Amamaniac

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    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    Injuries definitely seem to be the main issue, and with them comes the inability to train and prepare properly for official tournaments. From what I can gather, Terunofuji is either unable or unmotivated to put in the necessary work, the way Hakuho did despite his injuries, which arguably may have been less serious. On his Ozeki and tsuna runs, Terunofuji seemed really "motivated to win". But now that he has secured the coveted rope, he appears to have lost that motivation... Sigh.
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    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    Speaking of Pokemon, I had expected to see Pokemon kensho prize banners again this tournament. I guess that ship has sailed...
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    Are Abi's days numbered?

    Since Abi's latest transgression is not technically an ongoing honbasho topic, I thought it deserves its own thread. According to Akinomaki, the Rijikai will hold a special meeting after the tournament, on August 6 to deal with the whole Abi issue. Here are some of the issues: 1) Abi has several strikes against him already: the SNS scandal and the stupidly telling the press that he fell asleep in the special seminar held to guide wrestlers in their social media activities. 2) Abi blatantly transgressed the special Corona Guidelines just introduced by the NSK as an PR effort to show that they were taking the pandemic very seriously. And if Abi lied about how many times and with whom he went out, he won't be viewed sympathetically. 3) Abi's last-minute withdrawal on day 7 (not entirely Abi's fault) made a lot of people (many of whom are on the Rijikai) upset. 4) I suspect Shikoroyama Oyakata's dramatic response (i.e., pulling Abi out of the competition, refusing to let him back in the ring despite a negative PCR result, harshly chastising Abi, and apologising to all) was a desperate effort to save Abi's career. While this is quite different than the Takanofuji violence incidents, Abi has now shown himself to be a repeat offender. And given the serious nature of the global pandemic, the NSK as a public organisation may have no option but to make an example out of the otherwise charismatic and popular Top Division wrestler. I am seriously worried that this could mark the end of Abi's career!
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    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    Admittedly, this observation comes a little late (almost a month after the Osaka Tourney wrapped), but I am still playing catch-up. My question is, has there ever been another tournament were a wrestler has led or been a co-leader for all 15 days (i.e., Takayasu) and then lost in the end? Something tells me this may have been a first.
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    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    I love when tournaments dangle the possibility of a tomoesen three-way playoff on the final day. Deep down, we all know that it won't happen, but if by some absolute miracle it does, it would put to rest the question of who really deserved this championship!
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    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    IMHO, Mitakeumi shelved his yusho hopes on day 12. He had had a wealth of good fortune last tournament, and recorded his third Top Division championship. He is definitely aware that fellow half-Filipino Takayasu is fighting well this tournament and has a legitimate shot at his first Top Division championship (i.e., probably his "last" shot). I am convinced that Mitakeumi did not bring his A-game sumo to the ring that day, subconsciously wanting to keep Takayasu's dream alive. And then today, against Takayasu's main rival, Wakatakakage, Mitakeumi was firing on all pistons to make sure that Wakatakakage would drop one win back, thereby boosting Takayasu's chances. Against Takakeisho, however, Takayasu had to rely on himself. The strategy worked like a charm: find a way to stay in the bout for 10+ seconds, and then get a belt grip and let his yotsuzumo speak for itself. Whatever really happened, Takayasu owes Mitakeumi at least two beers. And if he ends up winning this thing, he will probably need to name his next child after Mitakeumi!
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    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    That's exactly what NHK is forecasting! You are either clairvoyant, watched the NHK broadcast, have an inside contact, or ... just one smart pundit.
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    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    Down in Makushita today, 24 year-old Kinbozan secured the division title with a perfect 7-0 record. This guy has some serious heat, winning from down in the middle of the Ms rankings (Ms34w) and this is only his third official tournament!!! The interesting thing about him is that he is from Kazakhstan. Will he make it to the Top Division before Tochinoshin and Aoiyama hang up their mawashi? How would it look if the only non-Japanese wrestlers in the Top Division were Mongolian? (rhetorical question) I'll be routing for this guy. #represent.
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    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    I read somewhere they are members of an Osaka Sumo club. Membership grant them front rows every Haru basho. The "club" is called the Touzaikai, and yes it is based in Osaka. http://www.touzaikai.org Interesting that a number of the reserved cushions are not occupied during the Top Division bouts. What I wouldn't give to sit on one of them. Heck, I'd even wear one of those god-awful super cool vests!
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    Videos Haru Basho 2022 - Days 1-15

    You do realise that if I see a Day 13 video, I will know that you lied to me?!
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    Videos Haru Basho 2022 - Days 1-15

    I offer my resignation.
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    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    Depends if you are a gyoji or not...
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    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    Wakatakamoto 30, Wakamotoharu 28, Wakatakakage 27.
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    Videos Haru Basho 2022 - Days 1-15

    Indeed. Makes sense that the quickie version skipped the Juryo highlight bout. I was distracted by Kinta-sama's wicked sense of humour.
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    Videos Haru Basho 2022 - Days 1-15

    Seems as though there is some subliminal messaging going on.
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    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    My memory is poor at the best of times, but I seem to recall that in January, Meisei was dealing with a lower back injury/issue. Perhaps it's still bothering him, but he realises that taping does little to help... 1-11 is pretty embarrassing (Meisei has Yoshikaze's 2-13 in July in 2018 to aim for). In July 2020, the Tatsunami trio (i.e., Meisei, Hoshoryu & Akua) made a splash down in Juryo. Meisei won the Juryo championship, and led the charge to Sanyaku. He was doing so well, and then the wheels fell off. Similarly, Akua seems to be struggling, and he will likely drop down to Juryo in May. That leaves Hoshoryu, who is (and will remain) the highest ranked of the Tatsunami trio.
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    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    Forgive me if someone has already mentioned this, but just when I thought Shikimori Inosuke could get no worse, today he fumbled with Mitakeumi's stack of prize envelopes. His shortcomings are like a gift that keeps on giving. When will the Association say, "Enough is enough"? Tanto or no tanto, being a gyoji seems to have pretty good job security.
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    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    Thank you for enlightening me on the Rijikai's policy of anything goes. Still, it was easy for them to green light slapping Yokozuna(s) in the face, but they were never on the receiving end of Hakuho's wrath! I was only trying to make sense of Ross Mihara's comment, and I don't see henka(s), especially failed ones, as a cause for anger. Plenty of wrestlers get sucker henka-ed, and manage to control their anger... But I bow to the view of the Elders on this Forum.
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    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    That is certainly possible, since henka(s) are generally frowned upon. But henka(s) are still a common enough occurrence, and if you are an elite sumo wrestler, you are expected to be able to see them coming and guard against them. But take Hakuho's reign as Yokozuna. Hakuho was free to dish out harite, but Heaven forbid that a junior wrestler would attempt a harite on him (i.e., a Yokozuna). That leads me to the conclusion that there is a kind of "Not the face" unspoken guideline when it comes to what you can or cannot do against a Yokozuna, or in this case an Ozeki. It may boil down to the perennial need to show respect within traditional Japanese society. At least that's how I see things. But I will admit that it might not have been the case here.
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    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    What I saw was a return to his deadliest weapon, the tsukiotoshi (a.k.a. left hand side swipe), something he used to great effect in his rise to Ozeki status. Seeing it today was a chilling yet welcome sight. The bout only lasted 3.6s, which I call "taking care of business". But cleary, claims that Takakeisho is a master at resetting after losses fail to see that the pressure does indeed get to our friend, the Battle Hamster. And this was a win!? As much as inashi and tsukiotoshi are Takakeishō trademarks, it is less forward sumō than perhaps he would like himself to have put on as an ōzeki. There might be something in the pundits who suspected that he was harbouring an injury because of the lack of power of his usual tsuki-oshi attacks, but then that doesn't appear to me to be consonant with that display in the hanamichi: if he was in fact injured and he knows it, he would have counted himself lucky to get that crucial 8th win even when on the back foot and without one of his usual weapons, rather than appear to berate himself over being slower at the tachiai and getting handled by an upstart. Just finished watching Kinta-san's digest (thank you Golden Balls ), and Ross Mihara comments right after the bout that Takakeisho "looked mad at that move by Kotonowaka". Not exactly sure what "that move" was, but Kotonowaka was definitely thrusting repeatedly into Takakeisho's face. Ozeki (especially Yokozuna) expect a certain level of respect from their lower-ranked opponents. Still, nothing to pound the furniture about.
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    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    What I saw was a return to his deadliest weapon, the tsukiotoshi (a.k.a. left hand side swipe), something he used to great effect in his rise to Ozeki status. Seeing it today was a chilling yet welcome sight. The bout only lasted 3.6s, which I call "taking care of business". But cleary, claims that Takakeisho is a master at resetting after losses fail to see that the pressure does indeed get to our friend, the Battle Hamster. And this was a win!?
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    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    While I could fully understand Kotonowaka's frustration being made to look like a rookie (which in some ways he still is), Takakeisho's pounding on the metal grating post bout made little sense. All I can come up with it that he was getting on his own case wondering why he didn't fight that way earlier in the tournament... But he should have been happy that he dispatched a tournament contender, and ... didn't suffer another humiliating ginboshi loss.
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    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    Takayasu's win streak probably had to come to an end sooner or later. With 10 wins in 10 days, he had a one-win cushion, but that cushion just got vaporised by an energised contender, Wakatakakage. If Takayasu loses to Mitakeumi tomorrow, it will all but crush Takayasu's yusho dream IMHO. A Mitakeumi win is more than likely, ... but there is also a remote possibility of an upset. Quick poll: what are the odds of a Takayasu championship at this point in the tournament?
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    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    Enho got his KK today! He is fighting well, getting an inside position and working the belt. Today against Hidenoumi, that involved the vertical section along the "crack". Enho will be going back up the banzuke, just how far will depend on how many more wins he can secure over the next four days. Renaissance confirmed ... for now.
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    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    I was hoping that you were only joking, but you never know when someone might need a little human kindness. Better safe than sorry.