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  1. Great photos this tournament of key moments of each day's bouts. They look like they are not sourced from newspaper photographers. Whoever took them has great timing!
  2. Was the official time for the 決定戦 playoff bout released? Seems that playoff bouts don't receive the same official status in terms of time, technique, and record keeping...
  3. Maybe this scenario has already been discussed, but let's say Terunofuji wins this tournament and next, making promotion to Yokozuna virtually automatic. And let's say that Kotoshogiku fails to get reinstated as an Ozeki in this tournament. And let's say Goeido does drop down to Sekiwake next tournament after going kadoban this tournament. Would a 5 Yokozuna – 0 Ozeki banzuke be entertained? From what I've read, there can't be a banzuke without two Ozeki on it...
  4. Kintamayama, What happened to your regular feed (i.e., broadcast source)? You seem to have been forced to use a Chinese broadcast for Day 13. I've watched the Mongolian live feed before, but never a Chinese broadcast. Nice to see that nation interested in sumo.
  5. You are absolutely right about Tochiozan breaking his win streak on Day 12. But if memory serves, it was during his subsequent bout against Kisenosato that Terunofuji suffered his critical knee injury. That was a costly injury, just like Kisenosato's recent injury is looking costly. In short, karma's a bitch (pardon my French).
  6. When I first read the news that Kisenosato was injured in his loss against Harumafuji, I had visions of Harumafuji using a dame oshi or vicious throw down as some sort of payback for his stablemate, Terunofuji, getting injured, having his win streak broken, and eventually losing the championship (not to mention a move towards Yokozuna promotion in record time) on Day 12 of the 2015 Aki basho. But watching the replay, there was no evidence of malice. Harumafuji was perfectly calm prior to the tachiai. His face did not reveal any ill intent. He just drove Kise back out of the ring with surgical precision. Impeccable sumo, imho. It was definitely unfortunate that Kise was injured in the fall from the ring. If anything, the raised ring is to blame. I've long felt that the raised ring is a disaster (read "serious injury") waiting to happen.
  7. Like many, I get upset when NHK preempts their sumo broadcast with breaking news, especially political debate. What the subsequent digest didn't show was that there was a torinaoshi called in Bout 2. Daieisho had to work for his kachikoshi, but had what it takes.
  8. Today (Day 12)'s Terunofuji vs. Endo bout spoke volumes. The fact that Endo had a 3:1 record over Teru reflected the fact that Teru has been struggling with his knee injury ever since the 2015 Fall Tournament. But Terunofuji seems to be back in a big way, this tournament. To be fair, Endo fought well managing to get a morozashi on Teru. But despite being right back against the tawara, Teru used his brute strength to virtually lift and carry Endo back into the centre of the ring, and then drop him down with an abisetoashi. He not only showed Endo who's boss, but also sent a message to Kisenosato... "Get ready for me. I'm coming." In his bout against Takayasu, Harumafuji showed fans why he is a Yokozuna. He dominated the once yusho-hopeful with his speed and technique. Bouts like that are so impressive, even if your Sumo Forum name isn't Amamaniac. In the second half of this tournament, Isegahama Stable sure seems to be sending a notice to Tagonoura Stable. They aren't just sitting back and letting the new kid(s) on the block walk away with the Emperor's Cup. While Harumafuji is basically out of contention at this point, he can definitely help his stablemate, Terunofuji, by defeating Kisenosato tomorrow (Day 13). If he fights like he did today, the odds are very good. A Kisenosato loss on Day 13, would seriously heat up the race, ... as long as Teru gets by Kakuryu.
  9. That sure explains why none of the 56-listed new recruits in this tournament were born outside Japan, let alone in Mongolia. With the loophole closed, there probably aren't that many free spots, especially since certain stables don't seem to be interested in taking in foreigners... Thanks, Asashosakari, for going the extra yard in documenting the JSA decision. I had totally missed that ruling while I was still living in Tokyo. I would have thought it would have been bigger news in the press, but then I wasn't reading the papers all that closely... I should have started following Sumo Forum years ago. Sigh.
  10. When was that "loophole" closed? I thought the whole reason various Mongolian rikishi have taken Japanese citizenship was to free up a space in their stable for another foreigner...
  11. Just a thought. Hakuho is stonewalling over the requirement for him to take on Japanese citizenship in order to become a shisho. (His national pride is visible with the Genghis Khan portrait hanging on the wall. Begs the question, is Miyagino Stable his to decorate or does Chikubayama have executive control?) That strategy may work out in the end, but for now he can only train with and pass on valuable experience to young Japanese deshi. If he were to take Japanese citizenship, Miyagino Stable could then take in a Mongolian deshi, and Hakuho could help secure Mongolian domination of sumo even more. Perhaps the Japanese should be happy...
  12. Kotoshogiku was gunning for his kachikoshi today (Day 11), but a struggling Ikioi got into the ring and said, "Not on my watch." Ikioi is a real "mystery" this tournament. His only earlier win was on Day 4 against Hakuho (the top dog on the banzuke). Before and after that, he was ice cold. That leaves Kotoshogiku with 7 wins and 4 losses. With four days left in the tournament, he must win three of his four remaining bouts to get reinstated as an Ozeki. That won't be easy. He should be OK against Takarafuji tomorrow, but he has yet to fight Terunofuji, who is still in championship contention. He also has yet to fight Yoshikaze, who is capable of an upset. His/their record is 19:4, and Yoshikaze hasn't defeated Kotoshogiku since 2015. But Yoshikaze can be a real demon. Lucky for Kotoshogiku, he didn't/won't have to face Hakuho since he's kyujo. I wonder who the 4th opponent will be. 10 wins for Kotoshogiku is still within the realm of possibility. We'll all just have to sit back and watch what transpires in the ring...
  13. It would seem, Takayasu is starting to get recognized by the sponsors. Previously, for bouts against rank-and-filers, Takayasu was getting one, two, or no kensho. Today against Takanoiwa, he got five kensho including two from Nagatanien.
  14. Sadly, Kaisei got his makekoshi against Arawashi. Despite a poor start, Arawashi's sumo has improved with his gold star victory over Harumafuji on Day 9. In his bout versus Kaisei, he lost balance while executing a tsukiotoshi. But he had the presence of mind to hold his arms close to his body so that Kaisei's hand(s) hit the dohyo first. Great awareness! He sacrificed his body (leaving the ring with a nice scrape on his left elbow) to secure the white star. He will have to be perfect here on in if he wants to avoid a makekoshi. I'm not holding my breath.
  15. Thanks for the catch. "All the way to the back"; if anything he is all the way to the front...