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  1. Morty

    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    It looked dislocated, which is super painful but waaaaay better than doing a ligament and much easier to recover from
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    Pre-Kyushu predictions?

    My money is on half of the Sanyaku to not finish the tournament due to injury. Kak has started the rot
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    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    The question is whether the elbow will hold up for the full fifteen (or eight) days? I hope he went straight to the back and iced it.
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    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    Cheers. She's not really a sumo fan but I do tell her who is fighting while I'm watching and she picks a winner, and usually does better than 50% because she is smart
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    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    I missed the sumo completely yesterday because I was getting married so I am coming late to the henka debate, but here are my two cents. First, I always think that in combat sports, when you pay to watch it you are paying for the privilege of watching two guys have a fight, not two guys having a good or entertaining fight. The right of the "fans" to be "entertained" never outweighs the right of the fighter to do anything within the rules to win, and in particular, to protect themselves from damage. And no-one watching from the sidelines should ever question the courage of someone who is prepared to step up there and fight - most fans never would and never could do that, and so if the guy up there decides to do something that will help him win, is within the rules, and protects him from damage and injury, then more power to him. This isn't ancient Rome where slaves fight to the death for our entertainment - they are professional sports people who make a living from what they do - if we happen to be entertained along the way then that's a bonus. But we have no right to be entertained just because we bought a ticket (which I would note, most of the people complaining on here haven't done, and are watching it for free on the internet). Second, the concept that all fans hate the henka? Personally I love it because it is smart. Two old guys sitting at ringside also loved it when Mitakeumi did it to Goeido - they were laughing their heads off. If you as a fan hate it then that's your opinion, but I'm also a fan and I think it's fine - don't presume that your opinion is shared by everyone else out there. Personally I'm just happy I get to watch sumo, for free, via the internet. Everything else is a bonus.
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    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    Mathematically yes, but you only need one of the 10-3s to win tomorrow and the best the 9-4s can then do is hope for a play-off on senshuraku (presuming they also win tomorrow). But it would be the most awesome thing in sumo history if all the 10-3s lost and all the 9-4s won to have nine guys sharing the lead (which I don't think can actually happen as some of them are facing each other tomorrow, but it would be cool if it could...). I'd still put my money on either Takakeisho or Mitakeumi for the yusho though regardless of the mathematical permutations
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    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    If he were to go 13-2, (say with a 2 win buffer to the next best), after a Y, J-Y, and Gino-Sho consecutively in the previous three tournaments in which he was fit to compete, followed by yusho here where he was dominant, that would be a pretty fabulous run. And he had the stones to return in the first one he was injured in. Follow that with a 13-2 or better yusho next basho, that would be hard to argue with, and given the schedule he has had in all those bashos, is basically Yokozuna sumo for five consecutive basho in a row (obviously ignoring the ones he sat out injured). Just speculating of course
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    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    Takarafuji sprawled there like a top amateur wrestler or MMA Pro - textbook way to beat someone going for your legs. Takarafuji treated Enho with great respect there, used his size (and considerable strength) took his time and waited until he had the position to win it. A lot of the other rikishi who look like deer in the headlights when they have to face Enho should watch that bout and take note
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    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    Enho just does what he needs to do to be competitive in an open weight combat sport where he is fighting guys who are sometimes literally twice their size. If he tried going chest to chest with his opponents he would never have made it out of Sandame, let alone to Makuuchi. His style is the only thing that allows him to compete (well the other option would be henka and we know how popular that would be as well....). I love watching Enho wrestle, and so do the Japanese crowds (who are really the ones who count). Anyone his size who has managed to make it to Makuuchi should be applauded not complained about
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    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    This. I was watching that bout yesterday and thinking the guy is going to end his career with buggered shoulders and elbows. There is only so much punishment your body can take and routinely fighting guys 50+kgs heavier than you and 15cm taller than means you will take a lot of punishment. I enjoy watching him but I worry that he is going to really hurt himself badly
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    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    Terunofuji says "Hi" from Makushita for example
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    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    The two Yokozuna and the three Ozeki are all walking injuries these days. I can't see Goeido or Tochinoshin ever contending for a yusho again. Takayasu might get lucky but only if he can get fit and get a basho where some other guys get injured to smooth his path. Kak and Hak are both still miles ahead of anyone else, when fit, but that only happens every third or fourth basho now. Mitakeumi, Takakeisho and Asanoyama feels like the next top group, with maybe Hokotofuji, Tomokaze and a couple of others in there for good measure. At least until Naya and Hoshoryu make it to the top level anyway.
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    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    This is kind of what I was kind of thinking of - the heavier you get the less mobile you get and the harder it is to do all the technical stuff, but it remains easy to just push and go forward. Thanks to everyone who has replied, it has been interesting to hear all the different ideas. I have two further takes on this - again they are just speculation and probably wrong: First, the case of Endo maybe gives a clue as to why oshi is prevalent. He came into sumo as a pure yotsu wrestler, and has had to learn how to do oshi, because once he got to the top level he got whacked in the head a lot by the really good oshi guys, while trying to get on the belt and as a result lost a lot. I have always thought he didn't like getting hit in the head ("not my beautiful face!"), but the basic fact is that he got hit in the head while trying to get on the belt. So going against an effective oshi opponent made it harder for him to get on the belt in the first place. It is only now that he has become proficient at oshi that he is starting to move to that next level - he has become a more rounded rikishi by adding oshi to his arsenal, in a way that makes his yotsu a more effective weapon. I have often thought of how daunting it must be to try and get inside and grab the belt of a guy as enormous and skilled as Aoiyama or Tamawashi while they are whacking you upside the head repeatedly. Is this also why pulling techniques have become more prevalent, because they are the obvious go-to for yotsu wrestlers against oshi guys when they can't get to the belt? The point here is that any up and comer who is a yotsu specialist and who isn't Ichinojo/Teronofuji/Tochinoshin size is going to get belted around by the top oshi guys once they get to the top level until they can learn to get inside effectively. Second is the influence of Hakuho, who is the absolute yotsu master. I have seen it happen in other sports where you have a guy who is so good at something that they effectively kill it for everyone else for a generation because no-one else can match them at it so they stop trying. I know that sounds counter-intuitive because you would think that people would try to emulate the excellence, but I can think of numerous examples - Shane Warne and leg spin bowling in cricket jumps immediately to mind. I think Asashosakari is onto something though - oshi is easier than yotsu when you are a big kid and your coaches at school are only interested in you winning...
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    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    I have wondered if the increased weight carried by rikishi these days is the reason there is more oshi, because it is easier to use that weight offensively by whacking people than it is by going to the belt? And the extra weight makes it harder to do the range of offensive throws required by yotsu sumo? This is purely speculation on my part, I don't know the answer but it seems that guys get above a certain weight and they get slow and clumsy. It also seems to me that the extra weight carried now by all rikishi is a direct result of trying to compete with the very successful eastern European (and Hawaiian before them) super heavy weights. So rikishi put on more weight to be competitive and the natural result is that more of the heavy guys do oshi, because it easier to do that when you are really heavy? Anyone with more inside knowledge think this is legit, or am I just talking pants?
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    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    No offense, but that would really suck.