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  1. Hey it's Kaiguma here after a long hiatus - lurking that is. Having moved to Asheville North Carolina, I am on the lookout for a sumo club here or in Charlotte. Does anyone have connections here? Thanks! ___ ] j [
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    New recruits for Haru 2012

    All of Kintamayama's inages show up for me as "posted image." It doesn't seem like they are old enough to have expired . . . I really would like to see more images of these recruits! EDIT: Ok, not at all, but quite a few on page 1 of the thread.
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    Longest ongoing kachikoshi streaks: Lost In New York

    I don't play this game but . . . go go Takarafuji go!!! 4 Isegahama sekitori for July!!!
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    Sumo wrestler steals cash mashine in Moscow

    And now we have real journalism. In this case it is the unknowns that give us the real meat of the story... until they become known...
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    sumo stamp - who is the rikishi?

    I would have guessed Takamiyama over Toki, but then I don't even know Arase and I didn't even get the nationality correct (Holiday feeling...)
  6. Are you familiar with the term, "Yokozuna-zumo"? Very well, my good sir! My position is that with a 15-0 zenyusho and a 14-1 junyusho, Kotooshu will get promoted to Yokozuna. You believe he will not get promoted with such a record. If he fails to reach 15-0 and 14-1, the bet is off. If he wins two yusho the bet is off. What shall our stakes be? The chances of our bet becoming valid seems quite small, so we might as well make them high! (Holiday feeling...) Since your bet is sealed I believe I can safely add my two cents. Hana, you have cut your chances potentially in half! You were at liberty to set up the scenario, but allowed any combination of the two scores to initiate the bet. The only way you can lose is to begin with the zensho and follow up with the 14-1 yusho playoff loss. And I suppose it is implied but not stated explicitly that we are beginning only from Ozeki: Osh can be demoted to sekiwake and earn his zensho from there, and then following up with a 14-1 playoff loss he could not even be considered for promotion. In fact, not even with back to back zensho.
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    Haru, how are you? 2010 GTB

    I can't now remember what I was distracted by, but I tried to submit a day too late!!! Actually I didn't even know February was coming to an end and missed my own mother's birthday:-( Sorry MoM... And of course, I would have landed a respectable 12-3 had I known what day I was living and breathing. And so it goes.
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    Sumo wrestler steals cash mashine in Moscow

    Fox in particular being the most "entertainment-based" of the media giants, let's not forget how blurry the media plays the line of "professional" in sumo. [i.e. no line at all...] This could be Alan Karaev for all we know, or worse yet some self-styled sumo star like the one that was posted from an American late night talk show.
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    Suppose Baruto....

    I didn't suggest that he is already more advanced than Osh, but only that he has potential. Doesn't mean it will ever pan out. Sheesh. :-P
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    Retirements-Hatsu 2010

    Kitazakura may be pulling a who was it can't remember right now -Wakanojoe? and waiting for the kabu to babu. Wakatoba
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    Day 15 Observations

    If you mean the official list of promotions, it's one thread up in the "Juryo promotions" thread. thanks!
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    Headbutts at tachiai

    Seems to me (=utter layman) that at the speed at which the rikishi come out of tachiai, one can avoid a butt only when one has some prior idea where the opponent's head is moving I think the heads are colliding far more often than we are aware of it. It all happens so fast an d unless the replay is focused in the upper body at just the right angle we might miss it.
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    A History of Tegata

    Mainly just bumping, but I can tell you the only rule I (think I) know: only Sekitori can make them. Not sure how longstanding a rule it is, so hopefully this bait will bring out the experts.
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    Makunouchi surprises....

    No one is really saying they don't like Bushuyama, we just didn't think he had what it takes, and yet he obviously does . . . have something . . . that still strangely doesn't look how we thought it should o_O Anyhow, much respect to the big saggy man on Pinocchio legs. And may I add a fresh one? Sagatsukasa! Really?? I wish him all the best, though I cannot imagine him sticking around another basho. And of course he has a ton of heart so he will probably surprise me. :-P
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    Day 15 Observations

    Should have secured his juryo debut with that, too, to go alongside stablemate Kurosawa. (Double shikona change coming up?) Good basho for Onomatsu-beya, even in case this Takanohana thing isn't working out... I've seen this a few places, but I wonder why not go with Matsutani as the 4th promotee? I know in the Makushita joi there us a bit of deference for higher rank, but 4-3 from Ms3 vs 6-1 from Ms7, really? The former has a better track record but I contend that it is also a lot more common and therefore more chances of occurring in a dry basho. OTO, the latter has a higher "lowest" promotion value, which kind of indicates it is regarded with a higher value. Also, when is the official list released? EDIT: I dug a little deeper and examined every case of 6-1 from Ms7. There are only a handful of examples that pit the result in direct contest with a 4-3 from Ms3 and most of those are old, 2005 being most recent. Still, prior to 2005 we see every instance in the 21st century favoring Ms3 and even once 4-3 from Ms4. We have to go back to Hatsu 1979 for an example of the Ms7 being treated as the better result, and that with both candidates promoted to juryo. While Makushita banzuke-making has been less than usual the past few basho, I can see why everyone feels this is a safe bet.
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    Intai candidates 2010

    Except of course that he had 7 wins against 4 losses just last basho... And considering it a seven-basho slide also obscures the fact that the first two MK were at ranks at which he wasn't going to be competitive anyway (just check his two years prior). So his "slide" consists of going 7-8, 6-9, 6-9, 5-10, facing essentially the same quality of opposition every time, followed by a bounceback basho in high juryo that was cut short by injury and now all of six days in which he has looked unexpectedly weak. (I wouldn't be surprised if his hamstring or something related is still bothering him.) That's not very impressive, but hardly reason enough to sound the career death knell. My OP did say "if he falls to makushita I'm afraid he's finished" or something. So at least I qualified my speculation. Less darts and more my personal worry and sad intuition.
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    Akebono promo for "Glee" in Japan

    Please consider the bold portion most carefully, as it is the best guage of whether you can get anything good out of the show...
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    Adoptee Reports - Hatsu 10

    To all the Kaisei haters out there . . . (Bye, bye...) He looks poised for a new career high rank! After a minor 3-4 setback in Kyushu, he came down from high Ms6W to Ms10E. And from Ms10E >>> 5-2 !!! This should bring him to Ms4W, striking range at last :-D Kaishin, moto-Kainohama, also is perched on the verge of a new career high. One more win and he would have seen a divisional debut in Makushita. There's always Haru (Sign of approval...) Previous high:Sd20E From Sd21 >>> 4-3 should bring him to about Sd8 [sd5 - Sd11]. And from there, another 4-3 is just enough to earn makushita promotion. Ganbatte kudosai!
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    FINAL RotoSumo Standings (Hatsu 2010)

    Wow, very happy to get my first (?) sansho, and runner-up is not bad. I only regret that the term jun-yusho is not usually applied to Juryo, ah well. Maybe since we all got 10-5 I can feel like it was a yusho-doten? Thanks Zentoryu for kicking off another year of a fantastic game (Sign of approval...)
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    Suppose Baruto....

    Are you saying it took Kotooshu too much time for making it to Ozeki? Seems quite the opposite: Osh made it so quickly that his sumo was still green. There was a lot of talk about what needed to be improved for him to do honor to the rank. The leg injury didn't help matters much, but it took him years to correct his bad tachiai and high stance. And those are still at maybe 80%. I think Baruto is now showing potential to surpass Kotooshu in skill level. I don't think Osh at his best could have pulled off the maki-kae against Hakuho. I was completely surprised by the caliber of that win, and had to reassess my "not until 2011" position. If Baruto can inject that speedy sumo into the mix when it matters most, he will be ozeki in May. EDIT: forgot to mention that the uwatedashinage vs Kyokutenho was also quite a surprise and shows great potential.
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    Intai candidates 2010

    I hate to throw a name out there since I am a horrible jinx, but something must be very wrong with Futeno. If he falls out of Juryo I believe he would hang it up.
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    Day 5 lower division results

    Chiyonofuji fought on endlessly with a chronically injured shoulder. AFAIK it eventually healed 150%. And word is he healed it with thousands of push-ups.
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    Leaderboard Day 5 Hatsu Basho 2010

    Yes I have to agree that with Futeno in Juryo I feel there is no order in the world...
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    Suppose Baruto....

    No talk of it means nothing really. There have just been more pressing manners on everyone's (reporters') minds so the question was just never asked. With 13 it would definitely be discussed, though I imagine passed on without a win over a yokozuna as others have said. Even 13 wins without much forward moving sumo would likely fail, but Baruto doesn't seem to be doing much backpedaling this basho. I guess it's all moot if he can't get more than 11 wins... (Shaking head...)
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    Day 5 Pics - Hatsu 10

    For the first time in the modern era of sumo we see the ultra-rare Koumonkadashi.