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  1. Ichimawashi

    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    On the topic of doing something to prevent the injuries, a new idea: extend the dohyo's basic shape so that it is a square overlaid by a circle that ensures 0.5m between the tawara and the edge of the dohyo. Many of the injuries we have seen result because a rikishi is faced with a sudden drop on the spot where there is almost no space between tawara and ring edge, and there is insufficient time to make a good decision on whether trying to land on one foot is wise. This would mean a little more space taken away from the front row and the side judges might need to move a bit closer to the north end to get closer to the dohyo, but would prevent many situations where injuries have often occurred if the bout could end without someone jumping off the dohyo to an uncertain landing.
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    Pre-Kyushu predictions?

    Time was running out Busy weekend ahead here Feel free to transfer :)
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    Pre-Kyushu predictions?

    Bold or maybe whacko prediction: Hakuho vs Enho in the first ever zensho playoff! Enho defeats 2300kg of rikishi in his first thirteen days, and faces a surprise return on Day 14: Ichinojo at a svelte 178 kg. Enho makes his usual tachiai attempt to attach himself to the, let us say, lower stomach of Ichinojo, but to everyone's surprise Ichinojo tries a henka and lurches dizzily off to the right as Enho struggles to avoid falling on his face. Ichinojo hits the edge of the dohyo just as Enho is flying off in a forward flip. A mono-ii is called but is deadlocked since the fifth judge was too busy shielding himself from Enho to see anything, and with the votes at 2-2, a torinaoshi is called, and the two wrestlers set up woozily for a second bout despite having not contacted one another in the first. Konosuke calls a dozen times for them to get their hands down, but nothing happens until the thirteenth time, when Enho senses the gravitational effect of Ichinojo collapsing and jumps straight up and over him as Ichinojo gets his hands down but then faceplants. Hakuho is late entering the ring for his Day 14 match against Goeido because he cannot stop laughing at the replay, but dispatches Goeido to set up the Day 15 showdown, except that they are stablemates. Enho gets Tochinoshin on Day 15 and loses himself in the Georgian's blind spot off the tachiai; as Tochinoshin struggles to grip Enho, he is suddenly lifted out of the ring to the utter shock of everyone, including the head shimpan who resigns on the spot, later saying "if that is what my eyes were telling me, I was in no condition to continue." Hakuho survives a three-minute belt battle with 11-3 Kakuryu, who seems to have the upper hand but makes a rookie mistake to hand the bout to Hakuho, then refuses to leave his front row seat. When questioned later about his error, Kakuryu says 'I could have won easily, but instead I got to watch the first ever match of 15-0 vs 15-0.' The playoff begins with Enho being reprimanded for lining up on the far left of the line. He switches to the far right of the line and is again reprimanded. He then switches to the center and at tachiai jumps straight backward, almost to the bales. Hakuho is enraged, recovers his balance, and picks Enho up and tosses him halfway down the hanamichi. As he accepts the applause of the spectators, there is a sudden mono-ii! Video shows it clearly, in recovering his balance, Hakuho's toes touched the dohyo from the top side, not the sole. Enho wins his first yusho!
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    GTB- Guess the Banzuke- Kyushu 2019 -and results!!

    Trying this out for the second time after missing the deadline last time. Not that my score would have been anywhere near the top.... :)
  5. Ichimawashi

    Have a go at a Haiku!

    Sixth page already Without any mention of He who seldom wins? Checking the results... Hattorizakura lost No one is surprised What is the problem? Skills remain quite limited Does he even train? Still thin as a rail Anorexic possibly? Eating disorder All is forgiven Welcoming rikishi for Injured returnees
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    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    We already have up to ten minutes of buildup before the big matches and you want to add a separate entrance with music for each rikishi in each bout. 21 matches in makuuchi would take three hours instead of two. I think it is great that Hattorizakura and Hakuho both enter the ring area and sit down and wait for their names to be called, the only difference being that Hattorizakura's name echoes more because of the attendance level.
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    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    I make it nine straight losses now for Japanese Yokozuna :) I proposed on the mbovo channel the term ‘mono-ii henka’ for the situation where nobody but the gyoji and judges know who won a bout and the judges get up as though they need a talk, but instead are leaving because their shift is over. :)
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    Ridiculous Predictions for Aki 2019

    Enho goes 10-4 and is matched against Ichinojo on Day 15 just for fun. The Boulder unexpectedly trips and falls onto Enho, who has no chance to get out of the way and valiantly attempts to lift him for a WWE-style body slam. The lift succeeds for a split second, but that section of the dohyo collapses under the pressure, and only Enho's head is visible after he sinks into the clay like a nail into softwood. A mono-ii follows, carefully avoiding the hole in the dohyo, and the announcement is that Enho kept the bottom of his feet in contact with the dohyo while it failed but Ichinojo touched surviving areas of the dohyo with several body parts at once; Enho gets the win! The kimarite is posted online as 'Enho' officially for several weeks until 'Enho' is finally added to the official list of kimarite with the definition 'anything that defies rational description.'
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    Dangerously close to the third rail...

    Well, I guess that answers that. Thanks yet again, Moti! And congrats on the Nagoya ISP win!
  10. 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.
  11. Ichimawashi

    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.
  14. Ichimawashi

    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.
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    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.