Amamaniac

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  1. Amamaniac

    Kensho Hatsu 2017

    I watched the NHK broadcast of Day 11, and in it the fusen was announced after Goeido's bout and before Kisenosato's bout. (Oddly enough, in Kintamayama's excellent Day 11 video synopsis, the Kakuryu kyujo was featured after Kise's bout and before Hakuho's bout.) I have to base my comment here on the NHK realtime broadcast, and point out that in this instance, the fusen was announced *two* bouts earlier. I wonder what the reason for that was? Given Kakuryu's withdrawal, Hakuho went from a final-bout victory kensho-take of 34 on Day 10 to a final-bout victory kensho-take of 44 on Day 11. Both are well below the 60+ limit. Note that there were 46 kensho (a high for this tournament) on the Arawashi v. Hakuho bout on Day 8, after Harumafuji had gone kyujo on Day 7.
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    Kadoban watch - Hatsu Basho 2017

    Kotoshogiku got really lucky yesterday. I am assuming that he was scheduled to fight Kakuryu *before* Kakuryu announced that he was withdrawing from the tournament. So he dodged one bullet there, after amazing me (and a few others) with his victory over frontrunner, Kisenosato, on Day 10. But tomorrow he fights Tamawashi 2.0 (i.e., the new improved version at Sekiwake). Tamawashi defeated Giku in the last tournament after six straight losses prior to that. In terms of relative confidence, Tamawashi probably has the upper hand. Moreover, Tamawashi is still hunting for his kachikoshi and has a more realistic chance of getting it! While Giku has more on the line, he may have doubts in the back of his mind which might work against him. Giku has yet to face Hakuho and Terunofuji, not to mention any of the lower-ranked "contenders" that might be pitted against him. Will Tamawashi put the final nail in Giku's Ozeki coffin, or will the potential for a miracle continue? The Kadoban watch continues for now.
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    Kadoban watch - Hatsu Basho 2017

    Kotoshogiku is up against Kakuryu on Day 11 with his makekoshi on the line. The two wrestlers are 2-4 respectively over the last 12 months, and Kakuryu has won in the last two meetings. The odds are definitely against Giku. Both wrestlers have had sub-par performances this month and seem to be suffering from severe lack of confidence. Frankly, anything could happen. If Kakuryu loses, he could face some serious heat from the YDC, if he hasn't already... He still has some work to do to get his kachikoshi - rare for a Yokozuna. Let's see if Giku can delay what looks inevitable, and cause more pressure for Kaku.
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    Quote of the Day-Hatsu 2017

    Thanks, Kintamayama. Hopefully, Kotoshogiku will gain more confidence going forward in this tournament. I was already likening him to Baruto, an Ozeki who wins his first championship, then a year later drops out of Ozeki status, ... btw, I really enjoyed your Day 9 video.
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    Kadoban watch - Hatsu Basho 2017

    I guess the big question is whether Kise threw the bout to help Giku or whether he choked. The fact that both Haku and Kaku lost their bouts immediately after is also somewhat suspect. If in fact Kise lost as part of OBSC, then both Yokozunas may have felt that they couldn't take advantage of Kise's honourable act, and so kept the spread where it was on Day 8. Do Yokozunas think that way? But Day 9's final bouts looked legitimate to me. Just another example of the unpredictability of sumo – although several of you did see Kise losing to Giku - kudos. I suppose Giku's kachikoshi hopes are still alive... At least, Kise did not lose his advantage over Haku.
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    Quote of the Day-Hatsu 2017

    I would have liked to know what Kisenosato or Kotoshogiku had to say about Day 9...
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    Kadoban watch - Hatsu Basho 2017

    I have given the idea of Kotoshogiku withdrawing from this tournament as soon as he gets 8 losses further thought. I suspect that he is honour-bound to stay in the tournament without a legitimate medical excuse preventing him from competing. Years back, Asashoryu got into big trouble with the JSA when he withdrew from a tournament "due to injury" but was photographed playing soccer in Mongolia. Unless an injury is behind his terrible showing this tournament, I now suspect that Kotoshogiku can't just pull out for the sake of saving himself for the next tournament...
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    Kadoban watch - Hatsu Basho 2017

    If (or as soon as) Kotoshogiku goes makekoshi with 8 losses, what are the odds that he will decide to withdraw from the tournament? If his demotion is automatically to Sekiwake status and not lower, it would make sense for him to avoid further embarrassment and try to rest up before trying to make a comeback in March? Moreover, it would be wise not to risk serious injury which is always a possibility if he stays in the tournament. Bottom line, once he goes makekoshi, there is little incentive (aside from kenshokin) to keep wrestling. In short, my question is: if a kadoban Ozeki goes, let's say, 0-15, will his demotion be below the Sekiwake rank?
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    Kadoban watch - Hatsu Basho 2017

    At last, Teru seems to have learned his lesson (maybe he read your post, Robnplunder ) and managed to get the better of Mitakeumi on Day 7. He kept Mitakeumi off his belt with a kime arm lock. Maybe he will get his kachikoshi after all...
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    Kensho Hatsu 2017

    It would appear that Nagatanien decided to place two of its kensho banners on Kisenosato's bout (D7). Finally, they seem to realize that Kise has a good chance at the championship. But more to the point, Harumafuji went kyujo and so they had to reassign their kensho elsewhere... Let's see what they do on D8.
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    Kadoban watch - Hatsu Basho 2017

    If Kise is still in contention for the championship, I seriously doubt he will give up a precious shiroboshi to Giku, even if they have a long and friendly history. Since Giku has already tasted yusho victory, I'm sure he would want Kise to have the same chance. Kise can always help Giku out in March.
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    Kadoban watch - Hatsu Basho 2017

    At this point, it is almost a foregone conclusion that Kotoshogiku will lose his Ozeki status. He has 10 days left to get 6 wins. If Harumafuji goes kyujo, that means he will only have to face two Yokozunas, neither of whom is likely to lose to him. That leaves 8 days to get 6 wins. Among his fellow Ozeki, neither Kisenosato nor Goeido are likely to lose to him (6 days to get 6 wins). Terunofuji probably won't present much of a challenge. But Kotoshogiku has yet to face strong joi wrestlers like Tamawashi and Takayasu, not to mention outstanding performer, Mitakeumi. The math just doesn't look good for Kotoshogiku. The amazing thing is that this imminent demotion is coming exactly one year after his first and probably only career Top-Division championship win. Shades of Baruto, especially if Kotoshogiku decides to retire.
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    Kensho Hatsu 2017

    Is it my imagination, or is Nagatanien cutting its kensho budget? Gone are the days when we would see 5 Nagatanien banners paraded for at least one, if not more, bouts per day, not to mention scattered sponsorship for several other bouts in the Top Division. Now, we are lucky to see three of their banners for a bout, and a token few for end-of-the-day Yokozuna bouts. For example, their initial enthusiasm for Endo has definitely cooled. In the past, Nagatanien regularly placed five banners (i.e., kensho) on all of Endo's bouts, even going so far as creating special pinkish banners just for him. Now Endo's daily allotment is just three kensho. In today's (i.e., Day 5's) bouts, the great Yokozuna Hakuho received no sponsorship from Nagatanien, even though he looks to be headed for another championship. More puzzling, Nagatanien is still sponsoring a lacklustre Terunofuji (a Mongolian wrestler that may be headed for demotion from his Ozeki status this year), while not sponsoring Kisenosato (a Japanese Ozeki who is still producing championship-worthy numbers). That probably has more to do with Terunofuji being one of the faces of Nagatanien's products in TV ads. Sumo wrestlers have consistently represented Nagatanien in TV advertising, and the company's banners always receive special treatment by appearing first in any given banner parade. But recently Nagatanien does not seem to be holding up its end of the mutual relationship (i.e., generous sponsorship)...
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    Kensho Hatsu 2017

    Day 4 was the second day in a row that no kensho/banners were present for Ichinojo's bouts. Apparently, even his last hold-out sponsor has given up on him. ... Presumably, Ichinojo's lacklustre performance was not drawing enough attention to the company to make their advertising investment pay off. He'll have to prove his worth all over again.
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    Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Kyushu 2016

    I apologize if this is not the right thread for this comment. I am new to Sumo Forum and would just like to reach out to those members who are more knowledgeable and in touch with current developments in sumo. News on Wednesday revealed that 12 wrestlers from the Oitekaze Stable have announced their retirements after the Kyushu Tournament. According to stats from May 2014 (Wiki), there were a total of 18 wrestlers in that stable. The fact that 12 have called it quits at the same time sounds fishy to me. Does anyone know if there has been an incident at that stable to provoke the mass exodus?
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    Basho Talk - Kyushu Basho 2016 ** (SPOILERS)

    Without weighing in on Kisenosato's tendency to "choke", I noticed that in this tournament, Kise never faced fellow Ozeki, Kotoshogiku, nor did he face either Sekiwake. Takayasu or Okinoumi. Does that not seem odd? All three Yokozunas were required to ("had the opportunity to") fight both Sekiwakes, not to mention Kotoshogiku. Why was Kise exempt?
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    Basho Talk - Kyushu Basho 2016 ** (SPOILERS)

    Can't help you with possible clips preserved on the internet, but it was shown in the NHK broadcast of Day 11 featured on TV Japan.
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    Basho Talk - Kyushu Basho 2016 ** (SPOILERS)

    Also lost in the hubbub was the fact that there were no bouts lasting more than one minute in this tournament. Usually, Ichinojo contributes one or two minute-plus bouts per tournament. Not this time. The change in strategy may also explain his 7:8 makekoshi record...
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    Basho Talk - Kyushu Basho 2016 ** (SPOILERS)

    At least Kaisei won his bout on the last day, bringing his record up to a rather dismal 3:12. I have wondered for some time whether he really deserves to be in the Top Division, not to mention a part of the great Hakuho's dohyoiri team. But this tournament made me respect him much more as a person. On Day 11, when he was leaving the stadium after getting his first win of the tournament, a fan tried to approach him to shake his hand, but Kaisei's tsukibito pushed the man's hand away. Kaisei noticed it, and went over specially to shake the young man's hand. Then on Day 15, after pushing Tochiozan off the ring, he extended his hand to help Tochi back up. Needless to say, Tochiozan did not accept the gesture. You'd think that following bushido sumo wrestlers would know not to show mercy or kindness towards their defeated foes, but whenever I see it I am reminded that sumo wrestlers are human beings too.
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    Kensho Kyushu 2016

    Did anyone notice how many kensho (banners) appeared in Bout17 (Takayasu v. Terunofuji)? My TV coverage only showed the tail end of the parade... I can only assume that there were 5 Nagatanien banners followed by two others?
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    Basho Talk - Kyushu Basho 2016 ** (SPOILERS)

    Just a couple of observations on Day 14's action: In Bout 17, Mitakeumi sent Okinoumi stumbling forward out into the corner. The kimarite was called as "tsukiotoshi", which by definition (i.e., 落とし otoshi) means dropping to the ground; but Okinoumi did not fall at any point. Is there a better kimarite call for what happened, or does the JSA need to add a new kimarite to the list? Hakuho made short work of Harumafuji in the penultimate bout. Haru seemed to be experiencing pain in his left elbow after the bout, but the arm bar (if any) that Hakuho applied was on Haru's right elbow. Harumafuji seems to be having issues with both ankles and both elbows. That doesn't bode well for his future. Kakuryu, on the other hand, has done well to remain "relatively" injury free.
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    Quote of the day-Kyushu 2016

    Is that Hakuho hinting that he won't go all out against Harumafuji on Day 14? If Hakuho plays it safe and Harumafuji wins their bout, that will make the final bout on the Senshuraku all the more suspenseful!!
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    Kensho Kyushu 2016

    I have been following the kensho totals this tournament, and have noted two irregularities: (1) On Day 6, Tamawashi won his bout against Goeido and secured 7 kensho bringing his total up to 40. Then on Day 7, Tamawashi won against Okinoumi and received 2 kensho on the dohyo, but his total winnings remained at 40 (see records above). Was this an error by our friends at Nikkansports? (2) On Day 12, Takarafuji defeated Hokutofuji and received 1 kensho (only one banner paraded around the ring), however, the records show his total from Day 10 (i.e., he lost on Day 11) went up by 2. Has anyone else noticed these and other irregularities? Is it a case of sloppy arithmetic, or are winnings in the ring taken away or augmented after a rikishi steps down from his bout? I have to assume that the JSA provides Japanese newspapers with the kensho winnings...