RabidJohn

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  1. RabidJohn

    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    I've been wondering about Terunofuji being given Shodai, an already kadoban ozeki, tomorrow. Does the recent revamp of the judging department mean the traditionalists are back in charge of torikumi making now? It would look odd now if he didn't get Mitakeumi on senshuraku.
  2. RabidJohn

    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    There I was thinking Mitakeumi would have a very hard time avoiding kadoban, but considering the recent trend for senshuraku match-ups to be more relevant to the yusho race than banzuke position you're probably right. If he can beat Takakeisho tomorrow, he could well be given a lower-ranked contender on Sunday to have a better shout at a KK. Still, not a brilliant outing for him this time. I thought Takakeisho looked as good as I've seen him recently. I loved the nekodamashi and the fact that he kept trying throughout what was quite a lengthy bout for him. I've got to fancy Terunofuji for the yusho now.
  3. RabidJohn

    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    Have you considered that Shodai may be the one actually raking in the pay-off money?
  4. RabidJohn

    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    No, it was five independent botched decisions on whether or not to raise a hand. I thought there was a mark in the sand where Kotonowaka's heel touched out first. Some seriously iffy judging from the revamped crew. I'd like to see more rikishi taking a well-if-you're-not-going-to-I-am stance, like Hakuho did that time (successfully as I recall).
  5. RabidJohn

    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    One day I'll remember what happens when it's the 1st post on a new page...
  6. RabidJohn

    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    The top guys haven't been showing much quality, but there has been some quality shown further down makuuchi ranks; Aoiyama and Tamawashi have both brought their A-game, for example. I think that's reflected in the topsy-turvy day 8 leaderboard. Six co-leaders on 6-2 looks more like juryo, but I quite like the suspense. I've got no idea who is going home with the yusho.
  7. RabidJohn

    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    I also appreciated the Oho-Yutakayama bout. A bit of everything in there. I'm not disappointed with Wakatakakage, though. I've no doubt everyone likely to face him will have been studying videos and noticed his tendency to come in hard and low. Some have managed to take advantage of that. I'll only be disappointed if Wakatakakage doesn't adjust to make himself less vulnerable in future. Aoiyama and Sadanoumi as day 7 co-leaders - wut? Very different commentator format today. I saw Magaki was there, but who was the lady?
  8. RabidJohn

    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    It was an interview with KONISHIKI (either with Moti or John) where he talked about the mid-bout henka being a valid tactic, but cheap/bad when used at the start. I was surprised to hear him refer to mid-bout sidestepping as henka, but I also listen to the Japanese commentary and often hear mention of henka in bouts where the tachi-ai was perfectly straightforward but other sidestepping took place.
  9. RabidJohn

    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    Ooh, Tamawashi really is in beast mode! Btw, a henka is simply sidestepping at any point in the bout, not just at the tachi-ai. Most of you seem to admire nifty tawara footwork and never think of it as henka, but it is. Current leader Aoiyama uses the henka as his main technique: push and thrust, henka and pull - really, how many times have you seen him do just that? The henka that is so disliked is one that avoids the impact at the tachi-ai. I get that: we want a show, and bouts like Hoshoryu vs Wakatakakage and Mitakeumi vs Hokutofuji don't give us that. What I don't get is why no one whines about Ura. He may not henka at the tachi-ai very often, but he nearly always avoids any tachi-ai impact. That's not sumo.
  10. RabidJohn

    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    Yeah, Tamawashi overcame his awful h2h with Mitakeumi. Called it... Something else I also called a couple of years ago was Kotonowaka's strange double moobs, which some are only just picking up on it seems. Kinda reminds me of Yarna from Jabba's Palace:
  11. RabidJohn

    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    Obviously it's way too early to be calling the yusho, but the trio of unbeaten rikishi at the end of day 4 is a very unusual cast list of tournament leaders: Tobizaru, Aoiyama and Ichiyamamoto.
  12. RabidJohn

    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    I agree. I was being facetious, remembering that little run of decisions he had to announce against Terunofuji last year (some of which may have been the year before that). Yes, he's found his mojo again. I'm uncertain why some people are calling it Kotonowaka's or Terunofuji's basho when there's this former yusho winner on top form. He could even get one of his ultra-rare wins against Mitakeumi.
  13. RabidJohn

    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    I also thought it was a torinaoshi for Mitakeumi and Kotonowaka, but it is what it is. I hadn't realised Sadogatake was head shimpan for the bout, though... I've no problem with a rikishi's own oyakata being involved in the judging as long as they're like Isegahama is with Terunofuji. I often get the impression he routinely votes against his deshi, simply so there's no hint of favouritism. I believe Kotonowaka is already better than his dad was, so he doesn't need it. Some more damn fine sumo today. Much to enjoy. --- @HankegamiThanks. January 2019 doesn't feel like more than 3 years ago to me, but that's my age showing. I was aware of the Nishonoseki grooming that seems to be happening, but Naruto seems to have taken a very long time to get to shimpan compared to, say, moto-Kyokutenho, who's been doing it for several years now.
  14. RabidJohn

    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    He's not driving in with his head at the tachi-ai. Maybe he's been warned about that neck injury. Still, he managed to eke out a yorikiri win against a yotsu guy today. Haven't checked the bout length, but he might have exceeded 10 seconds there, too. He always looks totally knackered when that happens. Some really good bouts today. Maybe I wasn't paying enough attention yesterday, but I also noticed some new faces sitting as shimpan today: Nishonoseki and Naruto. What's that, just a year or two for the former Kisenosato to get there, but seven or eight for moto-Kotooshu?
  15. RabidJohn

    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    You want to check those stats again? 13-3 in favour of Kotoeko is hardly even.
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    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    Being totally uninterested in football, this one had completely passed me by.
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    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    Shakira Era? Que? --- He's never going to shake things up in the highest ranks, but Kotoeko remains one of my favourite rikishi purely for his entertainment value. He puts on a better show than many higher ranked guys. I have to agree that Takakeisho and Terunofuji losing the way they did today did not look good for rikishi of their ranks.
  18. RabidJohn

    Another Sekitori Marriage

    He's a bloke. Do you honestly believe ideas never crossed his mind when he saw Asashoryu's 2nd wife?
  19. RabidJohn

    Banzuke for Natsu 2022

    Totally off-topic, but thank you. I've read his wiki page - now I'm going to have to get his book!
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    New recruits Haru 2022

    I don't get the 'soup' reference, but he reminds me of that skinny 15yr-old Mongolian kid who became the GOAT.
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    New recruits Natsu 2022

    I love it that there's a done thing when it comes to bootlicking.
  22. RabidJohn

    Sumo ABC help required

    Good luck with L, Q and X! You see Z in the middle of shikona often enough, but I can't think of any starting with Z. Bit of a stretch, but how about the German pronunciation of Z being 'ts'?
  23. RabidJohn

    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    Oi, I'm British and I have no problem either writing or saying Wakatakakage. I hope he keeps the shikona, but I could understand a switch to Wakabayama if he clinches another promotion. Btw, I've been likening him to Chiyonofuji for a while now. I believe I mentioned it for the first time this basho after his bout with Ichinojo, but I've commented on it before that. Up 'til now it's only come in flashes, though. If he can pull it off consistently there's no telling how far he could go.
  24. RabidJohn

    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    You know, it's almost as it there was a conspiracy to give Takayasu unfairly high ranked opponents! I'll get me coat...
  25. RabidJohn

    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    Wow, what a great senshuraku to end a brilliant basho. Congratulations to Wakatakakage on his hatsu yusho as a shin-sekiwake. Now, let's see if he can keep it up and climb even higher. I don't mind admitting I'd love to see it happen. Commiserations to Takayasu. Can't be easy getting so close to the Cup... Will Mitakeumi's and Kotonowaka's 11-4 scores count as JY when there are 12-3-Y and 12-3-D above them?