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  1. 9 minutes ago, Octofuji said:

    With Ichinojo's win half of the top 16 on the current banzuke now have a yusho (including each of the top 6). The remaining eight are:

    Hoshoryu, Abi, Kiribayama, Takanosho, Kotonowaka, Ura, Wakamotoharu, Takayasu.

    Of these I could certainly see the first 5 winning a yusho at least once in their career.

    Takayasu is four months removed from a jun-yusho with a playoff loss. I don´t write him off yet.

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  2. 54 minutes ago, WAKATAKE said:

    Ichinojo! His hiramaku yusho now makes this five consecutive calendar years with a hiramaku yusho since Tochinoshin started the trend in 2018

    - 2018 Tochinoshin
    - 2019 Asanoyama
    - 2020 Tokushoryu, Terunofuji
    - 2021 Daieisho
    - 2022 Ichinojo

    Chances aren´t bad Asanoyama will continue that newfound tradition in 2023...

    ETA: Haru 

  3. 19 minutes ago, Benevolance said:

    Shodai! (Laughing...)

    Okay, I gotta know now. When Hakuho had his 'talk' with Shodai, what size of empty bottle did he use? This could open up a whole new field of sports psychology in sumo. 

    Probably he only told him his money is on him (Laughing...)

  4. 12 minutes ago, Kaninoyama said:

    Takakeisho's hands came nowhere close to touching dirt at tachai.

    Apologies for repeating myself here, but this angers me since day 1. 

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  5. 4 hours ago, Yamanashi said:

    How depressing is bridegroom Shimanoumi's performance this basho?  He was defeated by Chiyomaru's first successful uwatedashinage in 999 bouts.

    The hectic social schedule surrounding Japanese weddings has had an impact on many performances. 

  6. 2 minutes ago, Amamaniac said:

    So here is a hypothetical question for the sumo pundits on this forum:

    The Top Division matches for day 13 were set presumably before the day 12 bouts were even fought.  Then came the sluw of Covid-related forced kyujo (7 wrestlers in total).  What would have happened if both wrestlers in one torikumi match-up had been forced to withdraw?  How would that have been handled in terms of white star and black star decisions?

    Courtesy of @Asashosakari


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  7. 23 minutes ago, Seiyashi said:

    Hōshōryū single-handedly reviving the old custom of nirami-ai.

    I am wondering when exactly, and why, it almost vanished. I remember them being quite frequent into the naught years. Or does my memory betray me here ?


  8. I am stating the obvious here, but key is to get him in an upright position right at the tachiai and following through.Judging from his recent week two performances I am not convinced that anybody can do that.

  9. Without looking it up, to me it was a kind of read-and-react from Terunofuji. Granted, a tad late after a mediocre tachiai and his immediate counter failing, but he kept his calm, ring sense and strength to dispose of Endo. 


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  10. 11 hours ago, Katooshu said:

    Terunofuji is a beast but he sure gets himself into some bad spots. Endo is 2-7 and has looked hapless in several bouts, but was on the verge of pushing him out there. Fierce attackers like Daeisho and Battle Hammy are coming up and could be tough ones for him.

    Takakeisho is using his left paw to great effect this basho. But I sincerely doubt it will be enough for Terunofuji.

    As for Endo - his dismal record comes from his now well-established struggles against oshi wrestlers. And yes, he drove Terunofuji to the edge, but to me it looked like the Yokozuna was never out of control of this bout.

  11. 33 minutes ago, Katooshu said:

    It's not unusual, the problem came in when the gyoji then pointed to Wakamotoharu as the winner, and was initially reinforced by the head judge.....the gyoji should've been firm and told them to go straight back to the position. Instead he floundered and went along with Waka getting the victory...

    That´s exactly why/where things got awry.

  12. 2 minutes ago, sumojoann said:

    In my 9 years of watching sumo, I've never see anything like this, not under these circumstances.  I think Wakamotoharu got robbed.

    I think the gyoji didn´t as well. First he stopped the bout, but Wakamotoharu went on, which he (thought) obliged him to make a (useless) call. That´s where the chaos ensued, and the repositioning took way too long.

  13. 4 hours ago, Seiyashi said:

    On the announcements? Because thrown zabuton are dangerous and a potential lawsuit, so at least the NSK needs to do something to show that it discourages the practice even if it can't entirely stop it pre COVID. 

    A really different culture [remembering a dozen concerts/games where I´ve been hit by full beer cups ;-)]

  14. Can one of the experienced, knowledgeable members on this forum explain what Terunofuji was thinking by handing a morozashi to a rhino ?

    Yes, he is extremely strong, and he gives up a lot of them, but to an opponent of that size ?



  15. 4 hours ago, Seiyashi said:

    Tottari, I think. I too thought it was a kotenage but both the NHK commentator and the gyoji called it as tottari. Is the difference where you grab on the arm?

    I think the difference is he didn´t throw him, but used the arm bar to force him down/out.

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  16. 12 hours ago, Hankegami said:


    Tamawashi still got it. The man is incredible.

    What´s making it even more impressive is that oshi specialists tend to peter out earlier than yotsu wrestlers.

  17. The gyoji in Takakeisho´s bout gave nothing about that both hands down rule. Both of Takakeisho´s hands were nowhere near the ground at the tachiai, I was really surprised he didn´t call a matta.

  18. On 28/06/2022 at 13:16, dada78641 said:

    Shame. I always like Shohozan's sumo. He was a real brawler.

    I've been looking over his record to see what his best result was. It looks to be his Kyushu 2015 run at M10w where he went 12-3 and got a tied jun-yusho with Hakuho.

    I remember that basho, for the very atypical kimarite he employed. He came back from a stint in Juryo and looked like a changed wrestler.