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  1. Highway

    Natsu basho 2021

    WOW epic bout between Endo and Terunofuji, what an effort by both. Best match of Endo's career? What a terrific finish to the basho this sets up. Terunofuji vs Takakeisho is fast becoming the sumo rivalry of this new decade. Well it already is, isn't it. Once again we have a basho decider between the two of them tomorrow. And the thing is...I don't necessarily have a favorite, and it will be very fun to see a three-way playoff, but you can't blame Terunofuji if he is feeling a bit hard done by...he has dominated all his opponents from beginning to end pretty much, super unlucky to have a win stripped for the hair pull, and today a 50/50 finish that was so close....it's still in his hands tomorrow, but he will be haunted by major what-ifs if it somehow slips away.
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    Natsu basho 2021

    I'll be supremely surprised if Terunofuji is not a yokozuna by the end of the year. Mind you I said that about Takakeisho!
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    Banzuke for Natsu 2021

    Aoiyama once again the top-ranking non-Japanese or Mongolian rikishi. Hakuho is like the Undertaker, we get a special appearance hopefully now and then, but who knows if/when he will be there.
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    Living In Japan As a Foreigner

    Lol, is that very true? Having lived most my life in western countries, I haven't encountered strict noodle eating etiquettes...unless you are doing something extremely over the top, no one is gonna notice or care how you eat your bowl of ramen.
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    March basho 2021

    That's actually a good question, do they give these out for each and every basho winner no matter how many times they've won the past? If so Hakuho must have hired a warehouse...
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    March basho 2021

    Big congrats to Terunofuji, well deserved, he is the man to beat in sumo right now. He must feel top of the world with the journey he has had. The three Japanese ozeki have their work cut out for them, but I'm also excited to see where Takanosho will go, I think he has massive potential to go further. I think the sanyaku for May looks super strong. Very proud of Aoiyama, he often struggles big time when facing top ranking opponents, but great win today and he can be super proud with second place and a fighting spirit award.
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    March basho 2021

    Absolutely fantastic basho, one of the best in recent memory I can remember. Full of twists and turns. My man Aoiyama has quietly maneuvered himself into playoff contention, though he has it all to do vs Takayasu. And I feel quite bad for the latter, what a great, great bout vs Tobizaru. For my money Terunofuji vs Takakeisho tomorrow is one of the biggest bouts we've had recently. The basho is on the line and it feels it will determine who is the top rikishi in sumo right now. Fuji deserves to be an ozeki again but beating all 3 ozeki and winning the basho will make him the top dog for sure I think. While of Takakeisho pulls out two wins tomorrow I think that despite recent setbacks he will prove he is still the most likely prospect for next yokozuna. All on the line!
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    March basho 2021

    Honestly the last year has felt like one drawn-out retirement ceremony for the yokozuna, gracing us with brief special appearances before departing again. The three ozeki are decent sometimes but all to inconsistent at the moment. I still have hope that Takakeisho will take it to the next level. Terunofuji - if he can also keep himself injury free - could obviously challenge for a yokozuna place as well.
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    March basho 2021

    What an opening day clash we have for tomorrow, the return of king Hakuho vs the defending champion Daieisho. Given Hakuho's length of absence perhaps it is safe to say Daiesho is the favorite?
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    2021 "Kozumo" Hatsu Basho discussion thread

    Maybe we should celebrate the end of the coronavirus when it comes with a 30 man sumo royal rumble.
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    2021 "Kozumo" Hatsu Basho discussion thread

    My man Aoiyama makekoshi, seemed inevitable. I think he has lost strength. Every bout is the same. He pushes, but increasingly it is ineffective, then tries to pull, but again no strength to pull his opponent down. Is it age starting to knock on the door, or some other issue? If he has another bad tournament next basho he might be dropping out. rooting for Daieisho to take it away. Shodai is doing well (luckily well) but I am more entertained by the former's sumo.
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    2021 "Kozumo" Hatsu Basho discussion thread

    Does Akua know that his mawashi is aqua colored? Shower thoughts...
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    2021 "Kozumo" Hatsu Basho discussion thread

    Terunofuji impressed me the most in day 1, though I think it's just his style that he looks very good when he wins.
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    2021 "Kozumo" Hatsu Basho discussion thread

    Is there any chance then to show flexibility, as inconvenient as it is for planning and the wrestler's schedules, and just postpone it until cases are more stabilized? Aka not all the way until March, but maybe later on in January or the latest early February? When strict lockdowns are imposed cases usually go down significantly within 2-3 weeks.
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    Corona and sumo

    My understanding is that they are/were doing that in the US with basketball and other sports and it seemed to be working for them....I do not know if that has continued. But yeah especially close to tournament dates that would be much needed I think.