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  1. Basho Talk - Aki 2017 (SPOILERS)

    Sheeesh, that was brutal ... makes me shiver ...
  2. Basho Talk - Aki 2017 (SPOILERS)

    I have to confess, I had Mitakeumi on my list for the Yusho when I found out that only one Yokozuna competes. No doubt, Mitakeumi had it the most among the newcomers, scoring big 9-6 from Sekiwake. As he doesn't seem to be injured, chances are good it hit him mentally as you say!
  3. Basho Talk - Aki 2017 (SPOILERS)

    Sure, in this bout. I was talking from a wider perspective, all the gyojis decisions on that matter put together. I think, Harumafuji's main fault was the attempt to force the gyoji towards a decision. This is not wise - in any sports.
  4. Basho Talk - Aki 2017 (SPOILERS)

    Thanks for the discussion on the Kotoshogiku-Harumafuji bout. I think all the technical aspects have been mentioned and, in the flow of events, either decision (matta or the win) would have made sense. I just would like to add an additional perspective, of the spectator. My initial reaction was to mutter simply "bullshit". I mean, we despise henka as it robs us seeing a real fight. Makes perfectly sense. But this is far worse. Just nuisance, nothing else, a reflection of ambiguous rules and failure to enforce them in a consistent way. This is the goyis fault, finally the Kyokai's. I'd rather like to see 20 henkas, 20 uninspired leaning contests by Tenkaiho, Sadanofuji and the like. I mean henka is a very short fight - but a fight at least.
  5. Basho Talk - Aki 2017 (SPOILERS)

    He also mentioned in his video - only two Makuuchi standing at the end of the basho ... OH NO!
  6. Ura - Yokozuna Bandwagon

    Phew, that is a rugged assertion! I actually think, he had and needed a lot of both. As the heaviest and nearly tallest he mostly had a speed disadvantage. With a high center of gravity and bad knees, opponents mostly get the superior grip position. But what he accomplished had been decent. He had the power, and was clever enough to put it in position.
  7. Ura - Yokozuna Bandwagon

    Probably, Hakuho is the second tallest Yokozuna ever. (I'm failed in the research as I don't know the field name for size in Sumo-DB. I think it is a fair bet as they used to be smaller in the old days.)
  8. Basho Talk - Nagoya 2017 (SPOILERS)

    "utterly" I'd like to add!
  9. Basho Talk - Nagoya 2017 (SPOILERS)

    In Hakuho-Takakeishi I thought they'd switched from Sumo to Bökh! This "standing-up" is what happens frequently there. And then it was like Hakuho is saying "my father was Darkhan Avarga - and if you want to have this you can have it!"
  10. Basho Talk - Nagoya 2017 (SPOILERS)

    A lot of really enjoyable Sumo today! Loved to see that Kagayaki had a great game plan today (vs. Ura). Is that the way, Ura will be handled from now on? That was one of the bright moments of Goeido, focused, determined. Too good for Mitakeumi this time. Great game plan also by Hokutofuji ... wait for the pull, and it came. Tamawashi-Yoshikaze ... whao. Felt like in the end it was to fast for Tamawashi. He had all the chances when Yoshikaze lost balance for an instant. Probably he thought, I had him but I couldn't take it, and then he lost focus.
  11. Predicting future success in sumo

    I'd like to add another predictor to the above list: "Being younger than anybody above - throughout longer periods of the career." It might seem trivial at first, even tautology - but maybe it's not. Let's take Takayasu. It seems that his current Ozeki promotion is a bit of a surprise, measured on the hype he has generated in the past. (In fact, I do not really know, others might judge that better than me.) No comparison to the attention, Rikishi like Endo, Osunaarashi, Ichinojo and the like have got. But as I've been following him for quite a while, in his earlier career he was quite often the highest ranked Heisei born Rikishi. He was momentarily overtaken by Rikishi like Mankajo, Masunoyama, Osunaarashi, Chiyootori, and finally Terunofuji but always in reach. He progressed slowly and got very few really remarkable basho (except the 7-0 that finally sealed his Sekitori debut), he may have been overlooked as a real prospect. I don't know what will happen with Kagayaki. For years, he has been much younger than anybody above him. His progress was very slow then, and many have written him off. But somehow he ended up in Makuuchi, and still - noone younger above him. Obviously, Asashory, Hakuho belonged to the category, but that may not count, they got to the top at an extremely young age. For Kisenosato, it was less clear. He reached Makuuchi very young, almost never hat anyone younger above. But still, many thought he would never make it to Ozeki. I know, Harumafuji and Kakuryu are somewhat exceptions to the rule, and I'm sure there are a lot of others. All what I'm saying, it might be more worth a look down the ranking for a very young Rikishi struggling to get the next level with pretty much "normal" Sumo. Instead, take a bit of attention away from the seasoned Amateur who storms into Ozumo with exciting Sumo and tremendous first results, as their real prospect might be much less then it might appear.
  12. Ura, how high?

    Difficult to say, but apparently he is successful on the first few encounters with a certain Rikishi and then have a very hard time thereafter. I would think, he may have one very good basho the first time near Joi, but soon will struggle at the end of Meagashira.
  13. BASHO TALK -- Natsu 2017 -- SPOILERS

    Phew, I'm really astonished that such an incredible amount of Sumo wisdom can be condensed in those small sentences. I'm baffled, really. I'm not even able to grasp the category "like Ura" as I have never seen a Rikishi which is in any way similar. Now that the final truth is spoken, it is crystal clear that both Rikishi in mention are doomed for the rest of their careers.
  14. Trivia bits

    One of the Satos, Senshuyama, reached a career high of Juryo 1. Why didn't he reach Makuuchi? He was close ... In 2002.09 he scored 9-6 as J2e and was not promoted, because J3w with 10-5 and J4w with 11-4 were promoted over him, and additionally ... hold your breath, Aogiyama, kjuyo at M14w, received a protected ranking and was not demoted this time, only to be demoted with 6-9 at the next event, and going intai a few bashos later! This was really, really bad luck for him in Banzuke making! Should have a beer with Tochinoshin!
  15. Basho Talk ** Haru Basho 2017 ** (SPOILERS)

    Wakamisho (nowadays called Terunofuji) remembered his former self and employs the Baruto-Sumo which he was so good at. I don't know why it works - but it seems to do. It looks a decisively awkward - give the opponent Morozashi and then fight back with supernatural power. Even Baruto could not get rid of it. Is it psychological? Does the losing position release a secret source of energy? Why can't they in the first place? For me as a fan it is pure drama! He can't possibly win this - but can he? He tries the impossible - and we share the thrill. I loved it with Baruto, and I love it with Terunofuji.