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  1. He definitely was the prettiest (so far).
  2. Harumafuji scandal

    Excuse my ignorance, but why is he "gone" after retirement? Are there different "styles" of retirement that confer a different post-retirement status/eligibility? How did the other yokozunas stay in the sumo world after their retirements?
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    Me too. The "loss to the sport" feel is totally secondary to my feels for Harumafuji himself. I'm glad he has a family to fall back on.
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    I assume Takanoiwa is being kept out of sight so that Takanohana can have total control of his camp's public relations.
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    Unlike John Gunning I believe in effortposting.
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    "Shitposting" refers to 'quick and dirty' posts that contain a minimum of content to create a single dominant effect--usually something that brings the lulz. The term is used in contrast to "effortposting", which involves longer, essay-type posts that develop an idea or argument, or posts that bring new information to a conversation. Making a message in a bottle pun was zensho shitposting--minimum content, maximum lulz. Monetary prize? Such a thing would taint the purity of the award.
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    John Gunning wins the sansho for shitposting spirit. 10/10.
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    I hate that I have this same nagging doubt.
  10. All the same, we could totally make money off a supplement called "Yolk-o-zuna Mass".
  11. Hakuho's dominance to continue?

    I think Hakuho's matured to the point where he understands "not bad for a Mongolian" is all he's going to get from the Kyokai, so he isn't going to sweat their minor reproofs and reprimands. Part of Hakuho's success is that so many wrestlers look visibly rattled when they take him on--partly because he's so good at sumo, and partly because he's a devil on the dohyo. As Kisenosato's celebrated promotion showed, the Japanese will always esteem him, but never love him like they will one of their own. His 40 championships don't mean much juxtaposed with a Japanese ozeki finally breaking through. Hakuho's role is to be a dragon. Respected, feared, but not loved. And if the Japanese don't like him snorting some extra fire after a win, then let one of their heroes go and slay him.
  12. Hakuho's dominance to continue?

    It blows my mind sometimes when I realize that even with a decade of being the definition of a yokozuna (strong, dominant, intimidating), Hakuho is only 32. Father time will get him eventually but that's not necessarily going to happen any time soon. In addition to probably being a better natural athlete than any other active rikishi, and possibly any rikishi in history, Hakuho takes better care of himself and trains smarter than any other wrestler so far as I know. He keeps the alcohol to a minimum, trains with weights like other modern elite athletes, and takes the time to properly tend to injuries when his body needs it. Barring something catastrophic he's going to have serious longevity. I've also noticed that Hakuho has slimmed down over the past few years. If you look at him in 2012 and earlier he looks significantly bigger, and controlling his weight as he ages is going to help him stay in fighting form. His physique is also excellent--his consummate skill means he doesn't have to get too big to compensate for any technical gaps--his weight is concentrated in leg and back muscle, meaning much of his weight is "weight that moves itself" rather than dead weight that'll slow him down--in this regard he's much like Taiho and Asashoryu. He's somehow strong enough to bang with the big guys, and technical enough to grapple confidently with the tricky guys like Ura, Harumafuji, etc. He has no apparent weaknesses and there's no "blueprint" for imagining what an effective rival would look like. He also seems to have the right stuff psychologically--never nervous, over eager, and totally resistant to demoralization.
  13. I know that feeling, but when I think about it, "the difference" always has to come from somewhere, and it can never entirely be effort and virtue. Genetically-influenced physical traits are an obvious example, but technology has always played a role in "enhancing" athlete performance, too. From simple knee and elbow sleeves to surgically reconstructed body parts, plus the scientifically-produced innovations in diet, training equipment and training methodology, what a wrestler brings to the ring is always going to be an expression of the technological environment he comes from. We tend to think of surgery/therapy and tape/braces as something that restores a rikishi to a "natural" state, but the fact is it's natural for bodies under stress to break down and fail, and we use technological interventions to prevent this "unnaturally". If steroid use is against the rules, a rikishi should not do it. However, there ought to be a good reason for it to be outlawed, and I've never heard one that makes a convincing harm/benefit case. Additionally, if an organization can't test in a way that all but guarantees users will be caught it puts athletes into a game theory problem which recommends the use of steroids out of rational self interest ("I know my competition is doing it, so I have to, too"). In effect, the organization is simultaneously forbidding steroid use on pain of suspension/expulsion, and obligating its athletes to use steroids if they want to be competitive and have successful careers.
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    "I think it's 99% real". Kyoku definitely bringing order to the situation and totally acting in good faith.
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    So terribly sad. Setting aside whether this outcome is just or unjust given the circumstances, sumo is poorer for it. Harumafuji worked with a mawashi the way an artist might work with oil paint or clay, and he could bang around with the best of them, too. A hard man and a worthy yokozuna.