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  1. RabidJohn

    Natsu 2024 discussion (results)

    I'm greatly relieved that Kirishima is kyujo, although in terms of recuperation before his 10-win last chance next basho he'd probably have been better off not entering at all. Araisho-san appears to have a much better attitude to dealing with injury. I noticed Wakamotoharu rubbing his toe yesterday and he's out - no bloody stupid gambarizing. Onosato looks absolutely the real deal - no obvious weaknesses, and way more dangerous on defense than I expect from someone so young. Barring injury... Ura's problem is a lack of belief in himself. He talked himself out of sanyaku last time, and today he gave up an advantageous position to lose unnecessarily. Oho's manhandling of Hoshoryu was even more impressive than his kinboshi last time, IMO. I'd love to see him get consistent.
  2. RabidJohn

    Natsu 2024 discussion (results)

    On the bright side, I was impressed with Oshoma's win against back-in-form Takarafuji, Ura's win against Mitakeumi to take the sole lead, and the unambiguous ozeki scalp for Onosato. Oh, and Kinbozan out-Tamawashi-ing Tamawashi (again?) was superb.
  3. RabidJohn

    Natsu 2024 discussion (results)

    I'm gutted at Kirishima's catastrophic loss of performance, just as I was with Mitakeumi's before him. Sumo is brutally cruel to expectations. That said, I believe it's self-inflicted on Kirishima's part. Look back at Akinomaki's training reports from before the last basho - the number of keiko bouts he did. The silly bugger went beyond even Takayasu levels of peaking way too soon, hurt himself in the process and hasn't been able to recover. I've no doubt pressure to go for the rope was the motivating factor, but I half-expected this outcome. IMHO, he should go kyujo immediately, rest up and try to recover for his 10-win sekiwake dog's chance.
  4. RabidJohn

    Natsu 2024 discussion (results)

    Takanosho channeled Pai Mei today: watching the replay it looked like he threw off Tamawashi's nodowa using his chin! Has Mitakeumi finally recovered? Much fighting spirit and tenacity on show. His style has evolved somewhat, too. The 'curse' seems to have passed on to Kirishima now... Hoshoryu blasted Gonoyama off the dohyo, but I was more impressed by Kotozakura methodically shutting Tobizaru down before easing him out. Bit weird that the Monkey decided he was going to fall anyway. Takadagawa-san took a few hits today...
  5. RabidJohn

    Natsu 2024 discussion (results)

    Oh man, yes, Kirishima... I think I may have blocked the memory until I saw the two posts after my last. The kami of mojo is no longer bestowing her favours on him, is she?
  6. RabidJohn

    Natsu 2024 discussion (results)

    Mitakeumi's trying to tempt me in again with a strong early performance. Lot of determination and tenacity so far - and I never expected to see him win by shitatenage. Wakamotoharu got Onosato right where he wanted him, but the big kid's plan B was brutally effective. 'If you want to stay attached to your head, you're coming down here!' Entertaining day of sumo, I thought, but Shonosuke totally stole the show getting bowled like that. 'No, I'm not getting up here. Shit, I'm not getting up here, either! Hoshoryu won, btw.'
  7. RabidJohn

    Natsu 2024 discussion (results)

    Big improvement on yesterday in that only Hoshoryu had me swearing at my monitor... Hiradoumi brought the Mongolian brawler out in Kirishima today. Not pretty, but at least his fighting spirit is still evident. I also noticed Shonosuke's easiest day ever: mount the dohyo, wait for Daieisho, announce his fusensho, then get off the dohyo to watch the musubi-no-ichiban and yumitori-shiki. Nice!
  8. RabidJohn

    Natsu 2024 discussion (results)

    I've no doubt hinkaku will be drummed into him by Nishonoseki-san, but for a shin-sanyaku in his 1st match with a mage I'm all for allowing a modicum of exuberance at beating a yokozuna.
  9. RabidJohn

    Rikishi or heya support events

    That 'scandal' has me wondering if the NSK has brought in someone from Netflix's 'F1: Drive to Survive' in as a media consultant... I appreciate the oxymoronic choice of adjectives, btw.
  10. RabidJohn


    I did used to dream about catching big carp, sometimes specific fish, and I have it on good authority that I talked about it in my sleep, too. Mind you, catching big carp was more of an obsession than personal aspiration...
  11. That's why I don't get Nishonoseki grassing himself up. No one was complaining. Arse-covering paranoia.
  12. What intrigues me is: if this was an in-heya party, how did it get out? Someone there lacks discretion... As for the 'underage drinking', rikishi liking a drink should come as a shock to no one.
  13. RabidJohn

    Akebono dead at 54

    Am I right in thinking you refer to the younger Hanada brother? I noted his absence from any of the tsuya pics. Is he persona non grata, or has he just totally divorced himself from his former life? Feels very peculiar for him not to show his face at the funeral of his great rival.
  14. RabidJohn

    Akebono dead at 54

    I knew he'd been ill for several years, but this is way too soon. RIP yokozuna.
  15. Are they making him apologise to the parents of kids who been bullied at his heya?