Yubiquitoyama

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    Kesho-mawashi for sale

    I'm just checking out the views on the forum: Some of you might remember how the Sumo Mailing list a couple years ago or so tried to buy a kesho-mawashi at sale on ebay, and failed, but not because no one was interested in paying for a share, but because of it (a kesho-mawashi of an early 19th century Ozeki) being VERY expensive. Now there is a kesho-mawashi for sale on ebay again, but this time not one for any really great rikishi, and not one quite as old. Unless it's a fake (and nothing really points to that, although of course it's hard/impossible to know) , it should be a kesho-mawashi owned by (or at least intended for) the Komusubi Kanenohana of the 1950s (although there are earlier Kanenohana's he seems the most probable one) . http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewI...4&category=4003 At already 152 dollars, it's already too expensive for me at least, but the thought I had was that forum members (who want to) pay a small sum each, so we'd buy the kesho-mawashi as a joint project. Personally I'd be prepared to pay at least 20 dollars (probably more, although my economy is strained), even if the likelihood of me even seeing it would be slim, just to be a part of actually owning one. Quite high symbolic value in my book... Any other views on this?
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    Stefan Gelow's Sumo Page

    I'm glad someone actually noticed it disappeared despite there being so much newer and better sources nowadays. I have all of it somewhere on my harddrive, so if anyone would like something, please PM me. My internet provider stopped providing personal homepage space and therefore I just let it disappear...
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    Tochinoshin

    So, does that mean Miyabiyama is soon on a new Ozeki run? ;-) Btw, having followed sumo scarcely the last few years I just now noticed that Kasugano really is turning into a powerhouse in sumo. Suits me fine since I liked old Tochinowaka. Musashigawa though seems to be on the brink of the generational shift from hell... (Ok, no news to those more active around here of late, but things you notice when trying to get back on track...).
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    Election erection

    Joke's on them, the retirement age limit will still apply. ;-) You underestimate the power of the dark side, young padawan. When Takanohana is rijicho, he will of course abolish such nonsense for oyakatas with a BMI below 25... :-O
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    Biggest threat to Taiho's yusho record?

    With no Asa, Hakuho could likely take 10-11 of the next 12 tournaments. That would only bring him up to weeks after his 27th birthday, and put him within 10 of the record. Who's going to stop him from getting at least that far, besides an injury? I think that part is nearly guaranteed. After he's there, another 10 championships over 4 years would be do-able. Most people on here seem to think we're a long, long way away from the next Yokozuna, and Hak would need to be seriously opposed soon to derail his record hopes. With no Asa, and no other serious competition, the record could fall in just over 4 years. It's really a matter of timing. Asa was very fortunate in this respect, with nobody else able to regularly win 12 matches in a tournament during his solo reign. How long is it before the next contender arises? I hope we're never going to find out about this, because I'd like Asa to stay. Well, being around 20 yusho at the age of 27 is not the problem. Several have done it. The problem is the last 12. Anyway, as others have stated, the options are a bit strange. I don't think either will make 32, not because they are not dai-enough-yokozunas, but because 32 is difficult (duh). That something is doable does not make it probable. Anyway, I believe Asashoryu will stay in but will not win many more yusho either way, so he will not as such be the biggest threat to Hakuho. That threat will be injuries and future opposition.
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    Suppose Baruto....

    Which has been a surprisingly common opinion in past discussions on Ozeki promotion standards, if I remember correctly. Although of course the proponents wouldn't admit/realize that themselves.
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    Hakuhou in Puroresu brawl

    Wouldn't that be a bit "our guy hasn't done nothing wrong... but your guy did it too!"... Not that it is that unusual, but still... :-)
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    Can Ama make it higher than Ozeki

    Well, I'm not putting my money on him making Yokozuna just yet. I can still see him as some Araiwa-type who wins several yusho, but doesn't quite manage to string them together. But admittedly, he is in a good spot right now, and when he can even win yusho with all top contenders against him, I do admit I might be too cautious. But we'll see...
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    Both Yokozuna play golf-Sumo world angry

    Without going into the actual issue, I still wonder if this is really true. As far as I know, Kokonoe always enjoyed golf and I wouldn't put it past him, at least in the latter stages of his career, to accept to play if he found the opportunity entertaining enough, even a couple of days before hon-basho. But of course it's impossible to know.
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    Quotes from Day 12 - Haru 2009

    Hm. Yeah, that sounds like a good reason to write detailed articles: Surely it must exist, eh? (Showing respect...)
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    Ozeki Back-Scratchers' Club

    But there are never any stray bouts, because the premises always change when such one occurs, so that it can be explained away. Of course, this is how any conspiracy theory works, so nothing strange with that. But it makes disproving it impossible.
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    Ozeki Back-Scratchers' Club

    Of course, any good conspiracy theory can incorporate any result after the fact...
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    How many more yusho does Asashoryu have in him?

    My estimate is 2 more yusho, but I might be a bit too optimistic. He follows pretty much the usual pattern of the top-of-the-top rikishi, and if he continues like that, he is very much at the end of his career. I think we'll see him retired by the end of 2010 or possibly early 2011.
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    Sumo World Magazine

    It is not an easy one to find. I have (ever) seen two items for sale somewhere on the web, and both have been very expensive.
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    The Amazing Asashoryu

    Yes, I agree. I think I'd like to see Asashoryu in reasonably great form for a few years more and I think sumo would be better for it, but his career does in many ways resemble that of other great yokozunas in which case this could well be "that final showing"... (Whistling...)
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    Day 15 results, yusho and sansho

    Somewhat always a question of what you mean by modern-day... It is not a record if meaning post-1958, or post-WW2. I haven't done a systematic search in any way, so I don't know what the record is, but I found that around the end of the 50s there was quite a number of old-timers active simultaneously. The size of the Makuuchi-division then is of course part of the reason for the uneven comparison... See for example 1958.03 which includes Kw Kitanonada born 1923.02.01 M03e Tamanoumi 1923.01.02 M03w Wakasegawa 1920.02.20 M07e Hajimayama 1922.04.23 M10w Wakabayama 1922.11.09 M14e Mitsuneyama 1922.02.07 M14w Hirosegawa 1919.02.28 M21w Hiodoshi 1922.08.22 M22e Ononishiki 1922.03.20
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    Ozeki demotions

    If this alternate explanation was that "grouchy ol' Yubi obviously fails to live up to his own expectations in some other area and therefore takes his frustration out on some random poster in the Sumo Forum" you would not be completely wrong (Sigh...)
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    Ozeki demotions

    I expected some sort of point. A random statistic as this pretty much says nothing, so I don't understand what that point was.
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    Ozeki demotions

    I'm somewhat surprised that this hasn't been commented on, but I really think it should, since this statistic is completely useless and says nothing in its current form. Any year where there have been a lack of "soon-to-be-Yokozuna"-Ozekis will have lower average numbers since no one getting really strong numbers will be there. Comparing that to average Sekiwake-numbers doesn't say much either since such numbers inevitably includes Ozeki-promotion-streaks, which will make them higher than what can normally be expected from a typical Sekiwake. In other words, it is comparing apples and oranges. It will also fluctuate quite wildly depending on what type of Ozeki happens to be present a particular year or for that matter, whether an Ozeki has decided to step out from tournaments or not when being injured/in bad shape.
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    New deshi for Tatsunami-beya

    Admittedly I'm very rusty as to this, but 3-4 years is rather short, isn't it? Unless he turns out to be Ozeki material, isn't 6-8 years more probable (and even that takes a bit of talent)?
  21. I agree with Asashosakari here. To even SUGGEST that Otsukasa might retire before he at least ties Oshio's record of 13 Makunouchi-promotions is almost criminal. Shame on you! :-)
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    Rikishi Talk Day 9 Aki Basho 2008

    Somehow I doubt that... (Sign of disapproval...) (PS. Thanks for providing the comments...)
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    Can Ama make it higher than Ozeki

    I do not see him making Yokozuna, although I do believe he'll one day make Ozeki (heck, I said he'd make Ozeki pretty much when he entered Makuuchi, so I'd be quite the coward if I suddenly took that back when he actually starts hitting on the Ozeki door...).
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    Former ozeki Konishiki to go under the knife

    It isn't the willpower that is lacking in such cases. Overweights who can't get thin have pretty much the same strength of will as others (so we all have a lack of willpower, if you will). We all say that it's unbelievable how some overweight friend simply can't eat less, while we smoke away happily, since of course it's much harder to quit smoking than lose weight. Or don't clean our apartment. Or don't start exercising. Or don't write that job application. Or whatever happens to be hard for us to do. While of course those problems others have would have been trivial. It's the human nature. But I'm very happy Konishiki has taken this seriously. (Sign of approval...)