Amamaniac

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  1. Amamaniac

    BASHO TALK -- Natsu 2017 -- SPOILERS

    I wanted to weigh in on the whole debate about Hakuho resorting to a dameoshi at the end of his bout against Terunofuji. Teru did in fact make Hakuho work harder than he probably wanted. But what I noticed was that Teru's strategy seemed to be grabbing Hakuho's injured right arm. If that is the case, that might have pissed Hakuho off a little.
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    BASHO TALK -- Natsu 2017 -- SPOILERS

    I watched the day 14 broadcast and once again they showed Hakuho coming out of the shitakubeya with his tsukibito. The plastic bowl was carried out and once again he bent over it holding the shoulders of two tsukibito. I raised the question of what the bowl is for earlier in this tournament. I thought autotroph's reply that it was a spittoon was the logical answer. But today, I noticed that Hakuho went through the same ritual (obscured from view) and the tsukibito walked away with the bowl containing a perfectly rolled red facecloth. I doubt Hakuho was spitting onto a facecloth. The facecloth was there for a specific reason. Furthermore, right after the bowl was taken away, Hakuho turned and spat into a large plastic bucket on the floor in the hall. Clearly, that was a spittoon, and not the bowl. I had speculated that there were smelling salts in the bowl. Anyone else have any thoughts? Has there been any mention in the press?
  3. Amamaniac

    BASHO TALK -- Natsu 2017 -- SPOILERS

    I didn't know rikishi had to pay rent, especially if they are single and living at the beya (like Osunaarashi).
  4. Amamaniac

    BASHO TALK -- Natsu 2017 -- SPOILERS

    During the broadcast Isegahama oyakata seemed surprised about Aminishiki having a shot at the Juryo championship on day 15. When it was mentioned to him, he feigned surprise and seemed to say: "I want him to try his best, then." I can't believe that Isegahama wouldn't be aware of this fact. I'm sure everyone in his stable was talking about it already on day 13... Also, that key Juryo bout will have two nishiki's (Aminishiki and Nishikigi) facing each other. Thought there might be a joke there, but it didn't come to me. Sigh...
  5. Amamaniac

    BASHO TALK -- Natsu 2017 -- SPOILERS

    Now there's a visual I didn't need! LOL
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    BASHO TALK -- Natsu 2017 -- SPOILERS

    I did some checking. In the 2013 Nagoya basho, Hakuho won the championship with a 13-2 record. He had 13 straight wins from Day 1 only to lose his last two bouts against Kisenosato and Harumafuji. Not sure if that counts. Something tells me, although there is a degree of respect and admiration (even friendship) outside the ring, inside the ring it is each man for himself. After all, there is plenty of kensho to be had in those final bouts...
  7. Amamaniac

    BASHO TALK -- Natsu 2017 -- SPOILERS

    You're referring to his back, I assume?
  8. Amamaniac

    Kensho for 2017 Natsu

    There were more kensho on the Takayasu.v.Harumafuji bout than on the musubinoichiban bout between Hakuho and Tamawashi. Not too surprising given that there is great fan interest in Takayasu. What caught my eye was that when the second round of banners paraded the ring for the bout between Takayasu and Harumafuji, all 11 banners were essentially white. That's the first time I've ever seen that. I wonder if the yobidashi planned it that way...?
  9. Amamaniac

    BASHO TALK -- Natsu 2017 -- SPOILERS

    Takayasu sealed his Ozeki promotion in his win over Harumafuji, imho. Upsetting a Yokozuna is pretty much a deal maker. It didn't look to me as though the gyoji interfered with bout. Harumafuji was just too light on his feet and lost his balance at the end. Takayasu is like a wall of flesh/muscle. If anyone still thinks that zabuton are only thrown after a Yokozuna loss in the musubinoichiban, note what happened after this bout. All is not "completely" over yet. However, the only way Hakuho loses is if he loses his final two bouts against Terunofuji and Harumafuji. After seeing Hakuho in the ring against Tamawashi, does anyone really think he will lose going forward? Terunofuji is injured and even though he has an impressive 4-8 win-loss record against Hakuho, I'd say that he doesn't stand a chance tomorrow. Harumafuji will be feisty, but Hakuho is just too determined to get his zenshoyusho and prove to the sumo world that he still has it.
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    BASHO TALK -- Natsu 2017 -- SPOILERS

    This will require some thought from Isegahama oyakata. He will want Terunofuji to stay in the tournament since the latter has an outside shot at the championship. On top of that, Terunofuji could potentially defeat Hakuho giving the Harumafuji a better chance at the championship. But if Terunofuji injures himself further in his bout against Tochiozan on Day 13 and that forces Teru to withdraw on Day 14, he'll be handing Hakuho a fusensho. This would be a set back to Harumafuji's (i.e., Isegahama stable) chances at the championship because Hakuho will get an extra day's rest before the Senshuraku. Then again, a rest may work against him. This is all wasted speculation if Haru loses to Takayasu today (i.e., Day 13)...
  11. Amamaniac

    Kensho for 2017 Natsu

    Should also mention that with his Day 12 haul, Takayasu surpassed Harumafuji's kensho total. Getting 0 kensho on a fusensho didn't help Harumafuji's cause. But one sekitori is a Yokozuna with a decent shot at the championship and the other is a Sekiwake.
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    Kensho for 2017 Natsu

    Takayasu went from 7 kensho on Day 9 to ... 17 on Day Day 11, i.e., the day Kise withdrew. Things were even "better" in Day 12's bout: he took home 21 kensho. Looks pretty clear to me that Kise's prize money has shifted to stablemate Takayasu, whose Ozeki promotion seems to be a done deal (+ he's still in contention).
  13. Amamaniac

    BASHO TALK -- Natsu 2017 -- SPOILERS

    Frankly, if Ura keeps winning, I could see Ura getting the nod rather than Shodai. Shodai is higher up in the banzuke, but his record is not as good as Ura's (10-2) in this tournament.
  14. Amamaniac

    BASHO TALK -- Natsu 2017 -- SPOILERS

    Sorry. I should have said "entire Yokozuna career". 3 of the 5 fusen came before his ascension to Grand Champion. I was replying to RabidJohn's comment about Yokozuna's getting fusensho...
  15. Amamaniac

    BASHO TALK -- Natsu 2017 -- SPOILERS

    Not exactly a regular occurrence. In Hakuho's entire (i.e., long) career to date, he has received only two fusensho. The first was on day 12 of the 2009 Hatsu basho. And a little more recently, he received a fusensho on day 8 of the 2015 Summer basho. You might find this site helpful: http://sumodb.sumogames.de/Rikishi.aspx?r=1123
  16. Amamaniac

    BASHO TALK -- Natsu 2017 -- SPOILERS

    He fights Harumafuji on Day 14. He can get his KK on Day 13 against Takarafuji. "If" Terunofuji withdraws due to injury, the torikumi of the final few days may get reshuffled. As much as I was/am hoping that Teru can mix things up on the leader board in his scheduled bout against Hakuho on Day 14, it would be interesting to see who they would chose to go up against Hakuho in his place.
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    BASHO TALK -- Natsu 2017 -- SPOILERS

    That would make sense, but I have long been disgusted by the habit of most rikishi to spit on the floor while they are waiting to walk the hanamichi. Talk about a slippery slope.
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    Kensho for 2017 Natsu

    I totally missed your post. Thanks.
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    BASHO TALK -- Natsu 2017 -- SPOILERS

    I watched the NHK broadcast of Day 11's action. It provided footage of Hakuho emerging from the shitakubeya with his tsukibito in tow. What caught my eye was that one younger tsukibito came out with a plastic bowl of something (liquid?). Hakuho stopped in the hall with his back to the camera. He bent over the bowl as if to breathe in whatever it contained. My first thought was that it might be something like smelling salts. Then I considered that it was some oriental concoction. Anyone have any thoughts? Hakuho seems to be trying everything to keep on top.
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    Kensho for 2017 Natsu

    Since Kise withdrew, Harumafuji fought Mitakeumi in the final bout of the day. The NHK broadcast did not show the banner parades for that bout – too busy reviewing replays of Hakuho's victory over Goeido. Does anyone have information on how many kensho were awarded Mitakeumi? Mitakeumi may have had 18 or 19 kensho going into the bout. The win did not bring his total up past Goeido's. So there had to be less than 37. But just how much less, given the possibility that Kise's kensho were redistributed?
  21. Amamaniac

    BASHO TALK -- Natsu 2017 -- SPOILERS

    I would love to see Ura fight Terunofuji! While Teru has the weight and strength advantage, I think Ura would be too much for him to handle. Ura is fast and stays low, always making it difficult for opponents to get a belt hold. Given Ura's record in this tournament, he'll be advancing upward in the banzuke. He could well be fighting Teru later this year, if not in this tournament...
  22. Amamaniac

    BASHO TALK -- Natsu 2017 -- SPOILERS

    While I would agree that this is generally true, I would argue that zabutons have been thrown in upsets of Yokozunas prior to the last bout of the day. I draw your attention to Day 7 of the 2016 Autumn Tournament. Kakuryu lost to Takayasu that day in the second to last bout of the day, and zabutons were thrown. The point I was trying to make was that even on Day 1 of the current tournament when Kise lost to Yoshikaze in the last bout of the day, there were only a handful of zabuton thrown, unlike the shower of zabuton thrown on other occasions involving other Yokozuna.
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    BASHO TALK -- Natsu 2017 -- SPOILERS

    Kisenosato lost his opening bout against Yoshikaze. A few zabuton were thrown that day. But in his three subsequent losses, fans are not throwing zabuton in disgust as is usually the case for Yokozuna bouts in which the Yokozuna fails to win. Is this a case of double standards, or have sumo fans suddenly decided to toe the line vis-a-vis throwing zabutons?
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    BASHO TALK -- Natsu 2017 -- SPOILERS

    Did you happen to catch what was said about Sokokurai's footwork? Why does the graphic indicate 20 left and 10 right? In a normal tournament, there are 15 tachiai. Not sure about the numbers, except that 30=2X15...
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    Kensho for 2017 Natsu

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