Thundersnow

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About Thundersnow

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  1. Thundersnow

    Aki Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Hakuho is looking mighty tough, good concentration, agile. The boy is on. Again! I'm pulling for the Georgian to still get his kachikoshi. We shall see. Abi's no push over with those long arms, flexibility and speed. I, for one, enjoyed the last basho even with a lot of the top guns out. This basho has had some phenomenal matches, though, pretty much every day. Even though I've not been too active on the forum, I'll be missing sumo on Monday...
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    Aki Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    You do know that Kinta has been posting them on the video thread here?
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    Aki Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Anyone got an extra ticket for one of the last couple of days? Maybe I'll catch a plane and skip out on my job next week... :) Although I still enjoyed the last basho, where many of the joi jin were out, this is looking like an outstanding basho. I really do wish I were there!
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    Aki Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Ha, ha, ha, ha.... My boy is back! Bring the pink mawashi, bro, it's time to rock! I hadn't heard anything, so this is great news from Kintamayama. I hope Ura is healthy enough to wrestle and of course, I hope he does well. Now, I'm wondering in what division he's wrestling... Let them tremble at the top of the banzuke .
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    Aki 2018 "Poster" (leaflet)

    Sugoi!
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    Ura injured

    The cycling for rehab is terminal. :)
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    Ura injured

    I've blown my ACL twice. One definitely wants to wait for as full a recovery as possible. There's precious little blood flow through that area of the body and it takes time to heal, no matter which type of surgery he had. I've done both the allograft (I used to play a little basketball and requested Len Bias's material, but alas...) and the autograft on the second. Modern medicine has progressed significantly in these matters, but I tell folks that one definitely wants to retain all the original parts, if possible. We're not up to the Bionic Man level just yet. Go Ura! Be well, and we hope you come back to sumo in due course.
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    Nagoya Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Well, I was Peace Corps in the Philippines, and I can testify it's a very warm place, hotter than the Dolphins Arena, I suspect.
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    Nagoya Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Maybe Mitakeumi is one of those heat loving dudes and is going to thrive in Nagoya while everyone else suffers?
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    Nagoya Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    I also agree, but I'm not so certain he won't win the most annual tournaments ever again. He could easily come back and win 2 of the remaining 3 to tie Kakuryo for 2018. He's one of the fiercest competitors I've seen in any sport, savvy, understands his own body... Not to be counted out, although he's not looked good this year so far.
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    Hot Nagoya? Arena air condition in bad condition..

    And now I know why all the mysterious kyujo... I want to see a picture of Thochi's toe! And, I consider the alleged story of Hakuho slipping in the locker room and injuring his knee somewhat suspect, as well. Of course, I've always been a skeptic, so I should not be jokingly besmirching these dedicated athletes.
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    Hot Nagoya? Arena air condition in bad condition..

    If Nagoya wants to keep it, they should get off their keesters and make this right. We are talking about the most advanced civilization on the planet, IMO, after all. If it gets killed in Nagoya, I think it should be shifted to move around to other regions of the country so that more people have an opportunity to see grand sumo in person. I feel pretty rotten having had the opportunity to see 3 bashos in person myself, and thinking about number four.
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    Amazumo program videos

    I am a big fan of the series, "Journeys in Japan" and just saw this episode last night. すごかったですね。(awesome, wasn't it?) This tv series is excellent for those learning Japanese, as I am, because about a third of the program is always in Japanese with English subtitles. I thought the fellow who did this one was particularly good, culturally in-tune and he's clearly keen on sumo. I wish I could give it a try, like he did. I won't give away what happens... I've visited Aomori city for a conference, and would now like to go to Tsugaru, maybe in the heat of the summer to see the Nebuta Matsuri! I'd actually come into this forum rto post the program and saw that Yamanashisan had beaten me to it. Thanks for the post.
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    Basho Talk Natsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    Sumo and Nationality Prejudice For me, this was the best basho in a while. Some excellent and very exciting sumo. When I'm in Tokyo, there's a tiny sports bar in Ueno that I really enjoy watching the Makuuchi bouts when possible. Unbelievably, (since I've been to this place 15 or 20 times) I had to talk my way in on Saturday having been in there already the two previous evenings. There's not a word of romaji in the place, but most of the staff know me, and a few seem to like me. I can order drinks and food easily enough in Japanese and that seems to be the biggest issue with this place. The bouncer/kid at the door just didn't know me I guess. In any event, the crowd is usually quite somber during the matches, uttering no more than a grunt at any given outcome. The Japanese sometimes have an issue with loud foreigners (I really don't like being grouped in with the Chinese, but there you go... The Chinese and sometimes the Americans and the Europeans can be a little loud, particularly when drinking). During the Tochinoshin-Hakuho bout, though, the joint absolutely erupted. Never heard anything like it, but when I watched it again on video the next day I could tell the same thing happened at the Kakugikan. Some sumo fans really don't like the gaikokujin element, although most are OK with it. For some reason, though, having spoken to a number of folks at my fav bar, the crew likes Tochinoshin much better than the Mongolian crew. Even with his pink skin, he seems more Japanese in his demeanor and approach. Any thoughts on Japanese nationalism and sumo? I'm not being a troll here. I'm genuinely interested in folks' opinions, particularly the Japanese folks who are on this forum. So, to be clear, I'm not going to debate anyone or try to cause a debate between others. I'm just curious about how the Japanese feel about the non-Japanese in their allegedly national sport. (we all know that baseball is much more popular). ...and, to a lesser extent, in their bars.
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    Basho Talk Natsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    Same here, although I watched mostly live, as I happened to be in Japan during the basho. And, for me, imo shochu rokkude onegai shimasu.