Koorifuu

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    Greatest Maegashira

    Towanoyama definitely wasn't. Career makuuchi record of 0-1-14. That loss being a fusen. Poor guy. A long career that is still ongoing at sandanme, and he had to watch what would have been his greatest fortnight by the sidelines. If he doesn't call it quits meanwhile, July will mark his 20th anniversary on competition.
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    Natsu Basho 2013 discussion thread

    Well well.. Last time around I posted that 7 out of 10 makuuchi rikishi who are on their highest ever rank were winless. Aaaand after day 5... 5 are still 0-5. Homarefuji and Sadanofuji managed to get on the scoresheet, and the "soundly hitting the wall" list is now as it follows: K Okinoumi M2 Kitataiki M3 Takarafuji M7 Jokoryu M16 Daikiho As for Kitataiki and Takarafuji... It's just as expected that they are getting trounced & torn apart on their venture into the meatgrinder. Okinoumi perhaps would be expected to be putting on a couple of wins. Sure, he has only faced others ranked higher than him (Y Y O O S S) so he can still pick up his pieces and avoid an awful makekoshi that'd send him to the mid maegashiras. AKA surviving the meatgrinder. Jokoryu... It was always going to be unpredictable how he'd cope with mid maegashira opposition, but so far he's failing badly. However, on his makuuchi debut he also got on the receiving end of a spanking and rebounded with very good scores at both J1 and M14. He'll just have to learn. As for Daikiho, the makuuchi folks are eating his high-risk counterpunching sumo alive. I don't see it getting much better unless he suddenly changes style, to be honest.
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    Natsu Basho 2013 discussion thread

    And all of a sudden all ozeki seem to be playing their part. Even Kotooshu is! That erected a hope-dashing wall to Tochiozan and Goeido. They're the next generation of Giku/Kise-esque rivalry but the field is way tougher. It's interesting though, they are exactly as those aforementioned 2 were a couple of years ago: not consistent enough to stay at sekiwake, even with the occasional brilliant score there, albeit clearly superior the non-ozeki bunch. Whatever money Harumafuji's yokozunadom brought to the kyokai through image worth, he's giving it away with kinboshi. Like Kintamayama said on his daily video, it is a bad sign when Kitataiki makes it so hard for him. Speaking of hitting walls... There are 10 rikishi on makuuchi on their current highest rank ever. Out of those... 7 stand at a winless 0-4. Oy! That's massive.
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    Promotion/Demotion discussion Haru 2013

    None, actually. Quite puzzling to see Kaisei again instead of Daikiho. maybe it is because daikiho will have a very early bout every day and is on the other side of the kokugikan My money would be on the lack of oicho-mage. I guess it doesn't fit the kyokai standards to have someone with a blatant sign of being on his early career having a spot that's supposed to be for respectable and accomplished rikishi.
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    Miyabi's Last Hurrah

    It does make sense in a way. In every kind of sports or similar, competitors lose their explosiveness as they grow older. Basketballers, for instance, are bound to have much shorter careers if they rely too much on their acceleration and said explosiveness than if they are tall, stocky and meant to be a physical presence down the post. In other words, as you get old, your body will fail you sooner on keeping your strength on sudden movements, than it will about putting your strength on something without interruptions. I hope I picked the right words to explain what I meant.
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    Miyabi's Last Hurrah

    It's scary how Asojima's profile picture resembles so much the first pic of the first post. To make it worse, both photos are side by side.
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    Retirees after Haru 2013

    They probably did, why else would they pit a 6-0 Kinunonami against Tosayutaka?
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    Promotion/Demotion discussion Haru 2013

    Would that be a straight jump from K to O if Goeido and Baruto keep their 8 / 9 wins a basho, thus not getting neither demoted nor promoted? That sounds really unthinkable to me.
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    Haru Basho 2013 - Discussion Thread

    Kyokushuho's maegashira basho was a very, very noisy wake-up call. It's like all those guys were saying "Good to see you made it up here, boy. But this is a completely different league." Jokoryu's exceptional skill took a few months to mature and recover. His makuuchi debut spanking + rightaway juryo demotion was admittedly not nearly as bad as Shuho's, but still. After one year and a half of some skill sharpening, it's probable we'll see Shuho battling for a kk.
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    Promotion/Demotion discussion Haru 2013

    I have a feeling Chiyoo will be Ms1e and both Yoshiazuma and Homasho fill the J14 spots... Well, if I'm mistaken, then it'll sure be a very productive basho for Kokonoe-beya. Chiyotairyu (injury notwithstanding) earned a kinboshi and looked very capable as a joi-jin. Chiyonokuni is safe in makuuchi. Chiyootori gets the promotion there. Chiyoarashi back to juryo, Chiyoo debuting there. Not to forget Chiyomaru's 3-4 will have him still within juryo's range in May.
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    Haru Basho 2013 - Discussion Thread

    These yokozuna showdowns on senshuraku never cease to amaze me. The mutual respect between both is clear, the intensity of these bouts is simply otherwordly. I found myself tense and clapping most of the time. And I'm sure I'm not the only one.
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    Haru Basho 2013 - Discussion Thread

    Is it just me or was it a clear hansoku by Kotoshogiku?...
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    Haru Basho 2013 - Discussion Thread

    Watanabe just added to his long losing streak by belly-flopping for no reason while overpowering his opponent. Sigh.
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    New recruits for Haru 2013

    Asaueno - Fujita will never, ever, leave my fondest memories.
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    Oozumo one-day tournament results

    The commentator happens to be comedian Junior Chihara, am I right?
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    GTB or not GTB, that is the Haru 2013..

    There it is. And I'm pretty sure I'll go to last place again. There's some banzuke-making rules I don't know.
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    changes at the YDC

    My desk appreciates the change. I won't bash my head on it anymore, now that I won't be reading Tsuruta's comments once in a while.
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    Sanyaku-Gyoji Kimura Masanao passed away

    Unpleasant news. :( What bouts was he on? I never really distinguished the gyoji.. this seems a fitting time to begin doing so.
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    Nishonoseki beya to fold!

    This is goodbye to the legendary Kasachikara?! After 26 years battering and bruising his body against toddlers & aspiring newbies, he sure deserved a better way out.
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    Promotion/Demotion discussion Hatsu 2013

    Takayasu's matchup vs Tochiozan is not random, I'd say. He's already beaten both sekiwake in succession and that's no mean feat. After this he is rewarded with a matchup against a 7-7 komusubi. Isn't this their say of saying "you beat this and that spot's yours, boy"?
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    Hatsu Basho 2013 - Discussion Thread

    History favors Jokoryu. The last 3 times a makushita 1 took the yusho, he was followed by a follow Juryo 1 yusho. 2009 Hatsu Fukuoka [Okinoumi] Ms1 7-0 Y Shotenro J1 11-4 Y 2002 Haru Gojoro Ms1 7-0 Y Kotoryu J1 12-3 Y 2001 Hatsu Harunoyama Ms1 7-0 Y Tamanonada [Tamanoshima] J1 12-3 Y
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    NSK Twitter Photos Hatsu Basho 2013

    As i stared at the mascot it morphed into Chiyotaikai for a second, i think i need more sleep. I would say that wasn't a severe morph.
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    Day 12 Pics - Hatsu 13

    Both are neat hair pulls.
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    Hatsu Basho 2013 - Discussion Thread

    Kotooshu got Hakuho's number. Again. He can now go back and relax knowing he only needs to win one bout more.
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    Hatsu Basho 2013 - Discussion Thread

    Thing about Osunaarashi: he doesn't know how to let go of the throttle. He's very good in both thrusting and pushing, mawashi or not. But there's no Plan B other than relentless attack. He kept insisting insisting insisting and insisting even if Sakigake was strong enough to resist those thrusts and it was inevitable he'd go overboard sooner or later. He'd be twice as good as he is if he could mix that up with a little pulling.