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    Basho Talk Haru 2018 (SPOILERS)

    Sumo is very dynamic but I am still amazed at how fast things have changed over the last year. In Haru 2017 Kisenosato lifted his first Yusho as a Yokozuna, and ironically also started his downfall. The runner-up was Terunofuji, who seemed finally recovered from the many injuries that are still with him. Kotoshogiku finished one win short of immediate repromotion to Ozeki while Takekaze, Sokokurai and Takanoiwa were all above M3. Look at where all these guys are now. Not not mention Harumafuji. Starting last year, Hakuho has started to show that pattern we see when the Yokozuna approach the end of their careers, the difference being that when Hakuho shows up, he often performs at a high level. With all due respect to Kakuryu, but the Emperor's Cup will be more often than not up for grabs. Is it part of the reason behind Tochinoshin's and Ichinojo's kind of resurgence ? Goeido, who was a fan favorite of the list "most likely to drop from either Ozeki or Yokozuna" has been profiting from it as well. I wish that Hokutofuji could make a move, if he has any to make. His right knee is shot, methinks. For the likes of O3, Okinoumi, Myogiryu this change of guard has come too late. Well, one can say they are part of the group being replaced. Luck is also important.
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    Latest kabu-babu changes

    If Toyonoshima really sold his kabu it is a strange situation indeed. I have seen hundreds of rikishi retiring, a few dozens (!) of them becoming oyakata but no one as far as I can tell sold a kabu before even using it. Tomorrow's intai list might shed some light into his future, but my hunch is that if Toyonoshima is close to retirement, something should have happened by now. There must be a good reason he soldiers on despite the clear signs that his body isn't quite holding up.
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    Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Kyushu 2017

    I have nothing relevant to add to this discussion, but I would like to say that this NSK policy of trying to keep only two S and two K at almost all costs doesn't make much sense to me. I know that in sports it doesn't solely matters how well you do, but in fact how well you do vis-à-vis your foes. At any rate, the 3 guys with double figures inside the meatgrinder do indeed deserve a promotion and with the Y and O not even showing up, it would be a good oportunity to have 3 S or 3 K just for a change.
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    Goeido is publishing a book(?)

    I really had to click on the link to believe it was the actual cover. The bad part of this book is that the release date didn't give him time write about how you feel after squandering a 3-win-lead.
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    YDC convenes-Nagoya 2017

    It is evident that Hakuho is cutting some corners. How many times did he avoid a head-on tachiai ? When he didn't, a sidestep was probably the second thing he did. It is not some new behavior. He has been overusing the hatakikomi for quite some time and has been duly criticized for it before. It is not something random either. He employs such tactics whenever the chance of losing is higher than average. He did it on Tochiozan when the Japanese was genki, he has done it a few times after losing to Yoshikaze just once. If it is true that Hakuho sidesteps or pulls to avoid exposing himself, then the fact that he has done it so many times this basho must be interpreted as a bad sign. The Yokozuna must be a role model, like many public figures in Japanese society and societies in general. He must be strong, have technique, hinkaku among other things. When giving an interview, he sits up straight, rests the palms of his hands on his laps and open his legs while talking calmly, in a composed manner. He acts as his own master. Aware of his role, he plays it. After pulling a kind of henka on some rank-and-file, he knows he is not living up to expectations, hence the wry smile/grimace. He is supposed to ooze self-confidence and not act like this. Even if the critic won't change anything, I find it appropriate and necessary. Not saying anything was not an actual choice.
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    Trivia bits

    Not every one debuts at Sekiwake with a string of three kachi-koshi. Tamawashi is in good company, though a quick glance also reveals that he is one of the oldest. His debut took place more than 7 years after Baruto's, who is about his age.>7&form1_debutr=on&form2_wins=>7&form3_wins=>7&columns=3
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    Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Nagoya 2017

    I'd be inclined to buy the idea that Goeido is potential victim of this new wave of talent, but when I checked his losses, it were all but one to seasoned veterans in Makuuchi. Result-wise, he handled Takakeisho, Ura, Shodai and Mitakeumi pretty well going 4-0 against them. It is more likely that age is catching up with him now. It is rather discouraging to see such a long list of veterans going nowhere. Kitaharima is probably the only one 30+ lad on that list with a real chance of establishing himself (again) as a sekitori, while all others would need something like that 2011 purge to get back in the game.
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    Nagoya Basho 2020

    I think that a rikishi with 38 Yusho under his belt can't be adequately compared to anyone. That said, I consider this goal feasible. If he successfully avoids major injuries as he has done and lives well with regular records (11-4's, 10-5's) like his fellow Mongolian Yokozuna already do, then he can do it.
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    BASHO TALK -- Natsu 2017 -- SPOILERS

    36 is the new 20. Take a look at Oiwato going places in makushita
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    BASHO TALK -- Natsu 2017 -- SPOILERS

    If Aminishiki doesn't become the oldest Juryo-Yusho winner ever, at least he can become the oldest first-time winner of any division, can't he ? Speaking of records, Kizenryu is set to get his 7th promotion to Juryo; IIRC Sumanofuji is the sole leader with 8.
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    Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Haru 2017

    Kyokushuho will likely get there faster, but the Joker is still in the game.
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    Basho Talk ** Haru Basho 2017 ** (SPOILERS)

    While it is good to see Terunofuji seemingly recovered from his long-term injury, it is also worrying to witness the recurrence of old habits. He has gone for the tsuri- kind of lift more than once, probably incurring an unnecessary risk of not only aggravating his knee injuries but also harming his lower back. He is technically better than Baruto, but without a more rational approach to his sumo it is unlikely that he will fight much longer than the Estonian.
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    Trivia bits

    Today was the first time a rikishi defeated another one 50 times. (Hakuho x Kotoshogiku)
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    Trivia bits

    Tochinoshin has lost for the 11th straight time on shonichi (day 1), which of course has to do with the kind of opposition he faces as a 'lower-upper-guy'.
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    Shikona that have meanings in other languages

    I am not the native speaker you are looking for, but I am afraid not. But the Spanish equivalent "cero", specially in some Latin American pronunciations, sounds closer to Seiro. After hearing it again, I think not. Anyway, I have just remembered that in Hungarian mythology Hadak Ura means Warlord. I think Ura is lord, but you better check it.
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    Retirees after Kyushu 2016

    Mizuguchi aka Shoho. A while ago he tried to move up the banzuke by the way of henka to the point it got annoying. Mankajo once figured in my list of interesting rikishi (sekitori potential) but only based on age and rank. Reaching makushita at 18 is something worth noting. However, as soon as I actually saw him on the dohyo, I crossed him off the list.
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    Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Kyushu 2016

    I must say I saw that coming. Back in the late 2000's Asashoryu was one of the best overall and the best in the heya. Besides him only Asasekiryu and veteran Kimenryu in makushita. Since then the recruiting has been very bad, including night club skinny Asayamashita, some heavyweights with little perspective (Asaueno, Asanishimura) and a few others just to fill the dohyo and the banzuke. It is no surprise that the heya has gotten to this point. Down the ranks Ishibashi is probably their biggest asset and hope of a future makuuchi rikishi.
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    Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Kyushu 2016

    Harumafuji. I am really curious to see if they treat Tochinoshin fairly just for a change. A win against Gagamaru could have helped his case, but...
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    Kyushu 2016 - Videos- Days 1-15

    Has anyone found a video of the bout between Sato and Osunaarashi ?
  20. If you judge someone's age by his hair, then Arjen Robben (Dutch soccer player) must be 60. I have a friend from Tunisia who looks like Oosunaarashi but with a lighter skin. At age 20, he looked 30+. I guess it must be hormones. Some people in North Africa and Southern Europe seems to develop faster than other populations, but then they also age earlier.
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    Basho Talk - Kyushu Basho 2016 ** (SPOILERS)

    Under normal circumstances Hakuho would be my favorite for the yusho, despite his one loss. But this time I don't see anyone clearly dominating, although my gut feeling tells me Harumafuji will take it. This lack of dominance is very good for sumo, but also a sign of The Yokozuna waning dominance. Kakuryu is backpedaling a lot, but on the way to a good record. If he finishes 13-2, it will be his only second such record; if he goes 14-1, it will the third time, the first since promotion. Terunofuji tomorrow will be a very good test to gauge his Yusho chances.
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    Basho Talk - Kyushu Basho 2016 ** (SPOILERS)

    Are we seeing Asasekiryu's last stand as a pro ? I wrote off Kitataiki a few months ago only to see him make a comeback of sorts, so I won't do the same now, but Asasekiryu doesn't look good. He has been doing the same sumo he did before, but the strength isn't there anymore. Fujiazuma has been looking much older than he is for a few years now, with his thrusts generating very little power. I haven't expected much from him either. Toyonoshima could regain his sekitori status after a decent recovery, however I am afraid he won't wait. It is kind of sad to see a rikishi who as late as March was a Sekiwake and is still a viable sekitori retiring now, but so is life.
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    Preparations of the masses -Kyushu 2016

    Toyonoshima could become Nishikijima-oyakata at any time now, but he has decided to go on. They could show him some 'love', after all such an accomplished rikishi is an important asset to sumo.
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    Preparations of the Y/O-Kyushu 2016

    You are very poetic today.
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    Wild guesses thread Kyushu 2016

    Kisenosato wins the Yusho.