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    Kyushu Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Let's not forget how many women participate here on the forum. I really appreciate the contributions of Fay, Akugyoseki, Zannah, SumoJoann, and many others I haven't interacted with yet. I can't look up in the night sky now, without thinking of Doreen. I never imagined that those three stars would make me so sad. Mighty Orion!
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    Kyushu Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    My wife turns hostile it if i even say a Japanese word, because she assumes it's about sumo or go. It makes me kinda sad actually, but I sure as hell don't want to listen to her ranting about "Vampire Diaries", so I guess live and let live is a healthy policy. It's only fair. My sister is my sumo buddy though! I wish she lived closer...
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    Have a go at a Haiku!

    A costly treasure Fallen to the floor and smashed. What an awful mess!
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    Kyushu Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    We're more in agreement than not, then. I haven't previously thought of that left side attack as one of Takakeisho's main weapons, so I felt that the difference in the way that the two men left themselves open to it was the most significant point. You may be right that the attack itself is something deserving special respect. I'll be watching for it in the future.
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    Kyushu Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    I think he payed attention well. When the match started I actually said to myself "Attaboy! Make him come to you. He won't get your timing." Then he went and pulled a different blunder. After not getting suckered into a pushing match, I think he anticipated that Takakeisho was going to try and come in hard and low, so he dropped his shoulder to take the charge and instead Takakeisho stepped to the outside and shoved him from the rear. It was pretty foolish of him, and an embarrassing way to lose, but I think the resemblance to Kisenosato's loss the day before was superficial.
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    Kyushu Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    I joked a little, last basho, at the expense of the people who keep insisting that the other guys will soon be "figuring out" Takakeisho. Now, in all seriousness, I'm taking the position that it's not gonna happen. My reason for thinking so is that, I'm pretty sure now, Takakeisho is the guy who figures you out. His ability to get into, and then manipulate, his opponents rhythm and distance is exceptionally good. It looked to me like that was Kisenosato's exact strategy in their match tonight, and he got beaten at the game. I am very impressed. I still can't see Takakeisho as an Ozeki; wrong body, I think. But he is a very talented and resourceful Rikishi. Great work tonight.
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    Kakuryuu out as well.

    This is so disappointing. There are so many exciting match-ups I was looking forward to that wont be happening now. I guess the only good thing I can say about the top guys going kyujo so frequently, is that it gives us a slightly better chance of seeing a new Yokozuna emerge before the impending retirements, which I expect to come in fairly close succession. Maybe my hypothetical new Yokozuna wont be very strong though, since he needed the old guard to sit down and make room for him. On the other hand, maybe it gives a better chance for one of the college boys like Asanoyama to reach the top of the field, which would be interesting.
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    New measures announced to combat violence

    I would be grateful, Kintamayama(or any other Japanophone.) for an attempt to clarify what rule No. 6 actually means. I don't feel sure that I understand what a "Top level relationship" is, exactly and it's not clear to me that No. 6 forbids friendships but only instruction. "You're not that guy's teacher so don't try to act like it by bossing him around." is quite different from "No fraternization at all." and It's a pretty important distinction.
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    Oct 19 Final Jeopardy Question

    Full contact shogi. Top professional players can drop pieces and players with equal facility. Edit: Oops! Of course I mean, "What is full contact shogi?".
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    Terunofuji's health problems

    That was...difficult to watch. Seeing the juxtaposition with the video above it is just cruel. Still, sometimes life is cold and uncomforting. Thank you for sharing it.
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    Have a go at a Haiku!

    To ease my hunger I turn to my oldest friend But football fails me...
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    Akebono gravely ill (activities thread)

    This is harrowing stuff to watch. I got pretty weepy at the Wakanohana reunion, but the overall effect is just devastating. I wish, with all my heart, that he will get through this and find himself restored to a more normal life.
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    Aki Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Many sumo fans despise Goeido for blowing his big opportunities. They don't yet perceive Mitakeumi as a choker, so they're eager for him to move up and take over Goeido's place. I'll be interested to see if Mitakeumi's disappointing result this basho sours some of those people on him. I've heard people argue that double-digit wins should be the standard for an Ozeki(even though only a tiny percentage of Ozeki are ever able to meet that standard, and those few who can are usually just passing through on their way to Yokozuna!) so mere KK, no matter who you've faced or beaten, is unworthy of someone who holds that rank. I've heard some people justify their dislike for him with fantastic inventions, like insisting that Goeido "henka's too much"; even though Goeido rarely resorts to the henka, and I'm not even sure he's henka'd in 2018. I've even heard Goeido called a coward! I'd like to see the person who said that face a freight train collision with a guy like Hakuho or Takayasu! Once people take a disliking you, they can be awfully stubborn about it.
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    Aki Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    That's also quite a remarkable thing. Absurd Too. I remember you expressing disappointment with the way things were unfolding a couple of pages back, but you didn't go into much detail. If you'd be willing to take the time, I'd be very interested to hear why you found it so forgettable The mattas! Aaaarghh!
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    Aki Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    It'll be many years before I forget this remarkable basho! So many intriguing stories! A few of them ended in disappointment, but there were many dramatic payoffs! I wont carry on about all the results that moved me, we all watched the damn tournament, but I want to take a moment to recognize the things that meant the most to me. Goiedo scores 12, another jun-yusho, and very likely the O1e spot he's spent a lot of time in recently. He still has something to offer this sport. Is it possible that this time he's earned just a little more respect? Hakuho is still the king! He's fading, and I thought that he might even be approaching the end, but he's not done yet ladies and gentlemen. One of the great athletes I've had the privilege to witness and admire! Yoshikaze slayed! He's still got gas in the tank; there's more yet to come I think. Kisenosato wins that tenth match when I was so sure he wouldn't. I cheered for him every day and am as happy to be wrong as I've ever been. I pulled for him this time around because I thought his success would be good for sumo; In November I'll be supporting him for the first time as a fan of the man himself. I have so enjoyed following this event with you. I want to thank you all for sharing your insights and enthusiasm!