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  1. dingo

    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    I thought exactly the same thing when I saw his face just after he lost his bout. It was the look of someone who has accepted that he is not good enough anymore. Maybe someone or something will change Goeido's mind over the next few days, but after his bout he looked like he was indeed ready to retire.
  2. dingo

    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    Yeah, those were the times... when ships were made of wood, men made from iron and ozeki retired upon losing their rank :D
  3. dingo

    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    At least we have one Ozeki or Ozeki hopeful who is wrestling to that standard this basho...
  4. dingo

    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    That got me thinking, has there been a case, especially in the modern era, where there are no Yokozuna or Ozeki left fighting by the end of the basho? If Goeido really goes kyujo after his 8th loss, we will be one bad accident away from losing Takakeisho and the last Ozeki. Knocking on every wooden surface I can find that it doesn't happen of course.
  5. dingo

    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    Goeido is not even wrestling that badly, but seems like his opposition has leveled up so he can't win as easily anymore. However knowing Goeido nothing can be excluded -- he might be switched on next basho and easily get his 10 wins. Enho again shows he's one of the smartest rikishi in makuuchi. That initial slap on Takakeisho's hands was genius. And he gave a tougher bout to Takakeisho than some other joi this basho. However Takakeisho is also smart enough to be careful with Enho so the result was pretty predictable.
  6. dingo

    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    Exactly. Besides, I don't see the kyokai starting to prioritize "flavour of the month" rikishi over the established ozeki and yokozuna. They are far too traditional for that. Plus it carries its own problems, for example a year ago Tamawashi won the yusho. Should that have made wins against him more important, even though he lost ten in the next basho?
  7. dingo

    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    I feel bad for Takayasu. He's trying his best but the body simply doesn't follow. It's really sad to see the once proud ozeki slipping down. Asanoyama did a beauty of a throw there. I guess the yusho train is gone, wonder if he'll still make it on the ozeki train -- especially with Takayasu and probably soon Goeido stepping off.
  8. dingo

    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    Yes, very good comments about why Takakeisho is better off without belt sumo. I don't actually doubt his ability to make it to Yokozuna, especially with the current competition. But I'm more concerned about how long would his Yokozuna tenure be as an oshi-zumo specialist. Oshi puts much more strain on the body and once his wrists or elbows go, he wouldn't be able to keep up Yokozuna-like performances and would have to retire early as opposed to hanging around in Makuuchi. A yotsu sumo Yokozuna would be able to compensate much longer. Of course any rikishi would probably take Yokozuna rank over ozeki, but as we saw with Kisenosato it can really turn out to be a monkey paw type of thing.
  9. dingo

    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    I agree about the basho, Takakeisho looks like he's more or less back to his old self and very comfortable in racking up wins. I'm not quite so sure he's Yokozuna material yet since his belt sumo is very limited. But if he wins this one and next basho turns out to be similar in terms of opposition then this might be a great chance for him to grab the promotion, whether he's ready or not.
  10. dingo

    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    This sounds exactly like he's in way over his head and will start his losing streak any day now. Unless Shodai's a master of deception which I somehow doubt...
  11. dingo

    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    And there's not much left this basho that could be considered as joi or at least jõi-level..
  12. dingo

    TORCHBEARER 2020: invitation, rules, and your picks

    Edit: seems like there's still time so I'll go with Jokoryu, Juryo 10e
  13. dingo

    Kensho Hatsu 2020

    I vote for a shikona change to Takakensho or 高懸賞.
  14. dingo

    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    Asanoyama must feel frustrated. He's not been able to do his own sumo in the last two bouts, being very efficiently suppressed by his opponents. I'm sure he must recognise the opening that is appearing in the ozeki ranks so whether that is putting additional pressure on him or simply he's lacked preparation or concentration is hard to say. Shodai and Endo on the other hand must be feeling pretty well about themselves :)
  15. dingo

    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    I guess first of all like every athlete they'd like to get a clean win and secondly I suppose they don't want to risk being monoii-ed by an especially overeager and undercapable shinpan.