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    BASHO TALK -- Natsu 2017 -- SPOILERS

    FYI, the second graphic indicates that in the last tournament (March 2017) Terunofuji took on average 13.5 seconds in the bouts that he won, and he took on average 6.5 seconds in the bouts he lost. The overall average length of bouts in that tournament was 8.5 seconds.
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    BASHO TALK -- Natsu 2017 -- SPOILERS

    It was good to see Harumafuji back in the ring and as strong as ever, despite injuring himself the day before. He has been surgical in his victories this tournament, only falling once. Hakuho, on the other hand, has had more falls in his outings but at least today his right arm seemed to be a little more mobile. It should be a good and potentially critical showdown between Hakuho and Harumafuji on Day 13.
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    BASHO TALK -- Natsu 2017 -- SPOILERS

    Bout 5 was a real doozy! Daishomaru got caught twice for a false start. Chief judge Toshima being sticky about the wrestler not dropping his fingertips all the way to the ring. Each time, Tochinoshin went nonstop to finish the bout and tossed Daishomaru around with wild abandon. By the third try, a fed up Tochinoshin lay down a vicious beat down on Daishomaru which almost knocked his lights out. The great thing was that the Georgian showed up for his KK interview in his yukata and was relaxed and humourous, impressing the Japanese commentators.
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    BASHO TALK -- Natsu 2017 -- SPOILERS

    I never know what to believe when top wrestlers confide to the press about their injuries (esp. when they are in the middle of an official tournament). No contender is going to go public about how serious their injury is and reveal weakness to their future opponents. In his fall from the ring on Day 9, it looked like Haru landed (hard or not) on his already injured (c.f., tensor bandaging) right knee. He was rather unsteady after that. Knee or toe, Haru's injury in Day 9 is troubling, at least for fans like me, especially since he was looking so good thus far in the 2017 Summer basho. The healthy Takayasu is now very much in contention. If Haru and Haku are on even ground with their respective injuries, Haru may just get some help from stablemate, Terunofuji. But Takayasu will be counting on help from stablemate Kise, rather than the other way around. It will be very interesting to see how the next six days shape up.
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    BASHO TALK -- Natsu 2017 -- SPOILERS

    The double supporter and X-rays aside, Hakuho seems to be having trouble with his right elbow this tournament. He has been keeping his right arm as still as possible, as seen in his reach for salt etc. In his squats, he presses his left hand on his left knee , while he chooses to rest his right forearm (gently) on his right knee. Despite the injury, in the heat of his bouts, he still resorts to using his right arm. He fell on his right elbow in his Day 1 bout against Chiyonokuni. His right hand thrusts looked weak in his Day 2 bout against Yoshikaze. He used his right arm again to throw (uwatenage) Chiyoshoma on Day 3 giving that arm a shake after getting up. He relied on a right underarm grip in his Day 4 bout. On Day 5, he switched to a left hand belt grip against Mitakeumi, and kept his right arm out of the scuffle. On Day 6, most of his tactical thrusts were with his left hand, however, he did get a solid right hand thrust in at the end. On Day 7, he forced Daieisho out of the ring with a left hand grip, again avoiding having to use his right arm. On Day 8, he started with a left hand grip, and as soon as he was able to get a matching right hand grip, he used the right arm to throw Kotoshogiku. In his Day 9 bout, he went to his right hand to execute an uwatedashinage. He may well have aggravated the right elbow yet again in the throw of 193kg Aoiyama. To top it all off, he landed on that arm when he fell. Is Hakuho his own worst enemy? Is he risking more serious injury just to get this championship? Smart or not, I've got to admire Hakuho's desire to win.
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    Kensho for 2017 Natsu

    I guess I'm a sucker for the "tedious". Tochiozan won on Days 1, 2, 3, and 6. He received one kensho prize for his wins on three of those days; the banner(s) weren't shown for his bout on Day 2, but assuming it was also just one kensho that day, that would make a total of 4 kensho "in the bag" before his Day 9 win against Kise. 48-4=44 which would confirm my Day 9 count of banners in Bout 19. If, however, Tochiozan won 2 kensho on Day 2, then the math would be 48-5=43, and rhyen's count would hold. Kise's bout-kensho-totals have thus far been: 54/41/47/48/51/44/61/59/44?
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    Kensho for 2017 Natsu

    I counted 15+14+15. I thought it "very strange" that the second round was less than the third/final round. But I've double checked my recording and that's what I see. Too bad Tochiozan wasn't in the Top Ten kensho earners, so that his total winnings on Day 9 (44?/43?) could be confirmed. I don't have access to the torikumi sheets handed out at the Kokugikan... Sigh.
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    BASHO TALK -- Natsu 2017 -- SPOILERS

    Agreed. Tamawashi seems to be using Haru's old throat thrust tachiai technique to good effect. It definitely helped him win his bout against Takayasu on Day 6. Hakuho figured out how to counter that. Will Haru adopt Hakuho's defence or will he go with his own game plan? Haru seemed to handle Chiyoshoma with ease yesterday, and while Chiyoshoma is no Tamawashi, the general size matchup and Mongolian connection is similar. I think Haru has the speed advantage, as long as his tachiai is strong, he should win... That's the result I'm hoping for, anyway.
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    BASHO TALK -- Natsu 2017 -- SPOILERS

    I'm hoping Harumafuji will give Takayasu and Hakuho a run for their money. But then again, I'm a maniac that way.
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    BASHO TALK -- Natsu 2017 -- SPOILERS

    Kisenosato is rarely if ever out of breath, even after a long bout like this one. As you say, Dwale, he may well have an "abnormally effective cardiovascular system" or maybe simply put huge lungs. But I have to say, I was impressed by Aoiyama's footwork in this bout. He rarely is that agile. I thought he would come up with another shift at the end, but Kise had indeed worn him out.
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    BASHO TALK -- Natsu 2017 -- SPOILERS

    Of course not. What inspired me to make the comment is that Kotoshogiku had told the press (earlier this year) that his shisho had advised him to keep competing rather than retire. Sometimes athletes need a push so that they don't give up when things go bad.
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    Quote of the day- Natsu 2017

    Thanks for checking. Hakuho certainly was going with the flow that day. I'm not sure whether his left elbow injury is affecting his yotsu sumo.
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    Quote of the day- Natsu 2017

    Did the Japanese press get any quote from Endo after his defeat by Hakuho on Day 6? Hair pull or no hair pull, he seemed to rush out of the ring as if his life depended on it... Sorry, to request extra "quotes of the day", Kintamayama. You obliged me in the past.
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    BASHO TALK -- Natsu 2017 -- SPOILERS

    If by "the end" you mean the end of his being in the Joi ranks, then there is no question. I expected him to retire as soon as he lost the chance to regain his Ozeki status, but he didn't retire. His shisho has a big say in when he can retire. If the decision is made to fight on, the question will be: how many tournaments will it take for him to drop out of the Top Division (assuming he doesn't regain his mojo)?
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    BASHO TALK -- Natsu 2017 -- SPOILERS

    Good catch! I've replayed that overhead view, and agree with you that Hakuho's fingers seem to get caught in Endo's mage. In frame-by-frame motion, it is clear (to me anyway) that Hakuho's left hand pulls Endo's mage. That would have taken place in direct view of the gyoji, yet, as you say, there was no monoii! There was so much going on in that bout. Clearly, the one-referee-and-five-judge system is not perfect. Hakuho was lucky to avoid the hansoku loss...
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    BASHO TALK -- Natsu 2017 -- SPOILERS

    It was also evident that Hakuho has a reach advantage, which may just be one of the secrets of his success.
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    BASHO TALK -- Natsu 2017 -- SPOILERS

    My first impression was that Hakuho did what he had to do to win the bout against a dangerous yet inexperienced young contender. As for what happened going down off the ring, I saw a tired, old veteran using his defeated opponent as a crutch so that he wouldn't lose his balance. Not sure he was necessarily seeking revenge, but he was exhibiting his privilege and pseudo "duty" as a Yokozuna to man-handle lower-ranked sekitori (just as in butsukari geiko).
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    BASHO TALK -- Natsu 2017 -- SPOILERS

    My notes from Day 5 of the 2017 Spring Tournament indicate that Mitakeumi's fuzen bout against a kyujo Hakuho (regularly scheduled for the musubi-no-ichiban final bout) was moved just after Kise's bout v. Ikioi, and just before Haru's bout v. Shohozan. As stated by others, this move allowed for two regular bouts to end the day's action.
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    Kensho for 2017 Natsu

    I'm confused. Mitakeumi took home 14 kensho on Day 1. I watched his Day 2 bout closely, and there were no banners paraded nor did the referee present him with any kensho envelopes, and yet his total went up from 14 to 16. Is this another sloppy reporting job from NikkanSports?
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    Kensho for 2017 Natsu

    While we didn't see the kensho limit reached for Kise's Day 1 bout, chances are that Yoshikaze's steal of 54 will be enough to see him in the Top Ten when this tournament closes. Pretty good result for the 35-year-old! One has to wonder if other wrestlers are going to cash in on Kise's rough start/injury...
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    Day 14 pics overview Haru 2017

    Great photos this tournament of key moments of each day's bouts. They look like they are not sourced from newspaper photographers. Whoever took them has great timing!
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    Bout-Length Haru 2017

    Was the official time for the 決定戦 playoff bout released? Seems that playoff bouts don't receive the same official status in terms of time, technique, and record keeping...
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    Basho Talk ** Haru Basho 2017 ** (SPOILERS)

    Maybe this scenario has already been discussed, but let's say Terunofuji wins this tournament and next, making promotion to Yokozuna virtually automatic. And let's say that Kotoshogiku fails to get reinstated as an Ozeki in this tournament. And let's say Goeido does drop down to Sekiwake next tournament after going kadoban this tournament. Would a 5 Yokozuna – 0 Ozeki banzuke be entertained? From what I've read, there can't be a banzuke without two Ozeki on it...
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    Videos - Haru 2017- Days 1-15

    Kintamayama, What happened to your regular feed (i.e., broadcast source)? You seem to have been forced to use a Chinese broadcast for Day 13. I've watched the Mongolian live feed before, but never a Chinese broadcast. Nice to see that nation interested in sumo.
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    Basho Talk ** Haru Basho 2017 ** (SPOILERS)

    You are absolutely right about Tochiozan breaking his win streak on Day 12. But if memory serves, it was during his subsequent bout against Kisenosato that Terunofuji suffered his critical knee injury. That was a costly injury, just like Kisenosato's recent injury is looking costly. In short, karma's a bitch (pardon my French).