[sumo] L.A Sumo In News
mmorgan at Riddellwilliams.com
Thu Jun 12 19:43:20 EDT 2008
Many thanks for posting those! I especially like the ones where you
captured the salt in the air.
However, doesn't one of them show Asashoryu in shorts and a shirt? He
is certainly bedecked properly in a photo a few frames later, but I hope
this doesn't cause a stink. I don't much follow the ins and outs of the
scandals, and I have to say I really like that guy. His manners in the
ring here in L.A. and in Vegas a few years ago seemed exemplary to me,
and he certainly showed more fighting spirit than Hakuho (imho). It was
interesting, to me anyway, when all 40 came out at first, and there were
some speeches. There was a little shuffling in the ranks now and
again, but Asashoryu and Hakuho were like statues out in front, in
perfect sumo stances.
I keep forgetting many of the terms, but before the match when both
yokozuna come out and do a traditional opening set of movements, that
thing...I recall reading here that Asashoryu and Hakuho have different
styles, but I have a question for the experts. Back when we got some
ESPN coverage many years ago, I seem to recall liking Takanohana's
better than Akebono's, by a long shot, and I don't think I ever got to
see Musashimaru. But my recollection of Takanohana's is that it is
better than either of the two current ones. Is that just selective
remembering, or might other people agree?
And from a relative newcomer to all of this, as I only get bits and
pieces of things, I have to say that if any of you have wondered about
going to any of these, my suggestion is that you run, don't walk, to get
tickets for any future ones. The weekend was FABULOUS. We're so lucky
to be able to see the yokozuna wrestle multiple times in a single day!
I didn't count, but over the two days, we got to see Asashoryu battle 10
times (or whatever). Wow! And when one of the bouts is like the final
match of the two days, it's worth every penny and ounce of travel
frustration that it takes to get there. I know it's not like a real
Basho, but to be able to see the taiko drums, and opening ceremony, and
the variety of top notch rikishi battle multiple times in just 3 hours
is great. I'm not describing it very well, but suffice it to say that
it was marvelous. Again, imho, as it may have been boring to the
experts! (Also personally, it was great to see Kaio still working hard
at it. I'm glad to see his injuries haven't stopped him yet.)
Oh, and there were cracks in the sides of the dohyo--I don't recall
seeing that before!
Sorry for gushing, but when I try to describe how wonderful the weekend
was to most people, they kind of glaze over...
Mike (who is the same height and weight as Hakuho, but as for the
distribution of that weight...) M.
From: sumo-bounces at webtrek.com [mailto:sumo-bounces at webtrek.com] On
Behalf Of Gillogly, James
Sent: Thursday, June 12, 2008 5:57 AM
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Subject: RE: [sumo] L.A Sumo In News
I've finally managed to get my photos from the Los Angeles tournamentup
up on Flickr. You can see them at:
apologize for some, as I'm not that good a photographer to begin with,
and I head a bobbin'-headed fan in front of me.
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