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  1. Yamanashi

    Have a go at a Haiku!

    Riots, pandemic, People have to ask "What's next, Ozeki Shodai?"
  2. Yamanashi

    Have a go at a Haiku!

    1) Bravo for that second line; the rhythm is perfect! 2) Old orange hair maybe wasn't wrong.
  3. Yamanashi

    July basho?

    If it gets cancelled, definitely going for "No-go-ya".
  4. Yamanashi

    Sumo and American Football

    As I've mentioned before, the blocking sleds you've displayed take the role of a butsugari without the opponent. On our college campus you can see two or three of these, each with a post for adding weights to make the resistance greater. You'll also notice the 5-man sled, which is used for the entire offensive line (left tackle, left guard, center, RG, RT). Not only are there posts for adding weights, but invariably the offensive line coach will hop on to yell at motivate the linemen. Imagine Hakuho taking butsugari with Miyagino Oyakata hanging on his back telling the poor lower-ranker to get his sh*t together! I remember seeing a Twitter photo at Naruto heya when they were at their first lodgings. They were flipping over the huge truck tire, which is another popular training method in US football as well as strongman events.
  5. Yamanashi

    Sumo and American Football

    I know what you mean. Aoiyama and Abi both remind me of a wind-up doll; you wind up the rubber band and let it go: "rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr" go the arms.
  6. Yamanashi

    Sumo and American Football

    Sure, but he's likely to lose a lot of weight once he doesn't need it for sumo (look at Kotooshu, who wasn't too porky as an Ozeki , but still slimmed down a lot after sumo); I'm just not sure whether Toch could pass the NFL substance test.
  7. Yamanashi

    Sumo and American Football

    An intriguing example of the difference in tactics between different sports is that in Sumo you're trying to knock the opponent over. In US football, that's what the offensive lineman wants to do: either knock the opponent on the ground so he can't get to the running back, or knock him down so he can't get to the quarterback or bat a pass down [offensive linemen receive the highest grade for a "pancake block" where the defensive lineman is knocked back onto his ass]. The defensive lineman doesn't want to knock down the offensive lineman, because that doesn't gain him anything; he wants to get around the offensive lineman quickly so he can get to the runner or the quarterback. The tsuppari that Big Dan uses would be just a set-up move to a Takakeisho-like sideways thrust that gets him past the O lineman. Another tactic is what's called the "swim" move, which doesn't make any sense in the context of sumo.
  8. Yamanashi

    Sumo and American Football

    Musashimaru and Sentoryu played American football in H.S. M passed up a college football scholarship to go to Japan. S also wrestled, but hoped to go pro in FB; injured his knee Senior year of H.S.
  9. Yamanashi

    Sumo and American Football

    Well of course there's always been the comparison with linemen. The more agile large sekitori would probably do well as offensive lineman, especially as pusher/thrusters. Large lumbering rikishi would be better at interior defensive line, especially nose tackle, where they don't have to be mobile (many nose tackles have nicknames like "butter bean" and "pork chop", so ... ). I could see Ishiura as a running back. Tochinoshin definitely a linebacker. Both Akebono and Kakuryu excelled at basketball in high school, before putting on all that weight.
  10. Yamanashi

    General Corona Banter

    Agree with those numbers; I can't find the Staffordshire numbers.
  11. Yamanashi

    General Corona Banter

    Now look for the secret ingredient, the number nobody seems to know with confidence ... the number of people tested.
  12. Has someone already tallied this information? I looked for rikishi having many consecutive basho with at least ten wins. I assumed (maybe wrongly) that the long runs would have to be Yokozuna, but I checked out Kaio, too. Feel free to check any other wrestlers (and definitely check my math!). Hatsu dohyo since 1954, top results: Hakuho 51 Kitanoumi 37 Taiho 25 Wakanohana I 22 Takanohana 17 Kashiwado 16 Wajima 15 Asahifuji 14
  13. Yamanashi

    Songs and sumo

    According to a 2019 Nikkei article, this trio is writing an opera based on the career of Futabayama.
  14. Yamanashi

    Dumb Question

    So what you're saying is: : "There are no dumb questions" Ichimawashi: "Hold my thread, watch this!"
  15. Yamanashi

    Dumb Question

    As an aside, I had noticed something over the last month: Hiro Morita, the NHK sumo announcer who referred to himself as "Hiro Morita", now introduces himself as "Morita Hiroshi". And now I know why.