Kuroyama

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  1. Kuroyama

    Aki Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    As I remarked at the time, I think Kisenosato had been far too tentative up until now. I suppose that's normal if you're used to working around an injury, that you hesitate to make any kind of strong effort that might worsen it, but it meant that he was limited to receiving attacks and waiting for an opportunity to take advantage of a mistake. But he must have realized that this approach had zero chance of working against even an injured Tochinoshin, threw caution to the wind, and went all-out. It worked, he won, he didn't make his injury any worse, and it got him his confidence back. I believe, and hope, we can expect to see him much more active from now on.
  2. Kuroyama

    Aki Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Do you have an example in mind? I'm pretty sure I can't think of very many bouts where shinintai seemed to be what determined the winner. There are always those situations where it might be a judgment call, such as both rikishi flying off the dohyo at the same time with one breaking the plane of the surface on his way to the first row before the other one touched down, but that never struck me as an application of the rule.
  3. Kuroyama

    Aki Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    That's what I'm saying. Fans want the rule to be applied much more often than the officials are actually willing to.
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    Aki Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Really, no one is praising him all that highly so the sarcasm is puzzling. And yes, it was good defensive sumo. Chiyonokuni made for himself several opportunities to win that he just couldn't capitalize on because Kisenosato wouldn't allow it. It seems to me, Kise's problem is that he's either incapable or is too tentative in executing any offensive sumo, and seems reduced to withstanding attacks until an opening occurs that allows a win without much risk. This will make wins against someone like Hakuho, who makes very few mistakes, next to impossible even if Kisenosato had a decent record against him.
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    Aki Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Firstly, yes. Shodai is pivoting on his heel at this point. Secondly, no. Fans are generally way too eager to apply the shinitai rule. I general, it kicks in if the putative winner puts a hand down in order to prevent injury to his opponent. It certainly does not apply if a rikishi steps out while executing a throw.
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    Aki Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    On reflection, I don't notice a lot of "bother" either. There's disagreement, but not particularly violent. Be that as it may, there's nothing here even remotely as vicious as disagreement among, for instance, football fans. (Either American or association.) Or some MMA fans. Or basketball fans. Or baseball fans. Or...
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    Aki Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    It honset-to-God surprises you that sincere fans of a legitimate sport take it seriously?
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    Aki Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Shodai's heel touched out well before he completed the throw, even if he hadn't landed first.
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    Aki Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    This is one of those conspiracy theories that no amount of evidence or argument can dislodge, isn't it? And now we know, as if we needed a reminder, why there has been no Kumura Shonosuke for several years now. The 4 sanyaku gyoji ahead of Kimura Konosuke range in age from 55 to 58, so I really hope they don't have to wait for all of them to retire before they can promote Konosuke to tate-gyoji. IMO Kimura Hisanosuke, who is next in line after Konosuke, would make a fine Shikimori Inosuke.
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    Aki Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Having Hakuho's attention is somewhat of a mixed blessing.
  11. Personally, one of my favorite moments during the award presentation is watching some scrawny politician try to hoist the Prime Minister's Cup to hand it to the winner. I suspect it outweighs the Emperor's Cup, and wonder if it's made of solid silver or is merely plated. I know from Twitch chat that many newer viewers mistake the PM's Cup for the giant sake cup they drink from at the official (?) celebrations afterward. Maybe a few words about the yusho celebrations after they leave the arena?
  12. Kuroyama

    Aki Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Except that Kisenosato has had a reputation his entire career as gachinko, even during the darkest days of the bout-fixing scandal when one article ID'd him as one of only 4 such rikishi in Makuuchi. (The other 3 were Aminishiki, Takamisakari, and Wakanosato. https://japantoday.com/category/features/kuchikomi/the-tv-viewers-guide-to-sumo-bout-fixing) A few years earlier when the newly-expelled Wakanoho decided to spill the yaocho beans to the tabloids before he was prevailed upon to clam up, Kisenosato was also pointed out as clean. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2008/10/17/sumo/why-is-ousted-wakanoho-dishing-the-dirt-now/#.W5iKG6LK-1s While it's not impossible that he's the unknowing beneficiary of a coordinated campaign to keep him active on the dohyo, I can't see him purposely spoiling his reputation at this late stage. And I don't know about last night. The replay showed him clearly winning, but it was close enough for a mono-ii.
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    Aki Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    I seem to remember Kisenosato very often allowing himself to get pushed back to the bales before pulling out a win. In that respect, he hasn't been doing anything different. What I think is missing right now is previous assurance, so his victories have been less clean.
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    Aki Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    I wonder if he gets that element of it from the eagle dance they perform after a victory at bökh?
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    Oosunaarashi to join Rizin MMA

    According to @John Gunning's Inside Sport Japan feed (and Oosunaarashi himself, but he posted it in Japanese) he'll be fighting Bob Sapp. So... https://twitter.com/InsideSportJP/status/1025109996256653313
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    Former rikishi activities

    Good for PR indeed! He looks like he lost a ton of weight too. Good for him!
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    Nagoya Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    By then the dohyo is fairly well-seasoned and has been marinating in rikishi sweat for a good 2 weeks. All it really needs is a bit of dashi and it's tasty af.
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    Kunroku Ōzeki

    First, we were talking about the most recent Ozeki retirement. @Eikokurai had it in 2002. It was actually 2011. Second, Kotomitsuki's retirement was not voluntary. On the list Eikokurai referenced (which does list Kaio; he just missed him) Kotomitsuki is listed as "dismissed", which is perfectly correct. He was booted from the NSK for gambling on baseball, lost a court case for reinstatement, and had his danpatsu-shiki in a hotel rather than the Kokugikan. Here, have a cough drop.
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    Kunroku Ōzeki

    Kaio retired as Ozeki in 2011. http://sumodb.sumogames.de/Rikishi.aspx?r=7
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    Day 15 pics overview Nagoya 2018

    Thank goodness we now know. They didn't show it in the broadcast.
  21. Kuroyama

    Nagoya Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    As far as post-career life goes, I think sumo has often been an option for young men without many other prospects in life. Being absolved of the need to support yourself for a few years, and guaranteed post-sumo employment by way of senpai or a koenkai member even if unsuccessful as a rikishi, ain't so bad.
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    Nagoya Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Kaio used to do this quite often, and ruined his share of elbows as a result. He had 55 career wins by kotenage, and that's not even considering the times he attempted it and lost, or where an initial trapping of the arm led to a victory by some other kimarite. I don't recall any particular animus expressed toward him by other rikishi at the time, although it was plenty bemoaned here in the forums. He even had Asashoryu rubbing his elbow a few times.
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    Nagoya Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Poor kid. At least I'm given to understand they let these things slide early in a gyoji career, while they're still considered trainees.
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    Videos Nagoya 2018 - Promo + Days 1-15

    I suspect someone is having bandwidth issues, causing YT to serve videos to them at a lower resolution. Not your problem. I have no issues with your videos.
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    Will Hattorizakura get his second win during Nagoya?

    Looks like we're in for another long drought before #3. Today he somehow managed to lose twice in the same bout. That's my interpretation of the pics in this tweet, and I'm sticking to it. https://twitter.com/sumokyokai/status/1017961660340887552