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  1. Michishige

    Haru 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    This is a very interesting tidbit. Am I wrong to be reading this as Asanoyama potentially getting promoted if he wins versus Takakeisho tomorrow? I’d be surprised if they decide to promote him under the circumstances, but I suppose weirder things have happened. One thing is clear, however...Asanoyama has looked quite excellent despite the recent set of losses.
  2. Michishige

    Retired before Haru 2020

    This surprises me. There was a video produced by the Heya which included him. He seemed to be in good spirits and interacting well with his stablemates. I hope there isn’t a proverbial “other shoe to drop” where we find out he was abused or run out of town on a rail.
  3. Michishige

    Arawashi intai

    Why are they using a photo of Chiyoshoma to announce Arawashi’s intai? It’s a conspiracy!
  4. Michishige

    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    That Abi-Asanoyama match was solid! If Abi ever adds even a second tool, he’d be in the yusho hunt every basho.
  5. Michishige

    Winter jungyo 2019 - slight scandal

    One wonders if this isn’t punishment for the misdeeds of his brother...some way to signal their dissatisfaction with the family. It could be chalked up to “effort aversion,” but that doesn’t seem like the sumo way.
  6. Michishige

    Kyokai Elections January 2020

    Are the slots apportioned to the various ichimon depending on their relative size?
  7. Michishige

    New NSK council with Sadaharu Oh

    Something about seeing "pretended" in this sentence makes me giggle with passive aggressive delight!
  8. Michishige

    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    Looking down at Juryo, Gagamaru is now make-koshi. Unless he miraculously runs the table, I suspect he'll be on his way to retirement soon...if not this basho, than after the next basho when he fails to get back to Juryo from upper Makushita. Maybe I'm being premature, but I'll miss him. I have found him entertaining over the years.
  9. Michishige

    Shimekomi - silk mawashi news

    Red...the color of love! Perfect for a soon-to-be newlywed!
  10. Michishige

    Another Sekitori Marriage

    I'm glad that I'm not the only person who has considered that he might not be the "marrying kind." I've suspected that for several years, simply based on how stoic he appears in public and how closed off he's traditionally been. That would be difficult for a high-profile sekitori.
  11. Michishige

    Takakeisho injury update

    The biggest thing Takakeisho had going for him was that he didn't seem to "think" much during his fighting. He just went out, sort of slack-jawed, and did what came naturally to him. That's the best sort of mindset for a premier athlete. If he has lost that, it's going to take a lot to get back to his old form...it's like having the yips in golf.
  12. Michishige

    Nagoya 2019 Discussion (here be spoilers)

    I was pleased to see that Aoiyama (one of the 7-7 rikishi) caught a break this time. Because Abi (7-7) hadn’t fought Kotoshogiku (also 7-7) yet (and had already faced Aoiyama), Aoiyama gets Daieisho who has already gotten his KK. Not that I think anything fishy will happen, but I suspect Aoiyama will have a lot more motivation than will Daieisho even with the sanyaku nod on the line.
  13. Michishige

    Natsu basho 2019 discussions [SPOILERS]

    He's certainly gotten a bit of good luck with Takakeisho going kyujo. That was going to be a difficult bout for him given his 1-6 matchup record.
  14. Michishige

    Sumo birthday pics

    Is that Chiyoshoma smiling?!? I don't know which it is, but I feel like I've never seen it before...
  15. Michishige

    New Ozeki Takakeisho

    Perhaps I'm not being sufficiently charitable, but I rather suspect it's less mental toughness and more a lack of deep mental activity. I don't get the sense that Takakeisho is someone who ponders much beyond his immediate circumstance. This probably allows him to avoid the sort of anxious anticipation that plagued Kisenosato over the years.