Tiger Tanaka

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  1. Tiger Tanaka

    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    Day 5 would have been a good day to show someone new to sumo what the sport is all about. That Endo-Okonoumi match, WOW! Wide open race. Nice to see Onosho bounce back, but with his regular balance issues, I can't see him not literally slipping up 3-4 times over the course of the remaining 10 days. I do think we're in store for a 12-3 yusho, with the rare 11-4 yusho a plausibility with all the inter-sanyaku/joi bouts to come. That is... unless Ichinojo runs the table :)
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    This IS the July 2020 Basho thread!! Spoilers!!

    Well that was a really great basho, congratulations to Terunofuji! The return of Sumo definitely provided some therapeutic tranquility over the 15 days of watching, so glad to have this beautiful sport back. Hoping everyone stays safe and we can have some more fun for September's basho.
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    This IS the July 2020 Basho thread!! Spoilers!!

    What a great basho for the return of sumo. So happy for Terunofuji's win today and that strength is just WOW. Great story for a rikishi who has gone through so much health trouble in the past few years.
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    This IS the July 2020 Basho thread!! Spoilers!!

    Real disappointing that Hakuho got injured. Hope he gets well soon, but would be surprised to see him compete at Aki honestly given the conservative approach to his health he has taken the last 2 years. Shame Mitakeumi lost his focus against Takakeisho or he would be one off the pace and likely to fight Terunofuji at somepoint. Taka's tachiai stalling clearly messed with Mitakeumi's timing and gave him no chance from the start, despite nearly pulling off a win at the edge.
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    This IS the July 2020 Basho thread!! Spoilers!!

    Mitakeumi has been my favorite since I started watching sumo in 2017 and the one thing it seems to me holding him back from the elite consistency you need to be a Y/O is the lack of yotsu sumo. The commentators seem to think he's come a long way in this department, but I don't see it. While completey different rikishi, this is what makes Asaonyama's run of consistency possible. When he gets in a belt battle with a lesser rikishi, you feel like it's an inevitable win for him. With Mitakeumi, I feel like it's 50-50 with a lesser rikishi and significantly less when you get to the sanyaku opponents. I also think it's a lazy narrative to blame it on training, as I think body type plays a factor with Mitakeumi being on the shorter side and not as long of limbs as his peers at his level, denying him of natural leverage to be an elite belt worker. With any oshi sumo to be a regular yusho contender, you need perfect constant timing, reaction, and balance to go along with pushing strength, which Mitakeumi is in the upper echelon in these areas. The problem is any minimal loss in focus can lead to a mistake that leads to an upset loss, which the margain for error on an ozeki run in razor thin. These mistakes are easily overcome for yotsu workers, as your balance and leverage is preserved and can be counteracted by the strength of your grip. The one area that Mitakeumi really stepped up in his two yusho wins was not yotsu sumo, but reactive sumo Kakuryu style. Where he had in both yusho a couple wins where he was on the brink but had perfect focus, timing, and reaction for a side step manuever to overcome a battle up against the tawara. Just look at his wins in Aki 2019 over Daieisho, Abi, and Tamawashi... all competitors that are lower ranked, but gave him some trouble that he overcame from reactive sumo. This basho's Day 3 win over Onosho was another example of that. If he can do that on a more consistent basis and turn even just 1 or 2 losses per tournament into a win, you will be looking at an Ozeki. Reactive sumo often gets frowned upon because it is not dominant and powerful looking, but even the best excel at it to overcome moments of weakness. All just my opinion of course :)
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    This IS the July 2020 Basho thread!! Spoilers!!

    Hoping Hanakaze can get his first win in his 50's and may it be the start to a long successful next decade of his career!
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    This IS the July 2020 Basho thread!! Spoilers!!

    So glad to have sumo back right now and hope everyone on the forums are keeping well. Looking forward to the basho ahead and wishing everyone good health. Day 1 was nice action, not too much ring rust all things considered. Asanoyama's throw was so quick and powerful, wow he continues to take his sumo to a next level. I know all culturals and countries are having difficulties following proper health measures, but today's audience discipline was impressive: No shouting at the Yokozuna shiko stomps, no cries outlout for Endo or Enho, everyone remained seated for the bow twirling ceremony and were dismissed in groups, and only 1 fan I saw with mask pulled down under nose!
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    Hakkiyoi! Ozumo promotion song

    I've been showing my 1 year old son this every day and he is obsessed. Whenever mom brings him into our room to wake me up he goes "hakkiyoi! hakkiyoi! hakkiyoi!" and now when he watches the video he does shiko stomps while holding the sumo yellow bird mascot that we got him. He's also start saying "hai!" while raising his hand when the rikishi do so. Everytime I come out of my home office, he comes running, yelling "hakkiyoi" hoping that it's the end of my work day which means we get to watch the song on YouTube. During the last verse he stands up and claps before saying hakkiyoi, hoping I will play it again :)
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    Hakuho & the Olympics - a dilemma.

    He just won a yusho. He could easily coast a year, taking a few basho off here and there like he's done in the past year with no encouragement to retire. Especially if COVID-19 threatens the May basho and beyond. I think the only way he doesn't perform is if it's cancelled all together. And it looks like postponement discussion is ramping up:
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    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    Many guessed that Tomokaze would hold onto the final Makuuchi spot over Tokushoryu. That decision seemed to have a little more impact than the usual result of the last one in. Congratulations Tokushoryu!
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    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    Ura has won to go to 6-0 down in Jonidan. Comeback Pt. II continues, ganbatte URA! Dreaming that we one day see Enho vs. Ura in Makuuchi.
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    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    Gutted to see Tomokaze go down like that. Hoping for the least severe injury possible and a full recovery. Get well soon. 11 sanyaku rikishi and only 1 has a 2-0 record. Might we be in for another wild basho to close out the decade?
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    Sumo goods

    Tremendous thanks @sumojoann! You are a legend and a hero, and I greatly appreciate your taking time out to connect me with your friend :)
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    Sumo goods

    Apologies in advanced if this is not the correct thread to post in... I am looking for an authentic (non-reprint) Mitakeumi tegata. I'm running into an issue where the authentic Japanese official sites don't appear to be able to ship to the US. I'd prefer something like this. I remember really liking this style with the handprint and picture of the rikishi, but when I visited the Kokugikan in early 2017, it was before Mita reached his current prominence and so they didn't have this version for him. Can anyone speak to the authenticity of this and whether it is a reasonable price? Any support would be greatly appreciated, thank you!
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    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    Mitakeumi!! So happy for his second yusho. He and Takekeisho always seemed the class of the basho, with the strongest sumo of the remaining healthly players. Both gave up a couple of winnable matches, but when it came to the clutch time, gave it their all and had some really entertaining matches. Hoping this momentum can lead to a successful Ozeki run. He didn't seem quite ready the first time around. Time will tell if he can put together the consistency needed for sumo's second highest rank. Just great to see Tochinoshin congratulate Mita in the tunnel, the two have developed a great respect for each other and both seem about as nice and classy as it gets.