

    I anticipate a sea change in the nosebleed section if all this comes to pass. The cheap seats in the Kokugikan will be overflowing with Americans who know nothing about Sumo but love to talk about it instead of Australians who know nothing about Sumo but love to talk about it.
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    Trump coming to the basho

    I hope you’re right. For many reasons. Including the Fantasy Sumo pool I’m in.
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    Trump coming to the basho

    It also occurred to me that he would not want to miss the first tournament of the Reiwa era
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    Trump coming to the basho

    Please. No.
  13. Dude can certainly rock a kimono, can’t he?
  14. I’m sure Hakuho is OK with owning it. He’s a hard man from an honor-bound culture. Mongolia is probably one of the more macho countries I can think of outside Latin America. Look at Harumafuji— he retired because he felt he had brought shame on his oyakata. That was enough for him to hang it up and call it a day, despite all he’d accomplished. Those guys are cut from the same yak hide.
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    Hakuho Applying for Japanese Citizenship

    He owed a lot of working hours from the previous couple of years and needed to start paying them back.