Amamaniac

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  1. Amamaniac

    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    Watching the slow motion replay of today's Kotoshoho v. Hoshoryu bout, I noticed that Hoshoryu looked as though he thought he may have won that contest at the bales. But the only way he could have won that is if the shimpan had called a hansoku illegal hair pull for when Kotoshoho's bum (pardon my French) landed on Hoshoryu's mage in the corner. But that was never going to happen. Originally I feared that Kotoshoho hay have landed on Hoshoryu's head! It's all about the camera angles...
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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    He is no longer the 2015 version of himself now, but with the somewhat weaker competition now compared to that time I wouldn't be surprised if he makes it. Imagine if that happens, what a story that would make (even more dramatic than Nishikigi's Cinderella story)  Agreed that Terunofuji is facing a weaker set of Top Division opponents compared with 2015. We have yet to see him go up against the two sidelined/active Yokozuna. I can't decide whether (with their experience) they could handle Terunofuji, or if they may just be afraid of his strength and power. I'm not familiar with "Nishikigi's Cinderella story", but he is on track to outdo Tochinoshin's dramatic comeback from injury.
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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    I was thinking that back in September of 2015! And then along came Kisenosato... sigh. Even with his right knee shot, Teru went on to fight a playoff bout against Kakuryu. That brave effort probably aggravated his knee situation, and the rest is history. He was Yokozuna material just prior to September 25, 2015, and despite all that has happened since then, he seems to be Yokozuna material once again!
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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    BTW, guess who's back (tomorrow that is)? And no one say Slim Shady!
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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    I think most of us feel that way. But that is "the deal" when you are a small man in a big boy's world (or a small boy in a big man's world – you choose). At least Hakuho has working hard on Enho training his body (turning it into reinforced steel) in the hopes of potentially preventing a serious injury.
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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    Yikes I wish that prediction was real. If you can't beat a half-Kotoshogiku you've got some serious issues. I hope next year when degeiko happens and his stablemates recover he can recoup his losses. You guys think Enho would be in Juryo by November? The prediction was real, it simply didn't come to pass. Kotoshogiku just crushed Enho (what is left of Enho's self confidence) literally and figuratively!
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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    I think Terutsuyoshi knew the ashitori wouldn't work twice in a row. The way I see his strategy, Terutsuyoshi tried a quick side step at the tachiai, and was probably hoping Asanoyama would run right past him, allowing Terutsuyoshi to come from behind and use a okuridashi rear push out. Asanoyama, to his credit, did not fall into the trap.
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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    ... or to Takakeisho. Of course, I openly predicted Shodai to take the yusho which may have doomed his chance. I am switching my allegiance to Tobizaru. He will take the yusho. So if I understand you correctly, you admit to jinxing Shodai, and now ... you have decided to jinx Tobizaru? LOL P.S., Thank you for not jinxing Takakeisho or Terunofuji.
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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    I take your point, and based on your previous post, you understand mine. Keep in mind that these are strange times "inside the curtain". The absentee Yokozunas make for a diminishing of the level of competition. But even with the best wrestlers out of action, the championship is available to all the rest. So if Terunofuji does snag two straight yusho, it will speak volumes about his level of sumo vis-a-vis the rest. After all, he is winning despite his knees! And yes, his M17 schedule was not exactly junior-Sanyaku-worthy, but he did face the three highest ranked active men on the banzuke in the final days, and still walked away with the championship. Tokushoryu only faced one Sanyaku opponent in his makujiri championship in January. And even if Terunofuji's yusho in July isn't exactly the equivalent of a Hakuho-like schedule one, a back-to-back yusho performance will prove that the first yusho was no fluke, and that Terunofuji is dominating the current host of Ozeki hopefuls. But this is, after all, all conjecture at this point.
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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    There is another interesting storyline developing down in Juryo. ShinJuryo Nishikifuji lost his yusho-race lead today when he lost to Chiyootori. But in that loss he showed his dedication to the sport. Both men were in a nage-throw position at the bales. Both men fell together. And the result remained close because the new-comer resisted the urge to reach down with his free left hand. Essentially, he took the impact "on the chin" (i.e., went face down in the corner). That's what I call commitment!
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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    The real question is whether Kotoshogiku's knee braces will be back! I thought his appearance in this tournament without them was reckless, and the resulting injury was inevitable. What was he thinking? It was almost as if he wanted to create a reason to retire. But deciding to forego medical advice and return to tournament competition is not the mindset of someone already set on hanging up his mawashi... FYI, Enho has beaten Kotoshogiku twice. I'd say the odds are in his favour.
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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    I'd choose Akiseyama's (or maybe not)...
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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    That was my point. You bring up some interesting comparisons. If indeed Miyabiyama is the closest case, then Terunofuji's record is actually significantly better. Terunofuji reached Ozeki with a runner up finish and a yusho finish (Miyabiyama only started his Ozeki run with a runner-up finish). More importantly, Terunofuji had three more runner-up finishes "as an Ozeki" and in two of those tournaments, he reached the playoff stage. His Ozeki career while short (shortened by injury) was pretty stellar IMHO. Miyabiyama did not come close to putting up the same numbers in his shorter Ozeki career, i.e., failed to contend for a yusho as an Ozeki! And if the "bar was raised" for Miyabiyama in "his second attempt" - going from M7e to S1w with a random runner-up finish, then what would you call Terunofuji going from M1e to S1e with two consecutive yusho? I know the rules are rules argument, and I am prepared to accept it. However, it would scream "Terunofuji was robbed!" Teru won again today keeping him in the yusho race. Let's see if he will force the issue by going all the way and taking the Emperor's Cup again.
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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    Drat! These accursed cogent and well-articulated arguments of yours are making mince of my ill-conceived scattershot prognostications! You make eminent sense, and I defer to your understanding of the nuances of promotion deliberations. I will leave my baseless prediction dangling out there anyway, for all to see, on the off chance it will come to pass, whereupon I shall trumpet myself as a clairvoyant. Not that I wish any misfortune on Shodai, mind you. Terunofuji could present a unique dilemma for the Judges Committee/YDC. Under normal circumstances, wrestlers have to go on a successful in-the-sanyaku-ranks, three-basho Ozeki Run, after which two straight yusho or a near equivalent gets them promotion to Yokozuna. Let's just imagine that Terunofuji does the unbelievable: wins this tournament making it two straight Top Division championships. Two straight yusho as a rank-and-filer would be a first, not to mention an incredible second chapter to the Mongolian's comeback. In that event, Terunofuji would technically not be eligible for either Ozeki promotion or Yokozuna promotion. But The Judges Committee would have to recognise two things: (1) a wrestler in the Top Division (i.e., Teru) had just achieved something that not even all Yokozunas can claim: two consecutive Top Division yusho, and (2) Terunofuji already has an Ozeki pedigree. So the question is: would they play by the letter of the promotion laws and merely send him up to Sekiwake 1e, or would they give him special consideration and restore his Ozeki status? Frankly, the current banzuke is in poor shape (if I can put it that way). Will Terunofuji rewrite oozumo's history books with a never-before-seen unconventional Ozeki promotion? But the only way we will ever know is if ... IF Terunofuji somehow wins this tournament.
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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    Reviewing this page of the current thread, I see nary a mention to Takakeisho (except perhaps for Seiyashi's "the two ozeki"). Most of the attention seems to be focused on Onosho, Shodai and Terunofuji. Granted, there is good reason to be looking closely at these early yusho contenders. But I am getting increasingly impressed by Takakeisho's performance this time around. In July, it was pretty clear that he was still dealing with lingering injury issues as he struggled to get that vital KK. But in this tournament, he seems to have been reborn (some thanks are probably due Yukina Chiba). Takakeisho's oshi-zumo game seems to be on point. All four of his wins thus far have been oshidashi wins. And what has impressed me is that his thrusts are hitting center mass (i.e., the middle of his opponents' chests) with new regularity. He also seems to be taking advantage of his short statue, in that his opponents' thrusts are hitting him at neck and face level which don't have the most effective impact. And despite having short arms, Takakeisho's thrusting power is lethal. As long as he can keep his opponents off his belt, he should be more or less unbeatable...