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  1. John G paints a pretty picture for 2021:
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    Non-K-November basho 2020 Discussion (spoiler space)

    It's called "sumo loss" in pseudo-English Japanese. Get used to it ... I haven't.
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    Who Is This Woman?

    Indeed. She was in the same ~"front row" seat (or should I say "spot"?) every day of the November tourney wearing a different dress and sporting a different handbag. If she is from Fukuoka, and she felt compelled to attend the November Tournament in Tokyo (normally held in Fukuoka), then presumably she would stay for the whole 15 days and attend each day. The curious thing is, she never made any special reaction when Takakeisho was actually around or on the dohyo. She treated each wrestler the same, i.e., with polite yet awkward robot claps. So I can only conclude that she is something of a suujo with a lot of cash (or rich husband) and free time, But I still feel her choice of "seat" was strategic...
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    Who Is This Woman?

    Definitely not his "fiancée/secretly-wed wife"! His now wife is a former model (born in Hokkaido and daughter of Hokutenyu) and significantly more attractive IMHO.
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    Who Is This Woman?

    IMHO, she looks like the woman who was frequently sitting in the Mukomen tamariseki during the 2018 Kyushu basho, which Takakeisho won. She even got invited(?) to be in the shitakubeya group photo with Takakeisho and his supporters. I believe she was also in the stands during the 2019 Kyushu basho. And the fact that the 2020 Kyushu basho was held in Tokyo rather than Fukuoka did not deter her from being present yet again. Her choice of seat guaranteed that she would be in the background whenever Takakeisho mounted the ring, and even when he was giving his yusho interview!
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    Non-K-November basho 2020 Discussion (spoiler space)

    Here are a few links to points of interest surrounding Takakeisho's yusho. The English translation of the yusho interview is clearly not up to Kintamayama's standards, but ...
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    Non-K-November basho 2020 Discussion (spoiler space)

    Gernobono, apparently not so much... Actually, according to the NHK English broadcast, Enho's oyakata revealed to the press that Enho was suffering from injuries to his neck and left wrist (throughout the tournament implied?). Not sure if this were just an excuse (story) to explain away Enho's poor performance. But the fact that Miyagino oyakata waited until the final day to divulge this suggests it was a preexisting injury that they didn't want Enho's opponents to exploit. But if we give Enho the benefit of the doubt, then perhaps we shouldn't condemn lose faith in Enho and the magic he brings to the ring.
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    Non-K-November basho 2020 Discussion (spoiler space)

    Extra, extra: Enho Ends the November Tournament on a High Note! Enho probably wishes 2020 never happened. He definitely must wish that November never happened. The 3-12 was his worst tournament record in the Top Division, and is the one that is going to send him tumbling down to the Juryo Division. At least, on the Final Day, he showed that he still has "the stuff" by beating Tobizaru, who's no push over. That victory (and Kiribayama's loss) helped Enho avoid having the sole worst record of the tournament (among those who competed all 15 days). It was like Enho and Kiribayama were in a inverse yusho race ... they tied, but there is no ketteisen playoff for that. Over the last two weeks, Enho had his mawashi handed to him 12 times, and it was pretty difficult to watch. One of the worst parts of that was seeing him get caught on the bales over and over. He would valiantly (yet foolishly) try to hold off his opponents' charges, only to end up tossed down off the ring onto his back. The worst example of that came on day 11 against Sadanoumi, in a nasty fall that for a second left many worried that he had just suffered the career jeopardising injury that fans seem to be expecting (?). But Enho proved that he is made of steel (in large part thanks to the gruelling training regime that Hakuho puts him through), and he returned to the ring no worse for wear. Huge relief all around. If anything, November was a demonstration of perseverance amidst adversity. Enho did not give up, and as frustrating as it must have been for him losing all those bouts, he kept on going and giving it his best, even though his best wasn't getting the results he wanted. So Enho did manage to stay in the Top Division for nine straight tournaments ... this time around. His first year (i.e., four tournaments in 2019) was pretty consistently good, and he was riding high with the fans. 2020 was another story. He started the year with a KK (just barely), but from there on out, it was one makekoshi after another. Considering the timeline, it may not be entirely a coincidence that Enho's "slump" coincided with the pandemic. The first wave hit around March, and oozumo stadiums started looking like ghost towns. If anything, Enho feeds off fans cheering in the stands. No fans and/or no cheering deprives the little man of the "je ne sais quoi" or extra will to win bouts against the odds in a big man's world. I, for one, seriously hope that Enho will regroup after this painful November lesson, and will shoot back up to the Makuuchi Division straight away. But the Top Division is starting to see a wealth of small men in its ranks. Going forward, Enho will have his job cut out for him if he wants to succeed.
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    Non-K-November basho 2020 Discussion (spoiler space)

    Beast mode! Terunofuji got a critical grip on Takakeisho's mawashi, and the rest was history! Will the Waka prediction curse rear its head again??????
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    Non-K-November basho 2020 Discussion (spoiler space)

    Midorifuuuuuuuuuuji! Why? Looks like we'll have a Juryo playoff.
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    Non-K-November basho 2020 Discussion (spoiler space)

    The prospect itself is alluring, and that is the beauty of sumo tournaments. Not only do they last 15 days, but if things are still unresolved going into the final day, fans (not to mention the wrestlers involved) are kept waiting and salivating to find out who will win. There is usually one wrestler that most fans want to see win, but for some reason, upsets are almost as satisfying or at least memorable. So when it comes to Terunofuji's chances of taking the title tomorrow, the odds are definitely against him winning two straight bouts against a young ball of fire with two good knees. After all, the "former" Ozeki has yet to beat the "current and only active" Ozeki. If by chance, Terunofuji figures out a strategy to beat the powerful pusher-thruster, Takakeisho will not let that strategy work a second time. However, as much as most fans want to see Terunofuji succeed in his fairytale bid to reassume Ozeki status, he doesn't have to steal this championship in order to do so. His numbers this tournament are already good enough. My feeling is that if Terunofuji does do the seemingly impossible (i.e., beat an Ozeki twice in a row), it will be a huge slap in the face for Takakeisho who represents the next generation of sumo elite. But I doubt Terunofuji will be concerned about that. He will definitely be in it to win it. With his knees the way they are, he probably is well aware that he won't get many more opportunities like this, and he needs to go for it. Yet another consideration, Terunofuji already has a title this year. If Takakeisho wins, then we will end up with a different champion in each of this year's five tournaments. And last, but not least, Takakeisho bringing home the Emperor's Cup will score him big points with his fiancée!
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    Kensho November 2020

    Okay, 23 v. Shimanoumi; 50 v. Terunofuji  OK, for the sake of limited interest, I can now reveal the actual the results: 22 v. Shimanoumi and 31 v. Terunofuji tomorrow. (The 31 is based on kensho listed on the torikumi sheet and may not include multiples so the jury is not out.) If the listing and my counting skills are correct, I'll give Oshirokita the win with respect to the Takakeisho v. Shimanoumi bout, but I'll take the honours for the Takakeisho v. Terunofuji bout. 50 seemed high to me considering we are not living in the Hakuho-Asashoryu era, plus the fact that the pandemic + pseudo-Kyushu-factor may have dampened sponsors' enthusiasm... And further to my prediction re Takakeisho breaking 300 and Terunofuji 100, at this stage, only Takakeisho has a shot at breaking 300. Sadly, Terunofuji went and lost two bouts which pretty much spoiled things... Sigh.
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    Non-K-November basho 2020 Discussion (spoiler space)

    The limited-time-only offer was for Forum members only!
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    Non-K-November basho 2020 Discussion (spoiler space)

    So with Naya looking to join the sekitori (salaried) ranks, Takakeisho will be in the market for a new tsukebito (man slave). Any takers?
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    Non-K-November basho 2020 Discussion (spoiler space)

    Meanwhile down in Juryo... Yeah, there is still stuff to see down in the second division. Midorifuji took the sole lead today after defeating Takagenji. It is really impressive to see how he uses positioning to compensate for his slight size in comparison with bigger opponents. Tomorrow he'll go up against 9-5 Kyokushuho. It'll be like a pre-ja-vu of the Takakeisho v. Terunofuji bout up in Makuuchi, except that if Midorifuji loses, there is the potential for a 5-way tie. In short, Midorifuji has more incentive to win his scheduled bout! Who in their right mind would feel comfortable fighting a 5-man playoff? But it will also be interesting to see who will end up dropping down out of Juryo. Everyone knows that 0-14 Fujiazuma's Juryo days are over. Abi is dropping to Makuuchi as per his punishment. Nishikigi is definitely out. Takagenji is in danger, especially if he ends with a 6-9 record. My concern is whether potentially 4-11 Ikioi (J8w) will be packing up his shikome. But perhaps I worry too much... Aside from Naya, there don't look to be many Makuuchi boys poised to break out of sumo hell and into sumo heaven, so Takagenji and Ikioi will probably catch a break.