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  1. 48 minutes ago, Eikokurai said:

    Is it just me or does it feel like Hokutofuji has been around way longer than the other tadpoles even though he’s been around slightly less than Takakeisho? I thought it might his age, but then he’s the same age as Mitakeumi. Actually, I think it’s because he has the grizzled look and demeanour of veteran Kaio already and has that ‘don’t mess with me’ expression on his face all the time. Makes him see older.

    He has the aura of a veteran, looks like he takes himself very seriously no matter the situation. Young guys tend to have a shaky mentality but he is very centered.

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  2. I started following sumo around the time Tamawashi reached and held sekiwake for some time, he was one of my favourites but as time passed i thought "oh well, this one's not gonna be much with only oshizumo". It was the same i thought of Takakeisho at first but with him it was the opposite, he won me over time. They both are doing great with a limited style of fighting.

    Now i'm thinking about Abi ...

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  3. 27 minutes ago, Eikokurai said:

    My reply was really just to say that of the three Ozeki I personally wouldn’t put one of them – Takayasu – in with the old generation. Arguably, he’s just the most senior of the new generation (he’s only two years older than Mitakeumi) and should be thought of not as part of the pack being caught up, but part of the pack doing the chasing.

    I feel that him being on the top ranks since 2011 makes him a veteran, also his maezumo in 2005 at the age of 15. Shodai is only 1 year younger than him and his maezumo was in 2014 at 23., that makes Takayasu old school in my opinion but he still has about 8 years of sumo left so he probably will meet with the next generation of maybe Hoshoryu and Roga.

  4. 24 minutes ago, Eikokurai said:

    I don’t think Takayasu is past it just yet. Last year he managed three jun-yusho, so he’s been knocking on the door. He’s had a bad tournament but everyone does sometimes. At 28 he still has three years on Tochinoshin, four on Goeido and five on both Yokozuna. I wouldn’t say he’s part of the new generation but I also wouldn’t lump him with the old one. His last two years have been his strongest so arguably he’s at his peak. 

    I didn't say the 3 ozeki were at the edge of their careers, i said that the new generation of rikishi is getting real good real quick and the 3 ozeki will have a handfull with them. Makuuchi is stacked and the weight will fall on Ozeki shoulders.

  5. 6 minutes ago, Amamaniac said:

    Given that he only won one championship in 2018 for the first time in his Yokozuna career, and failed to show up in the ring for 53/90 (59%) of scheduled bouts in 2018, I definitely would not be surprised if Hakuho loses 3 straight.  Hakuho is determined to remain in sumo until at least 2020, if not till he is about 36 years old.  But if he lets the championship of this tournament slip through his fingers, it may rock his resolve.  

    We've lost Harumafuji and Kisenosato, and Kakuryu and Hakuho may just be close behind...  (Curse you Takanoiwa, you evil genius.)

    Their time will come, we still have a bunch of great prospects for the future anyway. Until 2020 we may have a new Yokozuna and we will surely have new Ozeki so the future of sumo is looking good imo.

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  6. 43 minutes ago, Achiyama said:

    Something unusual happened yesterday. A record was set, a negative one. Nobody managed to pick a winning Underdog. This have never happened. 

    I don't know whether anybody will agree with me but this something I like about TUG - the unpredictability and the suspense, which I am sure will come soon.


    Amazing! What are the odds!?

    It's a great game that gives me the feeling of actually having a bout every day like the basho, you work is apreciated Mr. Achi.

  7. 2 minutes ago, Treblemaker said:

    So I'm watching the live streaming in the middle of the night (because the basho is on from 2-4 am here), the house is quiet, and I'm enjoying the usual butchered commentary, and seeing upset after upset, and it's time for Ichinojo's match, and I'm ready for another demonstration of size, strength and speed as he easily dispatches another opponent and WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT WHAT ARE YOU DOING ARE YOU CRAZY WHO ARE YOU WHERE'S THE ICHINOJO FROM YESTERDAY THAT WAS TERRIBLE WHERE DID THE POWER GO WHAT'S HAPPENING HERE?

    He doesn't deal well with pusher/thrusters, Takakeisho will make a fool out of him today. 

  8. 2 hours ago, Amamaniac said:

     Anyone think he can make it all the way up to Makuuchi this year despite his lack of body mass?  

    Not really, he is already at 1.85m, 115 kilos and is only 19 years old. He will be bigger than Asashoryu but can he handle bigger guys like his uncle did ?

    Asashoryu made Makuuchi in 2 years, if Hoshoryu continues these good performances he'll make it in less.