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  1. Though I would love the points, I think Takayasu lost on day 10
  2. Absolutely agree! I bet Terunofuji didn't thank his friend for that knee jolt. It looked like it hurt.
  3. Yep, his latest video suggesting that Teronofuji threw that bout to Meisei solely based on the evidence that he was his mate, is getting the comments it deserves.
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    Hakuho retires

    Hakuho's managed decline has finally come to an end then. That's not to say that he wasn't entitled to squeeze as much out of his latter years as possible, he was. Still, I'm glad he's intai because I look forward to his next role. Hakuho has already shown that he has a good eye for potential in youngsters and hopefully his stable does well. Somehow I don't think it's going to be easy for him, I suspect that his relationship with the JSA is going to be difficult, I can imagine that if one of his rikishi steps out of line there will be the usual 'foreign born oyakata blah blah, lack of Japanese values blah blah', these could be 'interesting times'. I was never a fan, there was something about him that always grated on me. Nevertheless, he was the best, good luck Hakuho, best wishes for future success.
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    Visited a church in Llangattock-Vibon-Avel, near Monmouth, Wales a while back. Noticed a particularly nice grave with a Celtic cross, it belonged to Charles Rolls (of Rolls-Royce fame) who was killed in 1910 (I believe the first British person to die in a plane crash).
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    Nagoya Basho 2021

    Yes, I thought Chiyotairyu was waiting for a matta too. Curious.
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    Game 21 for the Nagoya 2021 Basho

    Thanks for that table - it's the highest I've ever been in this game ...
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    Asanoyama caught violating COVID restrictions

    I've never been a great fan of Asanoyama, not sure why tbh, so all this carfuffle has been rather entertaining. (Sorry to the Asanoyama fans!). I like Chris' videos, a bit of gossip, entertainment and another view etc, but I certainly don't agree with everything he says. I personally see Chris' overt criticisms and (sometimes over-blown) conclusions as a counterpoint to those who defend the actions (or inactions) of the NSK or remain silent when the worst happens. Somewhere between Chris and the NSK apologists there maybe some 'truth', whatever that is. No idea where it may lie but it's fun watching and reading nonetheless. I've said before, I think a lot of 'rule breaking' has been happening over the past few months and lots of people know about it, from those at the bottom to those at the top. This may make Asanoyama's punishment appear somewhat harsh in that context but I think the lying (and rank) caused him the most grief. Another great home-grown hope bites the dust, for now anyway; perhaps paving the way for a great story of redemption and victory against the odds?
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    Asanoyama caught violating COVID restrictions

    Apart from Tobizaru who seems to spend most of his time in the crowd eight rows back whether he wins or not.
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    Asanoyama caught violating COVID restrictions

    The punishment will indeed be interesting given that Abi set the precedent of a three basho ban (and the rejection of his resignation). Of course, there's the 'Ozeki factor' with Asanoyama, will they be more lenient because he's the great Japanese hope for Yokozuna or will they be harder on him because he broke Covid rules AND lied about it to his seniors? Also, as Kintamayama notes, if he is busted down the ranks 'does he have the balls', to get back to the top? On balance, I think I'm with Swami in the post above:
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    Asanoyama caught violating COVID restrictions

    The lying to his superiors is going to cause the biggest issue for Asanoyama - that's not going to go down too well. My suspicion is that a lot of the people in the sumo world are breaking Covid rules and they all know it - the problem comes when the media catch them doing it. Lying about it just makes it worse, especially if you're high up in the pecking order.
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    Asanoyama caught violating COVID restrictions

    Many thanks for that, the paper is going to spin this whole thing out then - good for circulation. So, if this is indeed the case, this story 'might' have legs then? Interesting.
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    Natsu basho 2021

    I was very glad to see Akua get up OK after hitting the edge of the doyho with his lower back and Tsurugisho on him too. I know he's a giant of a man, but I did feel sorry for Terunofuji losing in that way.
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    Asanoyama caught violating COVID restrictions

    Whether Asanoyama did or didn't violate Covid restrictions, you can bet that the NSA will do their very best to have their great home-grown hope found innocent. On that basis, the journalists involved are going to have to produce more evidence and, to be honest, what journo hasn't got a camera on their phone? No pictures, so-far, seems suspicious unless this is the initial click-bait article with 'further revelations to come' type story.
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    Natsu basho 2021

    Terno really pissed, I feel sorry for Onosho tomorrow.
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    Hi Achiyama, that's OK. It explains why I couldn't find it. Thank you for your reply. Any good players of GTB willing to help Achiyama in the future?
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    Hello TUG players. Has there been a banzuke posted for the start of the Natsu basho? If so, can someone post a link? Many thanks, appreciated.
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    Natsu basho 2021

    Ura with another display of tawara ballet. I thought he'd lost that one. Brilliant. While Enho is looking pretty beaten up, it didn't help that Azumaryu landed on his leg as he waited for his bout.
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    Not that really matters

    Samurai wore masks as part of their armour to protect themselves.
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    Best Way to Get Into Sumo?

    The OP's 'training blog' hasn't been updated since Nov 30th 2020 either. Perhaps he's a) already quit, b) stopped recording training, c) recording elsewhere, d) currently in Jonokuchi, e) dead. I'd do a proper poll but I've got gussets to scrub.
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    Natsu basho 2021

    I was looking forward to Ura Vs Enho - sorry Enho was injured but glad of the Ura win. Interesting to see in the slow-mo replay how big Ura's arms are compared to Enho's. Ura has really filled out but I gather he wants to lose a bit and puts weight gain down to lack of exercise after his injury. Despite his bigger size, Ura still seems pretty flexible, his save on the tawara today was testament to this; his balance really is exceptional, even when he's crouched very low. Hope he manages to stay 'relatively' injury free for the next few years, I just love watching the guy and I'd like to see him getting a long run in the top division. IMO if Terunofuji stays healthy enough, this basho is his to lose. Takakeisho may run him close though. Looking forward to tomorrow, especially the young 'uns, Hoshoryu Vs Onosho - should be interesting.
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    Game 21 for Natsu Basho 2021

    I'm so bad at this game I'll take anything you give me.
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    Game 21 for Natsu Basho 2021

    1. A 2. B 3. B 4. A 5. A 6. B 7. B 8. A 9. B 10. X 11. A 12. B 13. B 14. B 15. A 16. A 17. B 18. B 19. B 20. B 21. B Thank you!
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    This is awful isn't it? Inside Sport Japan is reporting on twitter: Lower division wrestler Hibikiryu has died a few weeks after sustaining severe injury in the March Grand Sumo tournament. This is devastating. Thoughts to his family, friends and stable mates.
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    Banzuke for Natsu 2021

    Or, he does a Terunofuji and is back in sanyaku for May 2022. It would be nice! What another story that would be. I don't think he has anything left in the tank though. I'd love to be proved wrong.