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  1. Asojima

    21 July 20

    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 (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).
  2. Asojima

    21 July 20

    Here we go for July (maybe).
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    Banzuke for Natsu(?) 2020

    The Kyokai site does not have a banzuke release date for the July basho. Has it been confirmed that the banzuke released for Natsu will be the one used for July? Is there any indication what name they will assign to the former Nagoya basho?
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    Does anybody know where they are?

    Probably still getting henka'd.
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    General Corona Banter

    Tampa is part of the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area. The four-county area is composed of roughly 3.1 million residents,[4] making it the second largest metropolitan statistical area (MSA) in the state, and the fourth largest in the Southeastern United States. The state of Florida is a real political melting pot (remember the Al Gore vote fiasco). The Republican governor defied the Democratic powers in the state to break the lockdown. His opponents and most of the national media came unglued and predicted a disaster. Massive testing funds have flooded the state to drive up the infection numbers, and there has been massive book cooking on both sides since the decision. There is no way now of knowing who, if anyone, is generating legitimate numbers.
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    General Corona Banter

    Hillsborough County is essentially the city of Tampa, FL. In the US., the larger cities have had, by far, the highest infection rates. The county is also in the state of Florida which has become a Covid political nightmare in the last few weeks. Any numbers that are reported out of Florida are highly suspect depending on which side of the fence the reporter is sitting on.
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    General Corona Banter

    Wearing a mask increases the number of times the face or mask is touched. A contaminated mask would contaminate the hands. Contaminated hands would contaminate both the mask and the face. Contaminated hands also touch items that are commonly touched by others. How many times an hour are you willing or able to wash your hands. The mask theory sucks. I'm done.
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    General Corona Banter

    For those who wear a mask for disease protection, it should, in theory, be loaded with contaminates. How many times per hour do you touch that damn thing?
  9. @Moderators. This topic definitely belongs in the Sumo Information forum.
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    What’s For Dinner Tonight?

    In n Out Double Double Animal Style
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    General Corona Banter

    Mask wearing countries/cultures tend to take many steps to void contagious diseases. The masks, by themselves, are not necessarily the prime factor in their successful battle against covid. The primary value in masks is that they reduce the area that is contaminated by a coughing/sneezing virus carrier. They are of very limited use for asymptomatic carriers.
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    General Corona Banter

    The vast majority of the non-politicized medical professionals agree that the wearing of masks will do little or nothing to protect against acquiring the virus, and it may reduce the chance that a symptomatic patient would spread the virus. My wife and I are both approaching 80, and she is asthmatic with COPD. I volunteer to deliver meals to a bunch of 80 and 90 year olds. I wear a mask when near strangers and when delivering meals on the remote chance that I might acquire and spread the virus. It also gives comfort to those near me who might be in the throes of needless virus panic. I also use nitrile gloves and hand sanitizer when I am in a location that I might touch or handle something which may have recently been touched by others. This is probably much more effective than the mask, but, strangely, it is not emphasized in the media panic pieces.
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    A Wrestling question for you

    How many people would pay to watch a set of legitimate matches? What do you do with a boxing ring when there is no scheduled boxing?
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    Sumo Rikishi Were Thin Back In 1885

    A. They are not wearing a mawashi. This is standard underwear of the time. The mawashi was modeled after it. B. They do not have a mage. C. This is probably a cheesecake photo of some non-sumo athletes/bodybuilders.
  15. Wajima appears to be named Hanakago (his heya).
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    Favorite Yokozuna? Past And Present

    Interesting that despite their popularity among the Japanese, neither of the Taka/Waka Hanada guys have been mentioned here.
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    Sumo World via iTunes

    I might take a look at it on my wife's kindle. I'm not expecting much. Andy Adams is gone.
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    Sumo World via iTunes

    Oh, I did, but it was a traumatic experience.
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    Sumo World via iTunes

    I had a copy of every Sumo World published before 1980 with the match matrix for each basho carefully filled in. On a move in the1990's , I decided that my connection with sumo was over, and I almost tearfully trashed the entire set. About ten years later, I discovered the forum, and I have been kicking myself ever since.
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    NHK kohaku rikishi

    This was an interesting day for both makuuchi and juryo.
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    Locating/Preserving Rare Sumo Vids?

    but you then have the enigma of having to pay to steal copyrighted material.
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    Favorite Yokozuna? Past And Present

    The emphasis is now on pushme-pullyou sumo rather than lifts and throws. It may be the result of the arrival of the pacific islanders. I think it is because the oyakata are lazy and are taking the easy way out on training.
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    Too much weight ?

    This topic was raised and properly put to bed when Orora was a svelte 192 and the other 2 hadn't even thought about pursuing a sumo career.
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    Favorite Yokozuna? Past And Present

    It was his day 13 4th loss in Kyushu 1973 that guaranteed Wajima the yusho and allowed him to go kyujo with his injured hand and still get the cup.
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    Favorite Yokozuna? Past And Present

    Wajima kept his family name for his shikona. There are a lot of Wajimas running around in Japan.