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    Harumafuji, Ura, Ikioi, Yoshikaze, Hokutofuji, Abi

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  1. What other sports do you watch?

    No, just a British kid who also happened to be very curious about foreign sports (see my post above)!
  2. What other sports do you watch?

    Weirdly for me it's linked to how I first discovered sumo when I was a kid. Back in the late 80s Channel 4 (a mainstream UK channel) used to have 'weird' foreign sports on a Sunday morning. They would be sumo and, when sumo wasn't on, kabaddi. They even had a special channel ident: https://youtu.be/hXWoqyoiB7g?t=4s
  3. What other sports do you watch?

    Football, NFL, NHL, Cricket, WEC (endurance racing), occasionally Kabaddi if I'm in the mood and it happens to be on TV and when the Winter Olympics are on I enjoy watching the ski-jumping, luge and bobsled.
  4. Aww cr*p. Lying to the police might actually create visa problems if that results in a criminal charge (assuming his wife is foreign) and might be the part that the NSK takes against most in all of this.
  5. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    I really enjoyed Abi's bout today. I like how advances strongly but with good control. Is it just me or does Takekaze have difficulty estimating or being aware of the edge of the dohyo? He has a habit of just stepping backwards and over the tawara as though he thought there was more space behind him. Could this be attributable to his short-sightedness? I'm guessing that rikishi don't wear contact lenses during bouts for safety reasons...
  6. Takanohana-devil's advocate

    No, that wasn't my point at all. If you read my post again you'll see I was commenting on a limited number of circumstances: (i) the length of time that Takanoiwa was taking to recover seemed reasonable and the fact that the symptoms of PCS can subsist long after the healing of the site of impact (i.e. the cut and fracture itself), which a lot of people don't realise; (ii) there is a possibility that medical certificates do get messed up for this sort of injury; (iii) it would be wholly reasonable to keep someone with that sort of injury out of press/NSK investigation (note: I said nothing about withdrawing him from medics); (iv) in light of all that I felt it was churlish for some to scoff at the idea that Takanoiwa can only just start moving his body again. Akinomaki raised an altogether different debate that rikishi build up a higher tolerance to brain trauma (which is different from a skull fracture), which in his view decreased the likelihood that Harumafuji could have caused the injury as now stated (and therefore in his view Takanohana or other events must have aggravated it and they were seeking to pin it all on Harumafuji). On the sole issue of building up tolerance to brain trauma, I do not accept this and nor would a great many boxers, rugby players or NFL players. I do not accept that it is impossible to fracture a rikishi's skull with a karaoke remote, even with their daily head collisions. Their skulls are no thicker than anyone else's. I do not accept that a mage gives any sort of protection against that sort of assault. In any case, the mage is loosely fixed in place so flops about during a bout and many rikishi razor out a portion of their hair at the back if it's too thick. It is not a substitute for a helmet in the way that a turban would be but ceremonial decoration. That has nothing to do with my own experiences or Takanohana's actions; Akinomaki's suggestion is simply not scientifically realistic. Concerning the possibility that Takanohana lied, I have no horse in this race and there are plenty of weird things in the chronology that stink. For the sake of the sport, his deshi and Harumafuji, I hope he hasn't. But if he has, I hope he is exposed as doing so and suffers a harsh punishment. If nothing else, this case has highlighted a lot of holes in NSK procedure.
  7. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    Comment of the day.
  8. Takanohana-devil's advocate

    I agree. I wasn't getting at you in my post. To be clear, I am no defender of Takanohana generally - the guy leaves me cold. The frustrating thing is that I agree with some of Takanohana's decisions in principle, but not the way that he carried them out. One example is the lack of engagement with the NSK during their investigation. Any lawyer worth their salt should have advised the NSK to suspend its investigation (beyond getting the broad facts) until the police had finished theirs. Takanohana was right to want to wait until the police were finished with him before speaking to the NSK. But the saga of not answering the door and the faxes and so on was disrespectful in the extreme and wholly unnecessary. Kotooshu might well usher in a more gentle, scarf-free, revolution.
  9. Takanohana-devil's advocate

    I don't even know where to begin with this. Of course, one can 'train one's head' in terms of one's pain threshold in contact-collisions, but there is still impact on the brain - you can't 'train' yourself against that. You only have to look to the NFL lawsuits to see that. In any case, sports collisions are a very different type of impact to being struck with a blunt instrument so making comparisons to the elderly is a fallacy. I begin to wonder whether you have actually seen the remote control panels of karaoke machines in Japan. They're certainly not light objects as you would make out. There is no doubt in my mind that such an object wielded in anger in the hands of a rikishi would be capable of causing head trauma. It is one thing to criticise Takanohana's manner of dealing with the situation but your doubts concerning Harumafuji's capacity to inflict such an injury in the first place lack plausibility and, to my mind, objectivity.
  10. Takanohana-devil's advocate

    I sense some derision or suspicion concerning the amount of time that Takanoiwa has taken to recover and speculation that Takanohana wanting to effectively place a press blockade on him. Having assisted a family member recover from a concussion, I respectfully disagree on this point. I'm sure many of you might already know this, but for those who don't, head injuries such as contusion and concussion can result in debilitative symptoms that can take several months to clear up (if you're interested, look up post-concussive syndrome). They can include tinnitus, severe headaches, dizziness, nausea, memory loss, impairment of cognitive function, personality changes, etc. Certain symptoms may take a time to manifest, or ER doctors or non-specialists at the initial consultation may simply tell you to wait it out for a few days and come back if they persist, which may result in a 'change' of the initial diagnosis. Undertaking any form of physical activity in the days following the initial impact can severely aggravate the initial brain trauma or the duration of the long term symptoms. I can't speak for Takanoiwa's state, but this may help you understand my sympathy for Takanohana in keeping him out of the public eye: a family member was discharged with a 'clean bill of health' following an accidental head trauma (single blow, heavy force). Medical advice basically amounted to 'you've had a bump, just go home and sleep it off'. Leakage of cerebral fluid a few days later was dismissed by another doctor as mere 'sinusitis' and they refused to refer to a neurologist so we had to find one ourselves. It took weeks to get a correct diagnosis of concussion/PCS and months to properly recover, with various types of rehab for a wide range of symptoms. So we too had conflicting medical certificates. The announcement that Takanoiwa can 'finally move his body again' is really not as ridiculous as some here might think when the symptoms accumulate, not to mention the pain of the actual injury itself. In Takanohana's place there's no way I'd put someone in a post-concussive state in front of the press or throw them into a lion's den NSK interrogation for which their memory of events would be an integral part - you actually need to allow the brain to recover, not just the cut to the scalp. Mental rest is just as vital in this case as physical. I suspect Takanoiwa dosed up on painkillers after the incident in the hope he'd feel better in a few days and just gambarise until then but ended up making it much worse by returning to keiko. I genuinely wouldn't be at all surprised if he aggravated the first trauma due to training or suffering a sudden dizzy/vertigo spell later and falling over. Because of the piecemeal reporting and inconsistencies in the details released, yeah I understand the scepticism, but for me the clearance to go to Kyuushu is a red herring: doctors can and do get this wrong in the early stages. We must also allow for Takanoiwa possibly seeking to downplay his symptoms to the medics at the start in order to return to the dohyo quickly or stop the scandal from snowballing. I'm sure others here can speak of different experiences with such injuries but that's my two cents on it.
  11. Harumafuji scandal thread- part 2

    I just came here to have a little sigh and say that, as exciting as this basho is, I do miss seeing Harumafuji. I found his sumo beautiful and I miss the way he used to crouch forward really low during his shikiri and do his little wiggle. SIGH!
  12. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    Goeido v Tochinoshin - WOW! So nice to see Tochinoshin healing well. Yoshikaze threw Kisenosato around like a rag doll; Kisenosato seems over the injury but just hasn't got his strength back. Mitakeumi was a joy to watch once again, making ever steady moves upwards. Takayasu is looking pretty solid too. I think we're getting a taste of what the post-Hakuho era will look like in the future. I know it's an early call, but my money is on Ishiura going back to juryo. Poor Aminishiki. Hope it's nothing serious. I have to say, the sportsmanship all round was pretty classy today in particular - there was more than one bout where rikishi either helped opponents back onto the dohyo or tried to stop them falling off.
  13. Wakaichiro from Texas

    It's nice to see him coming back determined. He still has a lot of work to do, but has obviously been focusing and working hard since November and it has been paying off. 頑張って!
  14. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    Abi was impressive today. Mitakeumi was very cool-headed in the face of an onslaught and it paid off. I think the rest have wised up to Aminishiki's pulling (and maybe also feel less bad about getting stuck into an elder now that the honeymoon period of his makuuchi return is over). We have a nice next generation coming up through the ranks. They all seem quite strong with different qualities and the bouts feel more evenly matched if that makes sense; they seem to be more engaging and there seem to have been fewer 'pushover' victories. I don't think there'll be the same disparity between the next generation of yokozunas and the rest of the field as we currently see with Hakuho, which will make not only the bouts but future promotions very interesting.
  15. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    Agreed. Also, the tadpoles are getting bigger and stronger so his signature belly 'bumpety bumpety' thing just isn't as effective as it used to be. Always sad to see an ozeki in decline, but he still has some fight left in him.