Tiger Tanaka

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  1. Basho Talk Kyushu 2017 (SPOILERS)

    Aminishiki doing some sort of voodoo magic to stay in and win that one. Some great bouts today! Amin hasn't had to resort to many tricks yet either, would be amazing if he could work his way back up to joi and get a 9th kinboshi. Looking forward to Tamawashi v. Yoshikaze tomorrow which should be a slug fest, would be a good match candidate to see first blood of basho for Yoshikaze. Miktakeumi vs Onosho and Takakeisho vs. Takayasu should be a couple solid matches as well.
  2. Basho Talk Kyushu 2017 (SPOILERS)

    Really hard to watch Terunofuji right now as he is clearly in a ton of pain. He didn't mount a single offensive attack against Yoshikaze on day 3. There was a brief moment where Yoshi paused and instead of going on the attack, Terunofuji just waited and retreated further until the inevitable push out. 10 wins is essentially an impossibility at this point and the only question is will he continue to fight on one leg to prevent a tumble down the banzuke or go kyujo to start the healing process. Mitakeumi's stability is one of his best qualities, but it's clearly a little vulnerable with that toe injury at the moment. Thinking he will really fight to get those 8 wins, before some much needed rest into the new year. Top 3 are clearly Hak, Goeido, Takayasu at the moment (in that order in my opinion). Really looking forward to Kisenosato vs Takekeisho tomorrow, a true test to see really how close to full health Kise is against Takekeisho's fierce oshi attack.
  3. Rikishi Status Kyushu 2017 - Day 9 return & w/d

    Poor Aoiyama, that looked like a lot of stress on that ankle and leg. Hope it is not as bad as it sounds. Aoiyama's been a mainstay in the top division for 5+ years culminating in a jun-yusho in Nagoya. Wishing him a speedy recovery. Will save comments for the disturbing Harumafuji news once the new thread is open.
  4. Basho Talk Kyushu 2017 (SPOILERS)

    The first one from my view was absolutely Tamawashi. He was in ready position and Kise put his hands down and then charged to no reaction from Tamawashi. Which is why I believe Kise gave him the extra push when going up to him. The rest might have been retaliation mind games. Regardless, Tamawashi is involved in these situations far too often it seems.
  5. Basho Talk Kyushu 2017 (SPOILERS)

    A little worried about Kisenosato. After pushing Tamawashi near the bales, his left hand was free to grab the belt, but he instead opted to continue pushing. Very rare technique for a guy who is a master of yotsu-zumo. I was happy to see Kise show some frustration after the bout, I do think he's getting closer to return to form. Really wish Tamawashi would stop with the tachiai games. He has to be the leader in mattas caused. Takayasu looked a lot stronger than what it sounded like coming into the basho. Terunofuji on the other hand looks greatly hampered still. What a joy to see Aminishki win in his return to Makuuchi and with great form & execution. Thank goodness Sumo is back! 14 more days of sumo goodness to round out the year. Lets sit back and enjoy friends!
  6. Rikishi Status Kyushu 2017 - Day 9 return & w/d

    Has there been any further update on Takanoiwa? Hoping he can come back after a couple days absence to put up 5-7 wins and protect is Makuuchi status.
  7. GTB -Kyushu 2017 - and results!!

    First MK at 55 points (7-8). Must gamberize, better prepare, and execute my brand of GTB better for Hatsu. Congrats @Asashosakari!
  8. GTB -Kyushu 2017 - and results!!

    Counting 55 for myself. Higher than my performance last basho (53), but lower than my debut (61). Looking back there are a few clear mistakes, but not bad all together. Hopefully I can gambarize to a double digit KK :) Great work @Gurowake and @Asashosakari, two impressive scores worthy of a yusho!
  9. Basho Talk - Aki 2017 (SPOILERS)

    Congrats to Harumafuji on #9! I don't think we will be seeing an intai over the next couple days :) Mitakeumi struggled to get his KK, needs to come back improved in November when some of the top rankers will be back. Welcome back to sanyaku Kotoshogiku! Welcome back to Makuuchi Aminishki, Kotoyuki, and Myogiru! Another fun and wild basho, with it being the 4th I've followed from day to day since starting following sumo, is this just the norm? It seems like I've only seen one by the numbers normal basho! Looking forward to getting every nugget of jungyo information I can from you fine people while we all eagerly await Kyushu!
  10. Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Aki 2017

    One of the highlights of the day after watching the sumo highlights is to come on here and see the promotion/demotion update from @Asashosakari Always appreciate your efforts and analysis. It gives me good context for the next day on key matches and storylines to keep an eye on. Hoping Aminishki can pull off 10 wins to emphatically establish himself in the Makuuchi division again!
  11. Harumafuji Intai Speculation

    He has had a look of dejection that I haven't seen from him during my short time watching sumo. Looking at his recent records however, 13-2: Nagoya 2016 12-3: Aki 2016 11-4: Kyushu 2016 4-3-8: Hatsu 2017 10-5: Haru 2017 11-4: Natsu 2017 11-4: Nagoya 2017 Even 10-5 is respectable in my opinion in an era where we have 4 Y and 3 O. If he were the only Yokozuna consistently and putting up 10 and 11 win records, then sure that is really alarming. But having 4/5 losses among such steep competition is still quality. This basho might be the start of there being serious concern, as he is the only Yokozuna present and was expected to be in the yusho race to the end. I wouldn't call him done yet. There is a small chance he goes intai this basho, but my guess is it happens some time in 2018.
  12. Basho Talk - Aki 2017 (SPOILERS)

    Shohozan: No one cares less about their face than me, look at my eye! Yoshikaze: Hold my beer.
  13. Basho Talk - Aki 2017 (SPOILERS)

    Wakaichiro gets his win to move back to an even 2-2. Needs to go 2-1 over his last 3 matches to secure KK and promotion to Sandanme. Ganbatte Wakaichiro!
  14. Basho Talk - Aki 2017 (SPOILERS)

    Aminishki at 3-0, off to a great start. If he can go 6-6 or better the rest of the way, it would be a likely promotion back to the top division. Long way to go, but how could would that be for the soon to be 39 year old.
  15. Basho Talk - Aki 2017 (SPOILERS)

    With Harumafuji out of the way, it's certainly set up for the best case scenario to happen. I think he will cap out at 10-11 wins, but would love if he stays in contention to the end. Ganbatte Geek!