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  1. Yamanashi

    Asashoryu activities

    Yeah, let's get these topics in some sort of logical order! What are we not paying you mods for?!?
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    Another Sekitori Marriage

    Awwww, they're so Kawaii!
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    Shiko by everyone

    What will the folks at tachiai blog have to talk about during a basho?
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    Tochiozan Retirement

    Yeah, I guess by default. Sadly, Tochiozan was young, thin Elvis while Chiyotairu loks like old, fat Elvis (all due respect!)
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    July basho?

    As usual, the immense brains at NBA, NFL and Premier League are way ahead here: https://www.tmz.com/2020/05/14/joe-buck-nfl-crowd-noise-fan-less-games-fox-broadcast-coronavirus/ https://larrybrownsports.com/basketball/nba-nhl-nfl-fake-crowd-noise-tv-broadcast/553833
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    Tochiozan Retirement

    I loved this guy: cool demeanor but vicious energy, resourceful defense. Now searching for the new top rikishi Elvis impersonator.
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    Nakagawa-beya closed down - next scandal

    I.m wondering, too. This is like Little League baseball, where they re-bid for players when a team folds. It's hard (but not impossible) to believe they let the rikishi decide; that would be a precedent they'd regret.
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    July basho?

    They should hold a peaceful protest in the Kokugikan, which according to scientists will bring down the numbers https://www.blackenterprise.com/blm-protests-did-not-cause-spike-in-coronavirus-cases/
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    Toyonoshima intai

    I hadn't really thought about it, but these guys enter the heya at fifteen and wear a yukata out in the world and old baggy shorts 'n' shirts in the heya. Then they have to wear a western suit when they're ~33; what a culture shock.
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    Sumo and American Football

    Your humility is noted, but you belong there, too! As do others.
  11. Yamanashi

    Sumo and American Football

    So, do you want your photo or your avatar on the plaque?
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    New recruits for July 2020

    Photos of new deshi O Suzuki from heya website:
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    Corona and sumo

    Well, since Sadogatake (sp) is about 28 km away, that's a 1 hr + trip one way. Expect a lot of rikishi named Koto- with make-koshi.
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    Little Miss Sumo on Netflix

    He's right! I'm watching it now.
  15. Morita is the main announcer of NHK's pre-basho show, with Murray Johnson and John Gunning. On this show, Raj does interviews with sekitori and often puts a mawashi on his toothpick body so as to get mauled by the interviewee.
  16. According to Wikipedia, the kanreki took place 7 months early because he wanted to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Musashigawabeya. Maybe that's why it wasn't held in the Kokugikan.
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    Kanreki dohyo-iri

    Many of the Yokozuna from the early 20th century didn't live to 60. According to Wikipedia, the kanreki ceremony began in 1937. Some eligible Yokozuna have withdrawn due to ill-health. By my count, 9 Yokozuna are alive and waiting for their 60th birthday (I won't name them so as not to jinx them!)
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    Rikishi Families In Attendance?

    Doesn't Mitakeumi's Mom have a claque of supporters up in the stands most basho? I'm pretty sure I've seen them on NHK broadcasts.
  19. John Gunning does a great job here, packing a lot of information and description into this column.
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    Have a go at a Haiku!

    Riots, pandemic, People have to ask "What's next, Ozeki Shodai?"
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    Have a go at a Haiku!

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

    If it gets cancelled, definitely going for "No-go-ya".
  23. 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.
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    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.
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    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.