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    Recap of the decade?

    Based on this list Hakuho has one more yusho than everyone else combined - 29 vs 28. If nothing else then at least this underlines just how dominant he's been.
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    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    That seemed fully intentional to me, he even pushed the forearm further into his face. A bit disgraceful from Hakuho in my mind. And you can say all you want that it's a legal move but I'd like to see one rikishi who would dare to do it against Hakuho himself. So it's not quite even standards, is it?
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    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    Retirement would be way too harsh. He might've not seen this kind of tachiai in 20 years and was just trying his best to make something out of the situation. Everyone makes mistakes.
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    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    I'm catching up to the weekend's bouts just now so apologies if I'm digging up an argument that should remain buried, but I just wanted to specify that during the post match replays, Mainoumi said that in his opinion Kounosuke was wrong to call the first matta, and he was also wrong to encourage the rikishi to smash together on the third try when they did the standing up tachiai again. So it may not really be a matter of the tachiai being disallowed, just Kounosuke being confused and failing to react in an appropriate way.
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    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    Well it's not their fault that they're injured. I'd love to see fully healthy Takayasu, Takakeisho, Tochinoshin and Goeido kicking ass this basho as they are capable of. Unfortunately the injury reaper seems to be particularly merciless these days...
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    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    What in the world was Shodai thinking in his bout... Extremely sloppy tachiai and it all went downhill from there. Guess he just underestimated his opponent and took him way too lightly, whereas Kotoshogiku takes every bout seriously.
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    Rikishi Status Kyushu 2019

    Poor Tomokaze, what a stroke of rotten luck. His rise to Makuuchi with uninterrupted kachikoshi is such an amazing story, I really hope he can top it off by staging an equally amazing g comeback from the depths of the banzuke.
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    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    Kotoshogiku seems to be really fading away this basho. No forward going power to speak of and gets pushed back very easily. Since that is all that his sumo consists of, it's unfortunately hard to see a long future for his career. He might be able to eke out a few more basho at the bottom of Makuuchi, but I'm afraid it's not gonna be more than that. Wonder if he would be willing to continue in Juryo? Otherwise we may see him intai next year...
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    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    Exactly my thoughts. Hakuho knew he was done for and chose to go out on his terms rather than being pushed out. Perhaps seeing Tomokaze being wheeled off just before affected his decision as well.
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    Another Sekitori Marriage

    Congrats to Takayasu, he seems a real happy man in these photos. Hopefully he'll get a boost on the dohyo and manage to keep his Ozeki rank in the upcoming basho despite that nasty injury.
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    Another Sekitori Marriage

    It sticks out to me that recently all rikishi seem to be be marrying ladies above their own age. I wonder where that trend comes from... I don't think it's too common in Japanese society in general. Is there a general preference in sumo circles for more mature ladies?
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    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    To be fair, it's not really Okinoumi's fault that the shimpan made a questionable decision. You can't really blame it on Okinoumi if he wins the yusho. Now, with the risk of being controversial which is worse -- winning with a call that may or may not be correct, or with a plain lame henka *cough* Mitakeumi *cough* against an opponent that could've kicked your ass in a normal bout? Happy for Hokutofuji's kachikoshi, but unfortunately his banzuke rank will fall victim to a somewhat unusually successful sanyaku -- with the exception of poor Tochinoshin, but his fall is not gonna open up a sanyaku position for Hokutofuji. Tomokaze got close, but in the end he tried to rely on pulldowns too many times in his bouts. If he would've shown the aggressiveness of his two last bouts earlier in the basho, he could've maybe managed to continue his kachikoshi streak... And it was funny that in the last bout when Furiwake put up his hand to signal Tochinoshin's step-out, the NHK commentator first referred to him as Takamisakari and needed a moment to recall his oyakata name. The legend of the Robocop lives on :)
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    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    Despite his supposed social anxiety, Furiwake has been a TV commentator as well and he does that job pretty well too, so I'm not really surprised. He seems a pretty bright guy.
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    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    What I really like about Enho is that even when he loses, he does so with a plan. Very rarely does lose with a simple quick forceout. Almost every loss is on his terms, so to say.
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    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...