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  1. 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.
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    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    The first basho where I'm expecting to see the gyoji coming out all taped up by the end... Kotoshogiku v. Enho is a good example of what makes Enho so entertaining to watch: constant activity and a diverse, adaptable offense. Contrast that with another small guy like Ishiura. If Ishiura's initial gambit fails, that's usually curtains for him. With Enho, he'll keep pulling moves out of his hat until something sticks (or he loses, but hey, it happens). I had said on twitter that if Takakeisho regains his ozeki rank, it'll be the story of the year. What if he were to take the cup as well? It's a real possibility and man is that weird. But I would love to see it. A lot can happen over four days, of course, and even his return to ozeki isn't yet a done deal. He's shown before he handles pressure well, though. Mitakeumi just about had that, but Ryuden is very strong. Well, can't complain too much about a loss to Ryuden, he's a good rikishi. Mita isn't technically out of the running yet, but that loss does hurt. Still hoping he'll rack up the needed wins for an ozeki run: if he can't get double digits in a basho like this then he doesn't deserve it anyway.
  3. Dwale

    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    Enho should have done nekodamashi.
  4. Dwale

    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    Day ten, and the basho is still bonkers. I suspect this one's going to come down to the wire. Tochinoshin has a real chance to keep his rank. I wonder if he can pull it off? Did Takakeisho look like he was treating his knee a little gingerly after his match? I hope that's my imagination... I'm gonna take Mitakeumi as my pick for the yusho winner. Not really based on anything other than my desire to see him do well, but there it is.
  5. Dwale

    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    Haven't had much to say because once a basho goes this far off the rails, there's nothing to do but hold on. Abi v. Asanoyama may not have been a display of technical prowess, but it was a superior display of vigor and fighting spirit! I was on the edge of my seat from start to finish. Great win for Asanoyama and just a hell of a match. Tochinoshin is in desperation mode, as well he might be. That was pretty funny, though. I doubt anyone seriously expected Okinoumi to zensho, so this was coming sooner or later. Wide open basho, folks, grab on and enjoy the ride. EDIT: Also, your periodic reminder that when Goeido is on, he's really on.
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    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    I didn't think anything could top Enho's bout today, but then I saw the gyoji trip during the Asanoyama match. After I stopped laughing, I ran it back and thought Asanoyama looked quite strong there.
  7. Dwale

    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    Wow, Shodai's tachi-ai was bad even by his standards. Sometimes he looks good. Too often, he looks like he's in the wrong division. *sigh* You might be right. The first step is having the right attitude, and everything I've seen suggests to me that he has this. Time will tell. Aoiyama tends to crumple against the sanyaku, but it wouldn't surprise me if he's got an old injury acting up on top of that.
  8. Dwale

    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    There's no tap-out in sumo. It is also illegal to choke the opponent. You can push on the throat or grasp the opponent in a headlock, but if it becomes a chokehold, that is forbidden and the match will be awarded to the opponent.
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    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    Kinda weird for Shohozan and Endo to be a developing rivalry, but there it is. I'll be looking forward to their match-up every time from now on. That was smooth as heck from Endo today. He seems really switched on this basho. Cautiously optimistic about Mitakeumi maybe getting his mojo going. We'll see. I hope Ichinojo is ok...
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    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    We had some dud matches today, but some good ones, too. Enho managing a win from that was impressive. I don't think Kotoyuki meant to do the hair-pull, but he needs to be more careful. The shimpan do, too. I can only speculate that the fighters were at just the right angle to where the shimpan couldn't see it. Either that, or it's time to visit the eye doctor. Enjoyed the Kotoshogiku bout, and glad to see Tochinoshin pick up a win finally. Still doubting he'll manage 8, unfortunately, but I'll be cheering for him. Endo looked sharp in there against Goeido. Props to him.
  11. Dwale

    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    Enho is rapidly becoming a favorite. Doesn't always win, but he's just so entertaining to watch. Regarding Hakuho's kyujo, all I can figure is it must hurt a lot. I have read, but do not know if it is true, that losing one's pinkie reduces that hand's grip strength by 50%. If that is true, and Hakuho's not able to use his pinkie, then that would indeed constitute a serious problem for his sumo. Daieisho damn near had that match. I like to see rikishi bring that kind of passion early on. Also good to see Tamawashi looking like the fighter we all know he can be. I do hope he'll refrain from destroying anyone's elbow, however. I had high hopes for Ichinojo coming in with a depleted upper tier in sanyaku, but less so now. He could still rally. We'll see. Goeido, on the other hand, looked strong and aggressive. If he's firing on all cylinders then he could be a yusho contender. [I'm just not gonna comment on Takakeisho. Don't wanna jinx him.]
  12. Dwale

    Rikishi Status Aki 2019 - Day 8 Late

    That's bizarre. But knowing him, it has to be pretty serious.
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    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    Well, well, quite a first day, was it not? Enho gets props for having the coolest win, easily, but the fun doesn't stop there. Hakuho was not a happy man, Hokutofuji had better be prepared to get "the treatment" next basho. I didn't realize he was already up to six, but so he is. Definitely has potential, so he may well cinch that ozeki rank someday. Asanoyama has really grown on me. I have the feeling he's gonna KK this basho. What is his limit, I wonder? Meanwhile, Mitakeumi continues being himself, subjecting his fans to his trademark roller-coaster of triumph and disappointment, more the latter today. Well, it's only day one...
  14. Dwale

    Nagoya 2019 Discussion (here be spoilers)

    You would need to ask someone more adept with statistics than I. But our yokozuna aren't getting any younger and I expect the era of Mongolian dominance is winding down. In any event, I want competitive ozeki and my comment was only expressing that wish.
  15. Dwale

    Nagoya 2019 Discussion (here be spoilers)

    A great close to the basho. We had exciting matches (Hokutofuji v Endo) some not so much (Abi v Kotoshogiku, though I did appreciate the guy in the audience laughing his ass off). Enho's first kachi-koshi in the top division, and Terutsuyoshi going well into the double digits. And a jun-yusho as well! Who would have expected that? Meanwhile Tomokaze proved he's not to be taken lightly, and Kotoyuki looked better than he's looked in makuuchi for ages. Even Endo got ten wins at M2. Well, well. Congratulations to Kakuryu, he had to fight uphill the whole way because of his back problems, but he stuck it out and reminded everyone he's yokozuna for a reason. Let's hope next time we can have a basho with reinvigorated ozeki to keep the yusho race interesting.