Amamaniac

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  1. Amamaniac

    Nagoya 2022

    I've been following oozumo ever since Ichinojo broke into the Top Division, and I can't recall a time where he and Terunofuji "got the benefit of" a mizuiri (n.b., I am suffering from early onset Alzheimers, or so I like to claim), let alone 2-3. Can anyone verify how many mizuiri have been called between these two Mongolian Goliaths? But I totally agree that seeing one in the final bout of the day would be awesome! The folks at NHK news might not be thrilled.
  2. Amamaniac

    Nagoya 2022

    I'd say it's standard practice, since as soon as Hidenoumi came down off the ring, the yobidashi instructed him to head back to the shitakubeya (i.e., not wait around). It is standard for the winner to serve power water in the bout immediately following his own. Since that bout involved a withdrawal, Hidenoumi's services were not required. The default winner of a bout involving a withdrawal always stays to serve power water on his side in the very next bout. Thus Chiyomaru ended up serving power water to Onosho. But if Chiyomaru had been slated on the west side, he would have served Yutakayama. Since as you said Daiamami technically "lost" lost the previous bout, the responsibility for serving water on the losing side went to Tsurugisho. It always goes to a ringside wrestler who has yet to fight. Interestingly enough, Tsurugisho got up right after Hidenoumi left, anticipating the upcoming need for him to serve power water next. But he was told (by the shinpan?) to sit down and wait for the kyujo conferral of victory to end. Only then was it time for him to take his position at the west corner.
  3. Amamaniac

    Nagoya 2022

    Ura had a brilliant strategy against Abi today! He got set well behind the start line (as he is known to do), and as soon as Abi charged with his arms out (as he is known to do), Ura simply deflected the thrust. Then as Abi turned to face his opponent, Ura got low inside and pushed Abi out of the ring. Oshidashi. Talk about giving Abi a dose of his own medicine. If only Terunofuji had thought of that strategy. But he didn't. For his part, Abi looked a little lackadaisical. Maybe he didn't view Ura as a serious threat, or maybe he celebrated those 37 kensho prizes a little too much the night before...
  4. Amamaniac

    Nagoya 2022

    For fans of ex-Ozeki Asanoyama, his return to action starts tomorrow (day 2). His bout is scheduled down in the Sandanme Division. Ranked Sd22w, he will face Sd22e Goshimaru, who joined sumo in November 2015 and has languished down in Sandanme. Should be an easy win for Asanoyama.
  5. Amamaniac

    Nagoya 2022

    There was no doubt that Tobizaru's hand swiped Okinoumi's fallen sagari which was on the dohyo. Whether or not his fingertips actually came into contact with the surface of the ring, I suspect not. A monoii review may have been warranted, but the shinpan judges seemed confident Tobizaru only brushed the sagari. I can live with that decision.
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    Nagoya 2022

    Despite no man-in onrei full house, I had the impression that they did sell more tickets (fill more seats) today. I wonder if the sales stats support that impression. The NSK is no doubt eager to boost its income! Another observation: the commentators on Abema TV's broadcast are no longer wearing masks, while fans in the arena are still required to do so. Interesting tiered lifting of COVID restrictions.
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    Nagoya 2022

    Reports of Terutsuyoshi's replacement were premature...
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    Bout-Length Natsu 2022

    I suppose this puts the 10-second rule (i.e., Takakeisho loses any bout lasting more than 10 seconds) to rest. Then again, he won his day 1 bout (12.4s) and his day 5 bout (11.9s). All this suggests that he has been working on his endurance. It doesn't matter that he lost an 11.1s bout on day 9 and a 16.6s bout on day 13...
  9. Amamaniac

    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    Please take a look at Atamifuji's hair in this tournament. He already has enough hair for a fan in the back, but what I was questioning in particular is why a fan is not being done for him in the front when it looks perfectly doable at this stage... #Godango's view is that it boils down to the tokoyama's judgement call.
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    YDC Meeting Natsu 2022

    I nominate the 2016 Spring Tournament in which Hakuho used a cheap tsukiotoshi against Harumafuji to avoid a loss that would have resulted in a playoff against Kisenosato.
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    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    I have a question for the sumo pundits on this forum: Rising star Atamifuji is a relative newcomer to the sekitori ranks. Despite this being his second tournament in the Juryo ranks, he is still wearing his mage flat (i.e., no oicho). I had always assumed that the oicho mage was a privilege reserved for sekitori. Of course, most of us have seen sekitori with their hair still loose, and this is usually attributed to their hair not being long enough to gather in a mage topknot. But when I look at Atamifuji's current mage, it is clear to me that his hair is longer (and thicker) than several veteran sekitori, whose mage look smaller and shorter in comparison. What is the precise criteria for a wrestler's hair to be eligible for oicho mage grooming? I doubt age is the determining factor. But as explained above, hair length does not appear to be the ultimate factor either. The only other thing I can think of is the number of tournaments a wrestler has competed in. But that doesn't make a lot of sense to me either. After Atamifuji's impressive double-digit record this tournament, he looks set to be a sekitori mainstay, if not a Top Division star. I will be even more puzzled if he doesn't show up with a oicho-mage next tournament!
  12. Amamaniac

    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    The tournament was definitely not the epitome of excitement vis-a-vis official oozumo tournaments. I won't deny that. Frankly, the post-Hakuho era crisis is still lurking. Terunofuji is doing his best to ensure that there is at least one dominant figure on the banzuke (the current set of Ozeki is disappointing, perhaps one of the most inconsistent set of Ozeki in history?). But the beauty of the oozumo tournament system is that there is always an interesting narrative. Perhaps sometimes one has to look harder for it. For me, my interest in this tournament was fuelled by the expectation that we might see a major playoff between multiple wresters finishing with a 11-4 record. Pathetic yes, but that is as much a part of the history of the sport as are zensho yusho 15-0 championships. The point of interest for me became seeing how many of the 20-odd wrestlers who had four or fewer losses as at Day 8 would end up with or drop down to four or more losses by Day 15. The fact that only Terunofuji managed to end with only 3 losses, holding out for seven days after getting his 3rd loss on Day 8, in a way beat the odds. About 15 other wrestlers did not manage the same feat. But almost every wrestler on the banzuke represents a unique story. Ultimately, there end up being plenty of "stories" to digest. On the positive side, in the Top Division, there were the Midorifuji story, the Sadanoumi story, the Wakamotoharu story, the Takanosho story, the Daieisho story, and the Kiribayama story (not to mention Terunofuji's). An honourable mention has to go to Tochinoshin for getting his back-to-back kachikoshi after a slump of 7 makekoshi. On the negative side, you don't have to look farther than the Ozeki... But I'd also throw in the new roster of ringside judges as a negative development. While it was nice (?) to see some new faces like moto-Kisenosato and moto-Kotooshu, the shake up ended up worsening the judging situation IMHO. I realise now that I am trying to argue that for me this was just as "interesting" a basho as any other. The only real excitement came from an unexpected source: Takanosho. As soon as he lost the highlight bout of Senshuraku to Sadanoumi, any excitement that may have existed evaporated into thin air. I guess I am easy to please. Give me any official tournament and I am happy.
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    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    Looked to me as though the US President's Cup was presented to Terunofuji (on the eve of President Biden's official visit). I feared that this trophy would die with the pandemic, but it is nice to see it presented again after a two-year hiatus. One more sign that we are starting to restore things to the way they were pre-2020.
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    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    Far be it for me to second guess how the minds of the shimpan work. They seem at times to pick and choose what rules to apply to a given bout under monoii review. IMHO, the dead body rule seems to apply mostly to bouts in which both wrestlers fall out of the ring more or less simultaneously. However, in this particular bout (Ura v. Takakeisho) Ura's fall was inside the ring and Takakeisho stepped out, rather than fell, into the corner. A possible factor in the decision was the fact that although Ura was falling at the time Takakeisho stepped out, he managed to bring his foot back down on the ring and remain pseudo-upright buying himself time: time for Takakeisho to be ruled definitively out. Physical feats like that are one of the remarkable aspects of sumo. Athletic prowess or desperation, call them what you will.
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    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    Well, I am usually one of the first to criticise tategyoji Shikimori Inosuke, but today I have to give credit where credit is due. In close bouts, he (and previous tategyoji) will err in favour of the higher-ranked elite wrestler on the ring, but amazingly, he gave Ura the win in what was a close finish involving several meters of separation between the fighters. The monoii only confirmed that he was right in the first place. To coin a phrase, he's still got it, or at least he seemed to still have it on this rare occasion... The tossing of his stray slipper off the ring in the final bout was also a slick move. Can't say I've ever seen that done before, although I'm sure he was not the first high-ranking gyoji to do it.
  16. Amamaniac

    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    It'll take a little longer than that (perhaps not much). Both Mitakeumi and Shodai are teed up (Kadobanland visas in hand), but Takakeisho is still waiting for his turn at the tee.
  17. Amamaniac

    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    You see it too? I think being off the media radar will definitely help his chances. As you are no doubt aware, Kiribayama has yet to face frontrunner Takanosho this tournament. Their eventual matchup could will make or break both men's yusho bids.
  18. Amamaniac

    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    I'm not familiar with the big-stakes gambling world (gambling on sumo, say it isn't so), but it would be interesting to see what odds the bookies in Vegas are giving a Takanosho championship win. As a dear friend has already mentioned in this thread, sumo wins and losses are not merely a coin toss. It would be most interesting to know what algorithm the bookies use. They are clearly more invested in the prediction game than the great minds in this Forum.
  19. Amamaniac

    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    I was anticipating both results (weird wishful thinking on my part, tbh). Takanosho is riding a wave of good sumo this tournament. He's got a very decent chance of winning the yusho. The big question is whether he will be able to hold on mentally, and not let the prospect of imminent glory screw with his concentration. As for the Terunofuji v. Abi match, my first reaction was: there is a Yokozuna showing a pusher-thruster who has more pushing power. Yokozuna have to be proficient at both yotsuzumo and oshizumo. Terunofuji just showed that his oshizumo is pretty lethal when he wants it to be!
  20. Amamaniac

    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    I get what you mean, and I sympathise. Ozeki should be put to the test – the full test – every tournament in order to prove their worth and live up to their status by doing superior sumo. But..., on the other hand, there are plenty of fans – and perhaps kyokai members alike, who want to make sure that hira-maku championship contenders prove that they were put to a higher test in their bid to essentially "steal" the championship from the elite wrestlers on the banzuke. In short, championships with rank-and-file contenders trump intra-Ozeki bouts. What's more annoying: skipping intra-Ozeki matches or a hira-maku yusho winner that never faces an Ozeki?
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    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    Watching the broadcast today, I couldn't help notice that the natives seem to be getting a little restless. For several of the final bouts of the day, loud whistling could be heard from at least one fan. Given how loud the whistles were, one might conclude that the perpetrator was unmasked. That really stood out since the pandemic has all but quashed the traditional "amoku"-like calls from fans (not to mention the throwing of zabuton), allowing only silent support towels and/or clapping. Gotta love a rebel!
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    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    Currently, the five frontrunners have a 6-2 record. The odds are good that most if not all of them will drop at least one if not two losses. We look poised to see a 11-4 yusho. The last time we saw an 11-4 yusho was in September of 2017, but at least on that occasion a Yokozuna (i.e., Harumafuji) edged out the competition...
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    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    We're five days into the tournament (a third of the way through) and the two top men in the championship race are M15w Ichiyamamoto and M11e Aoiyama! What the ...? Guess who is fighting whom tomorrow? By design, the two-leader showdown will eliminate one of the front runners, but one of the two will still be leading after day 6!
  24. Amamaniac

    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    Great hedging there! Kazakhstani man Kinbozan looks like he's got a bright future, but today Hokuseiho managed to out muscle him, with inferior sumo, I might add.
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    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    Midorifuji showed why some call him "Mr. Katasukashi" today against Kagayaki. The small Isegahama grappler outmanoeuvred his opponent and set up a great under shoulder swing down. Whenever technique overcomes size disadvantage, sumo fans derive inspiration that they can overcome obstacles in their lives, or at least that is how I felt after seeing that.