Highway

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  1. Highway

    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.
  2. Highway

    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.
  4. Highway

    Corona and sumo

    I take it sumo wrestlers aren't bubbled away like some other sports? Kept in one place and isolated, no outside contacts at all? If so, I'd like to know why. Because whatever the reasoning for 'well we can't bubble them because...' I'm not sure is going to hold up when the end result is your top yokozuna getting the virus and the basho possibly cancelled along with him.
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    Banzuke for Hatsu 2021

    Looking at the banzuke here http://www.sumo.or.jp/EnHonbashoBanzuke/index/ for the first time something has made an impression on me - there are only two wrestlers in all of Makuuchi from Tokyo. Is that surprising in any way? I am not Japanese so obviously don't know all the nuances, but Tokyo makes about a 1/4th of the entire population and half the tournaments every year take place there...would there be an expectation that there would be more successful rikishi from the capital?
  6. great end to the basho, either guy could have been a worthy winner. I think a very big 2021 in store for them both in terms of fighting for and potentially achieving higher rank.
  7. Fascinating showdown set for tomorrow. The irresistable pushing vs Terunofuji's scary upper body strength and belt game. I am leaning toward Takakeisho however, as he also has the speed to throw Terunofuji off his game. The latter will have to pull of the performance of his career to win twice in a row tomorrow, but we shall see. Otherwise, sad to see Enho drop down, he has been this year's sumo showstopper. Convinced he will jump back up though.
  8. Would they not save Terunofu´╗┐ji - Takakeisho for the final day? Definitely feels like that would be the basho decider right now, they are towering above all others in performance. Though then again with so many injuries you fear are we even going to see this clash.
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    Nokozuna again?

    Granted I admit that is a fair point. Still, I would simply state that knowing when to retire and therefore not having to withdraw from too many tournaments - is an important part of preserving one's legacy.
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    Nokozuna again?

    My problem with it is that in the minds of some it may cast a shadow over the basho, and whoever wins it will get a "good job on winning, but it's not quite as impressive as there were no yokozuna involved" - which is absurdly unfair to the winner and all others who do well this basho. I'm not necessarily going to 'blame' injured wrestlers for being out, but at the same time keeping yourself injury-free is indeed part of one's overall performance and legacy. Again, everyone can suffer an injury here and there, and I'm not saying wrestlers should rush coming back in, but at the end of the day those that do participate and do well deserve total and complete 100% laudations for their success, because they answered the challenge while others did not. Simple as. So Kakuryu....he always deserves respect for making yokozuna of course, but unfortunately there should always be a heavy asterisk next to his name noting that he did not perform well as a yokozuna. If your body is too often injured, it is not that different from a case of always showing up but performing poorly. You are not being successful, and that's that. Hakuho obviously is the exception to everything because of just how legendary his success to date is....but honestly if you are only completing one or to basho per year and there is no explicit reason to believe you will get much better, maybe it's best to retire.
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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    Congrats to Shodai, well deserved. Again I think his composure this basho has really been improved, he withstood some big charges where he could have been in trouble. What an effort though by Tobizaru, as everyone says, he will be a name to remember. No Yokozuna, maybe the sunset is setting on some legendary careers, but once again we have an exciting ozeki collection.
  12. Highway

    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    I think Shodai has really grown in composure recently, and whatever happens tomorrow he can build on a very good showing this basho.
  13. Highway

    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    Quite crazy how open it is. Takakeisho maybe the favorite but he's always in danger of a loss out of nowhere. Terunofuji looking really well and a great comeback this basho, but he has a hell of a tough test tomorrow with Hokutofuji, can't wait to see that one.
  14. Highway

    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    I'm sorry but how in the world was that not a win for Aoiyama? Yes he technically stepped out first, but Takayasu was flying down dead body defeated a good time before that. If that was not dead body I am a pelican. Aoiyama was on his feet, perfectly balanced, in control, while Takayasu was falling flat on his stomach with no attempt to do anything about it. We've seen the dead body rule used plenty of times in recent basho regardless of who stepped out first, but suddenly for this bout it didn't count? Really confused here.
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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    God yeah at first I thought he fell on his neck, it looked brutal.