Amamaniac

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    Nagoya Basho 2021

    It's difficult for any fan of Enho to see him struggle this way. But he is a symbol of courage, a Japanese David (à la Goliath slayer). Somehow seeing him persevere despite it all is ... uplifting and at the same time relatable (?).
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    Nagoya Basho 2021

    Not that there was any doubt before Day 11, but with Shimanoumi's victory over Kotonowaka today, this tournament has become even more a two-horse race. Hakuho and Terunofuji are essentially the only contenders for the yusho. Their high-ranked opponents over the next three days can affect their chances of ultimate glory, but none will steal the Cup away. All the more reason for both men to protect their perfect records to the end. Keep in mind that Terunofuji has never in his entire sumo career had more than 13 wins. Will the desire to secure Yokozuna promotion drive him to new heights? That's what the oozumo tournament design is meant to do: bring out excellence. And in the case of Terunofuji and Hakuho, it seems to be working.
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    Kensho Nagoya 2021

    Yup! Takanosho, despite his run on the upper half of the Makuuchi banzuke rankings, has never had a regular sponsor. On the other hand, when Ichinojo broke into the Top Division with a "monster" splash, he did attract some regular sponsorship (e.g., ramen chain), but when his star faded, his kensho backing dried up. So in today's matchup, neither wrestler brought anything (i.e., kensho) to the dohyo table.
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    Nagoya Basho 2021

    The end of the Akua v. Enho bout set the standard for yoritaoshi ("frontal crush out") – as per the English translation used by NHK. I think Enho's dreams got crushed along with it. Sigh.
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    Nagoya Basho 2021

    As long as it’s not with me. Shoudai yusho! I'm going to have to disagree with you on that. Asanoyama yusho!! Or we could simply agree (to disagree)...
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    Kensho Nagoya 2021

    I somehow doubt that Hakuho will have more kensho than Terunofuji on any of his bouts before Day 15. That's why I'm tracking it. But the pot of the tournament will be on the big Senshuraku showdown. Needless to say, if Hakuho wins that, the 54-kensho (or whatever it ends up being) edge will be almost wiped out. But if Terunofuji wins, he will likely end up taking home 200+ kensho, leaving Hakuho in the dust, as it were.
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    Nagoya 2021 kyujo list

    Now that Abi has his KK 8th win, will we see him withdraw to lick his wounds as some have predicted?
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    Kensho Nagoya 2021

    Day 11 Terunofuji 155 (^17) vs Mitakeumi Hakuho 101 (^11) vs Wakatakakage Shodai 51 Takayasu 51 Mitakeumi 43 Ichinojo 40 Hoshoryu 33 Ura 22 Meisei 20 Kiribayama 18 Terunofuji benefitted from his being paired against Mitakeumi, and Hakuho's bout against Wakatakakage also seemed to attract some extra kensho interest. But perhaps the happiest man of the day was Hoshoryu, stealing 11 kensho from Ozeki Shodai!
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    Nagoya Basho 2021

    Down in Juryo, Midorifuji finally pulled out his signature katasukashi under-shoulder pull down move. Victim? Juryo debutant, Kotokuzan. His return from injury has not been pretty. Before the bout began, his record was the same as fellow Juryo little man, Enho (i.e., 2-7). But unlike Enho, Midorifuji managed to avoid makekoshi demotion. Now all he has to do is win this five remaining bouts and ... life will be good again!
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    Kensho Nagoya 2021

    That's what happens when you cut and paste! Fixed!
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    Kensho Nagoya 2021

    Day 10 Terunofuji 138 (^14) vs Chiyotairyu Hakuho 90 (^5) vs Okinoumi Shodai 51 Takayasu 47 Mitakeumi 43 Ichinojo 40 Hoshoryu 22 Kiribayama 18 Ura 18 Takakeisho 16 Meisei 16 Kotonowaka 14 Terunofuji once again proved to have more sponsor backing than the GOAT Hakuho – almost three times as many kensho. Gone are the days of Hakuho needing a forklift to take his kensho envelopes from the ring. Thanks to his opponent being Mitakeumi, Shodai's kensho take on this day was the same as that of Terunofuji. Kotonowaka who got his kachikoshi today and remains the closest trailer to frontrunners Hakuho and Terunofuji, received one kensho for his troubles.
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    Who Is This Woman?

    I realise now just how little I know about how tamariseki seats get assigned. But the more I think about it, the more I wonder. The Fairy Princess (or Fairy/Princess) ended up in what was actually a traditional (i.e., pre-Covid) spot for her. It is less likely that a random seat came available and just happened to be in a spot where she normally sits. Perhaps another explanation is that that seat is reserved for her (through her father), and that with the unofficial ban on Tokyo fans attending the Nagoya tournament, that seat has most days been surrendered to local Nagoya fans. But on Day 7, the Fairy Princess decided she wanted to claim her right to the seat, as is her prerogative. Just a thought.
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    Nagoya Basho 2021

    Abi Watch: Today's opponent: Mongolian bruiser, Mitoryu. Result:
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    Nagoya Basho 2021

    https://www.botany.one/2018/01/flower-never-blooms/ Pretty appropriate then that in Japan there's an orchid that apparently never blooms. I hope Shonanzakura doesn't read that!
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    Nagoya Basho 2021

    Forum favourite Shonanzakura Jonokuchi 24w (22 y.o.) reached an ignominious milestone in Nagoya: 100 straight losses. That takes some doing, or should I say "not doing"? Shonanzakura's stable master, Shikihide, who is known for supporting wrestlers without oodles of promise, gave a gem of a comment to the press: "There are no flowers that don't bloom." https://www.nikkansports.com/battle/column/sumo/news/202107110000823.html
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    Kensho Nagoya 2021

    Day 9 Terunofuji 124 (^11) vs Okinoumi Hakuho 85 (^6) vs Chiyotairyu Mitakeumi 43 Takayasu 41 Ichinojo 38 Shodai 37 Hoshoryu 19 Takakeisho 16 Meisei 16 Kotonowaka 14 Ura 14 Endo gets knocked off the leaderboard as Ura and Kotonowaka win their Day 9 bouts.
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    Nagoya Basho 2021

    Before the tournament began, I expected Abi to be the talk of the town ... in a Juryo yusho way. But today's "fiasco" as you termed it drove home the fact that Abi is injured and no longer able to fire on all cylinders. He is doing a pretty good job at hiding things in terms of holding back grimaces of pain and not limping in too pronounced a fashion. I had to leave for work when his regulation bout against Sadanoumi ended, but with not one but two monoii being called, I couldn't tear myself away. The gyoji referee seemed hellbent to hand Abi that all-important 8th win, but the ringside judges weren't buying what he was selling. Calling a torinaoshi after the regulation bout was a gift to Abi, IMHO. Isegahama put his sandalled-foot down the second time. But two straight losses for Abi is definitely worrying. As Kinta-sama has already suggested, Abi is waiting for his critical kachikoshi before he withdraws to lick his wounds. Avoiding the inevitable demotion out of the salaried ranks is pretty strong incentive! Abi has 6 more chances to snag his ticket to security. The watch is officially on.
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    Nagoya Basho 2021

    I don't think it's been ever done before, but the ultimate boss mic drop would be retiring on a zensho. Very true. But I fear that a zensho yusho will only encourage Hakuho to stay on in September and beyond. After all, there have already been rumblings to that effect.
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    Nagoya Basho 2021

    On that same subject, what were some of the most famous historical cases of shimpan injury back when shimpan sat up on the dohyo in the corners? Has moving them down off the ring actually prevented serious injuries? Asking for a friend...
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    Nagoya Basho 2021

    I was actually impressed with Tobizaru's efforts in this bout. He showed remarkable skill in keeping Terunofuji off his mawashi. This was a great test for the Mongolian. Tobizaru is definitely using his head, but he knows that he is out of his depth against Hakuho and/or Terunofuji. This is in sharp contrast to his "breakthrough"(?) tournament in the Top Division in November 2020. He took some impressive Sanyaku scalps, including that of Takakeisho. At that point, he seemed to be relishing the opportunity to fight oozumo's best. Now, the reality of life in the Top Division has sunk in a little more, and Tobi seems to be more in his head than in his heart. Whatever the case, he is always dangerous and fun to watch.
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    Nagoya Basho 2021

    Perhaps I should phrase it differently? "White Phoenix" Rises From the Ashes!
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    Nagoya Basho 2021

    Just before this tournament started, I too was convinced that Hakuho's injuries would catch up with him again, and he would end up withdrawing by Day 10. But seeing him "perform" the last few days, his sumo actually seems to be getting better. There are still seven days of sumo left in this tournament, so anything could happen. But Hakuho looks like he is definitely "in it to win it". Let's assume we get treated to a big showdown on Senshuraku. My money is on Hakuho. If anyone knows how to beat Terunofuji, it's Hakuho. Amazingly, they haven't met in over four years (May 2017)! They were actually pretty evenly matched back then. If Terunofuji can make a comeback from injury, so too can Hakuho. Hakuho is probably thinking: "Anything he can do, I can do better!" That's what will make the hopefully-inevitable showdown absolutely epic!
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    Kensho Nagoya 2021

    Day 8 Terunofuji 113 (^18) Hakuho 79 (^14) Ichinojo 36 Takayasu 35 Mitakeumi 32 Shodai 29 Takakeisho 16 Meisei 16 Hoshoryu 13 Endo 12 Kagayaki 12 Kiribayama 12 Both Shimanoumi and Terutsuyoshi picked up 7 kensho in their victories over Kagayaki and Onosho, respectively. It seems a little strange to me that Wakatakakage is still without any regular sponsors despite the fact that he has garnered plenty of attention this year, and this tournament is his Sanyaku debut.
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    Who Is This Woman?

    Believe me, they are talking about her in Japan and overseas. It's not like anyone is messaging her directly. But people are posting in multiple forums...
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    Who Is This Woman?

    Either that or she took a lot of heat (on social media perhaps) for travelling to Nagoya from Tokyo on Day 7, when Tokyo fans were asked specifically not to make the ~1hr Shinkansen trip to Nagoya for this tournament amidst the growing number of Corona infections... That probably wasn't a factor, and I suspect we may see her again for the Senshuraku weekend.