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  1. 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. 

  2. 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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  3. 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 ?


  4. 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.

  5. 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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  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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 ;-)]

  10. 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 ?



  11. 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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  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 1 hour ago, Kotomiyama said:

    Good news: Tomokaze has posted 6-1 at Makushita 10, which will put him closer to Juryo in July. We are getting used to comebacks lately, let's see if he can make it back to Makuuchi.

    My money´s down he does. Even if he is permanently restricted by his injury, his talent should take him to lower Makuuchi at least.

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  16. 12 hours ago, dingo said:

    Ahh, takes me right back to the Kaio-Chiyotaikai era. I liked those guys. 

    I am 100% certain you are referring to Kaio/Chiyotaikai after 2004. Chiyotaikai peaked early, as the majority of oshi wrestlers do, and Kaio was arguably one of the strongest Ozeki ever until his last yusho.

    BTW I really miss his kotenage. That lightning quick left grab of the wrist out of nowhere, pull and pat on his opponent´s shoulder was great technique. Nobody employs it like that today.

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