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  1. 8 hours ago, Seiyashi said:

    That vid I mentioned: I'm no expert, but that seems to be a genuine smile on Takayasu's face when he sees Tamawashi.

    I don´t know about Japananese customs, but in my culture shaking one´s hand using both of yours is pretty rare. It signals it is truly heartfelt. A very nice gesture to watch.

  2. 1 hour ago, Barutokai said:

    @Otani I think Hakuho knew what kind of character this guy has.

    I hope Hakuho knows a good answer to that too.

    Perhaps a training demonstration of his very last kachiage ?

    Seriously, it would really surprise if Hakuho wouldn´t take care of wrong antics which brought himself trouble. If he doesn´t he is just another of those sports greats who turned out to be bad coaches, but I do not think he falls into that category.

  3. Even after 20+ years of watching, I am about 0.0001 % familiar with sumo culture compared with the elders on this forum, but, with Mitakeumi supposedly harboring an injury and  the sole Yokonzuna out, my guess is, he is only going on to fulfill his Ozeki duty.

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  4. 9 hours ago, rhyen said:

    For all the veterans, how does the current batch of ozekiwake compared to their earlier predecessors?

    Well, memory becomes clouded at lot with time, so I am quite careful. I am just going out on a limb and say that Tochiazuma in his prime would have taken care of not injuring them while  steamrolling them, and that matches between Chiyotaikai and Takakeisho at their best would have been a beauty to watch.

  5. 46 minutes ago, Benihana said:

    Aaand Mitakeumi's Ozeki tenure is over. I hope he get's rid of that injury, which is obviously hampering him, to rebounce next basho.

    What kind of injury is Mitakeumi supposedly suffering from ? Thanks.


  6. 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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  7. 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 

  8. 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...)

  9. 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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  10. 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. 

  11. 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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  12. 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 ?


  13. 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.

  14. 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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  15. 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.

  16. 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.