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  1. Nodowa seems to become more popular, but at least - it seems - in its original purpose of old, putting the opponent in an upright position, and not as a kind of throat punch.

    OTOH  I´d really like to see a rikishi developing a technically sound K(ai)otenage. Or have we been spoiled here ?

  2. 12 hours ago, Benevolance said:

    [spoilers] Terunofuji already won the tournament. [/spoilers]

    Seen a couple spirited jonokuchi bouts so far, but what's the German word "when two low ranked sumo wrestlers create a spirited bout due more to their mediocrity than their actual fighting spirit"? 

    Perhaps the phrase "Not gegen Elend".

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  3. The penalties for Ryuden, Abi and Asanoyama are the longest suspensions I remember, all others were one basho for gambling and two for a Yokozuna (so no issues with dropping from a rank here), or outright expulsion/forced retirement. Is there any precedent for the suspensions of the former three ?

  4. 21 minutes ago, lackmaker said:

    I'm not sure anything regarding Shodai will be shocking from this point

    Shodai is simply puzzling for some time. I am wondering why he cannot employ his, basically fine, read-and-react style consistently. One valid argument that was already brought up is him getting in upright position too easily. But other than that, perhaps one of the more technically knowlegeable members here can chime in. It would be greatly appreciated.

  5. 28 minutes ago, Eikokurai said:

    As someone who loves a good pattern, Mitakeumi has to win tomorrow to finish this one.


    Reminds me the ol´ game "three in a row" or whatever it´s in English, we played clandestinely during boring lessons. Black is ahead 3-1, but Mitakeumi can still tie it with a win :-) 

    Apologies for going off-topic.


  6. 2 hours ago, Seiyashi said:

    If Mitakeumi had been promoted and put up the same numbers as he had, he wouldn't be a great ozeki, somewhat Kaio-esque in his results... 

    I suppose you are referring to the 33+ yo, post-2004 version of Kaio, who overall is probably the most successful ozeki ever.

  7. The NFL playoffs, the Australian Open, perhaps ? ;-)

    Seriously, I don´t either, but a probable Ozeki corps of a current Shodai and Takakeisho, together with a talented rikishi but not known for his great training habits, that´s something I am going to need a few days to let it sink in.

    We have been really spoiled for a very long time.


    6 minutes ago, Seiyashi said:

    Unfortunately Terunofuji has been scared straight after that infamous henka over Kotoshogiku. And he's now a yokozuna too. Won't be worth the scolding he will get from the YDC. 

    I know, just a little game theory :-). Having been the arch villain already once, I think Terunofuji would weather that storm. He was injured then, and supposedly is now.

    And if Hakuho could pull that off..

  9. 8 hours ago, robnplunder said:

    Compare to his 1st run at Makuuchi division, Ura's current sumo style is almost orthodox.   Back then, he was like a headless chicken running around and bumping into walls.  

    IIRC it was his first basho in Makuuchi where he once crouched all the way back at the tawara to start a bout.

  10. 1 hour ago, Seiyashi said:

    Might still be doable.

    It´s not his fault, but with one ozeki out and the second struggling, the field is even weaker than usual. I think this and a loss to a maegashira will be held against Mitakeumi. I doubt he will be promoted. Also, his past record isn´t exactly an endorsement as well. He´s performing on ozeki-maintenance level for some time now, as somebody here (can´t remember who, apologies) coined it, without any outstanding results. 

  11. 2 hours ago, MumboJumbo said:

    As I've watched Mitakeumi through the years, I've always thought he fights well against oshi guys. He resists the thrusts/slaps very efficiently and is able to force himself beneath the strikes. Looking at his record against some notable oshi specialists (that pop into my head), he seems to match up favorably. Maybe his domination of Tamawashi has skewed my view a bit.

    7-2 Abi

    4-4 Aoiyama

    13-7 Daieisho

    12-10 Hokutofuji

    10-3 Onosho

    11-10 Takakeisho

    26-3 Tamawashi (!)


    It´s clear Tamawashi is going nowhere against Mitakeumi, yet he tries the same thing all over again, making it boring to watch. Why doesn´t he change something ? ;-)

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  12. 3 minutes ago, Seiyashi said:

    Chiyonokuni, on the other hand, becomes the first rikishi in a year to get his MK by nakabi. The previous hapless holder of this dubious honour was Kotoeko in Hatsu 2021.

    It´s a pity that the presumably most talented of the Chiyo gang had his career derailed by so many injuries.

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  13. 15 minutes ago, Seiyashi said:

    It's moments of brilliance like this that make me wish Hoshoryu was more consistent. He clearly has the tools to deal with most of the top division except maybe Terunofuji right now, but sometimes he just doesn't bring his A-game. He'd have been a sanyaku regular by now if he was fully living up to his potential.

    Hoshoryu is still a work in progress. Today was great, but lately he became too fond of leg trips.

  14. 14 hours ago, Kintamayama said:

    Terunofuji has looked hesitant the whole basho, except for his bout against Kiribayama. He had a few last second escapes and generally is not looking as dominant as of late. I truly hope he is not harboring an injury. Tomorrow will tell. He is 6-5  against Endou, (won 4 of the last 5 but still..) so it's going to be interesting. If he loses again, it could be a slippery slope. 

    To me it appears they have figured him out a bit, trying to deny him any kind of grip or hold, and keeping him constantly in motion. 

  15. 47 minutes ago, Sakura said:

    From the database, a S-O-Y promotion only happened once

    Truly impossible to compare, a different era. However, I´d really like to know how a 6-1-1-2d could get him demoted from Ozeki, while a 7-2-1 record a few years later resulted in his promotion to Yokozuna (Eh?)

    I suppose kachikoshi alone didn´t automatically mean to at least stay at a rank.

  16. On 04/10/2021 at 14:01, Seiyashi said:

    Wow. Semi-tongue in cheek, I wonder if Asashoryu will be motivated to get in the ring and give his nephew a few workouts in training or something.

    kawaigari. Right after his ozeki promotion, to make sure he doesn´t lose his motivation for the next step ;-)

  17. 4 hours ago, yorikiried by fate said:

    Hakkaku's take-over at the end of 2015 must have been really liberating for the local boys of the time, what with them suddenly starting to be yusho-competitive and such.

    It coincided with the end of Hakuho´s complete dominance.

  18. 3 hours ago, code_number3 said:

    Looks good without tie needed. He will look cooler if his suit fits him well!


    Not that it matters at all, but in my country blue suits are the ultimate testament of really bad taste. They even beat furs for men.  Brrrr...

  19. In my opinion the Kyokai didn´t do themselves a favor with reminding Hakuho in writing of the rules basically everybody has to adhere to. That gives them much less leeway on how to deal with infractions of other members, or they will be publicly accused of double standards. That´s one thing they can´t afford.

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  20. A wild guess: could it be that the Kyokai´s recent experience with a dai Yokozuna-turned-oyakata prompted them to be, say, a bit more careful with rikishi that enjoyed demigod-like reverence joining their ranks ?

    (And I need a tagline: "Say it ain´t so, Hak !" ;-))