Yamanashi

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    Videos and promo-Hatsu 2018-Days 1-15

    Somewhere on Youtube is that great concert featuring UB Dashi, Tucker Yazoo, Dash O'Maru and Homer Fuji. For their encore, they all did a rave-up version of "My Shikona."
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    Osunaarashi scandal

    Homer Simpson: " Mmmmmm stake ... arggggghghghghgh!"
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    Videos and promo-Hatsu 2018-Days 1-15

    That's why I love Kaisei. He's always got the most hilarious takes in the jungyo pics. Seems to have a natural sense of humor.
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    Harumafuji scandal thread- part 2

    "Walking through forests of palm tree apartments Scoff at the monkeys who live in their dark tents Down by the waterhole Drunk every Friday Eating their nuts Saving their raisins for Sunday. Lions and tigers Who wait in the shadows They're fast but they're lazy, and sleep in green meadows Let's bungle in the jungle Well, that's all right by me I'm a tiger when I want love But I'm a snake if we disagree" Bungle in the Jungle, Jethro Tull, 1974
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    Osunaarashi scandal

    I'd give you a "Ha Ha" emoji, but I don't want to encourage you ...
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    Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    Thanks for your reply. Actually, I beg to differ with your differing. There is no basketball equivalent of Ama vs. Goeido without fouling. What I was noticing was the embarrassment of having your wiggly toes in the air as you are being escorted out; the usual IYF dunk is not that violent to the victim -- though the syllogism "this basketball = your head" is of course manifest, as I'm sure Charles Barkley would say .
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    Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    Agree. When I saw it I thought "this is the 'dunk in your face' of sumo."
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    Persistence Watch - 2018 edition

    Shouldn't that be multiplied by 100? Signed, Captain Picky
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    Hatsu 2018 cartoon commentary

    Kototsurugi's cartoons remind me of the American baseball cartoons of the 1940's (not that I'm that old!)
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    Random Bouts

    My favorite piece of trivia (because I'm new to sumo and it seems so amazing at this point in his career): Kotooshu's only Yusho in 2008 featured a 14-1 record, beating nine current or future Y/O's. His only loss was a quick oshidashi from -- Aminishiki!
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    Random Bouts

    Kotonishiki (M12w) vs. Takanohana (Y1w) Kyushu 1998 day 13: His second Yusho. For the first in 1991, both Yokozuna were out and he won from M5. This time he was unbeaten after day 11, but there were two Yokozuna thrown in against him. Wakanohana beats him on day 12, setting up Takanohana on day 13: if Tak wins, they're tied. The film shows Tak clearly getting the best of things, but at about 0:25, Kotonishiki throws on a switch and goes ballistic, thumping Takanohana off the dohyo. The zabuton shower was like a snowstorm in Kyushu ...
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    Towels-Who likes what color?

    In keeping with my conjecture that the quiet rikishi are the deep thinkers, notice that Kakuryu's towel color matches the salt.
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    Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    Aye, that's the rub: you can't do it too often, or you overshoot and end up at Sekiwake. There are rikishi who have specialized in make-koshi tournaments with kinboshi, but it's hard to orchestrate it just right! You wonder if some of those guys were making more money from their kinboshi awards than they would get for being in sanyaku.
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    Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    The scariest moment in Sumo right now must be when you're leaning against Hakuho for 20 seconds, and instead of thinking what you are going to try, you're thinking what he is going to try. He's got you psyched out, because he's won in this situation hundreds of other times. The next rikishi with the confidence to think "here's what I'm going to do" will be the next Yokozuna.
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    Day 2 pics overview Hatsu 2018

    Green Kryptonite.
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    Videos and promo-Hatsu 2018-Days 1-15

    I'm new here; I assumed it was font day.
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    Videos and promo-Hatsu 2018-Days 1-15

    Haven't seen all of Juryo before. There are a lot of hungry competitors here.
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    Sumo graphs

    Again, my congratulations on your achievement. It seems to me that the way the graph looks (y-axis: linear or log? etc.) depends on what you're trying to display. I got to thinking about plotting this info after seeing individual rikishi in the Sumo DB go up and down like a yo-yo for years and years. For many, there was a natural ranking for them at their prime: get a little over your natural rank and you get slapped down, get sent down below your rank and you rise back up to that natural level. Making a plot of rank vs. basho shows that. It also makes me feel ... admiration? sadness? when I see some guy hit that peak and then slide down the hill for another six or eight or ten years. The other example was the career of Takamiyama, who spent forever in makuuchi going up and down the list. A plot of (change in rank) vs rank looks like a force graph for a spring, with his natural equilibrium at about M3. As far as suggestions, you should be aware that (at least for makuuchi through sandanme) the number of wrestlers in each division have been pretty constant over the last twenty years, but that's not true if you go back earlier (and there were almost 150 in jonokuchi in the 90's). That makes it very difficult to even compare ranks from decade to decade at the lower levels. Personally, I would keep a linear scale on the y-axis. The problem with the path from juryo to maegashira to sekiwake is not that it's logarithmic, it's that it's not continuous. Once at Ozeki, does the graph of Kaio or Kotooshu have any informative content? And at Yokozuna, the graph will be pretty much flat until retirement, irrespective of how dai- the Yokozuna was. Well, this is pretty scattershot, but I wanted to put my say in while you still have the energy to keep tinkering with it. I think you have created an important tool. Maybe if someday Ozumo gets a version of Billy Bean, he'll cite your graphs as an inspiration.
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    Trivia bits

    I did a study of Takamiyami once and came across a surprising statistic: he was 21-113 against Yokozunae, but 12 of those wins were against Wajima, including 7 of his 12 kinboshi. I hope he remembered to send Wajima a nice fruit basket when he retired!
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    Former rikishi activities

    Ex-Wakatsutomu (NAKAO Hiroki) runs a restaurant in Nakano; looks like a Mongolian helmet-style grill at the tables. Recent visits from Henry Sentoryu Miller and Ichinojo. Restaurant "Genghis Khan Daruma Doll Nakano" (sorry, no Japanese skills at all!) On Facebook: Hiroki Nakao.
  21. From Kounosuke's application letter (a la Gilbert and Sullivan): "I am the very model of a Shikimori Inosuke, I know the inner workings of the YDC and NSK, As gyoji I’m just glorious, from tachiais to dohryos, For I’m the very model of a Shikimori Inosuke." [Mea culpa, I've been spending too much time on the haiku thread, and I can't stop!]
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    Have a go at a Haiku!

    "Wales? Haiku poets? Are there Welsh names with fewer than six syllables?"
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    Urban animals

    Didn't the late Warren Zevon have a song about them? "I saw a parakeet drinking a pina colada at Trader Vic's, His plumage was perfect ... "
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    Urban animals

    Here in the suburbs of Charleston, South Carolina: We moved into a new subdivision -- American tradition, name the subdivision after the natural thing you destroyed to build the houses (e.g., "Sweetgrass Terrace", "Eagle Landing"). For the first few years we saw some of the creatures who used to live here (possums, voles -- creepy!) and we still have anole lizards and an occasional skink (also creepy!). Very rarely a deer. Eagles, hawks and vultures, in addition to the usual smaller birds. Squirrels, of course.
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    Banzuke for Hatsu 2018

    Maybe Masuiyama, too. Longest to Ozeki (post WWII): Kirishima (15.2 years); Masuiyama (13.2 years); Kiyokuni, Asahikuni (12.8 years) ... Kirishima spent 18% of his bouts as Ozeki, and had a three-year slide down through Maegashira to intai. Masuiyama spent the last 8% of his bouts as Ozeki. (Didn't see Asashosakari's previous post -- sorry!)