Karasukurai

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  1. Karasukurai

    Corona and sumo

    It'll come down to money or an explicit government directive. If the government doesn't order the JSA to cease tournaments then the JSA will want to try and find a way to continue based on TV revenue alone. Yes sport and cultural considerations will be floated about but money talks and they have already set a precedent. Personally I hope John and the others are right and that it is cancelled, too many deaths already.
  2. Congratulations to Holeshoru and the other the podium takers, well done. As always, many thanks to Achiyama for all his hard work, much appreciated. Stay safe all.
  3. Karasukurai

    Haru Predictions

    I predict Hakuho will go Kyujo as soon as he can. He's virus-phobic and is in the critical danger zone, he is very elderly after all ...
  4. Karasukurai

    Corona and sumo

    So, a basho with closed doors. Looks like the JSA is trying to hang on to those elderly sumo supporters after all. Those lamenting the lack of future ticket availability will have to wait for a cold snap.
  5. Karasukurai

    Corona and sumo

    I'm also running out of synonyms for 'old'.
  6. Karasukurai

    Corona and sumo

    71 years young! I don't recall any offence committed by yourself and I certainly didn't want to upset other forum members, especially the er, 'mature' and 'seasoned' members of this distinguished group. But yes, my post was tongue-in-cheek, though with a little grain of concern for the more, er, 'venerable' audience members.
  7. Karasukurai

    Corona and sumo

    This virus (just like flu) seems to cause deaths in the vulnerable, especially older people. I'm not sure if things have changed recently but it has appeared to me that the Sumo 'live audience' has been traditionally quite elderly. Without sounding too flippant, if this basho goes ahead and there is a problem, tickets might be easier to source in May as the JSA might have just killed off its paying audience. Just a thought, albeit a bad one.
  8. Congratulations to Jejima for the win and many thanks to Achiyama for all the hard work, much appreciated. Look forward to March.
  9. First of all I'd like to say a big 'thank you' to Achiyama for organising TUG and allowing me to have my first ever go. I was rubbish lol! Failed on the last day to get a KK and went 7-8 down, I was also worst of all the newbies! I had a great time though and look forward to January if Achiyama will have me. Thanks once again.
  10. Karasukurai

    Hatsu Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Kaisei, Ichinojo and Mitakeumi - nooo! Hope Mita recovers quickly but it didn't look good. This basho started chaotically exciting but already may be heading for another Hak win, albeit by some fortunate matches. Personally I'd like to see the chaos continue for a bit longer!
  11. Karasukurai

    Hatsu Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Mita showed how to close down Taka for a convincing win. Good effort by Ryuden and Kaisei is still on a roll. I felt Aoiyama was very unlucky, totally out-gunned Onosho and the replay showed a flat hand but the rules are rules, intent doesn't seem to come into it. Ichinojo has found his back-bone on the tawara and isn't just giving up as he has done in the past - I like this Ichi because this version can go places. Oh, and the elephant has finally been removed from the room! I hope Kise has better luck in his new sumo career.
  12. Karasukurai

    Hatsu Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Kaisei looks like he's back in form. Shouldn't be surprised really as he was Komusubi and M1 in the Autumn and got injured so his rank probably doesn't reflect his ability. I think he'll continue to cut a swathe through the Maegashira ranks this tournament.Good battle with Endo today too. Hoping for a Kaisei Vs Aoiyama match this basho.
  13. Karasukurai

    Hatsu Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    First post, long time lurker. First, I do feel sorry for Kise, to get to the top rung and then suffer an awful injury and then decline surgery. However, I would like this 'will he?, won't he?' retirement saga to play itself out sooner rather than later. It's like a black hole at each basho, sucking all the light from the other rikishi. I'm happy to be corrected by the more vastly knowledgeable members here but, I just can't see any indication that there is an improvement in his performance, there just doesn't seem to be anything there at the moment. Please, not another handful of losses and kyujo again, either KK or retire, please!