Amamaniac

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  1. Amamaniac

    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    Totally agree with your view on todays bout. Ichiyamamoto executed perfect oshizumo and Oho tried his best to deflect the thrusts, but it was too late. Ichiyamamoto's attack was quick and efficient with perfect delivery of his thrusts (centre mass and high). I was really rooting for Oho (mind you I like Ichiyamamoto, especially in the interviews he gives on Abema TV). A zensho yusho in Juryo would have been a great way to end the year. While I can't confirm this, I read in a chatroom that there have only been five occasions with a zensho yusho in the Juryo Division. If Oho had accomplished that feat, it would have been amazing at many levels. Oh well. I guess we'll have to leave the zensho yusho getting to Terunofuji (the unsalaried divisions don't count IMO).
  2. Amamaniac

    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    It's a common enough trope that some promising up and comer suffers injury and has to adapt his style accordingly, but he grows as a rikishi as a result. Chiyonofuji was probably the best example of this. My vote for "best example" is Terunofuji. iirc, Chiyonofuji's multiple dislocations did not result in a major style adaptation, but rather in an intensive exercise regime to bolster his shoulder strength... He was still using plenty of uwatenage in the latter part of his career. While we're on the subject, Tomokaze seems to have recovered from his "knee" injury, so well so that he doesn't seem to require the iron knee brace that the likes of Terunofuji, Aminishiki, and Tochinoshin (even young gun Kotonowaka) rely/relied on. What is troubling is the black ankle support he is sporting these days. Is that from an injury he picked up in the lower ranks? And you never know if the injuries occur in competition or in the training ring...
  3. Amamaniac

    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    One thing that the hansoku bout revealed is that Takakeisho hasn't as yet developed his belt game. When Ichinojo got a grip on the Takakeisho's mawashi, he more or less neutralised the Ozeki's attack. Who else do we know that is big and has a long reach (token extra clue: is Mongolian)? When the inevitable time comes, Terunofuji doesn't necessarily need to get a belt grip on Takakeisho to win, ... but if he does, the odds of winning will definitely be in his favour.
  4. Amamaniac

    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    Another question (at the risk of aggravating the mods), what would have happened Takakeisho had ended up winning the bout at the end? Would the judges still have called a monoii (assuming they had spotted the hair pull earlier), or would they have simply let the call stand, and not waste precious time? Without a monoii, however, the video review team would probably be obliged to rule on the actual technique rather than rule it as hansoku... I guess my real question is: Has anyone seen a case where a hair pull occurs early in a bout, and the wrestler who had his hair pulled ends up winning, but a monoii gets called anyway to make sure that the culprit knows that he can't get away with the essential transgression?
  5. Amamaniac

    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    Whatever he learned, it doesn't seem to be working that well anymore.
  6. Amamaniac

    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    Interesting bout between Endo and Ura. Endo approached the leg picker similarly to Takayasu, the day before: keep Ura away yet stay in contact with him. There were a few important differences, however. Endo kept Ura at arm's length square in front of him, rather than leaning his shoulder forward and leaving his leg forward and vulnerable à la Takayasu. He also kept his eyes on Ura at all times, whereas Takayasu seemed to be out of position to do that. Endo expected Ura to attack from down below almost daring him to try, and so when Ura did just as expected, Endo was able to block him and force him to the clay. Good strategy from Endo. Takayasu needs to do more homework...
  7. Amamaniac

    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    Indeed! That was a spirited bout with hometown favourite Shohozan. The stadium was packed with Shohozan supporters; I'm afraid they were left disappointed... Things aren't looking good for the ageing veteran (37 yo., n.b., 13 months older than Hakuho). He spent a full 12 months down in Juryo, and finally made it back up to the Top Division. This was supposed to be a glorious second (technically "third") coming for Shohozan. And prior to the tournament, he was promising big things for his fans. Looks like "home court advantage" is not going to keep him there. He's 1-6 after seven days, which is a pretty deep hole...
  8. Amamaniac

    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    Big, strong guy. A bit slow, but calm and composed. He can also apply his power effectively in different scenarios and I think has the look of someone who will eventually settle into makuuchi. I don't rate his brothers very highly though, especially the current Naya. I think what our friend #Joaoiyama meant was: why aren't Forum members giving Oho some credit for his performance in this tournament. He is currently leading the Juryo yusho race with a perfect 7-0 record! That is by far the best start of his sekitori career (i.e., having to fight 15 days). He dispatched the always-dangerous Enho on yesterday, which didn't make me love him any more than before. But I give him credit for staying calm and letting his superior size do its thing. But what really impressed me about Oho was the way he fought Churanoumi today. That was the most determination I've seen out of Oho since ... forever! Has he turned a corner? Is this his breakthrough tournament? He just seems to want to win more now – although trying to keep a clean slate alive could also be providing motivation. I have not reached the point where I'm convinced he can keep winning, but I will say that IF he does (i.e., gets a zensho yusho), he will most likely get promoted up to the Top Division in January, which would be a great narrative for the NSK. Taiho's grandson ends 2021 with a Juryo championship, and starts 2022 with a shinnyumaku Top Division debut!
  9. Amamaniac

    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    Good old Aminishiki! Good old Shuji Miki!!
  10. Amamaniac

    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    Shodai suffered his third loss (second straight loss) today. His brand of defensive or reactive sumo is proving to be costly. Many of his bouts end up being won or lost at the bales. This creates two problems: (1) he risks getting injured – as has happened in the past, and (2) many of his bouts end with close decisions that require or beg for monoii – as we saw today. Watching the replay (c/o Kintamayama) of the regulation bout, I'd say that Takanosho went down before Shodai stepped out. Pause the replay just as Takanosho's shoulder hits the bales, and it is plain to see that Shodai hasn't stepped out yet. But the gyoji awarded victory to Takanosho. Luckily the ringside judges stepped in, and called for a torinaoshi redo (instead of reversing the decision). That was a reasonable way to proceed IMHO. However, Shodai got caught once again trying to steal victory from the jaws of defeat. While the call was close yet again (arguably Shodai's foot was below the surface of the ring before Takanosho touched down), there was no monoii. The ringside judges – not to mention the clock – had lost patience with "Shodai shenanigans". Shodai is admittedly a magician at the bales. But for his own sake, he needs to find ways to win inside the ring, that is to say, work on offensive rather than defensive sumo!
  11. Amamaniac

    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    I've heard through the grapevine that Hakuho will appear as a guest commentator on NHK's coverage this weekend. This is nothing unusual, in terms of recently retired wrestlers being invited to share their views on the ongoing action in the ring. But in Hakuho's case, this will be an important opportunity to shore up popular support and prove that he is an asset to the NSK. Given the way he is responding to fans in the stadium (check Abema TV's coverage), it would appear that he is on a popularity campaign of sorts.
  12. Amamaniac

    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    Good to see you back again, Rocks. I'm assuming you made this comment after only the first half of the Top Division. I'd say things heated up after the break. Trust you'd agree. Right off the bat, Ura handed Takayasu another disappointing loss (for him that is). I love when the former goes for the ashitori leg grab! Takayasu left himself open for that, but still it was exciting to see. The very next match between Hoshoryu and Chiyoshoma was perhaps my favourite bout of the day. It was such a technical battle, the kind that we'd see out of Harumafuji and Hakuho. I might be generalising here, but Mongolian wrestlers really know how to work their countermoves! I'd say we were treated to some pretty good "sumo" even after those two bouts. Really looking forward to see what's in store for the weekend!
  13. Amamaniac

    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    Have to agree with you. Takakeisho looks as good as he's ever looked. He has dispatched all of his opponents so far handily and with confidence. Meanwhile, in his bouts, Yokozuna Terunofuji has been overly cautious and vulnerable on several occasions. The way things are going, Takakeisho may just fight his way to another championship, upsetting the (relatively) new Yokozuna along the way. I wouldn't put a zensho yusho past Takakeisho at this point. Junyusho or Yusho, either way, you can argue that he will be starting a tsuna run...
  14. Amamaniac

    New kesho mawashi

    In my search, I came across this page on the Isegahama website which provides a summary of Terunofuji's keshomawashi: https://isegahama.net/照ノ富士春雄/ It has the sets Teru used in the last tournament (September), but has yet to be updated...
  15. Amamaniac

    New kesho mawashi

    Appreciate the photo, rhyen. The only thing is, "Terunofuji and Co," cracked open another new set today (i.e., day 5)... (n.b., that's a hint).
  16. Amamaniac

    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    Looked like "Mr Inconsistent" underestimated Wakatakakage today. Sigh.
  17. Amamaniac

    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    What? No love for Tochinoshin? The odds of him securing kachikoshi are now better than those of Kiribayama, Onosho, Shimanoumi, and Kotoeko! He looked solid against Kagayaki today. There were no signs of lower back issues, ... which is a good sign!
  18. Amamaniac

    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    Nice try. If only tsunas could be obtained that easily...
  19. Amamaniac

    Bout-Length Kyushu 2021

    Just shy of 4 minutes! In his video, #Kintamayama spotted timekeeper Kokonoe Oyakata signalling for a water break, but the gyoji didn't see it. Just as well, since neither man looked particularly winded. Takayasu is definitely well conditioned for these long-ass bouts (pardon my French). I'd love to see a mizu-iri water break. It's one of those oozumo traditions that everyone should see at least once...
  20. Amamaniac

    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    Not sure the bout v. Endo really warranted one. From the angle Abema TV provided, it was pretty clear that Hoshoryu's right knee dropped on the ring first. A monoii would not have hurt though. Earlier in the day, they seemed to be trying to kill time ... (but then again, Takayasu did that for them in spades!). Bouts that end with a shitatenage vs uwatenage showdown are pretty awesome, and this was no exception (insert enthusiasm here). But as a fellow fan of Hoshoryu, I'd agree that he can't seem to catch a break (last tournament was no exception).
  21. Amamaniac

    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    You are quite right about that. He is at M13w, with 8 slots below him in the Top Division. Any guesses on the bare minimum number of wins he needs to stay in Makuuchi? Of course, much will depend on how the Juryo joi boys fare. Last tournament, Tsurugisho was at more or less the same rank (technically one slot lower) and he ended up down in Juryo with a 5-10 record. Five should be enough to save Tochinoshin, but he should aim for at least 6 to be safe. Nevertheless, I say "aim big". If you can manage 6, then why not 8? Hope his back is up for it!
  22. Amamaniac

    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    Over at Nikkan Sports, they are called Mita "the sleeping Ozeki candidate" (nemureru ōzeki kōho). I suppose the choice of names has something to do with the "glass half empty/glass half full" debate!
  23. Amamaniac

    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    Slim Shady ... Tochinoshin is back tomorrow! He will be attempting to get his kachikoshi (to avoid further demotion), which means a minimum of 8 wins in 11 bouts (i.e., 72.7% win performance). Normally a KK only requires a 53.3% win performance. Recently demoted Ozeki have to produce a 66.6% win performance (minimum 10 wins in 15 bouts) to get reinstated. And as most fans here know, that's something which Tochinoshin pulled off in May 2019. 8 wins here, however, is a bigger ask. Will our man from Georgia pull it off? If he does, that should generate some added enthusiasm in this tournament!
  24. Amamaniac

    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    OK, I surrender. Poor choice of words on my part. I was merely trying to point out that he gets fans like me excited, and then ends up disappointing them with losses against opponents that he could and should easily beat... FYI, Wiki (I know, not the best authority) describes choking as follows: In sports, choking is the failure of a person, or persons, to act or behave as anticipated or expected. This can occur in a game or tournament that they are strongly favoured to win, or in an instance where they have a large lead that they squander in the late stages of the event. It can also refer to repeated failures in the same event, or simply imply an unexpected failure when the event is more important than usual.
  25. Amamaniac

    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    Figured as much. Just wanted to point out that the retirement news was "technically" between bashos, not to mention the fact that the news cycle for it lasted for several days, if not a week. But I agree that the news leading up to Kyushu was a little lacklustre.