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  1. Shuji Miki looks at Asanoyama and his most annual win prize.
  2. Amamaniac

    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    Your theory is definitely interesting! Given Hakuho's penchant for trying to encourage those next gen wrestlers who show promise, the theory carries some weight. But here is how I saw what happened. Throughout this tournament, Hakuho made sure to keep strong yotsu opponents off his belt. The only wrestlers he allowed on his belt were those who are known pusher-thrusters (e.g., Takakeisho). He knows full well which pusher thrusters have no belt game – in Takakeisho's case, Hakuho has had ample opportunity to suss out Takakeisho's sumo in degeiko etc. While he could have been giving Takakeisho a chance to surprise everyone or giving the 23 year-old Ozeki a lesson that he had better develop his yotsu-zumo if he wants to go further up the banzuke, I suspect that Hakuho was simply playing: playing mind games, playing it safe, and as he seems want to do, playing with his food.
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    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    Disillusioned old me shares that feeling, but clings to the hope that somewhere in the other half of Juryo lie the missing pieces from the Juryo-esque half of Makuuchi...
  4. Amamaniac

    Bout-Length Kyushu 2019

    The only bout in this tournament that lasted more than a minute was the very last bout of the tournament. (Furthermore, there was only one other bout that lasted more than half a minute.). Given the fact that in this day and age, longer yotsu battles are becoming rarer and rarer, it seems very odd that Hakuho would be the one to spend more than a minute dispatching Takakeisho, when he could have easily finished the bout in much less time.
  5. I spotted an article on site regarding the debut of Mudoho, another of Taiho's grandsons. Cookie or no cookie, I am unable to access the "Premium article".
  6. Amamaniac

    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    I can see that you are a true fan of ski jumping. And I bow to your passion! But just for the record, matta don't count in the bout (actual fight) time. Anyway, I was just joking around comparing Hakuho's marathon bout with how long ski jumpers spend in the air...
  7. Amamaniac

    Kensho Kyushu 2019

    Abema TV posted the Top 5 kensho totals for 2019 (I've crunched the numbers to give each rikishi's earning power): 1) Hakuho 1027 (adjusted) –– 17.4 kensho (¥1,044,000 or US$9,606)/bout fought 2) Kakuryu 871 –– 14.8 kensho (¥888,000 or US$8,170)/bout fought 3) Takakeisho 854 –– 12.9 kensho (¥774,000 or US$7,122)/bout fought 4) Goeido 778 –– 11.4 kensho (¥684,000 or US$6,294)/bout fought 5) Mitakeumi 686 –– 7.6 kensho (¥456,000 or US$4,196)/bout fought *using ¥60,000 value per kensho after administrative fees
  8. Amamaniac

    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    I've yet to see a ski jump that lasted as long as Hakuho's bout against today (i.e., 72.5s), but if you do spot one like that, please contact me.
  9. Amamaniac

    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    Caveat: as a Yokozuna, if it is outright oldest, that honour goes to Kyokutenho at 37 years ++ I should have said "as a Yokozuna". Those familiar with Hakuho's publicly-stated "goal" would already know that was implied. But those new to the Forum might get the wrong idea. But thanks for catching that. And I always like being reminded of Kyokutenho's yusho. That was the last tournament I saw while living in Tokyo. Good times.
  10. Amamaniac

    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    What, and miss the opportunity to perform as a Japanese citizen in front of the new Reiwa Era emperor? (Assuming scandal won't prevent an imperial visit in January and assuming Hakuho doesn't get injured on a oshogatsu zoni...).
  11. Amamaniac

    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    Didn't know they even had that. Kinda surprised it wasn't Abi or Asanoyama. Are sanyaku not eligible? Could well be a new thing since Waka has only come on board Abema TV this year (if I'm not mistaken). There were in fact three top choices: (#1) Enho, (#2) Takakeisho, (#3) Asanoyama. So yes, sanyaku were eligible.
  12. Amamaniac

    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    Unless of course there is a ketteisen at the end of the tournament! I would pay big money to see that! OMG
  13. Amamaniac

    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    Wow. I just watched NHK's slow motion replay of the tachiai between Asanoyama and Ryuden. Asanoyama had called a restart when he felt uncomfortable with Ryuden getting his fists down early. But the second time around, Ryuden rushed things again, and that time he dropped his right fist well in front of the shikirisen. As far as I know, that is a clear violation of the tachiai rules, but no one really spotted it (neither the gyoji nor the shinpan). The way things have gone this tournament, the gyoji are going to need a revision of their matta spotting skills!
  14. Amamaniac

    PR for Kyushu 2019

    Sorry, but I was looking for the 2019 Kyushu e-banzuke. Can you steer me in the right direction? Thanks. Aha! Found it in Sumo Goods (where you always post them).
  15. Amamaniac

    Kensho Kyushu 2019

    I know kensho distribution isn't supposed to be fair (i.e., purely based on merit), but the fact that Ryuden with only six wins has 42 kensho and Asanoyama with 11 wins only has 36 doesn't sit will with me...