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  1. Kyushu 2017 "Poster" (leaflet)

    That's Harumafuji's tsuna, isn't it? Isn't it usually the winner of the previous basho?
  2. Aki jungyo 2017

    I reckon so. I right liked "that's the way I roll" and "doing my thang" he attributed to Kisenosato. Happen some might reckon this thread's going downhill and ask the mods to split it off to yon 'Off Topic' section, but I'd as leif they weren't so nesh and realise we're only laking.
  3. I always watch Kintamayama's digest on YouTube, because that's always first up, but I also watch the NHK World Grand Sumo Highlights show as uploaded by Robert Mensing https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgW_qyy8E0wQyGOjjXHlitg , which usually goes up several hours later. The thing is, I don't recognise all this discussion of different intros on odd and even days, nor indeed a 2-minute intro. The one I watch has a 15-second intro which is the same every day and the show run time is 23 minutes, though I've also seen a 25-minute version on the Japan 2020 channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9Kh0X2f-y5q0PPz4Rq0j8A that is prefaced by a 2-minute 'Sumopedia'. Yes, they could trim it a bit to fit in an 'In today's other bouts' section, but I'm not complaining. I'm guessing the show is the length it is so it can fit into a half-hour slot with commercial breaks in the middle and at the end. Yes, they could also improve the pre-match graphics, but the commentator usually runs through things like head to heads, so again I'm not complaining.
  4. Basho Talk - Aki 2017 (SPOILERS)

    A fan you may be. A practitioner you are not. --- There was some speculation a while back about Terunofuji's poxy chest being evidence of the use of PEDs, but apparently no one considered that it could be a side effect of having steroids regularly and quite legitimately injected into his buggered knee joints by his doctors. Yeah, I know - I'm too naive and I always want to think the best of people...
  5. Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Aki 2017

    That's not the way I remember it. It was Kisenosato's overall performance throughout 2016 followed immediately by his Hatsu 2017 yusho that clinched his yokozuna promotion, so his 'yusho equivalent' was 4 jun-yusho and the highest number of wins for the year. Other than that, I agree with everything you say - including the fact that the NSK/YDC really wanted to promote him and adjusted their requirements to suit.
  6. Basho Talk - Aki 2017 (SPOILERS)

    I've refrained from commenting on the outcome of wacky Aki until I'd seen Mr Mensing's upload to YT of the NKH highlights show, with it's HD, English commentary, and both sansho and yusho interviews. First I want to congratulate Onosho on his historic 3rd straight 10-5 from makuuchi debut. Some may think he had a bit of an easier time of it due to the absence of so many Y/O, but I prefer to believe he was merely denied the opportunity to score multiple kinboshi! I've watched Mitakeumi, Shodai, Hokutofuji and Takakeisho all come unstuck to a greater or lesser extent in their 3rd makuuchi/1st joi appearances, so this was a joy to behold. From his sansho interview it's clear that he's got an astute head on those young shoulders. He's only gone and bundled Mitakeumi out of the 'my current favourite rikishi' slot. Talking of Takakeisho, he bounced right back from his moderately disastrous joi debut in the style I'd hoped he would. He also came across really well in his (well-deserved) sansho interview. I was saddened to see both Tamawashi and Hokutofuji go MK, primarily due to in-basho injuries. Hokutofuji in particular is starting to look worryingly banged up. Anyhow, I'm now hoping he gets a reciprocal drop back to M2W to balance his miserly half rank promotion from the same with his 8-7 in July. Re: Mitakeumi vs Yoshikaze, having now seen it in HD, I think Mitakeumi was extremely lucky not to have a hansoku call against him. It looked totally unintentional, but I've seen other rikishi called for less. Someone mentioned a few days ago that the shimpan appeared to be getting lazy and in this case I agree. I'm pretty sure I predicted that Harumafuji would probably walk away with his usual 10 or 11 wins, but I never expected him to take the yusho with it! That was a bit "Meh". I mean, the lowest ever winning score by a yokozuna and giving away a kinboshi with every loss is not a brilliant record, is it? That said, I thought his performance in the last three days was excellent; pulling himself out of a pack of 10 8-4s after day 12 was no mean feat, nor was beating the always dangerous Goeido twice when it counted. So, I'll add my qualified congratulations to HMF for his 9th yusho. --- One of the things that struck me overall about wacky Aki 2017 was the number of oshi specialists who unexpectedly went yotsu (e.g. Chiyotairyu, Chiyomaru, Chiyonokuni, Onosho, Hokutofuji) with varying degrees of success. I can just imagine Hakkaku lining them all up on the morning of nakabi and yelling in a drill sergeant voice: "Rychoo orrible lot, doanchew know we've got yokozunas and hozekis missin in bloody akshun? The public is not getting the hentertainment it expects and deserves, so I want to see less of this bloody oshi and a lot more proper yotsu! Remember, I'm bloody watchin you!"
  7. Basho Talk - Aki 2017 (SPOILERS)

    Honbasho didn't always have 15 days. Pre-WWII there were 11-day then 13-day basho. I think I remember seeing some with even numbers of days too, but I no longer trust my memory all that much.
  8. Basho Talk - Aki 2017 (SPOILERS)

    What a day of surprises! Wacky Aki twists and turns like a twisty turny thing.
  9. Videos -Wacky Aki 2017- Promo and Days 1-15

    @Kintamayama Gyogi info is much appreciated, thank you. At last I can tell the difference between Kimura Tamajiro and Shikimori Kandayu, because I've never really been able to tell them apart on lo-res videos. Are they brothers, or is it just a coincidental similarity?
  10. Basho Talk - Aki 2017 (SPOILERS)

    Day 10 left me full of questions. How did Ishiura manage to lose from that position? Talk about taking a tiger by the tail! Made me laugh though. Where has Chiyotairyu been hiding his yotsu skills? I'm always impressed by predominantly oshi specialists (e.g. Yoshikaze and Shohozan) who can switch to the belt and get wins. WTF is wrong with Mitakeumi? His mojo appears to have taken a vacation... Is Goeido set to go down in history as a kadoban yusho specialist? Is Harumafuji going to last? You can't fault his fighting spirit or technique, but his knackered limbs are letting him down severely. I suspect he's only still in it at the behest of the NSK.
  11. Basho Talk - Aki 2017 (SPOILERS)

    I think it was that 'dead body' business; i.e. even though Ikioi appeared to touch down with his hand first, Ishiura was falling backwards and unable to recover, and was therefore already beaten. Another 'dame-nage' (if there is such a thing) from Chiyonokuni today. I've noticed he does that quite frequently, pulling throws when he's already out. I quite enjoyed the brawl between Kagayaki and Takanoiwa, but I thought it ended oddly. Kagayaki appeared to throw himself down when Takanoiwa removed the support... Harumafuji looks desperate not to give away any more kinboshi.
  12. Basho Talk - Aki 2017 (SPOILERS)

    Aside from the extraordinary number of kyujo Y/O, day 6 came across to me as 'normal service has been resumed' with bout outcomes more or less as I'd expect. Is Goeido gonna pull another kadoban yusho out of the bag?
  13. Videos -Wacky Aki 2017- Promo and Days 1-15

    Ah, only seen up to the end of season 6 so far - I'm an old-fashioned sort who waits for the DVD to come out. I should have guessed 'steak' is more Moti punnery! Thank you.
  14. Videos -Wacky Aki 2017- Promo and Days 1-15

    I have watched Game of Thrones (and therefore seen Amelia Clarke's character full frontal <<drool>>), but I'm still none the wiser about this reference and how it relates to Terunofuji. You're making me feel thick! I feel the same when I see your mysterious references to 'steak' too. WTF?
  15. Basho Talk - Aki 2017 (SPOILERS)

    I've not seen Onosho being hyped to that extent. I think his fairly unspectacular transition from makushita to makuuchi saw to that. I've only really seen him tipped as someone to keep an eye on (by your good self, amongst others) since his 2nd makuuchi 10-5 on the trot. You and they were right: he is well worth watching!