Highway

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  1. Highway

    Hakuho retires

    Is this true?? That is massive if so. But....please don't tell me we were deprived from seeing Hakuho one last time in the ring because of Covid, or more specifically Covid restrictions? Surely that is not how the most legendary career of all time will go out? If he is injured again I understand, but if not surely he deserves to go out with a bang in November?
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    Terunofuji is the 73rd Yokozuna.

    Well done indeed. I also cannot think of a wider swing in terms of a comeback, in any other sport that I follow at least. Maybe Tyson Fury in a way.
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    Nagoya Basho 2021

    Wow, what can you say about tomorrow. It is as epic as it gets. If this was pro wrestling this would be our Rock vs Hogan. I think what Hakuho was going for against Shodai was to show how he can win in any way however he pleases. And whether he is 100% healthy or a bit less, it's still remarkable he can do this to Ozeki opponents. Terunofuji has been impeccable this basho, but can he beat Hakuho? I do think that as Hakuho demonstrated today, he has too many tools in the arsenal, he knows how to find a way. I'm still going for the current yokozuna, though whatever happens - obviously very well deserved and welcome to our next yokozuna.
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    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.
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    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?
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.