Dwale

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  • Birthday February 14

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  1. Dwale

    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    This was the most effed-up day 2 in a long time. Bonkers. If this is a sign of things to come then the yusho is anyone's guess. But, hey, that's exciting in its own right. We shall see.
  2. Dwale

    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    Day one went more or less how I thought it was going to go, with one glaring exception: Endo v. Goeido. Not that I didn't think Endo could take that match, I just wasn't expecting such a hard fight. Alright, Mitakeumi, don't screw this up...
  3. Dwale

    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    You can wrap it as tightly as you please. A tight mawashi is harder to grab, but affords a solid grip once it is grabbed. A loose mawashi is easy to grab, but you can do less with it. So it's a trade-off. (Also, too loose and it risks falling off, which is an instant disqualification.)
  4. Dwale

    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    I was expecting Tamawashi to launch Ishiura into the stands. That was quite a surprise. Congratulations to Mitakeumi. It's been apparent for a long time that he has the potential for greatness. If only he were a bit more consistent... But ah, well. Who knows what the future holds? Even though he came up short (see what I did there?), I feel like the story of this basho was more about Takakeisho's journey back to ozeki. Even being out of action for so long, and with light training coming in, he still managed a jun-yusho. That calls for congratulations in itself. Love him or hate him, he's the real deal.
  5. Dwale

    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    Someone did the number crunching at some point; I recall reading it. I can't track it down, but yes, it increases the chance of success by a good bit.
  6. Dwale

    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    Possibly. But they should have held one nonetheless. Perhaps the time has come to reform the judging process so that it better incorporates modern technology.
  7. Dwale

    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    Doesn't look like Endo's heel touched to me. I'd still like to see a high-resolution zoom on the heel just for peace of mind, but the real issue here is that whether it touched or not, that absolutely called for a monoii. Letting that go in any match, let alone one of such import to the yusho race, is unconscionable. I try to cut these guys some slack (they're only human, after all), but come on.
  8. Dwale

    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    The Okinoumi/Endo match was really exciting and I wish it had come to a less controversial end. I'm going to withhold judgement on whether the heel was out until I see more than that grainy video feed I was watching. Never would have guessed Hokutofuji to KK after that first week. It's impressive that he was able to do so, but where was that spirit in week one? Congratulations also in order for little Enho. Keep bringing the fire, guy. I'd like to see Mitakeumi and Takakeisho win their bouts tomorrow so we can have a playoff. Just no henkas, please...
  9. Dwale

    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    Wacky Aki 2: Electric Boogaloo
  10. Dwale

    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    There's always a chance, but I concede it's pretty slim.
  11. Dwale

    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    Some great matches today, and the yusho is up in the air. Fun, fun, fun. I hope we get multiple playoffs on senshuraku. Man, Tochinoshin! Ryuden strikes me as a mini-Tochinoshin sometimes, though he lacks that overwhelming power and so has to rely more on technique. But it was fun to see them in a belt battle. Glad Tochinoshin keeps his KK hopes alive for another day. With a little luck he should be able to handle a weakened Myogiru tomorrow.
  12. Dwale

    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    Yeah, I noticed that. "You been hittin' the ganja, gyoji?"
  13. Dwale

    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    Looks like everyone missed the really surprising thing today: Kotoyuki had to turn but still managed to win his match! I was curious how Enho was going to approach Takarafuji. I think that might have worked against someone less experienced, but Takarafuji is such a veteran that he knew how to nullify Enho's offense and was never really in any trouble. Congratulations to Takakeisho. Now let's see if he can cinch the emperor's cup as well. I don't know if they would count that towards a yokozuna promotion or not, but he needs to win it first. It's an interesting hypothetical. My guess is that they would not count it, but maaaaaybe? If he does win it, and wins next time, I feel like they would at least have to toy with the idea. Tochinoshin on some seriously thin ice. I'm cheering for him, but it ain't looking good. He's not about to henka three days in a row, and even if he did that wouldn't save his rank. Good luck, big guy.
  14. Dwale

    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    Sumo is punishing to the body no matter one's size. He might get hurt badly, true, but so may anyone else. Even Hakuho is a walking mass of injuries at this point. On the other hand, I'd wager Enho fares better in old age than most other rikishi.