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    Kyushu 2023 discussion (results)

    Someone on the committee will always declare something like this. Eventually we all learn that it doesn't matter. It's a sort of back-handed encouragement. If Takakeisho ever gets back-to-back yusho, he will get promoted. But sadly he won't be getting that this tournament.
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    Kyushu 2023 discussion (results)

    Based on his history, the odds were always against, but I think it's a tad early to stick a fork in him. He's one win back from the trio of leaders, and even a weak yusho like last time would net him the promotion. Edit: This is not to be misconstrued as an endorsement of Takakeisho!
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    Preparations of the Y/O - Kyushu 2023

    Kaio also had good looks and a serious arsenal of techniques that let him cruise at ozeki for as long as he wanted. Takakeisho is better off completing the tsuna run. Tell him I said so.
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    Oshoma Accused of Harassment

    Naruto is former Kotooshu, right? He was constantly getting injured in matches. I seem to recall tiny balls of fury like Toyonoshima would dislocate his shoulder on a regular basis, and he'd always bounce back next tournament no trouble. Maybe to him injuries simply are business as usual?
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    Underaged Drinking on the Aki Jungyo

    Only because Britain didn't have karaoke bars when Rabid John's parents took him out for underage carousing.
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    Aki 2023 discussion (results)

    Chiyotairyu demonstrated aptly that a rikishi could have a career despite rarely moving forward, provided they did not aim for the sanyaku.
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    Aki 2023 discussion (results)

    I was more disappointed with the quality of the henka than with the fact of the henka itself. Takakeisho barely even moves for the initial contact. Basically just stands up and puts one hand on Atamifuji's head, pulls his arm with the other and a little shuffle. And Atamifuji is charging heedlessly forward like the 'Giku Express.
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    Aki 2023 discussion (results)

    I've enjoyed Takakeisho's aggression this tournament. He looks like he wants to win. His extra shove on Atamifuji last night to take a co-lead was *chef kiss* - perfect combination of making sure his opponent was out, whilst saying, "This is MY basho!" I doubt Hoshoryu is going to get any sort of OBSC hand-out tonight from Takakeisho, and it'll be interesting to see how Atamifuji fares against Abi. Match ups are in Abi's favour, but he's already secured his kachikoshi and is too far back to be in contention even if he wins.
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    Aki 2023 discussion (results)

    No, it's physically impossible for an uninjured rikishi to gambarize properly. It's written into the Code of Conduct.
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    Aki 2023 discussion (results)

    Shikona change: Takanomojo.
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    Aki 2023 discussion (results)

    Aoiyama is playing the long game. If you convert his win/loss record into binary, it says "You Suck Hakuh". But since we have no idea who this Hakuh character might be, we'll have to wait a few more tournaments to see what is revealed.
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    Newer Ozeki Kotonowaka?

    Takakeisho had a yusho-->jun-yusho in his ozeki run and so when he followed that up with the jun-yusho --> yusho in 2020, I figured as a Japanese rikishi that'd be enough to get the rope. And then in 2022-2023 he had 2 jun-yusho and a yusho over four tournaments with double-digit wins in all; I figured he'd get the rope for sure. But obviously he didn't. The problem seems to be that every time he competes, he ends up injured and effectively misses the next tournament as a result. It's probably just as well, though. He's certainly done alright in spite of the injuries so I'm always surprised when people scoff at his yokozuna chances. Edit: By 'competes', I mean that every time he gets healthy enough to actually challenge for the cup, and not those tournaments where he's obviously still injured, and simply trying to scrape together the wins to maintain his rank.
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    Newer Ozeki Kotonowaka?

    If watching sumo has taught me anything, Kotonowaka will drop four of his first five and guarantee the discussion moot.
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    What makes a great ozeki?

    We all only wish we could be greeted entering a room the way the ladies greeted Kaio every time he stepped in the ring.
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    Nagoya 2023 discussion (results)

    I think Waka misunderstood my Fozzy bear proposal. I wanted them to wear Muppet mawashi, not be jokes on the dohyo. :(
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    Nagoya 2023 discussion (results)

    I'm not sure that either Waka or Daieisho will be able to pick up their necessary three wins in their final two matches without some rather preposterous ringside antics involving a botched matta, at least three complicit shimpan, and an explosive ikebana arrangement.
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    Nagoya 2023 discussion (results)

    Daieisho clearly showing his Ozeki chops there by helping out a fellow future Ozeki in desperate need of a win. I think that (and three more wins) should clinch the promotion for him.
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    Nagoya 2023 discussion (results)

    Junsan's post was almost a good haiku. I edited it down to this... Kinbozan's henka functionally effective lacking aesthetics
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    Nagoya 2023 discussion (results)

    Not sure I like Waka's chances here at making the triple. Unrelated, I hope all the Waka bros make it to sekitori and then Jim Henson studios decides to make a Muppets in Tokyo movie and the Waka brothers get sponsored by Fozzy the Bear because that's a marketing opportunity just waiting to happen.
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    Nagoya 2023 discussion (results)

    Meisei totally goaded Kotonowaka into that false start and threw him off.
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    Preparations of the masses- Nagoya 2023

    11 wins seems like almost a given for Daeishou, and 12 wins seems like outside chance for Wakamotoharu and Houshouryuu, which I suspect is the key difference in their mental preparation. The latter two, I expect, are probably wistfully hoping they get 12, yet would be just happy with 11 to secure better odds in September.
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    Natsu 2023 discussion (results)

    I am happy to be wrong, but I didn't expect a yusho showing from Terunofuji. The pre-basho "plans to compete" message from the oyakata seemed like the usual cookie cutter platitudes. I figured he'd win a couple, lose a couple, satisfy the powers that he tried, and withdraw. I don't think he looked completely dominant most of the time, but he did just enough to get the wins. And I'm only saying anything now that he cannot lose, because I did not want to jinx this amazing return. I'm also entirely befuddled by the sanyaku performance. I thought that the kyokai had banned double-digit wins back in 2022?
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    Natsu 2023 discussion (results)

    And whether he can avoid crashing a car at a ski resort with an expired driver's license and then lying to police and the kyokai about who was driving.
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    Natsu 2023 discussion (results)

    Normally I'd have Takakeisho's back on this, but he's five feet to the left, refusing contact and slapping down, so I've got Kinta's back on this instead.
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    Natsu 2023 discussion (results)

    I'm boarding the Wakamotoharu hype train.