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  1. Chankomafuji

    Transgender in sumo

    Your comment is a prime example of this being a political question. Read this statement of yours - "I support a shift toward more egalitarian treatment of all human beings in sumo ...". Not only I find this extremely political and populist, but above all I find it dangerous. If one is still questions the political nature of this topic, please read the quoted passage few times if needed.
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    Transgender in sumo

    I just want to say that I'm shocked to see this topic. I check daily for news and info from the sumo world and seeing this being the last commented topic on the "Ozumo Discussions" subforum, without any over exaggeration, stunned me for couple of minutes, making me stare at the monitor with an open mouth and asking myself "Did I enter a wrong website by any chance?". I ... I cannot describe this!
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    Hakuhou caught watching Judo

    Let's imagine this is the kind of response by the NSK. But what about Hakuho? The negativity surrounding him has tremendously increased over the last 2 years. His popularity is at rock bottom level. How can one join the ranks of others who criticize him so much lately? This whole environment is why I question how beneficial for Hakuho is to become an oyakata. Which leads to the next question, In my opinion I see a dramatic difference concerning the attitude towards Hakuho at the time of his Citizenship application (and we all know it takes a while) compared to today. That kind of tension was just not present back then.
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    Hakuhou caught watching Judo

    It surely will be yet another unpopular opinion, but I start to question myself why would Hakuho pursue a career as an Oyakata at all. Imagine a day where Hakuho announces his retirement and completely cuts his relationship with the NSK and instead do some private project for his future, denying this pseudo-zealous clique that is the NSK many opportunities to defame him. I want Hakuho to give them a small hint of such possibility just to see what the reaction will be.
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    Nagoya Basho 2021

    This occurrence is nowhere near curious - there are plenty of examples in life where hate (even if "hate" is certainly not the most appropriate term in our Hakuho example) is vocal and support (even if majority) is silent. Now the way you name both sides as the "general fans of ozumo" with the "recognizable SF usernames and avatars" and the "dedicated fanboys of an individual" with the usernames & avatars you barely ever see implies quite hard lines of understandings. And perhaps the beyond-YDC level of zealotry of the group that you so precisely named "general fans of ozumo" (and I too absolutely believe that many of those see themselves as such) is exactly what keeps others who, again as you perfectly name it, "popped out of the bushes to make themselves heard" to bother and comment. Thanks for your post!
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    Nagoya Basho 2021

    I am absolutely certain that part of the Hakuho-criticizing group has motives completely outside of his sumo. There are not too many people who can be called "great" nowadays and since the dawn of time greatness always gives birth to jealousy, envy, suspicion, defensiveness and you name the rest. The status of greatness which Hakuho earned himself can give people hundreds of reasons to hate him; probably the biggest one being the fact that he stamps his name so much over anyone else that creates a feel that people will not witness greatness in sumo ever again (knowing the bar that Hakuho set). I also grew to doubt the sincerity of people judging rikishis' qualities as, in my very own opinion, moods or trends seem to affect that judgement quite often from what I've seen. I am sure the moment he announces his retirement most (MOST, certainly not all) people will forget his "ugly sumo", "antics" and all that arguments used to defy his greatness. I always watch the NHK live with the original Japanese commentary. I do not understand much, only the basic sumo words a non-speaker gets to remember; not only I replayed the superb bout over a dozen of times, but what I'll certainly never forget is when the commentary man said "forty-fifth yusho!". Replay it and let it sink in. Because I realize I may never hear this again. And, again, here is the real question - do we take pride and joy for witnessing the greatness of Hakuho (not only great in sumo but sports in general) or do we let the feeling of "I've seen everything, he'll never be matched, sumo is no fun anymore" take over us. See, greatness is complicated. What is undeniable is that we don't get to associate someone with "greatness" too often. Some take pride in witnessing Muhammad Ali's greatness, Usain Bolt's greatness, Ronaldo and Messi's greatness and many others. I take pride in witnessing Hakuho's greatness and I thank him for that.
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    Nagoya Basho 2021

    The answers to this question change fundamentally every other basho. The trend or popular opinion changing around here are as entertaining as the basho itself.
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    Game 21 for Natsu Basho 2021

    I believe I have all three correct.
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    Game 21 for Natsu Basho 2021

    1.B 2.B 3.A 4.A 5.A 6.B 7.A 8.A 9. A10.A11.B12.B13.A14.B15.A16.A17.B18.B19.B20.B21.B
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    Game 21 Haru Basho 2021

    1. A2. A3. B4. A5. A6. A7. A8. B9. A10. B11. B12. B13. A14. B15. A16. A17. B18. A19. B20. A21. B
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    21 Hatsu 21, The Results

    1 A2 A3 A4 B5 A6 A7 A8 B9 B10 A11 A12 A13 B14 B15 A16 A17 A18 B19 B20 A21 B
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    21 November 20, The Results

    1. A2. A3. A4. B5. A6. A7. A8. B9. A10. A11. A12. X13. A14. B15. B16. A17. B18. B19. B20. A21. B
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    21 Aki 20, The Results

    1. X2. B3. A4. A5. A6. B7. A8. B9. A10. A11. B12. A13. A14. B15. A16. B17. A18. A19. B20. B21. X
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    21 July 20, The Results

    1. A2. B3. A4. A5. A6. B7. B8. B9. A10. A11. A12. A13. B14. B15. B16. B17. B18. B19. A20. B21. A
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    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    It should be clear enough that it is Ozumo that we are talking about, where one has to join a stable, unlike the amateur sumo. Maybe a better answer will you receive by oyakata who run stables with 2-5 rikishi, shockingly one such has a current Yokozuna in it. How do we as fans explain this, who would not want to grow up as a rikishi watching and training with a Yokozuna? Izutsu in an interview I read some time ago said plain and simple that it is hard to make children join a stable. Mind not the sarcasm in my "WWE post" above (I could not resist the thought of how many people would take it serious). The idea is adapting to modern day requirements. Few years ago one might not take a "violence prevention committee" serious, but it happened. Just like the rikishi adapt to oshi-zumo we too have to as viewers. Like it or not, times change.
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    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    I tried to be sarcastic but I should have hinted it better. The point is not who and why is watching but the question of who in the future are we to watch. It is the oyakata who say its hard to get people into sumo, not a random forum member.
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    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    The Sumo Association has all the resources to organize sumo to look more like modern thing while still keeping the bout rules intact. It does not seem appealing to children, it looks old. Imagine if just out of nowhere they introduce dohyo entrance in a WWE style. Just imagine the hype when Hakuho enters the arena under the theme of the Undertaker, Enho with Shawn Michaels theme, Tamawashi as Stone Cold Steve Austin, Tochinohin as Triple H, Ichinojo as the Big Show and on and on ... and Endo, the people's champ, replacing the usual one-word lines with a The Rock style promo 20 years ago. Akebono took sumo to WWE but they did not NEED it. Someone has to bring WWE to sumo, the next generation needs it.
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    21 Aki 19, The Results

    1. B 2. A 3. A 4. B 5. B 6. A 7. B 8. A 9. A 10. B 11. A 12. A 13. A 14. B 15. B 16. B 17. A 18. A 19. B 20. B 21. A
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    21 Nagoya 19, The Results

    1. X 2. B 3. X 4. B 5. B 6. A 7. A 8. B 9. B10. A11. A12. B13. B14. B15. A16. B17. A18. B19. B20. A21. A
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    Natsu basho 2019 discussions [SPOILERS]

    I wish the zealous sumo fans who decided to make a petition to the Japan Sumo Federation (posted earlier in the comments) against the judges decision could also include that here in the forum we have very good candidates for shimpan. Ones that do not take the incredible 5 minutes to judge this most obvious situation from the Tochinoshin - Asanoyama bout ... And noteworthy, our candidates will certainly not be a reason for political, religious and geostrategic problems that the likes of Onomatsu create ...
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    21 Natsu 19, The Results

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    Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Haru 2019

    Some of the things uglier than Takakeisho's sumo are "fans" praising and "cheering" for different rikishi every basho, the constant during-basho jinx attempts and the "good bout" comment that translates "f*ck I wanted him to lose". There should be a special topic called something like "Who we will cheer for during the Haru basho 2022". Top contenders - Naya, Hoshoryu and Roga. Who wins the vote? I'tell you, but you dont tell anyone! The one that had better score during the Kyushu basho couple of months before that. But no worries, there will be a new vote for the Hatsu 2022 with different results, as the scores will be different! The King is dead, long live the King sumo version. As for "the power to be", they have every right to demand one more consistency check, which was pretty much what they explained. What Takakeisho proved or not it is too early to say. A good proof is Tochinoshin, who you "cheered" for couple of months last year, somehow ignoring the fact that the later has been doing sumo for over a decade. Few here named him the next Yokozuna. One even said, if he was healthy he would "lift Kakuryu like the good old times" (!). In sumo the numbers speak. There is no bullcrap talks. That is how the banzuke works - one wins, he gets promoted. No matter if me, you or anyone else likes the rikishi or not.
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    Abema TV all sumo live

    I second that. Abema became very enjoyable for me as someone who too prefers Japanese commentary. This is the song -
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    21 Har Har 19, The Results

    1. B2. A3. A 4. X 5. A6. B7. X 8. A 9. A10. A11. A 12. A 13. A14. A15. A 16. A 17. A 18. B 19. A 20. B 21. A
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    TORCHBEARER 2019: invitation, rules, and your picks

    Tomokaze, J5e