Amamaniac

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  1. Amamaniac

    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    Perhaps, just perhaps, more importantly he has protected his pole position in the race for most Top Division wins in 2019. And he is now the only wrestler trailing Hakuho by one loss. It doesn't hurt that he got his KK today too!
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    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    The bout between Takakeisho and Hokutofuji was definitely an all out, full contact affair, with Takakeisho's bloody nose being prime evidence. I was happy to see that Takakeisho finally brought back his sideways swipe, something that had been missing in the first half of this tournament. The way he set it up, however, may not be something he will want to do on a regular basis. The two Saitama Sakai alums really locked horns. When there was a brief separation, the shorter Takakeisho decided to deliver a vicious left hand slap, which I felt on the other side of the planet. Hokutofuji was understandably taken aback, and it appeared that he attempted a retaliatory headbutt. However, that proved to be a bad decision, since pushing forward with the headbutt left him vulnerable to the deflection or swipe that Takakeisho had used so effectively in the past. ... And fly off the ring Hokutofuji did. That's how I saw it go down, anyway.
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    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    Careful what you wish for. I said a similar thing about Onomatsu oyakata as chief judge in the Asanoyama v. Tochinoshin monoii fiasco, and now that he did in fact retire, I feel bad.
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    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    Absolutely agree with you on both fronts. The question I have is whether it was a simple uwatenage. In his execution of the overarm throw, he lifts his right leg to guide Onosho into the throw. I am not completely versant in all the kimarite in sumo, but it strikes me that that throw qualifies as a kakenage ... I have this impression that Asashoryu liked to use this throw.
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    Kensho Kyushu 2019

    As you will probably notice, Kagayaki received no kensho on day 2 in his victory over Takanosho (nor were there any on his day 4 and 5 bouts). Presumably if he had a fixed number of kensho from a personal sponsor, he would be seeing X number of kensho each and every day.
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    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    This may or may not be all that significant, but... At the end of the Top DIvision's west side dohyoiri, sendo Shikimori Kandayu stepped off the ring using the same stairs as the wrestlers (when gyoji generally use the centre stairs), and the yobidashi with the clappers stepped in front of the gyoji going out via the hanamichi (when usually they trail behind the gyoji). This is the first time I have ever witnessed such departures from tradition. Probably not worthy of censure. But I assume that there is a right way and a wrong way of doing these things.
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    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    For the record, Konosuke has been mixing up his wardrobe ever since he got promoted to sanyaku In January of this year.
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    Kensho Kyushu 2019

    It kinda helped when he stole 12 kensho from hometown boy Kotoshogiku on day 8.
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    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    How's that for "more people"? NHK's coverage (including English commentary) definitely gave it concerted attention. By pure coincidence, NHK was already prepared to focus on all the uncommon kimarite seen in Top Division competition over the past year, and of course Mainoumi (the technique department store) was the guest commentator as well. And while Enho has been frequently described as the modern day Mainoumi, it was Enho's stablemate, Ishiura, who managed to execute this rare sumo technique, rather than Enho. To the victor goes the glory.
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    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    I'm glad someone is concerned about poor Takayasu. His fate may just have been sealed today. Yes, he will drop down to Sekiwake in the next tournament (January), and yes he will have a chance to restore his Ozeki rank with a ≥10 win performance. And if you are implying that he may not succeed in returning to Ozeki (ever), then I have to share your concern. Also on my mind is the whole engagement and condition-for-marriage business. I actually feel worse for his fiancée. Just how long is she supposed to wait?
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    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    Wow. You just blew my mind!
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    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    On the whole, I agree with what you say. But, I would like to point out that Enho was adjusting his tactics to Yutakayama's tactics. That is to say that Enho was not solely to blame for this confusion-causing, no-charge tachiai. Enho actually approached the shikirisen the way he always does, and probably would have charged immediately. However, Yuatakayama definitely modified his tactics and got set well behind his shikirisen. And he, just as much if not more, was not intent on charging. That effectively prevented Enho from getting inside quickly out of the tachiai. If anything, I feel inclined to blame Yutakayama and his tactics for what happened today.
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    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    Asanoyama got into the lead already on day 2, and later was sole leader once - Abi had caught up with him and now Asanoyama is sole leader again. Not to mention the fact that he and Kagayaki are now in second place, trailing Hakuho for the championship title. And despite Kagayaki being Demon Kakka's fav wrestler, I put my money squarely on Asanoyama in terms of giving Hakuho a run for his money in the second closing half of this tournament.
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    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    It sure seems like you disapprove of the technique. Of all times for Konosuke to cause a s%#t storm on the Forum, and dear Golden Balls is MIA to weigh in and sort everyone out!
  15. I say we start a poll on who the next famed rikishi to appear in John's Rikishi File will be. My vote: Takamisakari.
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    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    Thanks for that info. However, I always assumed that first meeting meant "hatsu kaoawase" in the Top Division since that is how records seem to be kept... I guess that doesn't qualify in this case.
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    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    On the NHK broadcast today, Murray Johnson rhymed off a Hakuho statistic of having the most straight wins against first-time opponents. According to him, Hakuho had 37 straight such victories from January 2006 to July 2016. However, I am pretty sure that Shotenro defeated Hakuho on their first meeting in September 2009. Is MJ's data wrong, or am I sorely mistaken?
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    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    I'm keeping my eyes open. The only way that I can determine that is by seeing who is by his side before he walks down the hanamichi. But NHK doesn't tend to show the rank-and-filers as they prepare to enter the stadium/approach the dohyo. But perhaps Forum members with inside information might be able to answer that question.
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    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    While everyone was focused on Wakatakakage who was having a stellar debut until..., Takanosho was struggling with three straight losses. But I am starting to respect the 25-year-old. He as brought his record up to 3-3, which keeps him in the hunt for a KK. But what I respect the most about him is that he is continuing to serve as Takakeisho's tsukebito in this tournament. Normally, reaching the Top Division precludes having to be at a higher-ranked sekitori's beck and call. But despite getting promoted up to Makuuchi, Takanosho is remaining as the main man supporting the star of Chiganoura Stable (i.e., Takakeisho), who is both younger than he is and hasn't technically been in Chiganoura Stable as long as he has. Something tells me that Chiganoura oyakata doesn't want to risk giving Takakeisho a less-experienced and less well-behaved tsukebito for fear that it might negatively impact Takakeisho's performance (which sadly, hasn't been all that good this tournament). Props to Takanosho for trying to help Takakeisho and his stable!
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    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    All this talk about wrestlers getting injured, and today Enho somehow manages to avoid what some people feel is an inevitable career-ending injury against his nemesis Shohozan. That is the first time since I started following sumo that a wrestler in the Top Division lost by doing side splits! Despite his loss, Enho continues to amaze. I noticed that all the yobidashi on the hanamichi were watching that bout intently, rather than just chatting amongst themselves as per usual.
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    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    You got me thinking. How about sumotori having to wear sumo suits? That would have the benefit of padding without the loss of their traditional outer appearance. Hey, I think we're finally onto to something here ... not!
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    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    Mitakeumi seems to have lost his edge. After the cut to his right eyebrow on Day 3, he hasn't been the same...
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    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    As you probably know, Mitakeumi has been in the sanyaku ranks for 16 straight tournaments, and is second on the all time list in that regard. Perhaps he will surpass Wakanosato's record of 19 straight tournaments. If, like Wakanosato, Mitakeumi never gets promoted to Ozeki, at least he will have a record to his name (as good or as embarrassing as that might be)... But at least Mitakeumi has won two Top Division championships, so that's pretty significant.
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    Kensho Kyushu 2019

    I suppose you are right, although wee Enho deserves more sponsorship than he is getting IMHO. While Enho is pretty new to the Top Division, I think he would be great advertising vehicle. I remember watching all the kensho on Takamisakari's bouts back when I started following sumo, and he wasn't all that big or all that strong (relatively speaking), so aside from his corner antics and walk down the hanamichi, I couldn't figure out why he was getting all the sponsorship/attention that he did.