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  1. Shio-kago

    Haru Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    When I say that Ichinojo looked bored, I'm usually criticizing him. Tonight, I'm saying I'm deeply impressed. Aoiyama's thrusts are strong enough to bowl a lot of top division guys right off the dohyo; To Ichinojo, they were barely an inconvenience.
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    Haru Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    For what it's worth, I think that valour and gallantry are breathtakingly beautiful even in defeat; Maybe especially in defeat. Likewise truth, fortitude, and other admirable qualities. I'll admit to being a little less in tune with the poetry part. I might be inclined to use the word poetry metaphorically to describe a brilliant display of strategy or refined technique; it could be that something like that was what Jabbamaru had in mind. It would also be possible to compare Nishkigi's noble resistance to similar deeds you can read about in narrative poetry like in an epic poem, though that's more of a stretch.
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    Haru Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    When Kakuryu sets up a good yorikiri, it really is a thing of beauty. Nevermind power-- establish a position so advantageous that resistance is next to impossible. I really hope he doesn't end up struggling with injuries all year; He's such a pleasure to watch when he's healthy and not pulling.
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    Ridiculous Predictions for Haru 2019

    Hokutofuji pulls a slick henka on Kotoshogiku who fashionably takes out three rows of spectators including four geisha. Kotoshogiku bows deeply with respect after the bout. The next morning, questioned by the press about his conduct, Hokutofuji explains-- " 'Giku is a punk."
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    TORCHBEARER 2019: the picks, torch match notices, results

    If I may explain(I apologize if I'm speaking out of turn.)-- It only seems complicated because you haven't recognized that the only really important thing is where The Torch ends up at the end of the year. The Torch is gradually going to work it's way up the ranks over the course of the next few tournaments and it's going to end the year in the hands of one guy. That's all your guessing: One wrestler, one rank. Get either thing right=big points. Get both right=Jackpot Even if you get neither thing right, you can still score some points if the wrestler you guess ever holds The Torch, plus some points for every match he wins while holding it. But playing the game only requires you to make two choices: Who will end the year holding The Torch, and what will be the rank of the rikishi holding The Torch at the end, whoever that might be. I hope this helps to clarify things for you, Fujisan.
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    Hatsu Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    I've been quiet almost this whole basho because I've had nothing nice to say. I do wanna salute Tamawashi, though; he really got the job done!
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    Hatsu Basho Day 7 and Rikishi's underwear

    So, a typical Friday night then?
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    Acceptable Ozeki Record?

    I think you must mean this one--ōzeki/ And an excellent discussion it was, too. Good analysis in there.
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    Acceptable Ozeki Record?

    Everyone will inevitably decide for themselves what they think is acceptable. For the Sumo Association the answer is quite clear and long established: Kachikoshi. If you personally judge 8-7 to be unacceptable-- you have no shortage of company. I will say though, that Ozekis who can average 10 wins but don't go on to become Yokozuna are vanishingly rare. An Ozeki that strong is just passing through on his way to the top of the sport. If we eliminate Ozekis who can't meet that standard, the Ozeki rank would be a ghost-town most of the time.
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    Hatsu Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Even speaking as one of those odd fellows who insists on supporting Goeido, I can only be happy for Nishikigi. His growth has been so gradual that it's gone mostly unnoticed, but he's become a really good wrestler. I love it when hard work and persistence pay off. Keep going and teach people to take you seriously, Nishikigi!
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    Have a go at a Haiku!

    Morning of fresh starts Don't take things so much to heart! My resolution.
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    Takanoiwa hits his tsukebito

    To relate this to my own experience-- I served in the army, once upon a time, and violence was my profession. The days when it was an accepted part of that culture for superiors to abuse or assault their subordinates are shrinking in the rearview mirror. It doesn't make anyone a better soldier. The whole military community is better because of this. I despise a bully. People who take advantage of vulnerable people, who do injury to those who are at a disadvantage because of their inferior social position, are despicable. I value the preservation of sumo culture and traditions, exactly as they are today, less than I do protection for people who are at the mercy of thugs. I recognize that Sumo doesn't belong to me, and none of this is up to me. I joined this community to share my enthusiasm for sumo, to learn from more experienced fans, to express my views, and maybe make a few friends along the way. So far, so good. I'm powerless to effect the behavior of anyone in sumo, anyway. I'm not uncomfortable to be judged a sanctimonious, western, Johnny-come-lately. However, Sumo itself is visibly struggling to change it's own standards and norms. The wider Japanese culture, of which Sumo is only a sub-culture and to which the sumo community belongs, has begun to reject Sumo as it has been. The Sumo Association is trying to steer the sumo community into line with the expectations of the broader society, and I'm just on a guy on the sidelines, cheering. In short, I have picked a side. Some of the posters here seem to think that things are better off the way they are; whatever their reasons may be-- I disagree. Others say that they're bothered by the violence and abuse; but not, apparently, as much as they are by people voicing their objections. I've seen that before many times. I'll applaud the sumo association when it deals sternly with brutes who take advantage of their subordinate's vulnerability. I think that Japanese law-enforcement treating a talented rikishi the same way they would some hooting dickhole who beat up his girlfriend would be a very healthy thing. If we could get similarly reliable intervention for football and basketball players here in the States, that would be much appreciated as well.
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    Takanoiwa hits his tsukebito

    You're not the only one who has been misunderstood in this thread...
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    Takanoiwa hits his tsukebito

    Not even to that extent, huh? Oh dear. Anyway-- Thanks for making that known to me, Kintamayama.
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    Takanoiwa hits his tsukebito

    Why on earth isn't assaulting people outside of the context of competition or physical training treated as a crime? I'm unfamiliar with Japanese courts and law enforcement-- In the US, the District Attorney has discretion to press charges, even if the victim is unwilling to do so on their own behalf. Does Japan afford it's legal authorities no such powers? It would put a stop to most(though I'm sure, not all.) of this horseshit. Grown-ass men should not be hitting and hurting each other. This shouldn't be so hard. Edit: To be clear, I recognize that being under house arrest means the authorities are involved. What I'm looking for is, like-- Courts and jail time and such. Jail time would seem to be in order for violent offenders instead of business-as-usual, "Let the Sumo Association handle it's own business, in house." garbage.