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    Haru Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    I’m so mad they didn’t make Takakeishō an ōzeki. He clearly deserves it. I don’t understand Ichinojō at all. He’s saying his problems were concentration and now he’s better at it through archery, but it never looked like that was the problem. It looked like he never cared to try hard enough, as if he were injured. That’s not concentration, that’s motivation. I hope his form continues as he’s clearly easily ōzeki material with that body, but it makes no sense to me how “concentration” would suddenly make him better.

    Haru Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Not sure why I only noticed now, but why does Kakuryū do that hand thing when accepting the envelopes differently from everybody else? It’s normally left, right, center; but he does right, left, center.

    Videos Haru 2019- Days 1-11

    Kinta’s are career stats, NHK’s are makuuchi.

    Haru Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Man, I miss belt-man Hakuhō… is it his injured elbows that don’t allow him to go for the belt anymore?

    YDC convenes-Hatsu 2019

    Seen it enough times to have gotten annoying– it’s “mukiryoku” not “mukyrioku”. Too lazy to quote.

    Hatsu Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    What are you talking about? That’s gonna be Tamawashi.

    Hatsu Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Hakuhō out?!? I wasn’t expecting that… I assume his big toe is still annoying him? I’m sad. Mitakeumi is a complete idiot if he’s not pulling out. It has been mentioned a little but not much, Takakeishō is suddenly a beast after transferring heya. Anyone know why? Maybe different training, diet or something? Has the new heya improved him, or is it just coincidence? Tamawashi looked like an ōzeki a while back and he seems back to form this basho. Regardless of who takes the yūshō between him and Takakeishō, I’m not complaining.

    Hatsu Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Never seen that changing of the grip move the gyōji made Enhō do in my over 6 years of watching. I thought the rules only said that it’s the front you can’t grip, not the back?

    Hatsu Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Hakuhō showing again amazing ballet skills to steal a victory from the jaws of defeat. As far as Aoiyama’s hansoku goes, I thought it was an unfortunate call but not a wrong one. Though I didn’t review multiple times, but for example like Hakuhō has shown recently, you can hold your balance in terrible situations, but that doesn’t happen after the extra help of a mage pull, however small it may be. So I still think you could say it affected the outcome of the bout, especially if the affected rikishi can feel it enough to protest afterwards.

    Hatsu Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Hakuhō showing amazing technique even in escaping. This guy’s got it all. Ikioi looks like a mummy… he should kyūjō.

    Hatsu Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Watching Kisenosato is more and more painful. Wish he had retired 2 years ago. Kakuryū did a really nice job handling that henka. Hakuhō looked really powerful. I think it’s gonna be between them…

    Takanoiwa hits his tsukebito

    I did mention from after Asashōryū so the first one doesn’t count in that sense, but I did fail to remember the other two. Since we went into digging-up mode, I feel like mentioning I remember I think a coach in Miyagino-beya (Hakuhō’s) beat a deshi with a metal bat or something, and he had really terrible bruises (there were pictures). When I made my first post I meant stuff between rikishi so I didn’t mention this one, but since nobody’s mentioned it while digging up other cases I felt like why not.

    Takanoiwa hits his tsukebito

    I thought you were gonna mention that 3 Mongolians got outed after violent outbursts. Asashōryū, Harumafuji, Takanoiwa. Am I being racist and forgetting similar Japanese incidents or not? I mean since Asashōryū, not before.

    A few questions to you guys about Yokozuna

    Wait, Harumafuji didn’t make 10 yūshō? Damn… 1. Yes. I cheer for the yokozuna most of the time because I like seeing the strong live up to their name and perform as such. 2. It’s much less of a headache to go with the former. The field is usually strong enough that no horrible yokozuna is ever produced with current standards (YD + Y), save injuries. 3. It’s become easier than it’s been in like 10 years, probably. With Asashōryū’s expulsion and Hakuhō’s decline. Still, I think Kisenosato was deserved and he just got unlucky with injuries, so as said previously no horrible yokozuna has been produced so even if it’s easier than it’s been for the past 10 years, it’s not like anyone can make it. 4. I disagree with that notion, it’s stupid not admirable to me. If you’re injured you need to rest. As to the question it’s been answered by others. 5. Dai-yokozuna is similar to what in chess are called “super GMs”, it’s not a real title above GMs (Grandmasters) but it’s something people call the very top players, like the top 20 in the world. I don’t know enough Japanese to make up any sumō rank myself.

    Takanoiwa hits his tsukebito

    I recall something like that too.