Yamanashi

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  1. 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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
  7. 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
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    Songs and sumo

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

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

    Sorry, it's late and few of the smart people are logged in, but I'll give it a try. Hakuho would be the "last" name and Sho the "first name". I say that because while most rikishi (eventually) take shikona that aren't their real names, they often keep there first name (ex.: our friend Houn Yohei who just went intai is really named Takita Yohei, Yohei being a standard first name.) Most foreign rikishi have last names and first names that don't seem Japanese, so their shikona has an assumed first and last name. (Too) long story short, he's Hakuho Sho, and the guy wrestling under the name Endo (last name) Shota (first name) is, in real life, Endo Shota.
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    Have a go at a Haiku!

    The night, quiet like death, or like activity on Sumo Forum ...
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    Retirees after Haru 2020

    So the Houn era in Ozumo has ended. A time for reflection ...
  14. Yamanashi

    What’s For Dinner Tonight?

    Ah, Fusion cuisine.
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    Haru 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    "(SPOILERS)"
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    Music abroad

    Oh, yeah, speaking of double bass balalaikas ...
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    Music abroad

    Gotta put in a shout out to Terem, Russian crossover group. Unfortunately, Mikhail Dzudze, "the Paul McCartney of the double bass balalaika" has retired from the group.
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    Music abroad

    Raappana - Great!
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    Sumo Rikishi Were Thin Back In 1885

    From the article: "Thanks to that, and both a hazing scandal and a sensational assault in a karaoke bar, the sport’s popularity is currently at an all time low. " Really got their finger on the pulse of the nation, don't they?
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    Haru 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    This is interesting stuff. I have a question. Which is more important to preserve as the record of a sekitori's career: a playoff match for the yusho, or an 8-6 guy losing to a 7-7 guy on senshuraku?
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    Foreigner with Japanese shusshin

    Right.
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    Foreigner with Japanese shusshin

    What an interesting fellow. Once he breaks out of his shell ... Good luck Garcia-san!
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    A Wrestling question for you

    The best estimate for when recognizable "fake" wrestling appeared would be ~1910 in the US and England. By the 1930's the concept of "kayfabe" was firmly established -- the aura that the scripted bouts and interactions were real. A journalist name Mike Mooneyham has followed wrestling from a professional and entertainment angle for almost fifty years. His work is outstanding, and he frankly discusses the heel turns and the many different characters a wrestler will have during a career. I remember as a kid watching Kinji Shibuya and Peter Maivia wrestle in the Sacramento CA area. My uncle worked at the Bank of America and handled some of the wrestler's accounts. He told me they were all pals and went out to dinner together, and when they got stale in the California market they'd go out to the Midwest or the South under a new name. For an example of how many characters a wrestler can play, even in a shortened life, look at the career of unbeaten rikishi John Tenta.
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    What’s For Dinner Tonight?

    Marinated ribeye cubes with mushrooms, carrots, peppers (including some from my garden), onions, celery; sauteed then simmered with soy sauce and miso. Tossed in some instant ramen. I'll have the rest for lunch tomorrow.
  25. Yamanashi

    Corona and sumo

    I'll have what he's drinking.