Dwale

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  1. Dwale

    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    Yep. Gonna be awfully strange not having him, he's been a fixture as long as I've been watching regular coverage. Fare thee well, Goeido.
  2. Dwale

    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    Well, that sure did happen. Congratulations to Tokushoryu for this bright spot on his career. Whatever else happens, no one can take this away from him. This is a Rocky II moment. We saw a lot of cool stuff today, really, but it's all overshadowed by the yusho. And people said this would be a 12-3 basho. I ever heard people saying it would be 11-4! So, the next time someone tells you something is impossible, remember this and take it to heart: anything can happen in sumo. (Special props to Ikioi for turning around that atrocious start. That was a mighty achievement in its own right.)
  3. Dwale

    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    The 33 wins in 3 basho thing is a guideline, not a hard rule (as shown quite emphatically in Takakeisho's ozeki run, and ozeki have been promoted with fewer than 33 wins in the past). That said, I don't see why they would promote him this time. He has had matches this basho where he looked like an ozeki, but he has had some where he looked rather bad.
  4. Dwale

    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    So, that happened. Wanted to pop on and compliment Hokutofuji's footwork this basho. Fancy s*** doesn't mean anything if you don't have the basics to support it. Hokutofuji is looking more like the rikishi we knew he could be.
  5. Dwale

    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    I agree wholeheartedly. I was floored by his ferociousness. Where was that Takayasu before?
  6. Dwale

    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    Enho just added another finish to his highlight reel.
  7. Dwale

    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    Tokushoryu and Shodai still tied for the lead. God, that is surreal. I haven't been posting much because what could I possibly say about such a wild honbasho? Enho likely to kachi-koshi while effectively a joi-jin. wtf At least Terunofuji is bulldozing his way through juryo. That's how it ought to be.
  8. Dwale

    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    Some crazy stuff. I knew Shodai had good skills but I didn't realize he was that strong. That was serious power move. If he makes me eat my words by taking this yusho, I'll take them gladly. Could it be he's turned over a new leaf? Also, could not believe Tochinoshin pulled that off. Asanoyama seems distracted. And did anyone expect to see Mitakeumi beat Endo with a swing-down of all things? This basho is Looney Tunes off the wall.
  9. Dwale

    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    Amateurish mistake by Takakeisho at the edge, and he paid the price. Well, he is still quite young. Lots of fun matches today, and the tournament is still as madcap as it was before. Cheers.
  10. Dwale

    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    He'll pull out every trick in the book to try and make it. Definitely an uphill battle and an unlikely proposition, but crazier things have happened.
  11. Dwale

    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    But Enho is just a fluke, right? lol
  12. Dwale

    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    And that, beautiful fans, is vintage Terunofuji. I don't think his knees will hold up to it like they used to do, but watching that was like watching Godzilla get hit by lightning. You know the beast is awake now.
  13. Dwale

    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    People were shocked at Goeido's win on the livestream and it's like, "Uh, you know this is what he does when his rank is on the line, right?" Good win, though. Hard fought. Terunofuji still getting it done in juryo, despite the fierce determination of his opponent. Chyonokuni way down in makushita has a slobber-knocker, too. I'd like to see him as a sekitori again, he's really entertaining when he's fired up. Wide open yusho now, though of course the field of contention will narrow as the days pass. Takakeisho is the man to beat, IMO. Endo is a dark horse. I never thought Shodai was a serious prospect to take it this basho.
  14. Dwale

    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    As I've mentioned, Takakeisho's lateral movement is a big part of his effectiveness. Second time this basho he's pulled that sidestep at the bales and won from it. Where the hell was that version of Goeido before? Shodai has a lot of potential, but I do not think he has the mental toughness to keep this streak alive to the end. We already know Takakeisho can perform under pressure, so he's my current pick. However, given how wild things has been, it really is up in the air. There's a lot of honbasho left and anything can happen in sumo.
  15. Dwale

    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    I do think he was caught off guard. Abi came out in honey badger mode and Asanoyama didn't know what hit him until he was already outside the bales.