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Reviewing last year, previewing 2020 in sumo

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Happy New Year to you all. Here’s to a great 2020.

Sumo is the daytime soap opera of sports when it comes to drama.

Action inside the ring is often controversial — the result of many rules actually being guidelines that are open to interpretation —while regular scandals and political machinations outside it ensure there are few slow news days in Japan’s national sport.

Last year was no exception, with the storylines coming thick and fast right from the start...

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2020/01/03/sumo/reviewing-last-year-previewing-2020-sumo

 

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2 hours ago, Otokonoyama said:

Reviewing last year, previewing 2020 in sumo

 

@John Gunning [...] the mice (Takayasu, Hokutofuji, Yutakayama) might play [...]?

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Sumo practice blowups nothing new in sport ruled by traditions

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The problem of violence reared its ugly head in sumo again recently, but this time it came with a twist.

Instead of a hazing and bullying or a drunken brawl in a bar, the violence on this occasion occurred inside a ring — specifically the practice at the Miyagino stable.

Anyone who has ever attended a sumo training knows they aren’t for the faint of heart and that controlled aggression is an ever present in stables...

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2020/01/09/sumo/sumo-practice-blowups-nothing-new-sport-ruled-traditions/

 

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9 hours ago, Otokonoyama said:

" Yes things can overheat — especially when two wrestlers engage in a series of intense bouts. To expect otherwise would be to make demands on human biology beyond its current capability. When the testosterone and adrenaline flow, control regularly takes a back seat."

That passage is pure Pulitzer material. Excellent work, John! (Applauding...)

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New Year Basho provides intriguing mix of storylines

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Every sumo tournament contains a myriad of storylines.

One of the most fascinating aspects of the sport is the fact that the kachikoshi/makekoshi delineation of winning and losing records determines both the starting positions for the following meet and the lifestyle of the wrestlers.

In sports like soccer, football or golf no matter who wins a competition, everyone goes back to square one the next time out...

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2020/01/09/sumo/new-year-basho-provides-intriguing-mix-storylines

 

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American-born Akebono blazed path to pinnacle of sumo

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Rowan, an anglicization of the Irish O Ruadhain, isn’t a name widely found in sport.

Indeed, apart from a South African cricketer active from the 1930s to 1950s, you’d be hard pressed to find any noteworthy athletes with the name.

A few journeymen soccer and baseball players and someone who started a single game for the Philadelphia Eagles back in the 1930s is about the extent of it.

By far the most successful Rowan of all time when it comes to sport didn’t even go by that name...

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2020/01/12/sumo/american-born-akebono-blazed-path-pinnacle-sumo/

 

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2 hours ago, Asojima said:

Starring Tooyama.

Ah - Thanks! I was wondering what the guy's shikona had been.

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On 13/01/2020 at 20:11, Gaijingai said:

The buzz over his Ozeki run in 2007 had sumo firmly on the front pages and was one of the things that held my attention and consolidated my interest in the sport, along with Hakuho’s Yokozuna promotion. There hadn’t been a new Japanese Ozeki for five years (Kaio, Chiyotaikai and Tochiazuma were old hands or had retired by then) and the sport was being dominated by the Mongolians and Eastern Europeans, so the country briefly went crazy over the long-awaited emergence of a homegrown talent. Good times.

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Tochiazuma's bloody rivalry with Asashoryu a spectacle

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In terms of sumo’s vintage years, 1976 was one of the best.

The bumper crop included three-time champion Chiyotaikai, fellow ozeki Kotomitsuki (also a title winner), long time sanyaku (the three ranks below yokozuna) occupant Wakanosato and several other top-division stalwarts.

A third ozeki, Tochiazuma, was born the same year. Like Chiyotaikai, he went on to lift the Emperor’s Cup on three occasions...

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2020/01/15/sumo/tochiazumas-bloody-rivalry-asashoryu-spectacle/

 

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5 hours ago, Gaijingai said:

Kakuryu Kyujo!

Do you really think this belongs to this thread?

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16 minutes ago, Jakusotsu said:

Do you really think this belongs to this thread?

Did we ever have an article thread in honbasho? The English title in the URL says all anyway

(a message from the "Scrap that spoiler crap" movement)

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It's not so much about spoilers but being more of a news flash than a real article.

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13 minutes ago, Jakusotsu said:

It's not so much about spoilers but being more of a news flash than a real article.

Ah, I jumped to conclusions again without actually looking at the article - I only read the headlines most of the time

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