RabidJohn

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About RabidJohn

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  • Birthday 05/03/1963

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    North Lincolnshire, England

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  1. RabidJohn

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

    Onosho is looking as good as I've ever seen him. Extraordinary turnaround from last basho. Tobizaru is very entertaining to watch. He's got a big box of tricks, hasn't he? The invasion of the short guys continues, and I think we're getting used to it. You've got to be Enho sized to get talked about now! I still can't call a winner (not that I usually can), but a jumbo play-off of 11-4s doesn't look out of the question at the moment.
  2. RabidJohn

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

    What a very entertaining day's sumo. What's with the number of false starts? I was laughing at my monitor while Chiyotairyu was failing to stop himself grinning! Cba to go back and quote myself, but I said Asanoyama could still win out and go 12-3 a couple of days ago. An excellent win from a seeming disadvantageous position against the dangerous Myogiryu today. I still believe Asanoyama will be the next yokozuna, by the way. I reckon he's at about prime Kisenosato level now, which is good enough if he can get the right run of results. I believe he's going to get even better than that, though. When he gets to prime Kakuryu level and starts posting 14-1s, there will be no argument about it; those are the numbers yokozuna candidates need to post IMO. No one's quite there yet, but it'll be interesting to see how close Takakeisho can come this time. The last few days could get very messy. Are bionic knees a thing now? Is that what Terunofuji's got hidden under all that bandaging and framework? Okay, I was wrong to suggest he should go back to Mongolia and start a new career while he was still young enough. The way he's going he can get back to ozeki - if those knees stay intact. I don't believe he'll have an easy ride, though - no borderline 32/45 next time.
  3. RabidJohn

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

    Very unusual unbeaten cast list. Can't see it staying that way for Onosho or Tobizaru, but it'll be interesting to see how long they can keep it going. Takakeisho and Shodai are starting to look like yusho prospects, but so much can and will change before the end. Mitakeumi doing his usual thing when there's any talk of a possible ozeki run... Glad to see Asanoyama record a shiroboshi. He's not out of it yet if he can win out from here. Hokutofuji's fall (or rather the abrupt impact at the end of it) must've hurt, though!
  4. RabidJohn

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

    Happens often enough that I reckon the lower echelons of makuuchi are possibly a slightly lower standard than the upper echelons of juryo. Maybe a result of under-demotion happening more often than over-promotion? But that's a subjective view not backed up by any statistics I know of.
  5. RabidJohn

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

    Edit: Double post. Damn that posting-to-a-new-page glitch!
  6. RabidJohn

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

    Looked to me like Mitakeumi and Takakeisho were up late last night, studying the Kakuryu Book Of How To Lose By Pulling. I've not heard of any Asanoyama injury to account for his 0-3 start. Is he suffering from the degeiko ban, or is he collapsing under the weight of expectation? Looks like he's lost the ball, never mind dropped it. No rope this year. Shodai is looking like the man at the moment, but I've got a feeling that the Wacky Aki we've joked about here for a couple of years might be taking root as a tradition. A 12-3 or even 11-4 yusho feels more likely to me than a zensho, so it's still anybody's really. Enho... Novelty tends to be fun and interesting, but it's always short-lived. It's Tobizaru's turn now. --- Kotoshogiku. The Geek. Old Bumpety-Bumpety. Breaker of the Drought. One of my favourites. I wondered at the significance of no strapping on his knees for the first time I can remember, hot on the heels of his radically changed tachi-ai last time. We may see him back before the end of the basho, but I don't believe he intends to compete in juryo.
  7. RabidJohn

    Videos (all days) - Aki 2020

    Makuuchi day 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1cH_XHFInU
  8. RabidJohn

    Videos (all days) - Aki 2020

    @Kintamayama"Aoiyama crumbles to the sea..." Such a common blues lyric, but I'll have a stab at "There will still be you and me". Thank You by Led Zeppelin (for the mystified).
  9. RabidJohn

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

    I really liked Hoshoryu's agility and strength winning out against the bulk and technique of Ichinojo. I really liked Terutsuyoshi's great win against Yutakayama. He's become the small guy to watch, hasn't he? I really liked Takakeisho looking mean in black and showing Terunofuji who's boss. I really liked the astonishing back and forth nature of the Asanoyama-Endo bout, though the result wasn't what I wanted. But bout of the day for me was Kiribayama doing exactly what he said he was going to do and emulating his shisho's sumo beautifully against Tochinoshin. Even if you can't actually pick them up and get the tsuridashi, they can't resist the yorikiri. I've got no idea who's going to win!
  10. RabidJohn

    Videos (all days) - Aki 2020

    Makuuchi day 1, for a limited time only: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJ0Ip9ZzXCQ Posted as a link, so we don't end up with big grey boxes all over the place...
  11. RabidJohn

    Preparations of the masses- Aki 2020

    Terunofuji's weakness is plain for all to see: the massive braces he has to wear are a dead giveaway. Sensible rikishi will try to put lateral pressure on his knees.
  12. RabidJohn

    Preparations of the masses- Aki 2020

    There are also people playing for hours a day, streaming it on Twitch and making a living out of it... One, who goes by the name of Ninja, is now a multi-millionaire from doing just that! But the vast majority just play for an hour or two in the evening, instead of watching TV like we did when we were kids. The notion that rikishi don't have enough free time to turn to their mobile and play Fortnite for a round or two is bollocks, my friend. We know they're spending hours on mobiles...
  13. RabidJohn

    Preparations of the masses- Aki 2020

    You don't actually need very much time to play this sort of game. It's played in rounds that rarely last longer than 20 minutes. Very easy to dip in and out of.
  14. RabidJohn

    Preparations of the masses- Aki 2020

    How can you play Fortnite and not know it took over the world a couple of years ago? Of course the Japanese play it. I'm just surprised Takanosho is so late to the party. If, that is, he has only just started playing, as opposed to merely revealing that he's playing. Me? I used to love shooters, but I'm too old and slow these days. Constantly getting my arse kicked by 12-year-olds is somewhat less than enjoyable.
  15. RabidJohn

    Yusho portraits donated

    Any pics that show the yusho portrait at a better angle? Something without Kozue constantly demanding the attention of my eyes maybe...