Dwale

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  1. Dwale

    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    Would have preferred playoffs (wouldn't we all have?), but no question Shodai deserved to take the cup this time around. Congratulations to him. Congratulations to Tobizaru, too, a guy who looks like he might just have a bright future.
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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    Well now. I'll be purchasing coffee tomorrow because there is no way in Hell I'm gonna let myself fall asleep before the end!
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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    Not an Onosho fan, but that was bad ass!
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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    Events have settled into something resembling normalcy. Still, not going to get too comfortable with that, as things can change very quickly.
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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    Couple years ago I might have said, "There's no way either Onosho or Tobizaru will be the one to take this" and I still feel like that's probably true, but after all this crazy **** we've seen, I don't feel comfortable making blanket statements like that anymore. I think this is going to be a tense yusho race that keeps us guessing til the last minute.
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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    I got nothin'. What can I even say about this basho other than ""WTF?" Put on your helmets, folks, I get the feeling there's gonna be a lot of facepalming done before senshuraku.
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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    You know, there were a lot of cool wins on day two, but I think my favorite was the relatively low-key victory by Takarafuji. He was just like, "You in a hurry to get to the bales? Ok, here go the bales!"
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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    Personally, I don't put much stock in predictions no matter when they're made. The question is less about the yusho than it is about the perceptions of the fans.
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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    Genuinely curious as to what people think: who is your guess for yusho winner?
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    This IS the July 2020 Basho thread!! Spoilers!!

    Crazy basho for a crazy year, but I'm glad for Terunofuji's fairy tale ending here. Makuuchi has some turbulent days ahead as the old guard cycles out in favor of young blood, but it was nice to see some of the ol' favorites getting a taste of kachi-koshi again. The playoffs for juryo were fun, too. Hoshoryu is rough around the edges, but I like what I see in him. I came for the entertainment and was entertained. Can't complain. Peace and love, sumo peeps.
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    This IS the July 2020 Basho thread!! Spoilers!!

    Hoshoryu looked skillful there. Ichinojo looked like a juggernaut. That was effing crazy. I wish we got to see that version of Ichinojo more often.
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    This IS the July 2020 Basho thread!! Spoilers!!

    And now things have gotten very interesting indeed. Mitakeumi, you are a glorious mess. Hakuho, put on your big boy pants: it was your match to lose and you lost it. Pleased to note that Takayasu and Tochinoshin both look poised to go KK this basho.
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    This IS the July 2020 Basho thread!! Spoilers!!

    Tamawashi v Terunofuji has me smiling and laughing. "And how do YOU enjoy being slapped in the face, my good bitch?"
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    This IS the July 2020 Basho thread!! Spoilers!!

    I don't think the Takakeisho ruling was anything unusual, as they've ruled so in similar cases for as long as I can remember. Takakeisho was the one going forward. They put a lot of emphasis on that. So, wrongly or rightly, that was par for the course. (I think shinitai is a good rule in principle, but they really need to be more consistent in its application, IMHO.) And to think I was poking fun at Daieisho only an hour or so before his victory. Well, he had a little luck with it, but when you're facing Hakuho you take what you can get. Biggest surprise for me today was Enho. I was like, "Did uhh...did Enho just bulldoze him out of the ring?" Yes, he did.
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    This IS the July 2020 Basho thread!! Spoilers!!

    Rough day for most of my pet rikishi. It happens, but you know, still sucks. Much as I hate to say it, Takakeisho charged in with his eyes on the clay and deserved that loss. He knows better, so what the hell? But we did have some fun matches. I can't say I wasn't entertained. EDIT: Credit to Kagayaki for giving it his all. He knew what he was up against, but he wasn't intimidated and fully intended to win that match. Good on him.
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    This IS the July 2020 Basho thread!! Spoilers!!

    Only way Enho could have looked more like Mainoumi there would be if he had done nekodamashi.
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    This IS the July 2020 Basho thread!! Spoilers!!

    Some fun stuff today. I'm cautiously optimistic about Takayasu maybe extending his career a bit. Really enjoyed Shodai v. Endo in all its sloppy glory. Crazy match. Nice to see Shohozan finally show up, too.
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    This IS the July 2020 Basho thread!! Spoilers!!

    Kiribayama really surprised me today. I'll have to keep a closer eye on him from now on. Takayasu is the one who really shocked me, though.
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    This IS the July 2020 Basho thread!! Spoilers!!

    That is certainly true, but you'd think he would have developed some aversion to it in that time. We'll see how he does against some beefier competition getting that grip, as he does seem primed to climb the rankings regardless.
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    This IS the July 2020 Basho thread!! Spoilers!!

    If Asanoyama has succeeded in rounding out his game, the rest of makuuchi needs to be very, very worried about facing him. But let's see how he finishes the basho. I'll remind folks that back during Terunofuji's ozeki tenure and downward slide therefrom, he lost a number of matches as a direct result of letting opponents get a morozashi on him. So I'm not sure that's strategy on his part. In any case, it's nice to have him back in makuuchi and doing well.
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    This IS the July 2020 Basho thread!! Spoilers!!

    I don''t know if it was the wait or if this basho is just looking extra good. Either way, I'm eating it up. Omnomnomnomnom!
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    Haru 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    Oh my, kitty has claws!
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    Haru 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    Doesn't matter if they slip and fall at the same time, it's who touches down first. If they touch down at the same time, torinaoshi.
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    Haru 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    Hakuho really brought it today, "it" being victory, which he handed to Shodai. Did he just feel like he needed to slap someone around? As soon as Shodai started that strong advance, I realized Hakuho had let himself get out of position and was in trouble. Weird match. GO, ASANOYAMA! And for that matter, GO AOIYAMA! Tempted to say, "There's no way he'll take the cup" but after last basho I'm not sure I can ever say that with confidence again.
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    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.