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  1. 2 hours ago, Seiyashi said:

    Well, happily for Takakeisho, unlike the shrew, the run-in with the cat hasn't ended in death or a scalping, and lives to fight another day. He gets a bit more practice in yotsu under honbasho conditions, since the match has no stakes for him whatsoever. I hope he sticks with it, because a little yotsu game might just be what he needs to get his sumo to the next level 

    I think Takakeisho has already peaked, and I just don´t see him becoming a remotely decent yotsu-wrestler. For starters, I can´t remember him getting an outside grip - ever.

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  2. 20 minutes ago, Eikokurai said:

    Huh. I expected Wakatakakage to do better there, esp against this incarnation of Takakeisho. Good to see Taka isn't throwing in the towel that easily though.

    To me it looks like Takakeisho is dealing with an issue that affects his performance on a daily basis. Today he was on (and Wakatakakage doing not very inspiring sumo).


  3. 7 hours ago, Benevolance said:

    Okay, let's say Mitakeumi defies statistics and his own talent and goes 13-2, to jun-yusho Terunofuji. That puts him at 31 wins over three tournaments. Could he get the ozeki nod? The answer is no. And I'm mostly posting this because it'll quite probably make Mitakeumi lose tonight, rendering all discussion moot. 

    I think Mitakeumi is primed for a Kotomitsuki-like career, i.e. languishing in lower sanyaku and the joi for a very long time, before pulling his act together and finally making ozeki.

  4. This Thursday I accidentially forgot to mute before I opened the stream. Chance had it they just announced a rikishi, and a young staff member of mine checked into my office as she heard somebody screaming :-). The expression on her face when I explained to her what was going on was priceless, she will never view me the same again.

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  5. Yusho: Hakuho

    Jun-Yusho: Terunofuji (only because of the social committments coming with his promotion reducing/changing his preparation)

    Most intriguing to watch: Hoshoryu, Takaysu (will he be able to mount another run or will he ultimately begin an irreversible decline ?)

  6. Wasn´t singing athletes a thing of the 80s ? The memory of football players or skiers trying their best at pop ballads of the day, usually with adapted texts celebrating their greatness, still makes me sick to the stomach.

  7. 8 hours ago, Swami said:

    Wouldn't there be a preference to have Terunofuji adopt the Unryu style, given Hakuho does Shiranui?

    Hakuho was probably the first who broke the supposed jinx with Shiranui (ie short spells at yokozuna), it might be tempting fate to have Terunofuji run with that.



    I think Tachiyama broke the "curse" before it was even established ;-). Only beginning with the 70´s were a string of short-lived yokozuna using the Shiranui-style.

    Terunofuji seems to have decided for that style as well.

  8. 33 minutes ago, Kintamayama said:

    I thought he had fright of going out of the house. Or was that Dave? Geez, you guys with the facts.

    According to "God Save The Kinks" it was Ray, but in 1973. He plunged into a deep crisis after his wife had left him. 

  9. 33 minutes ago, Kintamayama said:

    London was the best If only because they got Ray Davies out of his house. That is even more miraculous than Terunofuji's achievement.

    Perhaps I am missing something here, but Davies wasn´t exactly leading a hermit´s life back then. Since the mid of the naught years, he had a regular touring schedule going, and significantly cut back on performing live from 2013 on.

  10. 21 hours ago, Yamanashi said:

    Are Mongolian rikishi on average more ruthless?  Hard to say; I don't remember any who went out of their way to help people up, etc., like Kaisei (but he's a foreigner!)  And I haven't felt even an atom's worth of camaraderie between two Mongolians when they oppose each other on the dohyo, so it's not "racism."

    Hoshoryu was visibly shocked and immediately apologized several times after recognizing Ura is badly injured again.

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  11. Frankly, I it doesn´t make any sense to me why Hakuho fought today like he did. I also don´t know why some predicted Hakuho cannot win a belt battle. I know, I am repeating myself here, but if there is one thing in sumo that comes close to a law of nature, it is when Hakuho gets his left uwate grip, it´s over. You are going to get forced out, thrown, or yanked down.  What happened today ? The deciding moment was when Hakuho got his grip. He could have done that without those shenanigans, right from the tachiai. Terunofuji isn´t exactly a master in the battle for the belt, chances were he would have given up Hakuho´s favoured grip.

    That´s why I expected Hakuho to win today. Why he chose to employ a "kachiage"* and engegaged in meaningless exchanges of harite (and at one point almost losing his balance), only he knows...


    *ca. 20 years ago I was told the purpose of a kachiage is to move your opponent into a more upright position by striking the upper chest or occasionally the chin, and not to deliver an elbow blow that could have brought a donkey to its knees to someone´s blind side

  12. 10 hours ago, Yamanashi said:

      This leads to a question that  maybe someone can answer: what's the ratio of right-hand to left-hand henka?  Do some rikishi clearly favor one side?  I would bet some do.

    Off the top of my head I‘d say it would make sense to henka on the opposite side of your opponent‘s dominant hand.

  13. 8 hours ago, Kaminariyuki said:

    Justifiably so. In addition to having David bit going, I'm hoping to see somre regrouping and a bit of Phoenix action. We shall see.

    Seriously: I think Enho isn‘t fully „there“. Most probably he is suffering from concussion symptoms and should withdrsw, imho.

  14. 8 hours ago, Kaminariyuki said:

     In addition to having David bit going, I'm hoping to see somre regrouping and a bit of Phoenix action. We shall see.

    He already did - got Enho a capable enforcer for September;-)

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  15. 25 minutes ago, Eikokurai said:

    It had already gone. After missing the first two days he had to stay perfect for the other 13 to hit 33/45. After he lost on day five to Meisei the best he could manage was 12 wins this time.

    What I was trying to say is he will have to start anew.