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  1. dingo

    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    About the yusho race, recently it seems to me that when all the big contenders like Hakuho or Kakuryuu are out, the level of the other sanyaku seems more or less equal and all of them are bound to get a few losses either to eachother or joijin. Which opens the door to some well-performing low maegashira like Asanoyama or Meisei who might string together 13-14 wins and who won't have quality opposition until the final few days. So in a way the top without a clear leader are cancelling eachother out, while lower rankers on a hot streak have their chances open. I'm not sure I really like this situation, but that's how Makuuchi matchmaking works right now. I wouldn't be surprised if this basho ends with a 11-4 yusho. Edit : spelling...
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    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    Tomokaze managed to move on the plus side again. He's already faced all the sanyaku so he's got a pretty decent chance to extend his kachikoshi basho record. Alongside with Takakeisho's return to Ozeki that would be one of the best stories to come of this basho. As much as I like Asanoyama, I've got an even softer spot for Hokutofuji so I'm happy that he kept a chance for kachikoshi. That was one of the better bouts today. And even if Kotoshogiku is old and worn out, beating an ex-Ozeki is a new landmark in Enho's career. Though I have to say, every time I see him trying to throw a rikishi 70kg heavier than himself one-handed I'm filled with dread expecting his hand just to break off or something. Scary stuff.
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    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    And both cases are some of the most spectacular implosions by a rikishi in recent memory.
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    Videos Aki Basho.... 2002

    Thanks for posting those! These videos bring back memories of the Eurosport broadcasts... I really used to like the portraits they would show with every rikishi's name.
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    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    Goeido for the yusho!
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    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    Funnily enough this is more or less what the NHK Japan commentator said about Goeido's win today - "if he did this sumo 15 days, he'd yusho every basho".
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    Yoshikaze situation

    Makuuchi feels weird without Yoshikaze. I grew accustomed to seeing him hanging around in high-to-mid maegashira, or in the few cases he had a bad basho, seeing him bounce back up with a double digit score from low maegashira. Even as the bad news kept coming in, I was waiting for him to do his usual bounce back from the bottom of makuuchi, or even from juryo. It just seemed like a law of nature that Yoshikaze will always bounce back. So I'm sad he won't be there anymore to deliver one of his usual crazy slapfests with Shohozan (who's already 35 by the way...). Sad to see him leave the dohyo, glad to see him take his well-deserved place amongst the oyakata.
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    Videos Aki 2019 ~ Days 1-11

    Thank you for all the hard work! I'll be missing your videos for sure, whether it's kyujo or full-on intai. In any case you have a touch that all other videos are missing. But it's understandable that real life takes preference. As long as you don't fade out from the forum as well it's all good.
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    Takakeisho injury update

    I don't think Takakeisho is going to grow much taller in a week, even if they stretch him :D
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    Takakeisho injury update

    10 wins would be more than good, it would be an amazing achievement. I'm hoping he can do it, but I'm sceptical.
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    Terunofuji's health problems

    Off topic, but last basho Tochinoshin was desperate to regain his Ozeki position so naturally he would fall back to his strongest weapon.
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    What rikishi do you miss the most?

    Kaio, Baruto, Musashimaru, Aminishiki (missing him already!). Also Chiyonofuji - since I'm too young to have experienced his generation. So I'm not really missing him per se, but just kinda wishing I would've been around to see him for in his prime. Must've been an exciting time...
  13. I tend to agree that Abi won't get to sekiwake with his score. There's already two automatic sekiwake, whereas Abi's result is not really an automatic promotion.
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    Nagoya 2019 Discussion (here be spoilers)

    Kotoshogiku's prize has me completely flabbergasted. I wonder what would he as an ex-Ozeki think or feel for being handed a prize for reaching a simple 8-7, a result that would have been the minimum for him in Ozeki rank. Insulting a bit, no? Or just alms for the weak...
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    Videos Nagoya 2019- Promo and Days 1- 15

    Does anyone know if there was an interview with Enho after his kachikoshi? And if there was, could you kindly point me its direction - no matter if English or Japanese.