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  1. Ichimawashi

    Dangerously close to the third rail...

    Well, I guess that answers that. Thanks yet again, Moti! And congrats on the Nagoya ISP win!
  2. If this post does not appear to live up to the 'respect for sumo and its ways and traditions' that we all support, I apologize in advance. It is well-known that Hakuho hopes to be asked to represent sumo in the opening ceremony of the 2020 Olympic Games in Japan by performing a yokozuna dohyo-iri, and that he may even be extending his career to remain active until that time. I do not, however, recall any news reports that confirm that the organizing committee has made any such request. Is it possible that the spectacle could be too controversial for Olympic standards? I refer -- knowing that this is something that sumo watchers accept and mostly ignore while others who stumble onto live streams tend to mock (and often get rightly banned for it) -- to the level of nudity, or near-nudity among the rikishi involved in the ceremony. Is it possible that the IOC is going to have a serious problem with this, even if camera angles are carefully chosen? I recall many strange things from opening ceremonies that even the commentators' explanations did not make terribly clear, but nothing on the level of what one sees when a rikishi, even one in a kesho-mawashi, is viewed from behind.
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    How Enho got KK & Ginosho, TFIC (tongue firmly in cheek)

    On the Mbovo stream on the final day I remarked that Enho's kimarite was similar to what Gene Hackman did to that deputy in _Mississippi Burning_...
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    Nagoya 2019 Discussion (here be spoilers)

    Eight actually!
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    Nagoya 2019 Discussion (here be spoilers)

    Not very long. Are you now changing your argument? Didn't this start with you claiming 'incessant screaming?' Even after they stood up and got back down again, Meisei's elbows were touching his knees, fists far from the ground, until well after Hokutofuji had both fists down; Konosuke clearly feels that this is an unfair advantage.
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    Nagoya 2019 Discussion (here be spoilers)

    Watch it again; I did. The first was almost a whisper. The second was conversation level. The third was loud but not yelling, and considering that Meisei looked as though he might never put his hands down, Konosuke showed a fair bit of restraint.
  7. Ichimawashi

    Kimura Konosuke

    I voted don't care either way, the first option being a bit overstated. To make tate-gyoji, Konosuke probably needs a few more years to elevate his announcements to the unintelligible mispronunciations that the current tate-gyoji gives us: Endo in seven syllables, Kakuryoohoo, that sort of thing appears to be a prerequisite for the job which straight-talking Konosuke does not have at the moment. :) Is the segment following dohyo-iri, before Makuuchi, occasionally seen on the streams, where the tate-gyoji shows off his calligraphy and mispronounces as many Makuuchi names as he can a tradition? I would expect Konosuke to break this tradition with a simple welcoming announcement and a point to the scoreboard.
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    Nagoya 2019 Discussion (here be spoilers)

    This idea that a gyoji or a referee or an umpire or an official should suspend the rules rather than be the focus of attention loses me every time. "Fans come to see the athletes, not the officials" is a BS argument, since nobody will come if the rules are not applied fairly to all. Konosuke has been consistently scheduled in the slot around the newsbreak and is very aware of the time available to keep the schedule flowing as it should. Last night's case looked more like an episode of "To Tell The Truth," or a jack-in-the-box display, with Meisei and Hokutofuji popping up and down repeatedly. I've read some comments about shimpan and other elders being critical of the tactics of some rikishi at tachiai and I think Konosuke and others are trying to tread carefully, between letting the trend go so far that it forces the implementation of some new rule, and not letting anyone use tachiai delays as a tactic. What's Japanese for WE DON'T HAVE ALL DAY?
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    Lower Division Schedule Reform

    One option might be to slowly increase the size of Juryo, perhaps two extra per basho until it gets to about 36-40. The banzuke committee could choose when to expand based on the performance levels of the extra rikishi in promotable position, sometimes deciding not to add any, just to increase the number of things we can debate. :) The larger Juryo would create a low Juryo round robin between almost all of the J11-18 (or J12-19, or J13-20) except for those challenging for the Juryo yusho. Six extra Juryo matches would simply mean the Juryo dohyo-iri would happen about a half hour sooner. With the current streak of Kokugikan sellouts, it sounds like the extra Juryo salaries could easily be covered.
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    First shot at a banzuke algorithm

    OK, I admit I haven't spent as much time on this as I would like, and my first result in GTB (82nd of 83!) shows that my program and my interventions in the tricky bits seem to have a lot to learn. Next time I'll try to beat two other entries....
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    GTB Nagoya Basho 2019-results too!

    Ow. This game is rough :)
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    Promotion Discussion thread - Natsu 2019

    Before they took down the dohyo they should have secretly marked one half of it “Juryo” and one half “M16w”, brought Terutsuyoshi in to toss a softball sized ball of salt, then measured which sectors attracted the most grains... :)
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    Natsu basho 2019 discussions [SPOILERS]

    I would suspect that the judges in the last half of Makuuchi all have a long history of judging and coming up through the various levels since their retirement from active participation, like almost every other position in Sumo. They may have unconscious biases but they know what to look for. The problems in this case seem to be: 1) a failure by the video room guys to look at or put any weight on the undisturbed sand after the heel was lifted (tachiai’s notion that you can touch without leaving evidence is ridiculous: the sand is there for a reason and if the camera indicated it is undisturbed it means there was no meaningful touch) 2) the inability of the judges to see the evidence for themselves, which means everything depends upon verbal communication initiated by a head judge whose skills are limited. If he told the video guys to look for evidence of the foot touching, they might have spent all the time trying to decide based on the heel frames we have seen and ignored the indirect evidence of the undisturbed sand. Then he forced the judge to decide when the judge was only told there was no evidence one way or another. Technology exists in 2019 to have the judges view video in the middle of the dohyo. I’m guessing that judge that was forced to rely on his sight of something that happened over the course of a split second would have preferred to combine his sight with the evidence the full video presented before making a final decision.
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    Natsu basho 2019 discussions [SPOILERS]

    This notion that a huge man can touch a sandbox and not make any kind of mark is one that just needs to go away. If this all comes down to asserting that Tochinoshin has that sort of skill, he should be awarded the Ozeki rank immediately.
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    Natsu basho 2019 discussions [SPOILERS]

    From the interviews we have, it is beginning to sound like the video room guys focused only on the frames with heel near sand and not on the more telling frames with sand undisturbed after the heel exited the scene. I really don't buy the tachiai article's assertion that some touches don't move any sand and other non-touches do move sand. If that is true, why bother having the sand at all? And why is the sand outside about 5mm higher than the level of the clay/dirt/salt inside?