Benevolance

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    Nagoya 2024 discussion (results)

    The Ura vs Terunofuji match up is my favorite bout of the tournament so far.
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    Nagoya 2024 discussion (results)

    Aside from day 1, Terunofuji's matchups mostly looked like helpful wrestlers lending their chest to the yokozuna for warm up. Are they worried about injuring him with any rough movements? Do they know he is done, and this is a friendly send off? Did Terunofuji finally perfect the "Sumo Moth" technique, which mesmerizes rikishi and draws them in to a double-hand belt grip?
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    Natsu 2024 discussion (results)

    Because it would be way too ridiculous if it went otherwise, Onosato will beat Abi tonight and spare us all from having to watch a tournament that ends with an 11-4 yusho. This would be my preferred yusho winner.
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    Natsu 2024 discussion (results)

    At this point, it's looking like either Onosato or Daeiisho in the winner circle.
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    Natsu 2024 discussion (results)

    All that match needed at the end was John Cleese to announce "And now for something completely different."
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    Natsu 2024 discussion (results)

    Not idly do the ranks of sumotori fall.
  7. Hakuho not being in the heya enough was the problem to begin with!
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    Haru 2024 discussion (results)

    This has been the worst Kotonowaka yusho I've ever seen.
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    Haru 2024 discussion (results)

    I saw it a bit differently on the replay. Wakamotoharu was setting up for a throw at the edge, and Takerufuji wasn't falling for that two days in a row. Takerufuji pulled back from his opponent to deny the throw, and then had to resume his forward momentum which resulted in the final shove. Since Takerufuji waited and watched at the edge while Wakamotoharu wandered up the aisle, I took to be a good finishing instinct and not malice.
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    Haru 2024 discussion (results)

    Okay, I'll admit, I did not expect Takerufuji to beat Kotonowaka.
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    Haru 2024 discussion (results)

    I'd wager that Kirishima will still get his 8 wins. What folks need to remember vis-a-vis Kirishima's performance this basho is that Kotonowaka is scheduled for winning the yusho, getting the rope, discovering a cure for cancer and going to Disneyland. So Kirishima needs an early deficit so he can fight hard the second week and make Kotonowaka's victory look more convincing without threatening the yusho. Also I heard that while on a secret mission for the Queen of Sweden Harumafuji was in disguise in a mawashi on a yacht in the Mediterranean and at a dinner part was struck upon the head in a freak champagne bottle accident and lost his memories and fell overboard and washed up on the coast of Japan and was recruited by Tokitsukaze beya and is none other than Shodai. You can tell it's true because the tachi-ai are almost identical.
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    Haru 2024 discussion (results)

    Kudos to Takayasu for jumping out to that early lead and ensuring Kotonowaka gets the yusho.
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    Haru 2024 discussion (results)

    Kotonowaka will win the yusho. Assuming he gets the most wins. You heard it hear first.
  14. He de-escalated the beating from a champagne bottle to a remote control. Practically a saint.
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    Ichinojo intai

    Anyone know what qualifications are required to be a ronin gyoji? Asking for a friend.
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    Hatsu 2024 discussion (results)

    That's too true. But I thought Kotonowaka showed remarkable cool holding the lead for most of the tournament, and shook off his nerves for his second bout with Terunofuji. Further, if Terunofuji actually completes a second tournament before November, I'll be shocked. That leaves some 12-3 or 13-2 yusho up for grabs. Hopefully the OBSC gets together and sorts out which tournaments Kirishima wins and which ones Kotonowaka wins for maximum promotion value.
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    Hatsu 2024 discussion (results)

    This was the best tournament I've watched in a few years. Terunofuji was on form. I especially liked that Kotonowaka seemed to get over his 'star struck' demeanour from the first fight against Terunofuji, and showed up for a good match in the yusho face off, and was trying to win it right until the end. Impressive fighting spirit. My money is that Kotonowaka makes Yokozuna before Kirishima, and does it before Terunofuji officially retires.
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    Hatsu 2024 discussion (results)

    Well, yeah, but they mostly watch shokkiri.
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    Hatsu 2024 discussion (results)

    I have to give a shout out to Naruto oyakata. He may burn through his deshi, but when he's the announcing judge ringside I can actually follow what he's saying after the mono ii. That's worth a couple of wrestlers a year in my books.
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    Hatsu 2024 discussion (results)

    I still think of Endo as that young kid, but he is approaching mid-30's. I kept expecting him to break into the sanyaku as a regular, but it's never happened. I wouldn't be entirely surprised that he's ready to move on. That's over a decade in Makuuchi. I think it's a bit of a shame that he never got a real shikona, however.
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    Hatsu 2024 discussion (results)

    Oh, ho ho! The sanyaku are wearing their big boy mawashi this basho.
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    Chiyotairyu retires, will leave sumo entirely

    I always remember Chiyotairyu for backwards moving sumo and being an endless source of wins for Goeidou. I'm not sure how this will translate well into an MMA career.
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    Aoiyama talks

    To clarify, he was 0-4 vs Kotooshu, not 0-4 all time record against rikishi ranked at ozeki. Though, I suppose he also went 0-4 against all Bulgarians ranked ozeki, too. And 0-4 against all rikishi who later became Naruto Oyakata and came to congratulate him on the final day of the Fukuoka Basho. A lot of losing records there. Wow. He must feel pretty blue.
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    YDC convenes after Kyushu 2023

    I don't recall Hakuho doing anything quite as egregious?