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About Itchygao

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  1. NSK Video Stream - Nagoya 10

    Many, Many thanks to those posting the links for the broadcast. I came here hoping to find information, and sure enough there was a lot of it. Regarding the VLC player, I have Windows OS and still use VLC, as I believe it is the best player of the two. The VLC player is super! Itchygao
  2. Have admitted publicly to baseball gambling

    So, seriously, WHAT do they do now? Shut the sport down? For THIS? Unfortunately there have been worse things surface in the not too distant past. All the talk about Rikishi taking payoffs to lose matches, steroids and other drugs. I don't think we need a poll to determine who you trust more, a Rikishi who bets on a board game like Mahjong or one accepting a 1 million Yen payoff to throw a match. What IS needed now is for SOMETHING to be done. If this scandal also just slowly fades away, the sport we truly love will have yet another deserved black eye. Perhaps what is needed is an admission that this is not the 17th Century. There are more temptations, the participants in Sumo from the Beya to the Dohjo have much more money than in the past. Things need to be kept in perspective. 10,000 Yen is $100.00, not even enough to buy a Kobe steak burger for lunch. Does the equivalent of betting a lousy hamburger on a diversion really require the sport to be destroyed?! I think not!
  3. It would seem to be having an effect. I have a friend who is a "copywriter" in Japan. I recently asked him, through a translator, what his opinion was on the Sumo scandals. His reply was that he did not follow Sumo, as "It is considered a lower class sport." I was floored by his response. The translator we were using at the time lives here in the U.S> and teaches Japanese at a local private secondary school. She was not aware of this perception of Sumo. I hope some of the Japanese Citizens here on the board will be kind enough to comment on this. Is, (or perhaps "has") Sumo lost a great deal of it's stature in Japanese society? Are there a large number of Japanese who view Sumo as a lower class activity? Or, perhaps was my friend simply saying that as a way to explain away his lack of knowledge regarding Ozumo? Any comments from people in a position to know what kind of damage is being done to Sumo's place in Japanese society would be appreciated. Thank You in advance for your time and considered opinion.
  4. I just do not get it. Kotomitsuki is a gambler. This is news? That was obvious in Las Vegas. Then, there was the story NHK did on the whole world of pochinko(sp?) (the Japanese game with all the ball bearings.). Supposedly gambling on the game is illegal, but there was a guy at a booth the size of a New York Broadway ticket office exchanging coupons for cash. At the time I saw that, I THOUGHT I understood how Japan viewed their gambling laws. Basically the same way we do here. They are ignored unless someone really raises a stink. Nobody ever got upset with Pete Rose until he was gambling on baseball at a time when he was a manager. So, when are Kotomitsuki's Sumo betting slips going to come public?
  5. Yokozuna promotion hypothetical

    No doubt boosted by the fact that he'd gone zensho in the preceding basho. At any rate, AFAIK it was pretty common to take a larger view for yokozuna promotions pre-Futahaguro; the emphasis on two-basho periods is just an unavoidable consequence of insisting on consecutive yusho. I'm mostly with Jakusotsu. Kaio might get promoted with 14-1J x2, Baruto or even Kotomitsuki not so much. On the other hand, I think the Council would be extremely careful about promoting Kaio. Don't get me wrong, I am a huge admirer of Kaio. His perseverance with a debilitating back condition is an inspiration to us chronic back sufferer's around the world. But, after the lingering of Musashi Maru far past the time most Yokozunas gracefully retire, I believe they would be careful promoting a man who could spend more time injured than competing. Further, I think it has been demonstrated that Kaio would continue on until HE was absolutely certain he could no longer compete. While I and others consider this an admirable trait, many do not see it that way when it comes to a Yokozuna. Basically, if a Yokozuna does not show he is the "champion of champions" every basho, or close to it, then it is time for him to step down. Frankly, I think there needs to be two Yokozuna. The demands of the position off the Dohjo are too numerous and time consuming for one man.
  6. Perhaps only Chicago Cubs fans have waited as long. This Basho may finally be the "Big One" where Takamisakari competes for the Yusho. I for one will absolutely go to Tokyo , should he be in contention next week. It may only be to wish him well from outside if no tickets remain, but I will be there for the momentous occasion. :-) (Applauding...) Are there any other Forum Members contemplating attending the current Basho? Always interested in meeting fellow fans of this great sport. Regards, Itchygao.
  7. Former Makushita Arrested for Smuggling

    Just amazing! Hardly what any Rikishi needs.
  8. Drugs, crime, and the law

    This reminds me of the U.S. in the 1960's. We had kids going to jail for 10-15 years without chance for parole for being caught with under an ounce of grass. The cannabis laws in this country were so outdated & outlandish they HAD to be changed, or an entire generation was going ot be "warehoused" as soon as the massive prison complexes were built to house them. Fortunately for the many, the misfortunes of the few led to the laws being amended. In cities with college campuses marijuana possession became akin to a traffic ticket, including the mail in $5.00 fine. If there is nothing that can be done for Wakanohou let us hope his great misfortune causes an archaic system to pause and self reflect.
  9. Chiyotaikai's blog

    Harry: Thank you so very much for continuing to bring us the translated blog. And we are indeed fortunate to have "back up" translation as you continue your rapid progress in mastering a TREMENDOUSLY DIFFICULT language. (More like three languages if you count the various styles.) I'm sure many like myself would never know what was happening without these translations. I am very grateful for your tireless and unselfish efforts. Best Regards, Itchygao
  10. The Most Frustrating Active Rikishi

    Count me in. This guy must be doing it because his other career option was shoveling salt in a gulag. He has NONE of the sportsmanship, temperment, and is especially lacking in RESPECT for his sport & chosen profession. Follow Roho around for a week with a camera and you could make a movie on :"Everything a Rikishi should not be." I was trying to think of something, even some little politeness about him to end on. There isn't one.
  11. OMG! WHat has happened to "The Strange One"? I hope it is not career threatening.
  12. I will certainly miss David. His style was unique & refreshing. I personally always got a big charge out of his humor. I do not know David's Exact age, but in exchanging email back & forth I definitely got the impression he was older than the wife & myself, which means he was likely in his early-mid 60's. I can say for a fact he NEVER mentioned nor implied any sort of NHK cutback on the English audio. And those that know him face to face can verify David would have certainly "mentioned" something of that magnitude. His style was unique. I personally looked forward to every broadcast he did and invariably found myself laughing out loud at some point because of his comments. I can always hope Sumo will rapidly expand to the U.S. market & David will again be at the forefront of introducing Ozumo to an audience he connects to so very well. Itchygao
  13. Featured rikishi - KaioU

    For those who wondered if their messages to Kaio, back in March when he was facing losing his Ozeki rank, were ever heard, here is the proof! I used the new Tomozuna-Beya web site to ask directly if Kaio had ever seen the messages of encouragement posted here at Sumo Forum. Here is the reply. It is currently posted in the Fan's room. You NEVER know if maybe your personmal message gave him the strength to get that 8th win so desperately needed. Regards, Itchygao
  14. Tomozuna Beya

    For those who sent Ozeki Kaio a message of encouragement when he was Kadoban back in March, you may now know he DID receive your message. I received the following reply from Tomozuna-Beya to my inquiry regarding those messages: I have no idea if Japanese fans have anywhere near this kind of contact with Rikishi? All I can say is I am VERY impressed! Itchygao Brighton, Illinois USA
  15. Edit

    Lone Wolf: Do you also smell a good place for a " Dial Tix" franchise? <g>