Amamaniac

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    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    Everyone knows that Takakeisho has no belt game (despite all efforts to develop one). Even Takakeisho tacitly admitted he has no belt game, as he all but gave up when he realised Ichi had him tied up...
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    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    Hold the phone! There did not appear to be any matta-s (false starts) today in the Top Division. That's a good sign.
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    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    Not that I had any money on Abi taking the yusho in this tournament, but there appeared to be growing hype for Abi. I guess Onosho "showed" him that winning a championship is more difficult that Abi may have hoped. There was nothing "no show" about Onosho today. He was invested in that win, and did not back down!
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    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    Mitakeumi deserves some praise. His first bout as an Ozeki certainly had a degree of nerves attached to it, and that could have interfered. Perhaps no one really expected Ichinojo to take this one, but previous encounters show that in 2021, Mitakeumi won 3 and lost 2 against the Mongolian, so there was definitely an outside chance for an embarrassing upset. Seeing the cupping marks on Ichi's back, however, was a sign that he may not be fighting fit. The nice thing about Mitakeumi was that he stayed calm
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    Haru 2022

    This Junk Sports program appeared recently on YouTube. It is as much a review of the last tournament as it is a look at current hopefuls. Unfortunately, there are no English subtitles, but some may still find it worth watching...
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    Hatsu 2022 day 15 pics overview

    My current theory is that wrestlers who finish the tournament with a makekoshi are avoided, for the same reason losing wrestlers don't serve chikaramizu... Tochi ended the January tournament with a 7-8 record.
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    Mitakeumi new ozeki pics overview

    Seems to be some breaking news about Mitakeumi getting married(?). Yusho plus Ozeki promotion ... plus marriage! Pretty good month for Mitakeumi and his family.
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    Hatsu 2022 day 15 pics overview

    That is weird. Mita trains a lot with the boys at Kasugano Stable, so it is not surprising that a Kasugano Stable wrestler is carrying the championship flag. In his first championship win, Mita gave the nod to Tochiozan (Kasugano Stable), and in his second, to Aoiyama (Kasugano Stable). It seemed logical that Tochinoshin (Kasugano Stable) would be selected this time around. But Mita went with Aoiyama for the second time! I had this impression that Mita was on especially close terms with Tochinoshin. But this suggests that that may not be the case. Would Tochinoshin turn down the honour? I strongly doubt that he would.
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    Who Is This Woman?

    It's day 12. The Juryo Division bouts ended. PP was nowhere in sight. The Top Div and Yokozuna dohyoiri have ended. PP was not in her ringside seat. Could this be the first absence in a long illustrious attendance streak?
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    Hatsu 2022 discussions (results)

    Today's call reversal on Shikimori Inosuke may not cost him his life/job, but it will go a long way in preventing any immanent promotion to Shonosuke! (IMHO). He also messed up his Day 3 torikumi gohiro for Day 4. The guy just can't get his act together. He's got three years left (if mandatory retirement is at age 65). Can't say that I am too optimistic about his Shonosuke chances...
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    Hatsu 2022 discussions (results)

    If Abi is in top form again, and Terunofuji isn't, could be. Actually, if Terunofuji isn't strong it's basically wide open.  Actually, that trend will continue even if Terunofuji is in "top form" and wins this tournament. His name does not appear on the list of recent Hatsu basho winners.
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    Kensho Hatsu 2022

    It is noteworthy that so far in this tournament (3 days running), every single bout in the Top Division has had at least one kensho prize on offer. In previous tournaments (correct me if I'm wrong), there was usually at least one bout in the Top Division that failed to attract any sponsorship.
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    Kensho Hatsu 2022

    Short parades don't really eat up much extra time, but it's worth considering.
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    Kensho Hatsu 2022

    Not sure if this is significant, but when you compare this tournament to the last tournament in Tokyo (i.e., September 2021), the total number of kensho on day 1s was 140 and 104 respectively. Based on day 1 totals alone, that's a 35% increase in sponsorship! When looking at January 2021 (the last hatsu basho in Tokyo), there were only 98 kensho on day 1 (i.e., this year's hatsu basho has witnessed a 43% increase). Terunofuji is not the reason for this increase IMHO. Maybe the oyakata are doing a better job of attracting sponsors, but I suspect that there may be growing optimism (among corporate sponsors) about the future despite the pandemic.
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    Kensho Hatsu 2022

    Just curious why on day 1, all 10 of Mitakeumi's kensho were paraded in one go, whereas on day 2, despite there being fewer in total, they paraded in two goes (first 5 and then 3)...
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    Kyushu 2021 day 15 pics overview

    Her enthusiasm for sumo apparently died when Harumafuji left the sport in late 2017... Sigh.
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    Bout-Length Kyushu 2021

    Misahiro seems to be a little preoccupied at the moment. Hopefully, she won't mind me stepping in to provide bout lengths for the first few days. #Misahiro, you are always welcome to take over. Day 1 03.7s M17e Kaisei (1-0) oshidashi M17w Shohozan (0-1) 03.9s M16w Sadanoumi (1-0) oshitaoshi M16e Akua (0-1) 05.3s M15w Abi (1-0) oshidashi M15e Chiyomaru (0-1) 04.3s M14w Chiyonokuni (1-0) hatakikomi M14e Kagayaki (0-1) ------ M13e Yutakayama (0-1) fusensho M13w Tochinoshin (0-1) 08.0s M12w Hokutofuji (1-0) oshidashi M12e Ishiura (0-1) 09.8s M11e Kotonowaka (1-0) hatakikomi M11w Terutsuyoshi (0-1) 04.8s M10e Chiyotairyu (1-0) hikiotoshi M9w Hidenoumi (0-1) 04.7s M9e Aoiyama (1-0) okuridashi M8w Tobizaru (0-1) 01.3s M7w Chiyoshoma (1-0) uwatedashinage M8e Kotoeko (0-1) 01.8s M7e Ura (1-0) ashitori M6w Tamawashi (0-1) 04.5s M5w Hoshoryu (1-0) shitatenage M6e Shimanoumi (0-1) 05.8s M5e Takayasu (1-0) oshidashi M4w Endo (0-1) 21.3s M3w Myogiryu (1-0) yorikiri M4e Takarafuji (0-1) 35.4s K1e Ichinojo (1-0) yorikiri M3e Okinoumi (0-1) 04.9s M2w Takanosho (1-0) tsukiotoshi S1w Meisei (0-1) 03.8s S1e Mitakeumi (1-0) yorikiri M2e Onosho (0-1) 03.9s O1w Takakeisho (1-0) tsukiotoshi M1w Wakatakakage (0-1) 07.2s M1e Daieisho (1-0) oshitaoshi O1e Shodai (0-1) 28.9s Y1e Terunofuji (1-0) komatasukui K1w Kiribayama (0-1)
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    Bout-Length Kyushu 2021

    Somewhat curious that the Terunofuji v. Takakeisho showdown was the longest Top Division bout of the final day. It helped that Takayasu won his final-day bout in record-breaking (for him) time...
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    Videos Kyushu Basho 2021- All days + bonus video

    The bout between Shohozan and Shimanoumi was a bloody affair. Hiro Morita's commentary seeing Shohozan: "Bloody nose by Shohozan..." Cameras switch over to Shimanoumi covered in Shohozan's blood: "Oooo." Priceless!
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    Kensho Kyushu 2021

    IMHO, there was a mistake in the Nikkan Sports report as to the kensho total for Takayasu. I counted 8 banners parading around the ring for the final-day bout between him and Onosho today. I checked the torikumi sheet that you so kindly provided a link to, and it lists 8 kensho prizes for that bout. Here's the problem. On day 14, Takayasu's kensho total was 23. 23 + 8 should equal 31. I haven't taken math since grade school, but ... Correct me if I'm wrong (and I frequently am).
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    Kensho Kyushu 2021

    I'll take that as ... a compliment?
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    Kensho Kyushu 2021

    The bloody Pokemon banners were everywhere on Senshuraku! OMG, I may not be from the right generation, but I sort of wished I were playing Pokemon Go (whatever that is)!
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    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    Lucky you! Good thing they didn't give you the runs!
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    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    They could very easily, and not unreasonably, retroactively count this 12-3 in a tsuna-run, but when I spoke above tsuna runs I meant a public comment setting him a target for January. I’m not sure this basho’s record will quite get us there. The sad thing about all the tsuna-run speculation at this point is that we probably won't get to see if a promotion gets approved given the scenarios put forward. I think Terunofuji has figured out how to deal with the feisty Takaeisho, which means it will be highly unlikely that Takakeisho will get a 15-0 in January. Sadly and moreover, it is doubtful he will get a 14-1. Nothing is impossible, and dreams are always welcome. But my point is that we may and probably will never know if a promotion were possible... Sigh.
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    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    Not to mention it was a joint jun-yusho with ... Abi. Has there ever been a rope run based on a joint jun-yusho? Somehow I doubt it. And yes, a 13-2 finish involving a big upset win over the Yokozuna/yusho winner would have gained him more credit.