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    Natsu 2024 discussion (results)

    67 years ago, my English teacher assigned us to recite a poem. I memorized and recited Casey at the Bat. Most of it is still stuck in my memory.
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    Shikona Megathread: Translations and Trivia

    Shikona : Shi-Ko-Na 四股名 Four Thighs Name (The shiko leg exercise) Shiko-Na 醜名 Shameful Name (Pseudonym?) Go Find Em: The Sekitori (Updated) The Notes The Heya (Effective Natsu 2024) Ajigawa Arashio Asahiyama Asakayama Dewanoumi Fujishima Futagoyama Hakkaku Hanaregoma Ikazuchi Isegahama Isenoumi Kasugano Kataonami Kise Kokonoe Michinoku Minato Miyagino Musashigawa Naruto Nishiiwa Nishikido Nishonoseki Oitekaze Onoe Onomatsu Oshima Oshiogawa Otake Otowayama Sadagotake Sakaigawa Shibatayama Shikihide Shikoroyama Taganoura Takadagawa Takasago Takekuma Tamanoi Tatsunami Tokitsukaze Tokiwayama Yamahibiki Legend (魁) - Heya Flag kanji from Shisho/Heya Name 新^- Kanji from Real/Given Name 馬* - Kanji from a placename (Translation) - Meaning of one of the above Kanji. Often omitted for Heya flags and real names. The Marus The Yobidashi The Myoseki
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    Haru 2024 discussion (results)

    How well does Gonoyama respond to a full henka?
  4. Strange. The NSK DB is listing the heya as "otowayama". It is the only heya which is not capitalized. It appears that way in several places.
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    Merry Birthday, Profomisakari!!!

    Today, the Professor completes his 85th solar orbit. He is REALLY old!!
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    Happy Birthday Asojima in San Diego!

    I will accept good stuff for the next 5 years.
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    Ichinoya activities

    A lot of you.
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    Shikona Megathread: Translations and Trivia

    The origins of most of the kabu (and gyoji) names are buried deep in antiquity. I suspect that a lot of them are derived from all or part of the family names of the original holders. I read somewhere that Kise came from parts of the family names of the two gyoji who founded the heya. It is likely that research into most of these names would require access to some very old and very obscure sumo documentation.
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    Trivia bits

    The Chinese character for "death" has the same pronunciation as the character for "four". Edit: "44 dead stone lions" would be "Si shi si si shi shi zi"
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    Kyushu 2023 discussion (results)

    Pre-injury Tochinoshin did a lot of bouncing at M3w.
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    Kyushu 2023 discussion (results)

    Takarafuji is 36 yoa. His goal is to remain an uninjured sekitori until his kabu becomes available. He is on cruise control.
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    Kyushu 2023 discussion (results)

    That has never happened with a Japanese shisho???
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    Winning and losing streaks

    In 10.5 years, his highest rank has been Jonidan 57. In the last 15 basho before his BG period, he managed to grab a total of 14 wins. He is not one of the stellar performers.
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    Aki 2023 discussion (results)

    His father (shisho and mentor) made a good living by slowing down his matches and waiting for a good opening. It's hereditary.
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    21 July 20, The Results

    Welcome to the 21 game for Natsu July 20 (I hope). The game is a simple pre-basho game in which you are given 21 matchups that may occur in the next basho. Your job is to decide whether each match will occur, and, if so, who will win it. Each of the 42 makuuchi rikishi will be found in one and only one match. The matchups are selected on the basis of closeness in rank and the closeness in win-loss records. The intent is to select 21 of the least predictable matches. Entries are submitted as posts in this topic. Each match will have two rikishi labeled “A” and “B”. For each match, enter the match number and either A or B for your selected winner. If you do not think the match will occur, enter an “X”. For example: 1. A 2. X 3. B ... The winner is the entry with the most correct answers. (X counts.) If one of the rikishi for a match does not appear on the dohyo for the entire basho, that match will be counted as correct for all entries. An entry other than A, B or X will be counted as incorrect. If two or more entrants have the same number of correct picks, the one having the FEWEST other entrants making each of those correct picks will be the leader. If the agreement counts are equal, the entrant with the earliest time of entry will be the leader. Entry deadline is 2 days before shonichi at 05:00 AM (JST) on Friday, May 22 July 27 17(I think). No new entries or entry modifications will be accepted after the deadline. Here are the 21 matches for July 20. The numbers in parens are the the results of the most recent matches between the two. July 20 A B 1 Ye Hakuho (2-1) Yw Kakuryu 2 Se Shodai (2-1) Oe Takakeisho 3 Ow Asanoyama (2-4) Sw Mitakeumi 4 Ke Daieisho (2-2) Kw Okinoumi 5 M1e Endo (0-0) M2e Takanosho 6 M3e Takarafuji (0-1) M1w Yutakayama 7 M3w Kiribayama (0-1) M2w Onosho 8 M4w Aoiyama (0-1) M4e Kagayaki 9 M5e Abi (0-1) M6e Enho 10 M5w Hokutofuji (2-1) M6w Ryuden 11 M8e Ishiura (2-2) M7e Terutsuyoshi 12 M8w Chiyotairyu (0-0) M7w Tokushoryu 13 M9w Ikioi (1-0) M9e Tamawashi 14 M10e Kaisei (0-0) M10w Myogiryu 15 M12e Sadanoumi (1-0) M11w Tochinoshin 16 M11e Shimanoumi (1-0) M12w Shohozan 17 M14e Kotoshogiku (0-0) M13e Takayasu 18 M13w Kotonowaka (0-1) M14w Wakatakakage 19 M15w Chiyomaru (0-0) M15e Kotoshoho 20 M16w Kotoeko (1-0) M17e Terunofuji 21 M17w Kotoyuki (0-0) M16e Nishikigi Each match must appear on a separate line in your entry. Use shift-enter to avoid double-spacing. Natsu 20 was officially cancelled. We will use the same matches for the Nagoya (or whereever) basho in July (or whenever).
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    21 July 20, The Results

    Nagoya 20 was known as July 20. I still have my copy of the spreadsheet. I have tried sending it to my archived version of the Professor's Email address.
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    What makes a great ozeki?

    The kadoban factor screws up the statistics. An ozeki who is no longer in the yusho race has no incentive to risk injury by acquiring more than 8 wins. A "good" ozeki plays the game well. A "great" ozeki is one that is consistently in the late day yusho race. These guys tend to become yokozunas. Most ozekis are playing the 8 and out scenario. In the late days of the basho, two 8 win ozekis are often matched. This forces one of them to acquire a 9th win. The yusho race and the late day matchups add warts to the expected win stats
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    Edit button

    Mr.Gills has not been fully signed in since November 2020. His sign in options may have something to do with his editting capablities.
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    Game 21 for KyuShu Basho 2022

    I am alive and well. I have essentially lost interest.
  20. Now would be a good time to either kill this thread or change its headline.
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    Have a go at a Haiku!

    An excellent reference about Haiku with 1-2 hundred examples. There are several other sources for the book.
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    Nagoya Basho 2022

    There was a news leak. This basho, the macaron will have the gay pride rainbow.
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    Another Sekitori Marriage

    Or breaking open a keg of sake.
  24. According to my grandson, a stopped clock goes dark.