Amamaniac

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  1. Hiro's review of the Nagoya basho: https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/backstories/1718/
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    Nagoya Basho 2021

    My grandmother used to repeat the old adage: "Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." Perhaps that applies to Yokozuna and Dai-Yokozuna respectively. Hmmm.
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    Kensho Nagoya 2021

    Day 15 Terunofuji 221 (^0) vs Hakuho Hakuho 197 (^42) vs Terunofuji Shodai 77 Mitakeumi 60 Takayasu 51 Ichinojo 41 Hoshoryu 40 Ura 32 Kiribayama 25 Meisei 25 It's a wrap. Although Hakuho took the final day kensho purse and the Emperor's Cup, Terunofuji ended up with the most kensho prizes: a small consolation for not getting all the beer and Miyazaki beef. Shodai not only avoided kadoban status but also shot up to third place on the above list with a win over Takayasu (21 kensho went into the tiny pocket in his shimekomi for that effort). I guess we can go on treating him like an Ozeki. And Hoshoryu placed in the Top 10 kensho earners for the second straight tournament. Kensho are meant to create incentive. Let's hope it doesn't create resentment between him and stablemate Meisei...
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    Nagoya Basho 2021

    Reply to Judging Department, NSK You may take our live(s) stream, but you'll never take our freedom (to discuss WTF we want to discuss). Signed, Mel Gibson
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    Nagoya Basho 2021

    I definitely agree with your assessment of the Aoiyama bout. I certainly wasn't debating that. But on Day 4, Daieisho was retreating (his body erect and completely relaxed) into the corner, and Terunofuji stepped out and shoved Daieisho off the ring well after the latter had conceded. Watch the replay and I believe you will see the noble Mongolian commit an Aoiyama-esque infraction.
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    Who Is This Woman?

    How can tamariseki yosei possibly not be present for one of the most significant sumo bouts in history? Wild horses couldn't drag me away if I had an inside means of getting ringside seats to that! I guess we'll find out tomorrow just how serious a sumo fan she is, and just how many doors her father can open for her...
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    Nagoya Basho 2021

    You'll need to explain what his shove has to do with engagement or effort and why everyone else manages to be engaged and put in effort without it. Apologies to those fine Forum members I've cited above, but this was the most recent comment regarding Aoiyama's dame-oshi. It is fine to be indignant about the act as it is both unnecessary and dangerous. Moreover, it isn't called dame-oshi for nothing! But it is curious that everyone gets upset with Aoiyama when he does it, but when current hero Terunofuji does it (as on Day 4 against Daieisho), ... crickets.
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    Nagoya Basho 2021

    No mention so far on the Ura v. Meisei bout. Looked as though Meisei tried to dispatch Ura as quickly as possible, but Ura's back flexibility kept him in the ring and the bout. Then when both men struggled to get a grip on their opponent's belt, Ura seemed to have the arm-length advantage, locked on to Meisei's mawashi and powered Meisei out as though Meisei was still in Juryo rather than Sanyaku. One of the best bouts I've seen Ura fight resorting to yorikiri, and I think he felt the same way! Great return to Makuuchi for him. He has Chiyoshoma tomorrow for a shot at a double-digit record.
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    Kensho Nagoya 2021

    The Day 15 torikumi sheet is out. There are 42 kensho listed for the Thrilla in Manilla Nagoya.
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    Nagoya Basho 2021

    In my mind, no way was that a yorikiri. Can someone enlighten me why that call was made, or why it wasn't reversed?
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    Nagoya Basho 2021

    At the end of Day 14, many of us got what we wanted: a final day showdown between two elite sumo wrestlers at the top of their games with perfect records. I have to say, seeing the row of 14 white circles (no black circles) is a thing of beauty, and 15 symbolises perfection like little else! The winner of the tournament's final bout will win the Cup, plain and simple. (No ketteisen, no "you may have won the regulation bout, but I'm going to steal the yusho."). It doesn't matter how they got there.
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    Kensho Nagoya 2021

    Day 14 Terunofuji 221 (^27) vs Takayasu Hakuho 155 (^22) vs Shodai Mitakeumi 60 Shodai 56 Takayasu 51 Ichinojo 41 Hoshoryu 38 Ura 30 Kiribayama 24 Meisei 21 So Terunofuji sweeps the entire tournament in terms of attracting more kensho each day than Yokozuna Hakuho! It will be of great interest to see how many kensho will be on offer for the much anticipated Showdown at the OK Corral! As it stands now, Terunofuji has a 66 kensho lead over Hakuho. It is officially impossible for Hakuho to leap-frog Terunofuji in terms of total kensho for the tournament, even if he wins the final bout of the tournament. I will keep a look out for the final bout total when the torikumi sheet for Day 15 is made available!
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    Nagoya Basho 2021

    Crazy good!
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    Nagoya Basho 2021

    Same with Tochinonada. Don't forget legally blind Takamisakari! But perhaps he has an excuse...
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    Nagoya Basho 2021

    I sense someone is living up to his Forum name. But you definitely make a solid point. Cowardly set up and multiple harite slaps smelled a little foul indeed. But as to the crouch at the tokudawara far back from the shikirisen line, could it be that Hakuho was trying to make a point about the BS that the refereeing staff has dished out in the recent past when Hakuho's stablemate, Enho, has tried the non-charging tachiai and the gyoji immediately call a matta on him. Could Hakuho have been daring hapless Shikimori Inosuke to call a matta on a Yokozuna?! Just a thought.
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    Nagoya Basho 2021

    The growing consensus that Hakuho is hiding knee troubles may well be on the mark. But here is another viewpoint to consider. Hakuho has in the past shown his penchant to mix things up and try new approaches ... to challenge himself because he is getting bored of the same old routine. TBH, his tokudawara shikiri today was quite un-Yokozuna-like – but I don't think Hakuho really cares too much about that at this point. Hakuho did manage to get up quickly after rolling down of the ring, so I'm not sure how bad the situation is with his knees. And if his knees are acting up, today's bout could have been a practice run for him, since maybe he expects to fight Terunofuji "off the belt" tomorrow. Fighting Teru on the belt would be a recipe for disaster I fear, since Teru definitely looks to be the stronger of the two. And fighting on the belt for Hakuho would require all the knee strength he can muster...
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    Nagoya Basho 2021

    Not to mention that he still has an opportunity to get 12 wins! #Red Bull gives you wings!
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    Kensho Nagoya 2021

    I had a good laugh at this one. Normally goats are sacrificed, not sacrificed to, pardon the off-topic snark. FYI, the pun was intended...
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    Nagoya Basho 2021

    Indeed. He is back for his second stint this tournament. At least this time he was wearing proper pants and decent shirt. The Georgia/Japan flag pin was a nice touch. I bet his wife dressed him for this one.
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    Kensho Nagoya 2021

    Day 13 Terunofuji 194 (^23) vs Shodai Hakuho 133 (^18) vs Takayasu Shodai 56 Takayasu 51 Mitakeumi 51 Ichinojo 40 Hoshoryu 38 Ura 26 Kiribayama 24 Meisei 21 The Kensho Top 20 list/names did not change after Day 13. Both frontrunners won their bouts and pushed their financial domination further beyond the trailers. And once again, Terunofuji enjoyed the biggest pot of the day, while Hakuho enjoyed his biggest pot of the tournament, thanks in part to those that Takayasu brought with him and sacrificed to the GOAT.
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    Nagoya Basho 2021

    I'd say that Terunofuji's knees are going to be the sorer ones. Every time he has to jump off the ring (at the end of his bouts), his knees pay a huge price! But I definitely agree that Shodai put up a good fight and placed Terunofuji in jeopardy twice. Hakuho was watching ringside, and Shodai may well have given him some ideas...
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    Nagoya Basho 2021

    Tomorrow is Day 13. Down in Makushita (joi), Hokuseiho Ms2w will go up against relative newcomer, Ishizaki Ms56w. Both men are 6-0, and whoever wins that bout will claim the Makushita yusho. With that out of the way, there will be one less thing to distract fans from the big showdown up in Makuuchi on the final day! Will a Hokuseiho victory foreshadow a Hakuho victory two days later? We'll just have to wait and see!
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    Nagoya Basho 2021

    Abi secured his kachikoshi and Juryo status yesterday, despite injury. But rather than withdraw from the tournament to let his injury heal, he has stayed in probably because despite his three losses, he is still in the hunt for the Juryo championship. Winning today means that he remains in the hunt and will most likely be back again tomorrow.
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    Nagoya Basho 2021

    Me too. This tournament is one of the most lopsided tournaments that I can remember. Terunofuji and Hakuho have double-handedly made almost everyone else in the Top Division seem irrelevant. Both men are aiming for greatness. Terunofuji has his sights set on Yokozuna promotion, and has done plenty this year to get to that position. For him, this is the final step to add his name to a rarified list of sumo Grand Champions. To let this opportunity slip away, would be a huge set back. Certainly, the odds are good that promotion will be his even if he doesn't take home the Emperor's Cup in Nagoya. But getting promoted to Yokozuna after failing to win the Top Division championship would be bitter sweet. Hakuho, on the other hand, is in position to break Chiyonofuji's record of oldest Yokozuna to win a Top Division championship, not to mention boost his career championship total to 45 ... by zensho yusho no less! Having won 12 straight thus far in the tournament, he can probably taste victory, and definitely won't want to let this opportunity slip by for him. Sumo fans are probably divided over which outcome they'd prefer to see. I'd say that the narrative favours Hakuho, since a Hakuho yusho will probably not preclude Terunofuji getting his tsuna. Furthermore, there have been more than 70 Yokozuna promotions in oozumo history, ... but only one GOAT!
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    Kensho Nagoya 2021

    Day 12 Terunofuji 171 (^16) vs Meisei Hakuho 115 (^14) vs Mitakeumi Shodai 56 Takayasu 51 Mitakeumi 43 Ichinojo 40 Hoshoryu 33 Ura 26 Kiribayama 24 Meisei 20 Once again, Terunofuji's bout had more kensho on it than did Hakuho's, but the spread was much closer thanks to the fact that Mitakeumi brought plenty to Hakuho's plate. Everyone else has to settle for table scraps. Terunofuji is now well positioned to break the 200 kensho mark.