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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    I think it is like Tochinoshin's case. A matter of when and not if. The Georgian had the time to win one Yusho and enjoy his time in the limelight as an Ozeki (not a very strong one, though) before his knees failed him. Terunofuji will have managed to win at least one more yusho. It is probably worth the effort, but only the man himself can tell if the reward/ effort ratio was fair.
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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    Whenever I see Kotoshogiku I get the impression that he has already decided to retire but wants to go out "on the dohyo", so to speak. Speaking of veterans, it is kind of amusing to see Akiseyama doing relatively well in Juryo. Moderately talented super heavyweights tend to have a hard time remaining competitive past their 30's, let alone 35, even when they join at a later age after an amateur career. Yanagawa , Tenkaiho, Nakao and Tokushinho are just some of names that come to mind. What makes Akiseyama a bit different, I believe, is that instead of putting even more weight, he has managed to shed some, which has greatly improved his balance and speed, making him less vulnerable to pushes, thrusts and specially lateral attacks.
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    Sumo Reference Updates

    I believe that the same person is referred to as Oki Kasuke by the JSA website, while the doitsubase treats him as Oki Kazuki.
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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    With both Shohozan and Kotoshogiku struggling, Hakuho is bound to become the second oldest in Makuuchi. Maybe there is another record to be beaten there, but outlasting Tamawashi is a tall order. As a side note, I really liked that electrocardiogram print on that kimono.
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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    And for the first time in ages without his many braces. Not bad.
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    Preparations of the Y/O- Aki 2020

    I don't believe it should be very uncommon. Kotoshogiku and Tochinoshin had such bouts and that is the very first example that popped my mind.
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    Preparations of the Y/O- Aki 2020

    Many times I've heard him say : "I haven't trained at all before this basho". But it usually comes after the first loss.
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    Preparations of the Y/O- Aki 2020

    I'd love to hear a conversation between Dr. Now and Takakeisho about the latter's recent weight gain. "A cell phone and clothes explain a 31 pound gain, really ?"
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    Shiba Takumi

    Nice that you asked. I used to follow him for a while, back when I had more spare time. I know nothing besides what's written on his Japanese wikipedia (weakpedia?) entry and elsewhere on the web. He was a big kid and placed 2nd in fourth grade at a local meeting, but becoming a pro wasn't actually part of his plans, but eventually in middle school he managed some good results which attracted the attention of some scouts. He then joined the sumo program of Saitama-sakae high school. Apparently he lost his interest when seeing Tsurugisho and Daishomaru perform, but after representing Saitama at an All-Japan, he decided to join pro sumo. To be honest, after watching Daishomaru I sometimes also lose my interest in sumo. I don't know if that is the All-Japan referred to (probably not), but here is some footage from the All-Japan 2010, which was 10 years ago but feels like yesterday. Shiba appears at around 1:25. This channel has his other bouts, by the by, but that's from round 3.
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    Banzuke for Aki 2020

    @Asashosakari Nice that you are back. I hope that everything is fine.
  11. Years ago I stood side by side with Tosanoumi (he was very nice, I still have a picture with him), Kitazakura (the nicest of all with fans) Kotonowaka (the senior), Onokuni, Bushuyama, Tochinoshin and others and being 6 feet tall myself, they all looked taller than I as I expected them to be. But the shorter you are, the less liked your billed height tends to correspond to the actual figure, I suppose.
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    This IS the July 2020 Basho thread!! Spoilers!!

    By the way, this is Okinoumi's first San'yaku KK at the age of 35. To be honest, he has looked capable of that for a long time, but he has also seemed to be happy to just get by. Since posting 8 back-to-back wins in September 2019 he has appeared more confident and more determined to get wins. It is good that does not give up so quickly anymore. If only he had made that change a lot earlier.
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    Hanakaze as 1st rikishi in his 50s in ages

    Most of his opponents were born (waaaay ) after his hatsu-dohyo. Impressive. Jake: In school, everybody gets a trophy just for participating.Charlie: Well, Jake, that's the difference between school and life. In life, all you get for participating is pain, loneliness, and death. Two and Half Men.
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    Retirees after Haru 2020

    No Toyonoshima ? When he didn't retire after the make-koshi I had a hunch he would go on which, was renewed when nothing came out on senshuraku. But for how long ? Also Sagatsukasa will head back to Sandanme in 15 years.
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    New Juryo for Natsu 2020

    After defeating Asagyokusei with a less than bright sumo, Kotodaigo breathed a sigh of relief..... Oh Well...
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    Haru 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    Defeating Akiseyama is not something to write home about, but Chiyootori has looked slightly better than last time. He is a bit too heavy but has shown more agility. I have no idea if Hoshoryu will ever reach great things, but his sumo is a joy to watch. He is supple, but at the same time stable and strong. Tsurugisho's physical condition has improved very little since January, if at all. It is a bit painful to watch . It is also painful to see both Kotoshogiku and Tokushoryu struggling as expected. Unlike other veterans at this stage, Kotoshogiku acted very focused, but it won't be enough. Speaking of veterans, I watched Fujiazuma for the first time in a looong time. It looks rather unlikely, but a comeback to the paid ranks would be nice.
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    Goeido to Retire

    Still OT, but sometimes there is apparently more than a simple lack of adrenalin or motivation to win.
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    Toyonoshima Soldiering On

    Toyonoshima is a curious case. Years ago he was listed as having a kabu, since before his major injury this information has vanished without much in the way of an explanation. That might explain why he is still there when anyone else in a similar condition (former sekiwake, age 36, back in makushita after a long second rise...) would have called it quits, but maybe he has found another one.
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    New Juryo for Haru 2020

    Another rather lucky repromotion for big Akiseyama. Third time on the strenght of a 4-3 from below Ms3, but not as lucky as his sole Makuuchi promotion (8-7, J5w). He has already met the criteria for Kabu eligibity, but getting one is horse of another color. Much more promising though is Hakuyozan, who was getting close to Makuuchi rank and quality-wise. I hope he picks up from where he left off. 6-1 looks solid.
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    Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Hatsu 2020

    Maybe Hidenoumi also has a chance as the 4th promotee, but maybe they will spare Meisei because of his 1 win. Anyone, Hidenoumi is coming from two not very impressive 8-7, has been a long time in Juryo and his last Makuuchi outing ended in a disastrous 3-12, which means if he indeed comes, he comes as a Yusho candidate.
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    Arawashi intai

    Kudos for his persistence. In 2007 he suffered a major injury on his right(?) shoulder, which sidelined him for many months. He came back heavily taped and didn't progress much for a while, but eventually reached sekitorihood. He was a good sekitori, but his power deserted more than a yeard ago or so, so good timing.
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    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    Yup. In the west it would probably help boost that mushy, over-honeyed narrative that "you can get it if you truly want it", although I don't what the Japanese media will make out of it other than enjoy this ride for a while. Anyway, for every Tokushoryu out there, there are hundreds of Tokushoryu-like people coming away empty-handed.
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    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    Kyokutenho was considerably older but had lots of san'yaku experience on his side. The last one to clinch the Yusho from "Makujiri" (Makuuchi's last rank)before Tokushoryu was Takatoriki, who was 32 at that time, and as a former Sekiwake also had plenty of experience close to the top, but he too bombed after the Yusho.
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    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    Content-wise Shodai was probably the best rikishi this basho. With some aggressive sumo for the second basho in a row now, he is finally showing he can deliver. In fact, last basho looked more like the strong showing one has when the opposition is not so stiff, but his January record has put things into another perspective. When Tokushoryu was something like 4-1 I said out loud "Tokushoryu YUSHO". Everybody home laughed. I did the same with Okinoumi a few months ago so that doesn't really count much. Anyway, Tokushoryu somehow found a counter-attacking sumo that worked. He moved forward as he used to when some 20, 30kg lighter, and when it failed - and it didn't against Takakeisho(!) - , he used his foe's momentum to thrust him down. Soon they will get his number, but by then he will already be a Yusho winner. He was not simply an unlikely Yusho winner, he was very unlikely kachikoshi "getter" as his last two kachi-koshi in Juryo were far from convincing. I am still surprised and happy for this guy !
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    Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Hatsu 2020

    I am curious to see what kind of solution they have for the Makushita-Juryo exchanges. There are six good demotion candidates but not as many potential promotees. Chiyootori might get lucky.