Dwale

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  1. Dwale

    Nagoya 2019 Discussion (here be spoilers)

    Yeah, I was agreeing with you, up to a point. Also, I never heard anyone say "Well, if Ichinojo's back had been healthy..." whenever the match went the other way.
  2. Dwale

    Nagoya 2019 Discussion (here be spoilers)

    Well, and it makes it sounds like the win was a fluke, which is taking credit away from someone who deserves it. Hakuho's arm hasn't stopped him from kicking everyone else's ass this basho. Ichinojo was simply too much for him this time.
  3. Dwale

    Nagoya 2019 Discussion (here be spoilers)

    Kinboshi for Ichinojo, and from Hakuho no less. Very nice, and makes the yusho race more interesting. I expect Kakuryu to lose at least two over the next six days. (This wasn't just about his size, or Hakuho's being injured. He took away all of Hakuho's options. You can see Hakuho trying to maneuver, but Ichinojo doesn't allow it. Yes, it might have gone differently with a healthier Hakuho, but credit where it's due: that was solid, powerful sumo from Ichinojo. A well-deserved gold star for him.) Takayasu's arm looks screwed. I'm surprised he was able to drive forward so strongly, even if he couldn't cinch the win. Nice throw from Shodai. Tamawashi is surprisingly aerodynamic.
  4. Dwale

    Nagoya 2019 Discussion (here be spoilers)

    Chiyomaru did what now? lol...I had to watch the replay just to be sure my eyes weren't deceiving me. Shodai is 4-4, which isn't bad for a joi-jin. The guy has skills, I just wonder if he's ever going to get anywhere with them. Mitakeumi has gotten rather thick in the middle. Doesn't seem to be slowing him down, though, but I do have to wonder how it's going to affect his knees long term. That really did not look good for Takayasu. I hope he's ok, I was counting on him to make things interesting in the yusho race (in addition to his being one of my favorites).
  5. Dwale

    Nagoya 2019 Discussion (here be spoilers)

    I, too, have been watching Tomokaze with interest. And I like what I see.
  6. Dwale

    Nagoya 2019 Discussion (here be spoilers)

    Ouch. That must hurt as bad as the loss!
  7. Dwale

    Nagoya 2019 Discussion (here be spoilers)

    I remember the other day Kinta mentioned that Daieisho is one of the most underrated rikishi. After watching the ring-entering ceremony yesterday, I have to agree. The crowd cheers like crazy for some of these folks, and cheers middling for others. When they announced "Daiiiiieiiiiishooooo!" the crowd was like, "Dai-who now?" Poor guy. If we learned anything from his bout against Hakuho, it's that he has amazing balance at the very least. Well, he's still young and has plenty of time to make a name for himself.
  8. Dwale

    Nagoya 2019 Discussion (here be spoilers)

    I saw Hakuho was censured for his pre-bout shenanigans and I reckon that's fair enough. That said, it was a good staredown. Aoiyama meant business and was in no mood for Hakuho's crap. Still came up short, but it was a respectable effort. "Today is the day I will beat him," he must have thought. Nope! But keep trying, you'll get him one of these days...maybe.
  9. Dwale

    Nagoya 2019 Discussion (here be spoilers)

    I'll take what I can get. But until it's over, WHEEEEEEEEEEE!
  10. Dwale

    Nagoya 2019 Discussion (here be spoilers)

    Woo, busy morning coming over to babysit Gramma and do some shooting, so I wasn't able to post. Well. I guess all I really have to say is that having Enho and Terutsuyoshi in makuuchi has made lower maegashira a hot-spot for entertainment. I really hope these guys can hang around because they're bringing something I hadn't even realized I was missing until they arrived.
  11. Dwale

    Nagoya 2019 Discussion (here be spoilers)

    This has been an unusually heated basho. Quite a few of the rikishi in the top division seem fired up, which is great news for fans. Just a couple thoughts... I never fail to be surprised by Aoiyama's agility. He has a high center of gravity that should result in abysmal balance, but he's done quite a bit of dancing on the bales in his career, to good effect. I'll never understand. Ichinojo in "scary mode" is always nice to see. Let's hope he can keep it up. Tamawashi is not himself. Age and injuries catching up with him, or just in the wrong frame of mind? Asanoyama gave Takayasu a run for his money. He's been fighting well, despite losses. Lots to admire about this kid. If he can stay healthy then I expect big things from him in the future. Heh, as soon as Ryuden got turned, it was over. You can't generate power from that position and Hakuho is too savvy to get caught by any last-ditch bale shenanigans. And speaking of Hakuho, who is going to give him a loss? I guess a couple of guys have a puncher's chance, but he seems to be focused. Tochinoshin needs to go home and address whatever's plaguing him. I hate it for him, but I don't see any point in his staying.
  12. Dwale

    Nagoya 2019 Discussion (here be spoilers)

    I'll pour one out for Aminishiki. That bit of sadness addressed, I was floored that Enho was able to do what he did to Kaisei. He is really something special. Ryuden not intimidated in the least by Takayasu and indeed took the fight to him. Impressive. Pat on the back for Asanoyama. Or maybe a "You tried!" sticker. Hakuho was never really in danger, but Asanoyama did pretty well, I thought. Is Tochinoshin hurt again?
  13. Dwale

    Natsu basho 2019 discussions [SPOILERS]

    Gotta admire Enho even though he lost. What fire! I feel certain he would have gotten his kachi-koshi were it not for that unfortunate injury. That was a wild basho, lots of ups and downs. Already can't wait for the next one. Well, it was fun, guys. Peace.
  14. Dwale

    Natsu basho 2019 discussions [SPOILERS]

    He has certainly commanded my notice and respect.
  15. Dwale

    Natsu basho 2019 discussions [SPOILERS]

    Congratulations to Asanoyama who, dubious win aside, has looked solid this basho and done some excellent sumo. It was apparent from the start of his makuuchi tenure that he had a good sumo mindset, but it looks as though he has the ability to go with it. His future could be very bright indeed. You know, I expect the henka in desperate situations (like Enho tomorrow, for example) but I never expected it from Tochinoshin. Although that was so funny I can't even complain. Congratulations to him as well. Takayasu tends to fade in the final third, so if he gets off to a bad start, he's not going to have a good basho. But he has his eight, so, hey. How about Ryuden? Some nice sumo from him this time around. Can't get too excited because of his age (29), but he's been delivering the goods and I'd like to see him continue to do so. Weird tournament, but entertaining.